Thanks to author Roy Huff for stopping by and sharing his journey as a novelist. And look for the FREE eBOOK offer at the end. Enjoy!
The Making of Everville: The First Pillar by Roy Huff
“There were several aspects in the creation of my first book and the first in a series Everville: The First Pillar that, I think, have helped make it a modestly successful debut novel. Perhaps the most important was that its initial inception came about as a descriptive creative writing paper for a college English class. This helped set the descriptive tone that was kept throughout the entirety of the paper. It also allowed me to get peer feedback without the pressure of writing a book. Once the creative writing paper was written, the response from fellow classmates encouraged me to turn it into a book.
I worked over the course of 18 months on the first 30 pages, then after much deliberation, decided to finish the novel in short order. Honestly, it was the concern over finding a literary agent and a traditional publishing house that delayed the completion of the book. But after doing a little research and reading John Locke’s ebook How I Sold 1 Million ebooks in 5 Months, I decided that I could make a book successful on my own. This helped me shape the creative aspects of the novel to fit my target audience and market the book more effectively. While I don’t agree with all the recommendations by John Locke, some of which I have serious reservations about, there was plenty of good advice in Locke’s book for me to use in moving forward with the publication process.
Everville: The First Pillar was a fun project for me, and I’m having an equally fun time in writing the second book, Everville: The City of Worms, as well as continuing to market Everville: The First Pillar. Perhaps that most exciting aspect, aside from building a fantasy world and writing the story itself, is interacting with readers who have read and enjoyed the book. It has inspired me to continue writing and make an even greater effort to reach out to my readers as well as fellow writers. I am grateful to Amazon’s KDP program and Goodreads’ giveaway events, which can be used a platform for small independent authors like myself to reach a wider audience, and perhaps have a greater opportunity for commercial success.
To those aspiring writers, my recommendations are to hire a good editor, get your manuscript proofed and reproofed as much as possible, write what inspires you, never take no for an answer, never give up, and don’t be afraid to spend a significant amount of time promoting yourself and your book. Also, be willing to help others and genuinely invest in their success.
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Thanks again to Roy Huff for his guest Post. Watch Whimsical Words for more guests, blogs from me, and Readers & Writers Recipes. Have an inspired day! – Vonnie