Here it is, as promised, my interview with a self-published author.
I discovered Dina’s book, One Pink Lineon Amazon.com and was very impressed with the rave reviews. I knew I had to interview her. Dina was kind enough to let me do just that.
When did you know you wanted to become a writer?
I’ve been working as a writer in the ad industry for about 15 years, and I’ve always wanted to write more than headlines and direct mail pieces. Before I wrote my first book, I started writing it as a screenplay, but decided to convert it to a novel somewhere along the way.
What inspired you to write One Pink Line?
One Pink Line is inspired by the story of a friend of mine. Once she told me about herself and her family, I was so touched by what a wonderful and touching young life she had lived, that I immediately asked her if I could write about it.
If you were to tell us about your book in one sentence, what would it be?
A great love story.
How long did it take you to write your novel?
About three months to write, and about seven months to edit.
Who read your book before it got published? Are you part of a Writer’s Group?
I am not part of a writer’s group. I hired a local editor, and had a few friends and family members read the manuscript. Some read it more than once.
Is your book only available electronically or do you also have printed copies?
Printed copies are available through Amazon.
How do you market your book?
Honestly, I spend hours every day trying to market my book. I’m always trying to reach out to book bloggers, reviewers, and other self-published authors like myself. I have found that the “indie” book community is extremely supportive! There are so many writers like myself who have come together to help other writers gain a presence and get the word out on each other’s books.
Did you ever consider getting a Literary Agent or did you always know you wanted to self-publish? How did you decide?
I actually had an agent, and was under contract with her for a year. She was shopping around my first book, Kat Fight, and was unable to find a publisher for it. During that year, I discovered self-publishing, and did a ton of research on it that lead me to believe it was the perfect path for me. So I chose not to renew my contract with my agent, and have been absolutely thrilled with my choice. I will say that I am a complete control freak, and you almost have to be to self-publish successfully, because you do everything yourself. However, I did publish through Createspace (who I HIGHLY recommend) and they will do a bunch of the upfront work for you. But once it’s out there, you need to really work to get your book noticed…and it will be so rewarding when you do.
Describe your experience with self-publishing. How long did the whole process take?
Partnering with Createspace took about three months. But I went through them because I wanted to have paperback copies available too. If you’re strictly going the eBook route, it will take much less time.
What are the advantages and disadvantages of being self-published?
The biggest advantage, as far as I’m concerned, is that you maintain the rights to your work. The other big advantage is that you can make more money per book, and you can have your book published in record time. Most traditional houses take 18 months to get your book out there.
Would you recommend self-publishing?
I would highly recommend it! However, make sure you have a perfectly edited manuscript, great cover art, and the ability to market yourself. Oh…and a good book!
Have you joined writing competitions?
I have entered One Pink Line in three competitions…results are all still pending. Cross your fingers for me!
What genre does your book belong to?
It falls under Contemporary Fiction & Women’s Fiction.
What makes you unique as a writer? Describe your writing style.
I hope what makes me unique is my wit. I really try to write a great story with a thread of humor throughout.
Who is your favorite author, and why?
Hmm, I might have to say Jane Austen.
Define a good book.
One that I can’t put down. One that keeps me thinking about the characters as I’m trying to fall asleep.
Define a good writer.
Well, there are so many different types of writers, but I guess they all share a similar passion for storytelling. That’s what really comes through in the great ones.
What is your favorite book? What are you reading now?
Favorite book of all time is Pride & Prejudice. Right now I am reading Mockingjay (third book in the Hunger Games trilogy)
How has being a published author changed your life?
It’s been a gift. I truly believe this is what I was always meant to do.
How do you balance being a writer and a mom?
I have one beautiful boy who is in third grade, so I have lots of time to write when he’s at school.
What inspires you to write?
Are you working on your second book?
Yes! My second book, Kat Fight, will be out in June.
What tips can you give writers who are considering self-publishing?
Here are a few:
- Edit, edit, edit!
- If people you trust give you great criticism, take it
- Hire someone to design an eye-catching, professional cover for your book
- Get involved in social media
- Get involved with the site Goodreads
- Reach out to book bloggers
- Once your book is out there being read, ask people to leave reviews for it on Amazon
- Good luck!
Thanks Dina for giving me the opportunity to interview you. It was such a pleasure.
If you’d like to learn more about Dina Silver, visit her website.
One Pink Line is available on Amazon.com.
Thank you for stopping by and I hope my two interviews were helpful.