What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
Twitter is an effective bookmarketing tool for me. I'm now using Pinterest, Facebook, and Linked In. Pinterest and Linked In. I find each work in conjunction with each other for networking purposes. Twitter is increasing my fan-base, and the other networks have many information groups to join, so they're very educational.
When did you first start writing?
For as long as I can remember. I remember in school taking fractions and adding words, not realizing I was creating a version of numerology as I would add the fractions together.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
It was accidental. I found a platform that publishes serials only, and when I asked them questions like can I create audiobooks or put my book on another platform, they said it was my book, and I could do what I wanted with it. A mentor told me it sounded like they were a book-production company, so I asked, and they said consider themselves independent in that, it's a just aplatform for publishing my work, we our the publisher. So my work will have two versions, one on their site for free and Smashwords for buying purposes.
What are you working on next?
After this first book is done, I'll be transcribbing my Scriptural poems from braille to print. I more than likely will start outlining the next book in The Yemorans series.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Reading, watching tv and trying to find ideas in the books I read and tv shows I watch.They usually find me. Some of the books provide great worldbuilding concepts.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
I remember a couple of stories. I wrote a story about a rapiest, a story for class about the origin of Halloween, and part of a story about a group of students going to Mars, and the ship crashing. That didn't get far. I also wrote a two-part story about a pregnant woman who gave birth to a child on Mars, but I think the child must have been half-lunar as her hands were moon-shaped. I wrote a story for a contest that win about a group of students who went and lived on the moon and ended up solving a murder. Possible revisions for those last three, and maybe the one about the rapeist also. I lso wrote a story called Not Tgheir Cup of Water about students who made grade-improvement water. I was rejected. I'm thinking to revise it for my current novel.
What is your writing process?
I outline. Detailed with all subplots and list of characters etc.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
I read Charlotte's Web, and I guess that's why I love fantasy and many of its sub-genres. I like other genres also, like historical fiction.
How did you become blind?
The doctors gave too much oxygen. I was a premie.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
My desktop and laptop have an epub viewer, and it works great!
How do you approach cover design?
Smashwords and authors send out books for review.
What's the story behind your latest book?
I think I just coming up with ideas and talking it over with people, and all of our ideas began to merge.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Being able to create my world.
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