Welcome to Shaggin the Muse’s first entry for the Indie-Pendence Blog Hop Week. Our goal this week is to not only raise awareness of indie authors but also discuss things like the state of our industry, how we got to where we are (no matter what part of the path we might be on), and just what “indie” is, anyway.
But that’s not all! We’re also going to be giving away copies of loads of books for free. I’ve started to take a general stance against gimmicky giveaways – though I know some guest posts recently have featured them. I think that indie authors need to get back to their roots and give away the things that matter most: books. That’s why I was thrilled to learn that we were expected to give away books.
That said, let’s see what you stand to win this week:
-eBooks of the Corridors of the Dead (limit 5)
-eBooks of the Kayson Cycle (limit 5)
-eBooks of the Station (limit 5)
-Advance eBook of Room 3 when it releases (limit 2)
-eBooks of the Newfoundland Vampire (limit 3)
-eBooks of Marie Loughin’s Valknut the Binding (limit 5)
That’s 25 free books ready for folks to win. And all you have to do is comment. Once you’ve commented, you’ll go into the drawing spreadsheet. On Friday, I’ll draw your number from the hat (a random number generator), and notify you of what you’ve won. Your odds are really, really good, and I know the involved authors would love your comments on our posts. I’m hoping this will be fun for everybody and spur some discussion.
So, my talk with Charles O’Keefe. If you’re a regular follower of this blog, you should know Charles as the promising author of The Newfoundland Vampire, which I reviewed a week ago (incidentally, you can purchase his book on Amazon, if you’re so inclined). After reading his book, I thought Charles would be a perfect fit for Indie-Pendence week. Let’s see what he had to say…
- Where did you get the original idea for The Newfoundland Vampire?
- Tell us a little about the writing process – how did you get started, and were there any stops?
- You said that you went through 16 drafts. What did your process look like, for example, did you handle a draft, and then hand it off to editors? Did you have beta readers?
The first draft took me about 8 months (from early March to mid-November 2010). I then showed it to a few people, got some feedback, and wrote up the second one. I started submitting it late November. That was a mistake and it was crap, something I didn’t realize until months later. After getting rejected by all the local places I decided to hire a local editor and wrote two very different (and much improved) drafts. I submitted those again to an American publisher, Penumbra Publishing. So yes, I did have other readers who gave me great suggestions and comments (one friend in particular was brutally honest and told me several chapters were terrible, he was right). Once it was submitted to Penumbra, however, it was in Pat’s (my editor) capable hands and the many drafts commenced. Then it was a back and forth process with some drafts with major changes, some small, from July 2011 to April 2012 which totaled 12 more before my book was completed.
- I noticed you’re with a publisher. At what point in the process did you sign on with them, and how did you end up with them?
- What does the future marketing for The Newfoundland Vampire look like?
- What’s your take – what makes a writer “indie”?
I think an indie writer is someone who is self-published/vanity published or published by an independent publisher outside of “the big six” (HarperCollins, Random House, Hachette, Simon & Schuster, Penguin and Macmillan). So I guess that means you’re a little outside of the mainstream, though as time goes by places like Amazon will completely change what it means to be mainstream at all. I think most people would joke an indie writer means you haven’t made a ton of money doing it, though I’m sure there are exceptions to that too. It’s like being an indie rocker or poet, you are doing it for the enjoyment and feedback, though you’d sell out in a minute for the money 😉 Just kidding, maybe 😉
So thanks to Charles for that one! Now for you, the reader. I’d love to hear your comments and thoughts on what it means to be an indie writer, the drafting process, and the marketing grind. Or you can click on the image below to access the other blogs on our hop. I’ll see you folks tomorrow.