Life has been a little chaotic this week and I haven’t completed reading a next book yet, possibly because I’m reading 3 at the same time, lol, so instead, I’m sharing my latest interview.
I was thrilled to be invited to be a guest author at Sally Cronin’s Smorgasbord. One never knows what Sally is going to ask us, so if your curious, have a read and continue reading over at Sally’s place.
This week my lovely friend Debby, D.G. Kaye is taking over the hot seat and will be sharing the background to why she writes non-fiction and memoirs, her publishing adventures, favourite music and the one big adventure she would like to experience.
Time to find out more about Debby’s chosen subjects.
Thanks for having me over here today Sal. It’s always a pleasure to be featured on your esteemed blog.
Tell us about your genre of books that you write and why.
I’ve always been a ‘tell it the way it is’ kind of girl. In fact, I’m pretty sure I should have been a reporter. I’m a nonfiction/memoir writer and no matter how hard I try to get around that by dabbling into the odd fiction writing piece, it always seemed I was writing on factual incidents, so I decided why bother packing it as fiction, why not just own up to it and tell the truth. All my stories have lessons in them that others can take from them. And when a story isn’t about a serious topic, I’ll always try to inject humor whenever I can. Why? Because sometimes we all just need to look for the funny.
What adventures have you had publishing your work?
Seriously? I could write another book with my adventures and mishaps of self-publishing, but I’ll share a few here.
Before I began writing my first book, I spent a year trying to learn the business of publishing. I signed up for many newsletters from some of the pioneers in the biz to learn the essentials about how editors worked, what formatting entailed, the importance of good, professional book covers, and marketing. I was overwhelmed to say the least but my passion to write books was stronger than my fear of the publishing process. Through the course of writing and publishing 6 books, I learned a lot about what makes a good book cover, a painful lesson on hiring the wrong editor, what a properly formatted book entails (without learning the actual process of formatting myself, but I give good directives, lol), and the importance of sharing, caring and giving back where I can.
I am humble. And I never forget how intimidating it was for me to publish my first book and the people who reached out to give me great advice and a helping hand when I was eager to learn and grateful for any help anyone could offer me. That help came in ways of suggestions for editors, formatters, cover artists, promotional opportunities and friendships I slowly made along the way with other writers who had generously given of their time to help me solve many dilemmas along the way. Continue reading . . .