Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Book Publishing Secrets with Clea Simon, Author of 'When Bunnies Go Bad'

Name: Clea Simon
Book Title: When Bunnies Go Bad
Genre: cozy mystery
Publisher: Poisoned Pen Press
Thank you for your time in answering our questions about getting published.  Let’s begin by having you explain to us why you decided to become an author and pen this book?
Author: I’ve always been a writer and storyteller, and I’ve been writing mysteries for more than 10 years now.
Is this your first book?
Author: “When Bunnies Go Bad” is the sixth in my Pru Marlowe pet noir cat cozy mystery series.
With this particular book, how did you publish – traditional, small press, Indie, etc. – and why did you choose this method?
Author: I prefer to be traditionally published, and Poisoned Pen Press is a highly respected mystery-only publisher.
Can you tell us a little about your publishing journey?  The pros and cons?
Author: I started as a journalist, so I knew something about writing and rewriting and revising and rewriting and… best advice I can give  is keep at it. And listen when you get criticism. Your first draft is just that. Everybody needs to revise (and revise and revise).
Would you recommend this method of publishing to other authors?
Author: Yes. It is harder, but you will produce a better book.
What’s the best advice you can give to aspiring authors?
Author: Keep at it and listen to your critics. Revise and rewrite – it will make your book stronger and more fun for the reader.

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