7 Questions With Award-Winning Author Bobby Nash
Award-winning author Bobby Nash writes novels, comic books, short stories, novellas, graphic novels, and the occasional screenplay for a variety of publishers. Bobby is a member of the International Association of Media Tie-in Writers and International Thriller Writers.
On occasion, Bobby appears in movies and TV shows, usually standing behind your favorite actor. For more information on Bobby Nash please visit him at his author website and across social media (all links displayed below).
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Esther Rabbit: What’s your own definition of an author / indie author?
I guess my definition is pretty much the same as everyone’s in that a writer writes. An author is a published writer. An indie author either works with a small press or self-publishes. I usually refer to myself as a writer instead of an author, except in writing press releases. Not sure why.
Esther Rabbit: Are you a plotter or a pantser?
I think I fall somewhere in the middle, though I’m more pantser than plotter. I do a loose plot, usually constructed of bullet points or plot points I know I need to hit.
Then, I push my character toward the next plot point and see how they get me there. By not having a rigid outline, I have had some amazing things happen in story by following the characters and seeing how they handle situations I put them in. For me, it always starts with character and I trust the character(s) to get me where we need to go. I have had some amazing things pop up in the story by working this way.
Esther Rabbit: How does a day in your author life look?
My days are pretty boring. I sit down and work, taking breaks as needed. I break the day up into writing sprints, marketing, admin work, things like that. There’s a lot of things I do as a writer that aren’t technically writing, but are just as important and have to be done.
The writing is paramount. That’s the bread and butter of my job. The other parts are important, but the writing has to be the main focus. I can write press releases and social media posts all day, but they don’t help get the next novel finished.
Esther Rabbit: What were some major setbacks of this profession?
The biggest set back I’ve encountered is money. As an indie author, I am not a rich man. My books make money, but nowhere near as much as I would like.
Sadly, they do not bring in enough to live on at this time, but I keep working to improve that. That makes it hard to do the types of promotion I would like, which would probably increase sales. It’s a double-edged sword at times.
Esther Rabbit: What’s your definition of the first draft?
The first draft is the first drat I write. I will add to it, rearrange, adjust, and re-write, but that first draft is the simple art of getting the story typed up so it can be edited.
Esther Rabbit: What are some of the myths around self publishing / traditional publishing?
I run into people all the time that assume that, because I am a published author, that I am wealthy. This is quite far from reality, unfortunately. I think most of this comes from movies and TV. Most writers/authors seen in movies and TV are wealthy, write one novel a year, and usually solve a murder or twelve each year. This is not my reality.
Another myth is that the publisher will do all of the promotion, send you on a book tour, pay for your travel, hotel, etc. Maybe that was the case once upon a time, but it is not today’s publishing industry. Traditional publishers, like indie and small press publishers, rely on the author to do the bulk of the promotion and marketing. Want to do a book tour? You have to set that up and pay for it yourself.
You’ll have to purchase your own books most of the time, usually at a 40% or 50% discount from the publisher. You’ll then pay for shipping, carry the books to the signing, where the book store will most likely take a 40% cut. Even if your signing is a success, you’ll only make pennies in profit per sale. It’s a lot of work with a very small reward, but we all keep doing it because we want to get our books in front of readers.
Esther Rabbit: Looking back, what advice would you give yourself at the beginning of your journey?
If I could go back and impart advice to my younger self, I would tell myself to focus, make a plan, and work toward the plan. There have been points where I’ve floundered and lost focus. I think my writing career would have been a bit smoother without those distractions.
What I would not change, surprisingly enough, is my first novel publishing deal, which was horrible. Why wouldn’t I change it is what you’re probably wondering. As bad as that first experience was, and it was bad, I still came out of it with a published book. I used that book as a way to introduce myself to other publishers where I found work. I was able to make lemonade out of those particular lemons.
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