7 Questions With Author Mark Anthony Raines

Mark Anthony Raines is the author of Horror and Martial Arts. He began his writing career in 2017 writing horror stories for his blog Ghostman on


He is published with the help of fellow author Simon Rob. Together they wrote Cartoon Occult Martial Arts and Mark did the illustrations as he is a published cartoonist in an online magazine called Gonzo Weekly.


Mark went on to write Ghostman Horror Host Horror Stories and published them on


He also recorded an audiobook version with a rewrite called Freddy the Freak Freaky Fables. The audiobook is available on his Podbean account Holsworthy Mark Radio Station. Mark is currently writing a new book. 




What’s your own definition of an author / indie author?



A writer is someone who uses ideas from either life experiences or a spark from an idea about a story. Someone willing to commit to putting this in words, scenes and characters together complete a finished product.




What’s your definition of the first draft?



A first draft is a rough sketch of your future piece of writing. Your first draft may become the final one due to it being rather satisfactory, but in most cases, it requires further work. You may need to go through several rounds until you reach your final goal.




What are some of the myths around self-publishing / traditional publishing?



It’s very difficult to break into traditional publishing as the demand and expectations are high. You may think you’re going to be a bestselling author overnight but they are known to take a hefty slice of your pie and may suggest that you change the book to be more commercial.


Self-Publishing has become a lot easier. You only have to look online to find all the details. I have tried to self-publish and I managed to put a book out using It’s free and at least your book is available to readers.




How do you manage to juggle life and writing?



It is not as difficult for me as I am not working due to various health issues. I can easily dedicate a couple of hours in the day to sit and write down a chapter. Then I edit it and in my case, I use a spellchecker and grammar checker with the various apps out there in the vast world of the Internet.




What’s an approximate price authors would pay to get their precious out there into the world of eager readers?



Before having a finished product, you might consider using a Proofreader/Editor or the app Ginger Page. Thanks to the free Ginger-keyboard applications and the Ginger Page corrections, the user gets at his disposal all that is necessary for a quick and competent expression of his thoughts.


Along with writing, a parallel proofreading of your text is possible. Thanks to the corrector Ginger Page, the text is quickly checked and corrected. Then you might consider a Graphic Designer, a Formatter, a Layout Designer, etc.



What are some major setbacks of this profession?



You’re going to find out you’re a small fish in a big ocean of books. You won’t be famous overnight or become the next Stephen King due to the fact that it can take years of rejection and rewrites for your book for which you have toiled sweat and tears over is accepted.


If it’s accepted, chances are you might make limited money due to the cost of book launch.




What are the 5 immediate tasks you hope to accomplish in the near future?



Firstly to finish my current book which is about eighty percent done. The second is to improve my writing skills and knowledge of writing a book as I am very much an amateur.


The third is to thank my wife for being understanding of me getting up at stupid o’clock to finish off a chapter or two. The fourth is to learn more about self-promoting in my local area such as doing a reading at a local library.


The fifth and final bit is to get reviews and feedback to see how my books are received by others and at least be famous in my own head.



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