|Night Of The Cossack|
Hi Tom, We have traveled in the same circles for years and this is one long overdue conversations. Thank you for being here.
Tom, was writing fiction always behind the scenes while you were writing nonfiction?
No. I didn't think about writing fiction until I was 65.
What were some of the pitfalls you ran into in your own writing career?
The first one was regretting that I disliked English in school and didn't pay attention. A group of writers, nearly all retired English teachers, rescued me via a critique group. I was surprised that I knew as much as I did, but they were wonderful.
What does a Literary Strategist do?
I coach and assist authors/writers, one-on-one, through the entire writing/publishing process--if this is what they need/want. I also work on an as needed basis. Look at me as a manager/quarterback. I have a large circle of resources that includes website designers,
editors, formatters, graphic artists, public relations, and whatever else may be needed to succeed with the publishing and book marketing.
What led you to become one?
When I wrote my novel, Night of the Cossack, I was published by a small independent
publisher. It was the worst time to publish, 2011, as the publishing industry was changing at rocket speed. Brick and mortar stores were closing, publishers were requiring platforms, and marketing suddenly became a hot potato. Although I had 40+ years of marketing
experience, I found book marketing to be a significant challenge. Like most authors, I waited until the book was being printed before doing any marketing. I met hundreds of
authors who were doing what everyone else was doing without finding out what did or didn't work. I decided to combine my marketing, writing, and publishing experiences and help authors/writers market.
Who would need a Literary Strategist and what can you do for them?
I wrote a blog on the subject of who needs a Literary Strategist.
Does Night of the Cossack convey a theme or message?
|The Legend of the Tickle Bug|
Tell us about The Legend of the Tickle Bug?
What role does faith play in your life?
Was there any particular book or author who influenced you?
What authors do you read?
Are you writing now?
What advice would you give to your younger self?
Thank you, Tom for doing this interview. I enjoyed talking to you! ~JD