Laura is an intrepid spirit!
Not only did she guest blog, but she came back. Probably for more self-huggy jackets and dragon gifs, but hey, I’m not complaining.
Nope, no other reason. Definitely not for the great giveaway of swag and copies of Jewel of Shaylar. Stop trying to look behind me. Nothing there…
Oh, fine! *Harumph* Geez. Don’t judge me, this stuff is gold. Signed paperback copy of the book, three eBooks, a spiral notebook, two notepads, bookmarks…ya’ll are relentless.
First, you have to read her answers to my questions. Then all you need to do is comment. That’s it. Now, there are four great prizes, but if you comment, leave a Twitter handle or email so she can contact you and everyone gets a bookmark. *Looks at comments and wonders if I can get away with it*
The prizes are:
First prize – signed paperback copy of Jewel of Shaylar and a spiral notebook
Two Second prizes – eBook and a notepad
Third prize – eBook
I spent the weekend reading her great work, and it is sooo worth entering for. Better yet, worth the price. Awesome sauce, pure unadulterated awesome sauce.
Now, on with the interview. And don’t forget to comment and let Rafflecopter know!
Why did you pursue self publishing?
Hah! Well, it was 2009. I'd just finished my first novel and quite naively thought you sent it off to a publisher and that was that. I did – with no formal cover letter or synopsis I might add – and started working on my next story. Jeez, they didn't want it…. If I remember correctly, I'd sent it to Penguin. I don't do anything halfway.
As I waited for an answer, I started exploring the new world of eBooks, Facebook, Twitter, writers groups, blogs. The crash course was a real eye opener.
The bad news – mid-list authors weren't making it anymore in the Big Six publishing world. I was crushed to learn that the window area in a bookstore was a commodity to be sold and not earned by virtue of writing a brilliant novel.
The good news – I could do it all myself. By the time I got the rejection, I had a new plan laid out and it felt right.
What is your favorite part? Most hated?
My favorite part is being in control of my own work, to control my own destiny. I decide everything – what stays in a story, cover art, pricing, how long the book stays on the virtual shelf. I am proud to be an indie author and love the freedom.
Most hated? Promotion! I think most authors will agree with that. We are a peculiar blend of hubris and insecurity. We know we have something to tell, are sure people will love our stories, and yet loathe the idea of having to beat the drums to tell the world how great we are. ;)
What was the biggest lesson learned?
You have to want it badly enough to make it work, to face the rejection, to conquer your fears. You must keep going, do whatever it takes, keep writing even if your brain tells you to quit. Don't listen to the naysayers. The world reeks of them.
What advice would you give to newbs like me shakily putting their hat in the self pubbed ring?
To borrow from Nike, Just Do It. You accomplish nothing by dithering. How will you ever reach your goal unless you move forward? Did you write your story to have it collect virtual dust on your hard drive? Get it out there!
Favorite character from any book you've written.
I've always had a soft spot for Jake, the villain in Realms of the Red Rabbit and the protag in Realms of the Red Rabbit, Jake. Those were the first two books I ever wrote, by the way. Should they have seen the light of day? Probably not. The reviews show a polarized audience. Every time I get a horrible review about my writing skills and consider yanking it, I'll have someone contact me saying how much they loved it. *shrug*
Anyway, Jake was my first "bad boy." They are hard to forget and I love him in a Han Solo stalkerish kind of way.
Now share the funniest mishap from self-publishing. Don't be shy. If I can partake of Jezzie's drink, you can share this!
Ugh. I can't wrap my head around the concept of anybody wanting my autograph, so my first impromptu book signing was pure hell! I was petrified I'd make a mistake in the book – in ink! – and write something stupid or spell my name wrong or spell their name wrong or just come across as an ass in some way.
And I did! I made a mistake in the book. The woman was so gracious, saying the scribble made it all the more special. Puke-inducing. I can call it funny now, I suppose. Kinda. I'm still receiving therapy for it.
I am so honored to be here, TJ. Thank you for inviting me into your padded room and providing these cute snuggy jackets with all the ties. I'm so cozy I think I'll keep it on permanently.
There you have it folks, the wonderful Laura Eno! I’ve learned a lot from her, and believe me, talking to all the self pubbed authors has helped.
a Rafflecopter giveaway
You can stalk Laura - she does love her stalkers - at all of the following places:
Now, before you go, you have to go over to Cliffhanger’s and enter the contest. It’s fun, and I think we are offering some great prizes to boot.
Next month, we have Jean Oram coming to visit…and like Laura, you don’t want to miss meeting another great one!