The book outlines the clear steps and practices that both aspiring and established writers might want to consider following on their path to success. The target audience is aspiring writers and students, writers who have been writing on their own but are stuck on how to move forward, and established writers who have achieved a modicum of success but want to accomplish more.
3: What do you hope will be the everlasting thoughts for readers who finish your book?
4: What advice do you have for fellow writers?
Work hard, give your work your best shot. Get lots of feedback and listen to it. Don’t work in a vacuum. And at the same time, have a sense of lightness about your work. Some work might resonate with readers, other work might not. That does not mean that one piece is more valuable , it just means that some work hits a chord or zeitgeist. Be true to your work and confident in it.
5: What trends do you see in book publishing and where do you think the book publishing industry is headed?
I think there is good news and bad news in the book publishing industry. ON the one hand, lots of books are being published. But if you want a publisher at the big 5, you have to already be famous. (think Barack and Michelle Obama’s 60 million dollar book contracts.) And, on that note, if you are not famous be ready, as an author to do most, if not all, of the heavy lifting of selling your book. In other words, the trend is that even big publisher are not supporting authors with book tours, marketing budgets and publicity. The other trend is reading on phones, tablets and kindles. That means not as many hard and soft covers. People want to read but they are mobile, traveling, etc. And, audio books are huge.
6: What great challenges did you have writing your book?
Writing a how to book that, while wanting to be emphatic about my recommendations still was gentle enough so that readers could absorb, listen and deeply think about what works for them. This is not a ‘how to book’ with black and white advice; there are grey areas, ways to tweak the system to work for each individual. It’s not a diet book, haha.
7. If people could buy one book this month, why should it be yours?
Because this book, for the humble price of $22 contains thousands of dollars of advice. When I coach clients, although I have a sliding scale, I am teaching them exactly what is in the book, just doing a bit more personalized and giving more support. But if a writer sees this book as their guide and their friend they are getting many, many hours of my coaching time!