12 December 2011 ~ 0 Comments

Author Interview: Mandy Baggot

I asked Mandy a little bit about being a self-published author.

How does being self-published differ from being traditionally published?
Being self-published means most of the work is done on your own. That means writing the novel, editing the novel, proof-reading the novel, getting a cover designed, uploading to publisher/Amazon, marketing and promotion. I was really lucky with Strings Attached to have the support of all the members of Loveahappyending.com especially my associate readers, Team Baggot. Some of Team Baggot helped to proof read Strings Attached, helped with choosing the cover design and all of the team and some fantastic other book bloggers helped me create a two week blog tour. This is the first book that has had that much support from people and I think it really shows.

Covers are often criticised in self-published work – tell us about yours.
I have been very lucky to find an illustrator who ‘gets’ me and the style I want to create. I have to say it was inspired by Tilly Bagshawe and Jilly Cooper books where the author name is big and bold above everything else and, having written four books now, I need to familiarise the reader with me as a writer rather than just introducing the story. Even if you just publish your work as an e-book, the cover really can be the difference between someone clicking to buy or moving on to the next author. I would say the cover is probably more important that the blurb when shopping on-line. If the visual doesn’t pull you in you’re not even going to read the description, rightly or wrongly.

What are the downsides to being self-published?
No large advances, no team of professionals getting your books into the bookstores and no professional editors making sure you’ve got a semi-colon instead of a comma. Every piece of publicity, every book that makes it into a bookstore has been fought for. All my books are available on-line but physical copies in stores is still the best way to get your work in front of readers and make you a familiar name. I have some store signings at Waterstones lined up for December and into 2012 but most stores haven’t got the funds or resources to welcome self-published novelists very often. For me, every sale really does count if I want to carry on being a full-time author, so I am really, really grateful to everyone who buys my books and supports me! If I could hug you all I would!

Are you working on another book at the moment?
I am in the editing stage for my Summer 2012 release Taking Charge. And here is the blurb and a link to the You Tube trailer!

Is going back Robyn’s only way forward?
American-born Robyn Matthers is going home. With her dad in hospital, his roadhouse in ruins and the ice hockey team slipping down the league, she needs to take charge. But does she have the strength to do it?

Cole Ryan is a hockey player with a personal mission. He’s tall, dark and hot and Robyn’s noticed! But can she trust her feelings – or his? And what will Cole do when he finds out the truth about her?

With her ill father, a trailer trash step-mom, two cousins giving Satan a run for his money and an ex-boyfriend desperate for another chance, does Robyn have time to contemplate a relationship? Especially when she doesn’t do dating! Can she start again? Does she really want to? And can two people really fall in love in three days?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QygMK9Gz_lA

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