In today’s interview I talk to Judith Glynn about her varied writing background. From freelance travel writing, to fiction, to memoirs, Judith has written all across the board, and this is an interview that dives into that background, as well as what she is working on currently. We also talk about gaining exposure for your books in the traditional media, and what value that might have to a self-published author.
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Judith wrote her first book as a diary and later came back to edit and put it out. Before that she had been writing travel non-fiction for major publications so had a background in freelance writing. This slowed down in the 90s when Judith started a business. She missed writing and went back to writing freelance travel articles. This work is not well paid, but you do get free trips!
Judith tried the traditional world for a while. Living in New York she decided to go to some local events and try and get interest from a publisher. Nothing ended up going through and so she decided to do it herself.
– There are many potential revenue streams for writers, not just the sale of books. Is there writing work you can pick up, get paid for, and also learn a lot about writing from?
– The production of your book is so essential. If you haven’t, plan out who you are going to need (or the process you are going to have to go through) to get the book right. How much is this going to cost? How long is it going to take?
– Typos. The beauty of self-publishing is that you can fix your ebook very quickly. Have you got emails from readers about typos? If yes, fix them, and re-upload the book, it’s easy.
– Is there a local critique group you can join? This will be really important for improving your craft.
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