7 Questions With Award Winning Author Carole P. Roman
Carole P. Roman is the award-winning author of over fifty children’s books. Whether it’s pirates, princesses, or discovering the world around us, her books have enchanted educators, parents, and her diverse audience of children.
She hosts two blog radio programs and is one of the founders of a new magazine, Indie Author’s Monthly. She’s been interviewed twice by Forbes Magazine. Carole has co-authored a self-help book, Navigating Indieworld: A Beginners Guide to Self-Publishing and Marketing.
In today’s interview, Carole speaks about the truths and myths around self-publishing vs traditional publishing, the valuable lessons she’s learned about Amazon and the setbacks of the profession. Click here to see Part 1 of her interview.
She’s one of the most honest authors I’ve had the pleasure to interview, and her support toward upcoming writers is second only to her talent. For the ones of you who are new to my blog, I’m Esther, writer, content creator for authors and massive nerd. If you’re interested to know all the tips & tricks surrounding the process From Writing To Publishing Your Novel, you’re only a click away. For more goodies, articles and giveaways, please consider subscribing to my Newsletter.
What’s your own definition of an author / indie author?
I think anyone who writes and publishes a book is an author. Indie authors are just doing it without a support group. Many of them are no less talented, and in some cases raw, undiscovered talent.
Who chooses an author for their company to publish? A reader/editor who will decide what may appeal and sell. An author getting discovered is all subjective to the literary taste of the person who has that job. That doesn’t mean indies are any less talented.
How does a day in your author life look?
I am the CEO of a large transportation company- so my day is pretty full. I begin by checking my emails while still in bed. I am at the office for the first bout of meeting before seven AM. My assistant comes in by 8AM, so we go over her assignments which is mostly book related while I take care of everyday business things.
Lunch with my brother who is the CFO, back to the office until two PM. Yoga twice a week, other things like book clubs and assorted responsibilities. Home and dinner, then reading with the grandkids over skype, finally ending in either reading or writing until my eyes close around twelve thirty.
What are some of the myths around self-publishing / traditional publishing?
Money. I think you make more self-publishing. At least we did. However, like Rodney Dangerfield said “I don’t get no respect.” That is not a myth.
My son was picked up by a publisher and the money gets diluted from all the hands in the pot. A lot of the smaller publishers don’t spring for publicity. You are not going to sell any books if you don’t put your name out there.
What are the steps you usually take from writing your first draft to publishing?
Esther, I did four books already this year. I am constantly in the process of starting or finishing a book. But we do step up publicity as soon as the book goes in for it’s final edit. I have several reliable Blog Tours I use, as well as some good sources for getting those initial first reviews in as well. This is where I invest the money.
What’s the best way for authors to approach self-promotion?
Promote yourself as a brand. Don’t be a one-book wonder. Self yourself and people will buy your books.Become a reviewer, blogger, an influencer. There are a million ways to get noticed, but don’t just say buy my book.
Do you have any tips for authors who are looking into getting more reviews for their novels?
Google bloggers in your genre and write to them(follow their rules, though) asking for a review.
Invest in some platforms like Kirkus, Foreward, Blue Ink, Readers’ Favorite. If you can’t afford it at all, there are some like Readers’ Favorite who will give you one review for free.(If they pick your book.)
Many authors have experienced trolling or cyberbullying upon publishing their manuscripts. Could you share your experience & some useful advice for all authors going through these unfortunate issues?
Don’t engage. One of my staff did and it had horrible repercussions with the book. Goodreads sided with the trolls and they followed both of us for some time. They still leave snarky comments here and there. They are bullies. My dad said if you touch poop, your gonna smell like it. (he used a different word). Let them have their fun- it’s confined to the same people in their world, don’t make it bigger and it will fade with time.
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