Hello everyone and welcome to the last installment of the Summer Splash Book Blog Tour. This indie author project began several weeks ago and what a wonderful experience it has been. I highly suggest that if you are an author, indie or not, you find a group of like-minded thinkers and try this for yourself. With our busy lives of; raising families, working at day jobs, trying to find time to write and taking care of the business side of being an author, it is hard to meet new authors. This merry-go-round system allows you to do this with relative ease, and within the comfort of your home. For instruction of how to conduct one please read Week One of the tour.
Now, let’s get right to the recapping shall we.
Ten weeks ago I had the opportunity to interview established and emerging indie authors. The questions I asked them were based in four categories; writing, character building, publishing, and promotion/marketing. I thought by dividing the interview into categorizes we could delve deeper into the creative mind, discuss the writing process and examine character development, and also show the work that’s involved when taking the indie author way. (From personal experience this is very fulfilling but not necessarily the easiest way).
In this category I wanted to see if there was common ground amongst writers. I was an artist for several years before I became a writer. I wanted to know if all writers think, work and/or create the same way. I was looking for a special formula that has been tried, tested and proved to be effective. However, I wasn’t really surprised to find that there isn’t a special formula. Their approach to creating is similar, which in turn is not all the different from being an artist.
Most of them had no scheduled time to create and snatched it up whenever they could. But all of them wished that they had the time to schedule it in. They write with whatever means they have at hand, be it paper and pen for jotting quick ideas and notes or a laptop/PC for editing and polishing. Most of the interviewees didn’t happen to wake up one day, recently, and write a book. Writing has been a long-standing affair that started when they were younger. Some published their first book early on, while others published later in life.
A commonality among all of them was their advice on writing. “Just do it,” most of them said. “And don’t be afraid that no one will like it, write for yourself.” And the last bit of advice was about that first draft. “Don’t worry about the editing of it while you are writing it. Just write it. The editing and polishing comes afterward. Once it is written, then you have something to work with.”
Character Building Recap:
Now this is where things got interesting and I might add passionate. Everyone’s insights varied on how they created characters, what factors attribute to their make-up and the lengths they took to create them. Some plan them out from the get go; right down to their background stories, while others allow the characters to develop and evolve during the creative process. Who they like to create i.e. protagonist, villain and/or sidekick varied as well; which in some cases were the author’s personality traits or even desired qualities.
A commonality among them was when they answered these questions: “Do you have a favorite character?” and “If you could meet any character from your book who would it be?” Most everyone had a favorite character that they have created, but for varied reasons. And, most everyone had a character that they have created that they would like to meet in real life, again for various reasons.
Publishing, Promotion and Merchandising Recaps:
In the interview I chose to add these two categories to show the scope of what it’s like to be an indie author. Besides editing, the hardest part about being an indie author is promoting your work. Without the support of a traditional publishing house, an indie author has to wear several hats if they want to succeed. Taking the indie way is not for the faint of heart or for those that are uncomfortable with talking to total strangers, if they want to be successful. To be an indie author is to be ballsy.
I found the response to the questions in these categories interesting. Most of the interviewees did not answer all of the questions and some opted out of sharing their insights altogether. Which was fine, as I left it open for them to answer the questions they were comfortable with answering.
In the instances where the questions were answered, the insights were similar. Most of them are their own publisher while others have gone through small publishing houses. Most have or will have their books in print version and for e-readers. Most of them agreed that it is good to have merchandise other than just your books at launches and shows. Some of the authors are very creative with their merchandising that goes beyond just bookmarks. They have items that pertain to the story line and its characters. Which I think is very ingenious, after all, Hollywood is just around the corner for anyone of them and wouldn’t it be nice to have merchandise already thought of and on hand to use? Not all agreed though to selling the merchandise and most give away what they have as promotional items.
It would seem that once bitten by the publishing bug there is no turning back. Each of the authors interviewed have or will have more writings to add to their repertoire. I can’t hardly blame them. Writing is a creative outlet that not only allows you to deal with social issues and human injustices in a bold and entertaining fashion, but it is also very therapeutic and allows you to visit and overcome the demons in your own closet.
Well, we have now come to the end of the recap. I trust that you have enjoyed following the tour as much as I did participating in it. Where you can, please support the Summer Splash Book Blog authors by purchasing their work and/or sharing links to it and their blogs. While visiting their blogs don’t forget to check out the interviews they conducted on me. It will give you a little more insight into the inner workings of my brain, and why I chose to add writing to my creative repertoire.
Thank you for the follow and enjoy the day!
One last look at the authors and the answer they gave to one of the most important question that I asked them.
Kristan L. Cannon http://kristancannon.blogspot.ca/
Kristan, what do you enjoy most about writing?
That’s a really difficult question to answer, especially when I don’t know the answer to that question yet. I think the ability to tell a story and weave words into something halfway coherent is one reason I like writing. The other reason is, as a reader, I love being able to contribute something. I guess I want something that means something to be left behind… something people will remember me for after I’m gone.
Ashley Nestler https://peachykeenbookreviews.wordpress.com/
Ashley, what do you enjoy most about writing?
What I enjoy most about writing is being able to create worlds and characters. I like having something that is just my own, and using the worlds I create as an escape keeps me grounded. Having imagination is power, and that is what I love most about writing.
Catherine Banks www.CatherineBanks.com
Catherine, what do you enjoy most about writing?
C.A. King http://www.portalprophecies.com/#!blog/c112v
C.A., what do you enjoy most about writing?
I can escape reality for a while.
Joan Minnery http://www.joanminnery.com/
Joan, what do you enjoy most about writing?
Healing, Therapeutic. Makes me feel at peace
D.R. Perry –http://www.drperryauthor.com/news
D.R. What do you enjoy most about writing?
This is going to sound a little selfish, but I love that I get the story first. After that, it’s the revisions. Adding things on, making little touches.
Leslie Conzatti –http://upstreamwriter.blogspot.ca/
Leslie, what do you enjoy most about writing?
I enjoy coming up with story ideas and tying up plot holes and bringing a story from premise to completion. Coming up with cool little details is super-fun!
Anna Kringle –http://annakringle.blogspot.ca/
Anna, what do you enjoy most about writing?
I enjoy creating worlds, and exposing characters. I like being able to tackle real issues and life struggles in a way that people can understand and empathize with.