In general, all my writing is inspired by my children. I have one child at each end of the reading spectrum: one is an avid reader and one has a self-diagnosed allergy to reading. I write to entice my children to read and hope to nurture in them a love of reading.
As I am still very early in my writing career, I have not yet joined a critique group, but plan to in the near future.
When did you start writing?
Did you try the traditional route of seeking a publisher and/or agent to market your book? When did you decide to self-publish?
Once I decided to publish a book, I opted right away to self-publish. My day job’s demands left me little time to devote to querying for agents or publishers and the business woman in me wanted to directly test the market. With self-publishing, I was able to develop my book, and with minimal investment, release it to a larger reading market. It is exciting to receive feedback on the story. With the lessons I am learning, these will feed my future decisions to either continue to self-publish or try the traditional route.
A few years ago, I looked into publishing and had engaged in discussions with AuthorHouse. I was intrigued by the self-publishing process, but did not have enough time to dedicate at that moment. Time passed and on New Year’s Day this year, I set out a lofty goal to publish one of my books. The next day, as fate would have it, AuthorHouse followed up with me to see if I was still interested in publishing with them. And the game was on.
What are some of the promotions that you’ve done for the book that have been the most successful? What would you tell other authors to avoid?I have promoted my book via online social media, press releases, Google ad campaign, Goodreads giveaway, and word-of-mouth. I will be participating in The Word on the Street Book Festival in Toronto, Canada this September and expect this to be a good promotional event. As it is still very early, I reserve my opinion on what has been successful and what should be avoided.
What has pleasantly surprised you in the process?
I have had an entirely enjoyable experience with this book so far. The most thrilling part was seeing the illustration designs. It was a sensational feeling to see the artist’s interpretation of my story. I was elated.
What advice would you give someone who wants to publish their own book?
Don’t let your own hesitation or self-doubt prevent you from actualizing your dream of publishing a book. Keep taking steps that will bring you closer to that dream. Write the best story you can. Polish your writing and craft. Decide on the route you will take. Seek out an agent or a publisher, or make an arrangement with a self-publisher. Just keep moving forward. The results are eternally rewarding.
What is the writing best advice you’ve been given?Stop talking about writing; just write.
What message would you like parents and children to take away from your books?
I would like children and parents to challenge their own imagination when they read, What is Growing Out of Your Ear? In this story, the main character, Angela, eats a bowl of cherries and happens to swallow the cherry pits. What unfolds tests the limits of the readers’ imagination and I think there is a fun opportunity for parents to ask their children, “What do you think would happen if you swallowed a cherry pit?”
That's all for today's interview. If you would like to learn more about Angela's writing and what is coming up next, here's a link to her website www.angelagraham.webs.com. Or got to her Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/pages/Angela-Graham/246014062237812