Interview with Janet Raty

How do you approach cover design?
I hold a degree in Art and Design and worked as an Art Director and Creative Director. Cover design is branding and used as thumbnail recognition across all sales catalogs. Intended audience perceptions and accurate portrayal of content is the start point as I approach cover design.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
1 - *Religion library*
Greatest and longest selling content for all the expected and many unexpected reasons. Depth and breadth of humanity.

2 - *Wikipedia/Google*
Online library to start any research.

3 - *https://www.nlm.nih.gov*
Medical research

4 - *facebook.com*
Human nature, trends

5 - *Childcraft Volume 2 "Storytelling and Other Poems, Field Enterprises Inc., copyright 1954"
Poetry and illustrations. Of course, this is where I learned when a panther whispers "if you will give me a kiss, I'll turn your sorrow to bubbling bliss!" then the answer of the niece to the Empress of China will always be "No! Really? Well, I don't mind!" for her to become a Queen to the Golden King, "Crown and sceptre, and everything!"
What do you read for pleasure?
Facts.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
Apple.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
Distribution.
Describe your desk
Brown, under an ever present layer of dust that moves and shakes the world as I write, illustrate and love life.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
Utah. How did Utah childhood influence my writing? That's an odd question. I think the factor of Utah influence isn't a "how" question so much as whether it did or not. It did.
When did you first start writing?
I think the first word I spelled was "c-a-t." I remember doing it as it was a huge accomplishment and my mother was very happy about what I had done.

Writing came later, in school. But I failed to keep my earliest writing examples and so did my parents. My guess it was thrown out as trash. It certainly didn't make the move from Ogden to Orem when I was nine. My earliest publications were illustrations for someone else's writing in commercial advertisements, published books, manuals, and even historical markers in four different states.

My earliest formal writing (not just publications) was editing and formatting other author's writing. From a very early age, however, I employed humor and story telling to entertain. Story telling, games and humor was something my maternal grandmother excelled in, and we all knew there was a gift in the family because of her and her family heritage.
What's the story behind your latest book?
Inspiration varies. Audience, trends and joy are involved.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
Money.

I liked having the ability to be my own boss.

It makes perfect sense when you think about it -- money and power.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Success is the trick word here.

What exactly is success in quantifiable measurement? (Money)

What is qualitative success measurement? (Power)

How has Smashwords contributed to success? Well, I'd certainly like more money and power to come only from Smashwords but I'm glad Smashwords has made a contribution. I'll have to research and experiment a bit on other success complexities and variables to be able describe the Smashwords factor without flaw. I suspect more of my work is required to produce more books in different genres, too.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Imagination and income. Bringing those two points closer together in time seems the greatest joy of writing for me.
What do your fans mean to you?
I always thought fan was a term to describe a one-sided adoration process that really isn't helpful for long term relationships. I'd rather think of consumers as friends that enjoy a contribution I make in their life journey.
What are you working on next?
Currently editing the fiction writing of another author and working to compile groups of my existing craft patterns into thematic volumes. I'm starting two businesses in 2016, one requires extensive creative writing and editing.
Who are your favorite authors?
Too many to mention, but I could not put down the Harry Potter series as each book was written and published. My youngest child and I would read late into the night. Sometimes he would fall asleep and I'd just finish the book.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Money and power. No wait, that was the answer to the other question, right?
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Networking and earning a living.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Search dialog boxes.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
No.
What is your writing process?
I see it, write it, and then edit it.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
Stories came first, and someone either told me a story or read a story to me. Reading came later.
What matters most?
Who you are is defined by what you take action on. Those who understand outcomes make better action choices, but outcomes are certain whether you understand outcomes or not.
Published 2016-01-31.
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Books by This Author

Which Witch is Which? Cross Stitch Candy Box Lid with Homonym Brain Teaser Game
Price: $6.99 USD. Words: 1,950. Language: English. Published: March 31, 2010. Categories: Nonfiction » Home and Garden » Crafts & Hobbies, Nonfiction » Entertainment » Games, puzzles and brain twisters
This counted needleart pattern book is a TREAT to cross stitch with a clever and fun homonym mind-teaser TRICK game that will delight Halloween guests of all ages for years after the stitching is done. Four Weeks Dye Works flosses specified with DMC, Anchor, and Sullivan equivalents given for black, white, orange and green. 72x72 Model shown on 28ct Cobblestone Cashel linen. Aida not recommended.