Debut Authors Roundtable Discussion

AuthorsOnTheWeb.com asked eight debut authors about what it was like to have their books published. Each of them has a terrific story to tell --- and no two stories are alike. Click on their names below to read on and learn about the writing habits, advice, and future plans of these rising stars. They also have some insightful responses to our fourteen roundtable questions about the realities of being a first-time author.

Meet the Authors:


John Searles

NM Kelby

Thisbe
Nissen
Stephanie
Gertler*

Roundtable Discussion

1. AOTW: In our recent interview with seven well-respected authors on AuthorsOnTheWeb.com, five authors (Deaver, Kellerman, Meltzer, Anderson and Handler) said that they outlined their books, while two others (Scottoline and Ayres) do not. Did you outline before you began your book, or did you let the story evolve on its own?
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2. AOTW: Whether you outlined, or not, did the story end up the way you planned?
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3. AOTW: Describe your editing process. Do you write and then go back to edit later, or do you revise a page until it is right, then proceed to the next page, and so on?
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4. AOTW: The dread of all writers, from novelists to columnists to college students at exam time is writer's block. What methods, or tricks, if you will, have you utilized to overcome the blank stare at the blank page?
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5. AOTW: Do you have a "day job," in addition to being a published author? How do you balance your "day job" with writing books?
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6. AOTW: In Stephen King's On Writing, he prescribes two things, which every aspiring writer must do: 1) read a lot and 2) write a lot. Do you agree with him? And if so, how do you balance reading and writing?
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7. AOTW: Where do you write? What do you envision as your "perfect" writing room?
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8. AOTW: Who is your "first reader" or "readers" when you finish your work?
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9. AOTW: Was there promotion/marketing done for your first book? If so, what was it? What might you have done differently? Did you or your publisher use the web to promote your book? Do you have a website?
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10. AOTW: Was there promotion/marketing done for your first book? If so, what was it? What might you have done differently? Did you or your publisher use the web to promote your book? Do you have a website?
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11. AOTW: Do you monitor your Amazon ranking, or sales numbers vigilantly? If so, what do you find the best driver of them to be?
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12. AOTW: How did you feel and how did you react the first time you saw your book on a shelf in a bookstore?
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13. AOTW: What was it like to have your book reviewed by critics? Or to hear from readers?
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14. AOTW: Tell us about your next book and what you have in the works for the future.
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* Photo by Judy Lawne.

 

 

 

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