I was recently interviewed about my work as an author on A Place for Writers. One of the questions they asked me was about my first publication experience. That was an experience I learned a lot from!
Author Interview Excerpt
Q: Please tell about your first publication – what was it, when, how you felt when it happened, problems you may have had, etc.
Here’s what I answered:
“I was asked to write a book about the ghosts that reportedly haunt the San Francisco Bay Area. I wasn’t passionate about the topic, so that made it really tough, but I enjoyed the opportunity to research the history and stories surrounding this city that I love. I didn’t receive a lot of support from the publisher when it came to marketing, though, and since I wasn’t passionate about the book it was tough to get excited to do that marketing on my own. That was a tough experience but it was a stepping stone that got me to where I am today, with a book I’m really proud to share!”
Elaborating a Little
My first published book was Ghosts of San Francisco, which was published in 2007 by Schiffer Publishing. There were some really wonderful things about writing that book. The best thing was that I learned tons about myself as a writer. Some of the things I learned:
- I enjoy doing research and sharing what I learn with others.
- I’m passionate about people’s individual stories.
- Writing and promoting a book requires a truly devoted interest to your topic. I thought a mild interest would suffice for me and that turned out not to be true. That’s why my new book, Crochet Saved My Life, is one I can talk about endlessly without tiring of it!
- A publisher can be very supportive in getting a final work completed. Despite that, I learned that I really have a DIY spirit and there’s a lot I prefer about self-publishing.
- Authors are highly responsible for the marketing and promotion of their own work even with a publisher behind them. I learned the parts of this that were tough for me; I’ve gotten better over time!
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