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Welcome to today’s podcast! Today, I am thrilled to be speaking with author Stacy Juba!
A: It’s important to read a lot, especially in the genre you want to write. Start with an idea, perhaps based on past experience. I got the idea for my Storybook Valley series from my engagement at Disney World and honeymoon at Disneyland Paris. Be on the lookout for the ideas that are all around you and look at your own past experiences to get you started.
A: Usually I have an idea of the ending and I always begin with an outline. I recommend new writers do an outline to stay on track. Be open to the outline changing as sometimes characters go in a different direction or you need to come up with some plot twists when you are halfway through the book.
A: I have done both – I started with traditional and the benefits included an advance before the book was published, they sent out review copies to big review publications, and they have representatives who work with bookstores. Drawbacks include time to obtain an agent, long wait times for the publisher to get back to you, and bouncing around throughout the firm. As for self-publishing, it’s a great time to be a writer now. Back when I started, you had to invest thousands of dollars for hard copy books but now you can use Amazon for Kindle and upload a file. You will have to hire a graphic designer to layout the book for you and design the cover but otherwise, it’s very easy to self-publish. You really need to ensure your book is very strong since anyone can self-publish nowadays. You also need to be prepared to do a lot of self-promotion.
A: Dive in and start writing…then see what happens!
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