As soon as I could put words to thoughts and could hold a pencil.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
When the characters begin their climb up from the sketchy imaginings of my thoughts, and take their places as contributors to the story.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
I attribute my greatest lesson to the process Smashwords teaches publishing authors: No matter how many times you've read it, you never see that ONE thing until it's published. So now I know to take my formatted work through several kinds of "vetters" before the upload, just to see how the document behaves outside of the writing program.
What made you decide to become a publishing agent?
I remember the journey to get published. Lots of things to learn...Lots of time and frustration too, haha. I also found out that I don't much like tooting my own horn, but that I do fairly well talking up the accomplishments of others. My goal is to take some of the pressure off of Indie authors. To show them how to navigate some of the twists, take a few time saving steps, and do it without going broke.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
Talking with people face to face still works best. Those moments when you're in a discussion and you work in a mention of being an author. The next question is naturally 'have you published?'. Then you say yes...and give them a promotional card for your book.
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