Today, I’m happy to welcome author Laura Pauling to the independent writing series. Laura was kind enough to answer a few questions. Be sure to check out her blog to learn more about her writing.
Do you think much about your audience when you are writing? In other words, do you have a totally different mindset when writing YA than when writing for adults?
Good question. Yes, I think there’s a different mindset when writing for different ages. Sometimes capturing that middle grade voice or that teen voice can be very difficult. Thank God for beta readers and my vivid memories of being a teen.
When I’m writing the first draft, I’m thinking about the story, the character and their experiences. Often I’ll complete pages of rewriting until I find the right kind of voice.
What do you find most difficult about self publishing?
For authors just starting out, learning the process of formatting and all the tiny things like establishing a business and creating accounts was a big learning curve. But those struggles/decision all happened at the start. After that, the second most difficult aspect of self-publishing is discoverability. Regardless of how you publish, I believe that is a problem.
But none of the difficulties have ever made me regret my decision to move forward with my career.
Can you talk a bit about your involvement in IndieReCon? How the idea came about, or what the goal is, or whatever you’d like to share?
Shelli is the big organizer. IndieReCon started with her enthusiasm for helping other writers. All of the hosts involved believed in the vision. We all loved WriteOnCon, so the idea of a free online conference for those interested in self-publishing naturally followed. I helped with the agenda and contacting people, collection bios and pictures and adding them to the website.
I’m super excited and looking forward to learning and expanding my knowledge.
Are there particular writing-related blogs, resources, or web sites you especially like (in addition to your own, of course!)
In the past few years, I’ve gone through my share of writing-related blogs. There are some great ones out there. Adventures in YA and Children’s publishing is terrific with tons of writing articles. Janice Hardy, author, shares her craft knowledge and also has quite a large library on her blog. A couple others are Alexandra Sokoloff and Larry Brooks (Story Fix).
As far as self-publishing I recommend, Dean Wesley Smith, Kris Rusch, Bob Mayers – those are the big ones. You can Google any topic and find many helpful blogs.
Many writers have trouble simply getting the words on the page. In a recent blog post, you mentioned your “production schedule”. Could you describe how you plan your work?
I have the next couple years planned out. Of course, it changes and I’m flexible. I’ll delay a release if it needs more attention or another beta reader. My books always go through an editor too. When I first started writing, it was harder to get the words on the page. But the more I write, the easier it gets. It’s work, like most jobs, so building stamina is part of it. I’m driven and consider this my job, so that motivates me right there.
As far as the technicalities, I’ve been writing enough that I know how long it takes me to write a first draft, complete major rewrites, go through beta readers, rewrite and then polish.