Here are a few common questions I get asked.
If you need further clarification/help hit me up with an email or a tweet.
Do you have an agent?
Who is Good Gravy Publishing?
Me. Myself. And I.
Why did you decide to self-publish?
Self-publishing is the right fit for me and my family.
Did you query agents?
I did! In 2012, after the death of my father, I queried agents. However, I'd lost the passion and drive I had for publication prior to my dad's death and decided to take a break from seeking out publication. What followed was a year of self reflection and discovery. I'm in a much better place now and feel my debut novel All The What Ifs benefited greatly from the time away.
Do you think you will ever pursue traditional publishing?
At this juncture in my life the answer to that question is a firm no. And while I believe the future is a hard thing to predict and saying never is a dangerous thing, I can say without qualms that I am choosing to self-publish not as a last ditch effort to get my book out. I am self-publishing because it is the publishing option that most appeals to me. And that, my friends, is that.
Hiya, Ang! I've noticed your eBook is only sold on Amazon!
Doesn't this limit your audience and aren't you concerned about Amazon forcing indie book stores and Barnes & Noble out of business?! You should be making a stand not adding to the problem!
Well hello right back at you, my friend!
The decision to exclusively sell the eBook of All The What Ifs on Amazon was not an easy one. I've spent the last year comparing the different platforms and distributors. I've also talked with fellow self-published authors and received hard data on their sales. I know this has become a contentious (and at times ugly) debate. Lines have been drawn and a lot of assumptions on both sides have been made. Please understand I am not making a statement nor picking sides, I am merely trying to make the best business decision possible for All The What Ifs.
When it comes down to it as a self-published author I'm playing two diverse roles. On one hand, I'm a writer/reader who has strong beliefs and views. On the other hand, I'm a business woman who needs to make smart choices for her business.
I know my limitations as an author. I am small potatoes, my friend. I have no ideas of grandeur. All The What Ifs will not spike to the top of the charts and make me a millionaire. However, I'd like to give All The What Ifs the best send off into the world possible. It is my humble belief that the Amazon KDP Select program with its lending option and its free promotional days is best suited to a no-name, self-published author like myself.
Please feel free to contact me and start up a conversation if you feel you have something important to add to my decision! I welcome open, honest, respectful conversations. Also know, I have thought long and hard about this decision. As odd as it might seem, choosing Amazon KDP Select will not only give All The What Ifs a fighting chance in this great big universe filled with books, but it will give me the opportunity to get my book into readers' hands for free while at the same time promoting the book and helping it potentially gain a wider audience. I'm hard pressed to find a better deal for both me and my readers.
What about the paperback?
The All The What Ifs paperback is also sold on Amazon. You can find her here.
Hi! I'm a writer. I've got this awesome manuscript.
Would you read it and tell me what you think?!
Hiya, fan-freaking-tastic unknown to me writer! The uncomfortable yet humble answer to this question is no. I cannot accept unsolicited requests at this time. HOWEVER, I do have a fantastic editor/friend/beta reader who does this sort of thing for a living! Her name is Miranda Boers and she is my trusty editor who helped me beat All The What Ifs into shape. She's an excellent resource and I'd highly recommend her services.
Hello! I'm an author. I've got this awesome book!
Would you like an Advanced Reader Copy in exchange for a review?!
Hiya, amazeballz unknown to me author! I've got a feeling you know where this is going. The answer is a very humble, reluctant, but firm no. As an ex-book blogger turned author I'm all too aware of the time and effort it takes to review books. I also understand the need for transparency as an author with my readers. If I say I like/love/dislike a book I want you all to know it's from a sincere place. Full disclosure is my number one priority.
Here's my book reviewing policy:
I do not review books unless I personally buy or rent them. Meaning, I do not accept requests to read ARCs nor do I request them for myself. I DO read and critique manuscripts for my critique partners and good writerly friends, but I do not review their books in any capacity unless I've spent my own money on them.
I'm an avid, eclectic reader. I love finding new reads that challenge and inspire me. Friend me on Twitter and/or Goodreads and hit me up with your thoughts on sprinkles, sparkles, cookies, and guacamole and the likelihood that I'll check out your book is pretty darn high.
What is your advice to aspiring writers?
Write a lot. Read even more. It's that simple and that difficult.
Where do you find inspiration for your novels?
The Eye Of The Tiger music video on repeat. This is no joke. Go now and harness the power of this majestic video and you will surely conquer the world too.
I keep reading about Fluff, Nonsense, & Other Emo Crap on your blog!
What in the world is this?!
When I started All The What Ifs I had a hard time coming up with a title. Ashley's life was in shambles and I had no idea where she was heading. At the time, I was using the manuscript as part of my writing portfolio for a creative writing class I was attending. When pressed to come up with a title I landed on Fluff, Nonsense, And Other Emo Crap.
Is All The What Ifs the first novel you've written?
Nope! I've written three full length novels, but it's the first I felt was publishable. I've also written a handful of short stories. And I've written a couple flash fiction pieces which you can find here.
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Are you done asking yourself questions?
For now. But if I think of anymore I'll let you know.