When I was a kid, global meant something entirely different from what it means now. Global mail came as an aerogram and took an age to arrive and was covered in stamps and stickers. Likewise, if you traveled your passport bore witness to your adventures in a physical way. Global phone calls were expensive and required your other family members to wait while you chatted because there was only one cord into the phone and one cord out of the phone. Global meant time and effort. Now, global means instant and it means everyone. From the top of the world to the bottom we can connect, chat, skype, share and discuss at a rate never seen before. So this week I am reaching out to two very different parts of the world to see how they support their writing.
This month's authors:
LaToya began by writing short stories and now specializes in street fiction. I was interested to learn about her development:
What drew you to start writing street literature, and how would you define that genre?
What drew me to start writing street literature was that I was so inspired by major, crime, suspenseful, and movies that are in the action genre that made me a better author. That is why I wanted to create these complicated and bold characters just to fulfill my passion in the street literature genre. It is a hard process and it is rewarding to write street literature.
Who is your role model in writing and why?
My role model is the publisher I had worked with named Platinum. She had owned Platinum Presents at one point before we had discrepancies. I did not know that there was street literature until I met Platinum, whose real name is Bridget. She had seen something in my first manuscript that I had sent to her while I was trying to find a publishing home as a new author.
How has your writing changed and developed over time?
Ever since I worked for Platinum Presents my writing had changed for the better. My creativity wasn't limited and my marketing projects weren't too broad as you can say. But, I know that there is a lot of work to be done to be a bestselling author. I know that I would be an author full-time.
What part of being self-published is the hardest?
The hardest is marketing. But, promoting is so rewarding. I knew that marketing is so broad and is not all about a wide range of an audience. Being consistent with promoting my work to my target audience is the end of the battle. If I focus on my target audience along with my genre, then I wouldn't compete on displaying professionalism with the brand.
LaToya updates her books via Amazon which you can check out here: https://www.amazon.com/LaToya-McCray/e/B00DYABRHI/ref=dp_byline_cont_ebooks_1
I hope you can take a moment to offer support for her by checking it out, and I extend my thanks for being interviewed!
Ernest from London is both a writer and an inspirational speaker. I was keen to find out how he got involved in both:
As both an inspirational speaker as well as an author, if you could give writers one piece of advice what would you tell them?
Writers need to write books tailored to the type of audience in that niche.
What has been the highlight of your writing career and what has been the hardest part so far?
The highlight of my writing career has been that the books have been a solution to job candidates unable to ace job interviews or to prepare for job interviews etc. The hardest part is to write my books and get the attention required.
How do you like to prepare your books? Are they planned out years in advance or do you like to write down your learning as you go?
I like to write my books as the ideas come to my mind and therefore l write the ideas down and prepare a draft for the table of contents.
Ernest loves to engage with readers via his website. You can find out more at: www.ernestenabulele.com
Please look him up and say hello as a show of support, and I extend my thanks for being interviewed!
I wish to thank you for taking the time to read and engage with me! Happy reading everyone! VK Tritschler