Jeff Widmer is the author of the CW McCoy and the Brinker series of crime novels and well as numerous non-fiction books. A former journalist, advertising executive and nationally syndicated reviewer, his work has appeared in publications ranging from Advertising Age to US Airways magazine to National Geographic World.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
After sending queries to 76 agents, I received a number of kind comments but no offers of representation. Then an indie author told me about Joanna Penn and her Creative Penn podcasts about the publishing industry. I found her rationale for going independent so compelling I decided to learn as much as I could. The materials on Smashwords were also a great help. In an increasingly DIY world, indie publishing makes a lot sense.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
The greatest joy of writing is the process, the act of writing. Something I think publishing is just an excuse to keep writing.
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