Today AuthorHouse presents the conclusion of our interview with Carolyn Breckinridge, self-published author of Tuscaloosa Boneyard and Tuscaloosa Moon. The first two parts of our chat with this fascinating writer are available in our Author Blogs section, and we definitely recommend checking them out!
Carolyn, what’s the one message you’d like to convey to readers about your books?
Most of us know the saying that writing is one percent inspiration and ninety-nine percent perspiration, but marketing takes a whole different set of skills. Writing is an introverted process. Marketing is an extroverted process. Both require discipline and determination, but marketing also demands strategy and risk-taking. It’s definitely the hardest part of being a writer for me. I always encourage readers to spread the word if my books are enjoyable or meaningful to them.
What was your favorite part of self-publishing?
It’s fun and worthwhile to be the captain of one’s own ship. And every one of my contacts at AuthorHouse has been extremely professional, helpful, and supportive. The books themselves look great. For me thus far the self-publishing process has been a very good experience.
What advice would you give to the other aspiring authors out there?
Join a writing group where honest, positive critiquing is offered and where members support one another’s creative efforts. Read a variety of published authors. Believe in yourself and in your work and do something tangible to further your success every day.
What are you working on next?
I’m working on the third in my Addie Bramson mystery series and also on a book of short stories. I’m anxious to work on a series for young children and to transcribe my journals from my early teen years, living in East Africa.
Are there any events or promotions planned for your books?
I work hard at putting my work out there. So I do have several upcoming book signings, as well as feature articles, a festival, and hopefully some TV interviews. I’m always trying to learn from others who market their creative works. Seeking tips from others is a great way to build toward success.
Anything to add before we wrap things up?
Thank you to anyone who takes the time to read my work! There are so many talented writers and so many excellent books waiting to be discovered. One of my greatest thrills has been readers coming back for Tuscaloosa Boneyard after having purchased and read Tuscaloosa Moon. That feels great!
Thank you for your time, Carolyn, and best of luck with your upcoming projects!
Readers, both of Carolyn Breckinridge’s books are available in the AuthorHouse Bookstore.
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