Today we have Lisa Fender and Toni Burns sharing their insight into the rocking world of Indie publishing. Check these laddies out!
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|Lisa Fender and Toni Burns|
What do you think is the benefit of going Indie and self-publishing your own work?
First I didn't want to wait years for my book to be published, second, you make more money when you don't have to share it with agents, publishers and book stores, and third, you still have to do all the hard work of marketing anyway, you might as well reap the rewards!
What do you think is the biggest challenge an Indie author faces?
Saturation of the industry. There are tons of books out there so it makes it tough to stand out.
What are you working on right now?
We (my sister Toni and I) are working on Lore book 2 of The Lorn Prophecy series. Soon after will be Lineage book 2 of the Djenyre Chronicles.
Fable book 1 of the Lorn Prophecy, is our first book out, already on Goodreads and Amazon. It takes you into two worlds, the one we all live in and the Djenrye world. Stevie is our main character and she finds out there's more to herself than she thought possible!
What advice can you share with other Indie and aspiring Indie authors?
Learn basic creative writing skills so your books will be clean and tight! You want your book to shine! Also, don't forget a pro editor!
Which authors inspire you?
George R R Martin, J K Rowling, J R R Tolkien, also the show Ancient Aliens
What genre are your books?
Fantasy fiction. Our books are part urban, part epic and soon a little sci-fi mixed in!
Do you work to an outline or plot, or do you prefer to just see where an idea takes you?
I used to be a panster, but not any more. I've learned with world building you need to keep track of everything.
How do you think you’ve evolved creatively?
Absolutely! Between hiring a writing coach years ago and our critique partners I learn every day. Now I am teaching creative writing skills to beginning writers. I am still discovering new skills!
How long, on average, does it take you to write a book?
By the time we write, send to critique partners, fix critiques, send to Michael, a friend who critiques us again, and then editor, about a year.
Do you market your books?
Yes, every day! We are on all the major social sites and are now building our website. We are hoping to have an interactive site for our readers (fans) to join in on the world building and get their ideas!
Is there anything else you would like to add that you haven’t included?
My goal is to see more self-published authors put out nice, clean books. It's hard to get people to trust that your books are written well and worth the read when they have bought self-pubs and they are filled with info dump, head hopping and the like. They don't want to spend their hard earned money on a book they will just put down. I try to get out the word how important this is to your continued sales and success.