Tips From The Field: Author Interviews

Tips From The Field: Author Interviews

It’s always a good idea to learn from the mistakes and successes of others to save yourself time, money, and to propel your career forward. Today, we’ve asked some of our authors three questions about their writing and publishing experiences:

  • Which Tools/Services, whether free or paid, have changed your career as an author, and how?
  • What do you do/use to get through writer’s block?
  • What motivates you to write?

Let’s jump in and hear what they’ve got to say…

1) Which Tools/Services, whether free or paid, have changed your career as an author, and how?

Antonio Rolando Arenas book

“ProWritingAid has assisted with writing and editing my manuscript.”

Arlene Lomazoff-Marron

“First a computer, then a laptop, then the ability to search online for information, maps and photographs, then thesaurus.com: each made me more efficient. Next, finding an editor through the Freelance Editor Association website, a proofreader through my editor, and a cover designer through 99designs.com.”

William Michael Ried

“I use Celtx for scripts its a free download and is a great asset when formulating scenes and action.”

Myron Edwards

“I think Facebook and Amazon ads have helped promote my books to a wider audience.”

Catori

“Using Amazon's KDP program helped me follow the independent publishing route with such ease. Without it, I wouldn't be where I am today.”

Anthony Taylor

“I am a writer who constantly sought to publish what he wrote and I could not do it because I live in a province in western Argentina where there are no book publishers but printers for wine bottle labels. I approached people and officials from the cultural environment but I did not receive encouragement from them. On certain occasions, I glued poetry sheets to the walls of the city. I made efforts to publish in newspapers and magazines in my country. But with the internet everything changed, since there are sites for the dissemination of my writings. Thanks to the internet, I was able to access publishers in other countries and arrange the edition of my books, for example the Strategic Book Publishing & Rights Agency publishing house made “Diálogos internos” (a book that brings together my poetic exercises carried out between 1982 and 2014). I also made an electronic book "El juego de los errores" with the publisher Smashwords (a book that brings together the first stories, the first stories, since 1987). I have made a video on YouTube for the promotion and reach readers who did not know me. I have arranged interviews with newspapers and magazines from other countries about my work as a writer. That is to say, I have positioned myself as a writer with international arrival in Spanish, risking some translations in English. I have no offers in my country. I do have offers from other countries for everything: tools, services. I agree, at this time, to the free offers, since I consider that my task is a job and that I should receive remuneration for my participation.”

Antonio Rolando Arenas

2) What do you do/use to get through writer's block?

Arlene Lomazoff-Marron book

“If I am struggling with writing sequentially, I sometimes write passages or chapters out of sequence, then align them later.”

Arlene Lomazoff-Marron

“Doesn't happen. The only limit on how much I write is time.”

Myron Edwards

“Actually I have a trick, I imagine a block as a series of steps. When writing on the page I move one step up each time, if I get stuck I go down a step and start again. Gradually climbing up the steps. Till I am back in the flow.”

William Michael Ried

“I work on a different project.”

Catori

“Usually, I find myself walking through nature or breaking away from my writing. I've always found that getting my mind off the matter will help bring forth more creativity that my mind has blocked.”

Anthony Taylor

“I am not much troubled by writer's block. I have suffered it without realizing it. After having suffered it, I have continued with my work as a writer. Then I had a stage with the internet in which I read experiences of other people who spoke frequently about writer's block. I learned to distinguish it and realized when I suffered from writer's block and when not. And I say that I do not trouble much because when I detect that I have writer's block, I decide to go for a walk, or I decide to go to eat ice cream, or I decide to watch a movie at the cinema. Then when that writer's block passes I go back to my writing assignment.”

Antonio Rolando Arenas

3) What motivates you to write?

Catori book

Anthony Taylor book

“I am motivated by the need to tell stories that haven't been written before.”

Arlene Lomazoff-Marron

“Wanting to share an experience or an idea at the same time as engaging the reader.”

William Michael Ried

“My imagination and creativity with the desire to get something down on paper.”

Myron Edwards

“A desire to share my stories with others.”

Catori

“The art from other people. What they can do (and create) helps inspire me to continue what I love doing.”

Anthony Taylor

William Michael Ried book

“At first I was motivated by the idea of expressing myself artistically. Then the interest in seeing that work published. And by sharing the publication, I was greatly encouraged by the realization, inclusion or social acceptance that my person as a writer had and still has. Over time, I was motivated by the intention to participate in a contest with the interest of making money, publication and recognition in the literary and social fields. Currently, I am motivated by the fact that the social and literary environment considers that I have not given up, that I am not defeated, that despite the inclemencies that living in Argentina means, I continue to write in an artistic way, I manage to express myself and I can transcend.”

Antonio Rolando Arenas

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