A.W. Exley is our guest today. Here she is to share some of the things she has learned on her way to publishing her book.
Books and writing have always been an enormous part of Anita's life. She survived school by hiding out in the library, with several thousand fictional characters for company. At university, she overcame the boredom of studying accountancy by squeezing in Egyptology papers and learning to read hieroglyphics.
Today, Anita writes steampunk novels with a sexy edge and an Egyptian twist. She lives in rural New Zealand surrounded by an assortment of weird and wonderful equines, felines, canine and homicidal chickens.
You can catch the other parts of her interview here:
Part 1 @ Terri Bruce – http://www.terribruce.net Wednesday, April 10th
Part 2 @ T.W. Fendley - http://twfendley.com/ Thursday, April 11th
Part 3 @Emily LaBonte - http://emlabonte.blogspot.com/ Friday, April 12th
Part 4 @ Sandra Ulbrich Almazon - http://ulbrichalmazan.
Part 5 @ Dean C. Rich - http://deanswritingtime.
Words of Wisdom
- Tell us about your route to success – where there any bumps and bruises along the way?
Like every other writer out there, I wrote my debut novel and dove into the query trenches. I received numerous full and partial requests, but no offers. My feedback was the dreaded "like it, but don't love it enough to offer rep." So I shelved project #1 and wrote project #2. I took a different tact, submitted to smaller presses who specialize in sci-fi & fantasy and scored my publishing contract with Curiosity Quills.
- Why did you decide to go with an indie publisher? Did you use/do you have an agent?
I think a small press has a lot to offer. I know a number of steampunk authors go the self pub route, but I honestly didn’t feel it was for me. I wasn't just offered a publishing contract, I gained an instant writing family. Curiosity Quills do everything a big publisher does (editing, formatting, cover art, proof reading, publicity) plus, being small, the owners are more approachable and I feel more involved in what is going on. The authors also share ideas and help each other and we are currently working on a couple of anthologies to be published in July.
- What are the most important elements of good writing?
A good story. You need to learn the difference between having an awesome setting with relatable characters milling around and a story that will keep people turning the page.
- What tools are must-haves for writers?
A good dictionary, don't rely on Spellchecker – I have frequent arguments with it! Lol
You need a sense of humour, because sometimes, everything will go wrong.
- Do you have any advice for other writers?
Don't give up and just keep at it. Everything you write will improve your craft. Some people literally find fame overnight, for the rest of us it’s a long, and sometimes lonely, road. So pack a sleeping bag and a cuddly toy for the journey.
- What do you feel is the key to your success?
For me, I think it would be knowing I have an engaged fan base, that somewhere, out there, are people waiting for my next novel. That would be magical.
Or if I could have Ian Somerhalder in the film of my book :)
- What are your current / future project(s)?
I am currently working on a sequel, entitled HATSHEPSUT'S COLLAR. Queen Victoria is in the grips of an insatiable bloodlust thanks to an ancient Egyptian necklace, and it's the least of Cara Devon's problems.
Cara Devon has always suffered curiosity and impetuousness, but tangling with a serial killer might cure that. Permanently.
London, 1861. Impoverished noble Cara has a simple mission after the strange death of her father - sell off his damned collection of priceless artifacts. Her plan goes awry when aristocratic beauties start dying of broken hearts, an eight inch long brass key hammered through their chests. A killer hunts amongst the nobility, searching for a regal beauty and an ancient Egyptian relic rumored to hold the key to immortality.
Her Majesty’s Enforcers are in pursuit of the murderer and they see a connection between the gruesome deaths and Cara. So does she, somewhere in London her father hid Nefertiti’s Heart, a fist sized diamond with strange mechanical workings. Adding further complication to her life, notorious crime lord, Viscount Nathaniel Lyons is relentless in his desire to lay his hands on Cara and the priceless artifact. If only she could figure out his motive.
Self-preservation fuels Cara's search for the gem. In a society where everyone wears a mask to hide their true intent, she needs to figure out who to trust, before she makes a fatal mistake.
Please let us know where your readers can stalk you:
Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/AWExley
Goodreads author page: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6585392.A_W_Exley
What format is your book(s) available in (print, e-book, audio book, etc.)?
e-book and paperback.