- I worked as a developmental trade editor, professional business writer for more than twenty years; got me nowhere in fiction land, so I went Indie.
- Started with Amazon/Create Space, then Smashwords; so far, so good. Smashwords is very impressive.
- I’ve used every marketing venue out there, including radio interviews, book readings, local print advertising, library services. Working on a trailer.
- I was compelled to write A Few Men Faithful: A Kavanagh Story I by my lifelong interest in Irish history, mythology, politics and literature. Ditto the other two in the series, Philly MC and Shooter in a Plague Year.
- All three are traditional historical fiction; suits my research training and personality.
- I have many, many writing influences, but in this case I’d have to say Roddy Doyle, James Joyce, Frank McCourt, Jane Austen.
- Like Dickens and Thackeray, I treat writing as a 9-5 job. Set out blocks of time and don’t vary the routine, even if you draw a blank. You can always revise.
- I would definitely self-publish again; the fourth in the series is due for summer release on Amazon and Smashwords.
- Advice to self-published authors? Hire a freelance editor and pay attention. As an editor myself, I can’t recommend this more highly, and I certainly can’t edit my own work beyond a certain point. You set the rules: “The style is the style,” for example. For plot development and characterization, a freelancer can be very, very helpful.
You can find out about the books under Jim Wills on Amazon.com or at Smashwords: http://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/Kavanagh47 .
I’m always looking for advice from more experienced Indie authors and will certainly pass on what I’ve learned. If April is the cruelest month, then marketing is the hardest job ever.