eBook Publishing – Learning the Ropes in Easy Steps

For those of you who missed the Smashwords Live webinar last week, which was a primer for eBook publishing, here’s the link to it or your review. Please be aware it is an hour webinar. Since it has already happened you won’t be able to ask questions.

SARA Café Welcomes Christine Henderson!


Chris photo biz-colorSC:  When did you join SARA and for what reason?

CH:  I joined SARA in 2014. I joined because I wanted to hone my skills and move to greater frequency in publishing with other like-minded writers. I’m active with other writers critique groups, but felt I needed to work specifically with other romance writers.

SC:  What sub-genre of romance stories do you write?

CH:  I am currently in rewrite with two novels. One is a contemporary women’s fiction and the other is a sweet romance that I intend to submit to Harlequin’s Love Inspired line when I feel it’s ready.

SC:  What about the romance genre appeals to you?

CH:  The lyrics from an old song said, “Love makes the world go round.” Almost all stories have some sort of love aspect to them – even if it is self-love. What I love about the romance genre is that it has so many facets.

SC:  Do you consider yourself a romantic?

CH:  The first national writing contest I won was one whose theme was to write about a romantic date. So, I guess I would consider myself a romantic, as is my wonderful husband. Winning that contest skewed my thought process about writing. I thought I’d win on a regular basis. I quickly learned that wasn’t the case. I’m still writing and receiving acceptances, but more often rejections.

SC:  What are your ultimate goals as a writer?

CH:  I would like to be writing and publishing two books a year.

SC:  What is the best book you’ve ever read about the craft of writing?

CH:  Hands down, it would be Plot and Structure by James Scott Bell.

SC:  Do you have a writing routine?  What does it involve?

CH:  I do my best to write daily at night when it’s quiet and I don’t have any distractions. I also work out plot ideas in my heads while driving or going for walks.

SC:  Do you have any writing superstitions?

CH:  None at all.

SC:  What do you do when you’re not writing?  Do you have any hidden talents?

CH:  By day, I’m a real estate agent and have done this for decades. Any SARA’s out there who want to buy or sell a home? I’m here to get the job done.

SC:  What is your favorite part of the writing process?

CH:  I’m terrible at doing outlines because I don’t always have the full plot points in my head. My favorite part of writing would be mid-point of my story where I know my characters, where they’re going and I can’t wait to get them there.

SC:  What would happen if you didn’t write?

CH:  I tried not writing for a while and found I really missed it. I will continue to write because I’m always plotting something new whether it’s a poem, short story or full-length novel.

SC:  How do you know when your research is done?

CH:  Research is ongoing in my stories as my plots take twists and turns. I’ve had to figure out how to handle a medical emergency, how a police department responds to ongoing investigations and what restaurants are like in Paris. Thank God for the internet and SARA expertise!

SC:  Name one thing you absolutely can’t write about.

CH:  I do not read, write or critique anything vampire, werewolf or erotica. I know many others enjoy these genres, but they are not for me.

SC:  Name one of the challenges you had writing or as an author and how you met that challenge.

CH:  I have a monthly goal of sending out at least five pieces of writing a month as either submissions calls or contests for short stories. I also write inspirational and children’s stories. I have a calendar on my computer to remind what my deadlines are. Since I tend to be a procrastinator, I always show the deadline as a week earlier to make sure I get it done.

SC:  Wow! I wish I could be that organized. Thanks so much for sharing with us, Christine.  And good luck with your writing!

Article by Mary E. Brand