What inspired you to write your books?
I had recently turned 30 and was looking for something to test myself with. I’d always thought I could do something creative, so put that to the test.
How many eBooks have you published?
Three are published. Three more written in various states.
How did you choose your genre?
It was just the idea that I had. I didn’t force anything.
Have you outsourced editing, cover design, formatting?
No, although in retrospect it might have helped. One of my friends did help me out but it wasn’t a professional thing.
Do you sell copies of your novel directly from your website?
How long did it take you to build your current number of followers? What system have you found to works for you?
On Twitter? I only really use Twitter casually. I do mention my books here and there – and interact with people who contact me – but I generally can’t stand people who do nothing but bang on about themselves. It is very boring.
Do you use any specific software to promote your books online?
Do you have a “must” when you’re writing (i.e. music, red bull, peace, etc.)?
At first, I always needed quiet. Now I have written on trains, planes, in cafes, on my lunchbreak at work, where it is quiet or noisy – anywhere. I can switch off pretty well from what is around me.
You obviously have a loyal base of readers. Anything you want to say to them?
My readers are fantastic. The number of people who tell me they have been told by a friend or family member about my books is astonishing. Nothing is better than word of mouth. My life has been changed by many, many total strangers. What can you say? People, generally, are brilliant.
What kind of books do you like to read?
Mainly non-fiction or comics. I read very little fiction.
Do you have any other works in progress?
Oh yes! A few secret things that have to remain that way for now.
What tips or advice would you offer to writers who are about to join the self-published community?
Just do it. Don’t overthink it and don’t expect everything too soon. Trust yourself and your product.
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