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What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
Word of mouth is pretty big for new writers. In a related vein, reviews are key. Getting good reviews lends credibility to your work and helps potential readers decide on whether or not to buy your books. Giving away free copies in exchange for potential reviews can speed up the process of getting reviews.
Describe your desk
I'm not at home right now so my desk is a little different than at home. It's a standard office desk and on top is my laptop, a laptop cooling mat, a phone, and two speakers hooked up to my tablet.
When did you first start writing?
I began writing about three years ago when I started my masters degree.
What's the story behind your latest book?
My latest book to be released this fall is a quick travel guide to several European cities. It is intended for military members assigned in Europe for long weekends but it can be used for basically anyone trying to maximize their time traveling Europe.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I wanted to stop being away from home so much and spend more time with my family. I also felt a strong drive to work for myself so I embarked on this endeavor. I drew upon what I knew and wrote about it.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Smashwords isn't just a sales platform. It also give authors a way to engage the audience and allow readers to learn more about the author. This lends credibility to the author and may help connect readers with future works by their favorite author.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
I like getting positive reviews and seeing that people enjoy reading what I write. It is a connection between two people who have never met. The reader and author share something they both enjoy and can share it, although they never meet.
What do your fans mean to you?
They are the difference between simply selling something to someone and offering something to them that you also enjoy. You share a commonality in that you both enjoy the subject written/read about.
What are you working on next?
I have so many books I want to complete so this is tough. I have decided to finish volume one of my European travel guide first.
Who are your favorite authors?
Nathaniel Hawthorne is my favorite. After reading The Scarlet Letter I was hooked.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
The hope of not having to answer to a boss again. I want to chase my own pursuits, not those of someone else.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Marketing takes a huge chunk of my free time. Other than that, working full time and taking it easy when I can.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I typically find free books on Kindle that help me find ways to get my books to people who want to read them. Kindle Select allows authors to give their book away for free to help promote them so I read them and give reviews on ones I like. It is a mutual exchange and it helps both parties.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
I actually wrote nonfiction first. It was a book about case studies and typologies in forensic psychology. Check it out on Kindle and Smashwords! It's a quick read.
What is your writing process?
I am so bad with this one unless I'm motivated. I typically write it in pieces and post those pieces as blogs. I later consolidate them and edit, then process into a book.
How do you approach cover design?
I look for images that at the very least have something to do with the topic of my book. I typically go between several until I get the one that just pulls me in. The next step is a good background color to make the image pop. Then it's time to design the Title and Author spots. I play with various text arrangements, props, fonts, sizes, colors, and placements until I get it just right. It has to stand out to the reader and be readable in a thumbnail size without disturbing the image.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
1. The Scarlet Letter: I think it's the forbidden romance topped with the realism of how the crime of adultery is punished. She bears all of the burden of their affair to save him from it.
2. Ethan Frome: Another forbidden romance. I actually despise cheating but in a book it's more about the emotions going through the characters than anything else. You live vicariously through the characters in a well-written book.
3. Fahrenheit 451: I used to think the book was just a really good read but now it seems as if society is becoming really lazy on how they get their information. Makes you think.
4. Treasure Island: My dad read this to us when we were little.
5. The Tell-tale Heart: Such a spooky, thrilling read!
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