Tuesday, April 20, 2010

You Can't Keep Me Home Anymore

I've been getting around.

Today, thriller author J.A. Konrath interviewed me on his blog, A Newbie's Guide to Publishing.

I've been reading this blog for a long time, and think Joe (J.A.) has some great insights and a very compelling writing style. Not too long ago I was literally the newbie in the title, but since then I've learned a lot about the publishing business and self-publishing on Kindle in particular. I'm honored to be a featured guest of the blog.

Thanks, Mr. Konrath!

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9 comments:

Bill B said...

Lots of good info condensed into one interview ... kudos & thanks!

Karen McQ. said...

Thanks, Bill. I'm glad I came off well. There's a thin line between sharing your ideas and coming off like a know-it-all. I've been very lucky and I realize that.

I know so many very talented writers who haven't made the inroads I have (some of them are much better writers than I am, just between us), and I hope my story encourages them to keep going.

Bill B said...

As far as that thin line, you're way over on the humble side, "sharing your ideas" -- they're helpful, and I find it refreshing and a joy to read of your successes!

While picking up books randomly, I've come across some that are mediocre, some that are not too original or won't hold my interest, and others that just make my jaw drop with how well-written they are. I totally zone-out while reading those spectacular ones, and love to see the authors become successful enough to keep cranking out more good reads!

Anne R. Allen said...

Great, inspiring interview. You're a pioneer! I just read your 2009 post about covers. Really useful stuff. Thanks!

Karen McQ. said...

Thanks so much for your nice comment, Anne! I'm glad I could be helpful.

And Bill,isn't that what it all comes down to--a good read? The words, "Tell me a story," go back to the dawn of time (or so I imagine, I'm not quite that old). As a reader I want to be pulled into the story by wanting to know what happens next. I think most people feel that way, regardless of their taste in books.

Helen Hanson said...

I've been sharing your Q & A and website links with other writers. I appreciate your willingness to share your experiences. I've got a full ms with an agent who really likes my writing. But the Karen McQ story is a compelling read, tempting me to go it alone. The value added by print publishers diminishes each day: the call for established platforms, low marketing budgets, the lack of personal control, et cetera. I don’t blame them for this, but it does give a writer reason to consider all the options.

I’m very happy for your success! May your sales knock your socks off! You’ve given others reason for an alternative hope. Take care.

Karen McQ. said...

Hello again Helen Hanson!

I really liked your comment. This especially resonated with me:

"The value added by print publishers diminishes each day: the call for established platforms, low marketing budgets, the lack of personal control, et cetera. I don’t blame them for this, but it does give a writer reason to consider all the options."

I feel that way too. I understand that publishers acquire books based somewhat on projected sales and that they select titles carefully in order to minimize their financial risk. It's a business, I get that.

Still, as a writer, I had novels that I thought (hoped?) might be enjoyed by readers. With Kindle I was able to do it all myself and let the market decide. I'm so glad I did, and I'd love to see other deserving writers do the same.

Laurence MacNaughton, Author said...

Thanks, Karen, for sharing your valuable insights! I met Joe years ago on his first book tour, and he bemoaned the fate of his unpublished manuscripts. Now, obviously, all of that has changed -- for the better! Between you, Joe and my agent (who sent me a link to Joe's blog, saying how neat this all is), I finally took the plunge and put a novella up on Amazon. What a delightful experience!

Karen McQuestion said...

Hi Laurence,

Thanks for stopping by my blog and leaving a comment.

Your agent sounds like a progressive thinker!

I just checked out your novella, Dead Men Don't Bite. What a great title and terrific, horrible cover! I predict it will do well.