Part #5: Words of Wisdom
Juli: I queried so many agents and editors over the years I’ve lost track! The self-publishing naysayers kept me from that route for decades. When that stigma died down, my friends who’d self-published in the past finally convinced me to give it a shot. I don’t know if I’ve found success yet. I’m still working on that part. As for the design and editing I am very lucky to know quite a few very talented people. I only needed to put a call out to them and like I said, they did a great job.
Juli: This is likely to ruffle a few feathers, but I’d say take a few classes in the classics, first and see what came before. But not everyone’s going to be willing to do that. It’s just the route I took. Then try writing for yourself, and try again and again. Really the only way to learn is to read, and try writing yourself.
Juli: A computer, pen and paper, a good dictionary or two (I have three), a good thesaurus, and some good books on editing. And a command of spelling doesn't hurt. Never trust spell check.
BRoP: Do you have any advice for other writers?
Juli: When in doubt, trust yourself. It’s your story. You know it best. Do what you feel is best for it. Be aware: sometimes you can edit in mistakes as much as edit them out. If it feels like you've done too much editing….stop. Don’t foul something up because some beta reader still doesn't get it. No one’s perfect, after all.
Juli: I just released a “side story” in the series entitled Caitlin’s Book of Shadows that tells of Caitlin and Trevor as they put their relationship back on track, and Cait’s struggles with her new view on life. I am also working on the initial edits of Drawing Down The Shades, (Antique Magic, book two) which will follow Caitlin and Trevor on their continued path, and how they deal with the imps and bad vibes that keep dogging them. If all goes well I’ll have that out this spring. Meanwhile, I’m waiting on edits for a paranormal romance novel I’m working on with a small press publisher, The Wild Rose Press.
Juli: Just thanks for having me, and I hope your readers will give The Artist’s Inheritance a try and like what they see. :)