Have you ever suffered from writer’s block?
Is there a writer out there who hasn't? (If so, I officially hate him/her.) Writer's block isn't as big a deal as Hollywood likes to make it seem. It's simply your subconscious telling you something isn't right – maybe you didn't do enough planning or research, or maybe there's a plot problem, or maybe your character isn't acting right. Whatever it is, I find that separating myself from the book for a little while (but thinking about it) usually uncovers the issue and allows me to press forward.
How was your experience in looking for a publisher? What words of advice would you offer those novice authors who are in search of one?
Looking for a publisher involves hitting your head against a brick wall repeatedly, and you can't stop until you knock a hole in it.
I feel lucky, really. Twilight Times Books is a wonderful small press that offers a fair contract and has earned some respect.
The only advice I have to others is not to give up. In this day of self-publishing it is easier and easier to just put it out there yourself, but that is a long, lonely road. You worked hard on your book. Give it every chance it deserves.
What type of book promotion seems to work the best for you? Share with us some writing tips!
Virtual book tours have worked best for me. I no longer do in-person book signings because they sell so few books, and do so little to really spread the word. Most of my books are sold through the internet (whether print or ebook).
Book promotion, like finding a publisher, is like beating your head against a brick wall repeatedly. Getting through it starts with a quality product – a good story with eye-popping cover – then you just have to get out there and tell people about it. You have to keep telling people about it every chance you get, and if you don't have any chances, you have to make some up.
What authors or type of books do you read for fun?
I read a wide variety of authors and genres, from science fiction and fantasy to romance and suspense. My favorite authors include Jim Butcher, Orson Scott Card, Catherine Anderson, Karen Marie Moning, Judith McNaught, and Linda Howard.