Interview with D. L. Graham

When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I love to read. Doing digital graphics however, is what I most enjoy doing when not writing
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Most often, it is by word of mouth. Friends or family make recommendations. Also, I often look at the free list at major book retailers and often find new to me authors. Lastly, I have a large number of author friends and do beta reading or reviews for them.
How do you approach cover design?
Very carefully.

The cover must "sell" the story, even before the writing or blurb. I want the cover to convey what the story is about, without giving it all away.

The typography is equally as important and must be legible at very small image sizes. I try to make sure this is possible. It is one reason I shy away from scripty fonts.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I prefer my husband's iPad but when I am in the States, I only have my PC. Some day, I will own a tablet or iPad of my own.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
A mixture of them. I have found Kristen Lam's book: Rise of the Machines to be one of the best books to use when learning about marketing. The key to me is, start marketing early, and often.
Describe your desk.
Wait, I am supposed to have a desk? Now you tell me.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
By allowing me to get into markets I would not be able to reach on my own. Libraries, for instance. Smashwords gives me the opportunity to get into that market.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
Control. Being able to have full control over all aspects of the publishing process. Also, keeping the lions share of the royalties does not hurt.
What do your fans mean to you?
Fans mean everything to me. They make or break a book for an author. Keeping them interested and coming back for more is my goal. Their input helps to make me a better author.
What are you working on next?
I am working on both a poetry book and an abuse memoir. I am also going to do some major revisions to two of my already Pubbed books. Update, and revise.
Published 2013-10-29.
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