In case you missed it, I hit a big milestone last week! 100 followers AND 100 posts!
In honor of the occasion, I asked you if there was anything you wanted from me and opened the field for questions. The response was overwhelming! I got a bunch of emails from people reaching out and asking questions about the self-publishing process (it’s always so nice to get an email that isn’t spam) and quite a few fun questions in the comment section of the post itself!
Since there’s such a big interest in the writing/publishing side of things, I’m going to do a series of posts about the self-publishing process as I prepare to release my second book. Look for it sometime this summer!
How old were you when you started writing, and how would you compare that to now?
💬 I started writing fiction seriously when I was about 18, although I wrote a few crappy fanfictions when I was in middle school. From 18 to now (23, almost 24) I think my writing has gotten stronger and matured quite a bit, but no big changes!
Why did you decide to do self-publishing over traditional publishing?
💬 Two reasons: I’m impatient and I’m a control freak. It takes literary agents months to get back to your submissions (and some of them just never do) and I wasn’t willing to wait that long. I did query a few agents and months after my book was published got a few requests for complete manuscripts, but it just made me all the more happy to have gone ahead and put my book out in the world.
I’m also a massive perfectionist / control freak. I like everything to be perfect and I want a hand in making every single decision, no matter how tiny. When you traditionally publish a lot of that control is lost. It’s a good and bad thing, depending on how you look at it.
What’s your favorite genre to write?
💬 Definitely historical fiction. I have a Bachelor of Arts in English and History and I’m two and a half classes away from having my Master of Arts in North American History. Writing historical fiction makes me feel a teensy bit better about my massive stack of student loans! But in all seriousness, I do enjoy digging in and doing the research for a historical novel.
I know your published book is a historical romance, but will you perhaps publish books of a different genre, or do you only write historical romance?
💬 As of right now I only write historical romance, but I have ideas for a contemporary romance (with historical elements, of course) and a royal drama with politics and a bit of love. Obviously I like writing about relationships!
If you were a character from The Office who would you be?
I need you to know that I took this question VERY seriously. I just deliberated my answer to this for
too long a long time.
I have to go with…
Pam! And not just because I want to marry Jim and live happily every after, although that is a great perk…
Do you listen to music or watch TV when you write?
💬 I have a playlist filled with soundtracks – mostly from historical movies or TV shows – that I listen to while I’m writing if I want some background noise. I know a lot of authors like to make playlists that go along with their story and listen while they work but I can’t listen to anything with lyrics or speaking or I get distracted and start typing the wrong stuff. Sometimes I put westerns on TV and turn the volume down super low when I’m editing though!
Are you going to keep self-publishing or do you want to be traditionally published one day?
💬 You never know what the future holds, but I’m super content with self-publishing.
Thank you so much for all the questions! I didn’t realize how interested everyone would be in the self-publishing process and I can’t wait to start making more writing related posts!