K.S. Brooks is an award-winning novelist, photographer, and photo-journalist, author of over 30 titles, and executive director (AKA Fearless Leader) of Indies Unlimited. Brooks is a staff photo-journalist and chief copy editor for two eastern Washington newspapers. She currently teaches writing and self-publishing for the Community Colleges of Spokane, and has served on the Indie Author Day advisory board. For more about K.S. Brooks, visit her website and her Amazon author page
Yes, I do believe necessity IS the mother of invention. I don’t know who originally said that, and I’m too damned lazy to Google it. Huh, in fact, I’m so lazy that I just used “Google” as a verb. So there.
I have no intention of defending my laziness. Frankly, I’m proud of it. I use my energy solely for writing and marketing my books. My houseplants are wilting and my dinner is still in the freezer. But I put in a long day filled with paper cuts, taping my fingers together and filling in U.S. Customs paperwork so I could send out “Advance Review Copies” of my new book.
There’s that word: review. That all too elusive review – the one that should be written quickly and gladly by the person receiving your book for free. But it doesn’t go that way, does it? BE HONEST – you know it doesn’t. Even though they basically gave their word they’d review your book – what percentage of them actually do it?
Wow. One of the most common…flubs, for lack of a better word…that I see is a Facebook author page with a discombobulated URL. I must see at least one or two a day. “Come check out my page!” they’ll say to me, presenting me with a link that looks like “http://www.facebook.com/pages/Judy-the-author/260458930631195” Hey, Judy, guess what? No one’s going to remember how to get to your author page with a link like that.
Don’t feel badly, authors aren’t the only ones who fall into this — lots of folks with “Business” and other kinds of pages do as well. And guess what? There is something you can do about it.
I’m not sure when it started. There was what seemed to be a simple, innocent message on Facebook: a “hi, I don’t know you, but I just read your blog and you seem very professional. Would you like to write a guest post for my blog?” I was flattered. I didn’t know this Stephen Hise person, but obviously he had good taste. He wanted to know about my experience as an Indie Author. I certainly had a lot of that. And my journey was probably one of the oddest I can recall. I’m not in the habit of writing guest posts. I’m lazy. Lazy as hell in fact. I’m a driven lunatic with one goal in mind: write books. I turned out 4 in 2011, and I’m shooting for 5 in 2012. 2013 is going to be a bye. In any case, I obliged. You can read my guest post here.
Then, the next email came. “Want to do an interview?” he asked. I may be a single-sighted lunatic, but I’m not stupid. Any time I get an opportunity for free exposure, I take it. Interviews are usually easy, and sometimes I learn things about myself. And, to top it off, Steve’s interviews are then posted in feature article format. As we’d say back in Boston “that’s the ballz.” So I agreed. (You can read that story here.) Continue reading “How Did This Happen??”
It is a strange new world. Self-published authors are ganging up on me, even picking on me because I’m with a publisher. It’s a small, independent publisher, one which actually cares about its authors. But still — if you knew where I came from, you’d know why this leaves me feeling like someone tasered me and left me in an alley.
I started writing Lust for Danger in 1986. I tried for years to get it published, following the traditional route – as that was all there was at the time (vanity publishing was never a consideration). I received plenty of rejection letters that were kind and regretful, stating that they couldn’t take a chance on me because I was a first-time author. Some of these letters were so good that I saved them so I could quote them once the book would finally be published – some day, some how. “Lively and entertaining,” “fine and creative storyteller,” “I liked the pace of the story and the strong female heroine,” and “great plot, well written” were just some of the comments made to me while being told “no thank you.” That was what kept me going. Continue reading “My Strange New World by Special Guest, Author K.S. Brooks”