Author Brenda E McDaniel - Self-publishing is less costly but very intensive.

By Aryeman


A brief about author Brenda E McDanielBrenda E McDaniel lives in Pilot, in USA. She is a retired and a first time author. Equipped with a I have a BS in Psychology and an MA in Counselling, she has been writing since childhood, be it poems or short stories. She is working on two other books which will be published shortly.

The Interview:

How long did it take to get your first novel/book published?
It took me about three years to get my book My Angel My Hero to be published. I went with Page Publishers. It took me about a year to decide to write this book. And once I started it took six months to write, edit and decide on the book cover. Later after one month. The publisher decided to publish it.

What mistakes did you make with the publishing of your first book, which you try not to repeat?
Well, when I decided to have Page publish it, I didn't know that, I would have to continue daily to market my book myself. Page did a lot of advertising. But I had to market it on social media, book sites, blogs etc.
And after the book was printed it still had couple of editing errors. I will look closer at editing next time before it's printed. I am also looking into self-publishing which is less costly but very intensive for you to do yourself.

Can you focus on two books or stories at the same time?
No, it is too confusing to work on two books at the same time. Because writing one book is demanding and has to have your full concentration. But you may be inspired to write other books after you finish one book. It may give you ideas associated with your book for new books. So writing is a continuous process, if you love writing.

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Is there a modus operandi you follow and formulate before you actually start writing your next book?
Yes, I always start with a table of contents or outline. So your book will be clear, concise and your characters, plot, obstacles to overcome and ending (summary) will be well developed. But the most important thing before you begin is to know the idea of the book, what's it about, will people be interested enough to buy it? And you need to develop a book with meaning, purpose or a moral.

Does the writer's block actually exist? Any tips you can give to come out of it?
Well in my experience, for the type of book's I write, there isn't any writer's block. As I write about thing's I know and tell my story from my heart, ideas, life and my emotions. But if you are writing a fictional book, totally from imagination, yes you can have writer's block.
But, even in fictional writing, you need to write things that interest you and you know about. Or it can be a very difficult process. It's hard to write about something you don't know about or haven't experienced.

What was the book, that most influenced your life and why?
The book that most influenced me is the Holy Bible, written by disciples of our Lord Jesus. And with the guidance of God. A book that has been historically and scientifically proven to be true throughout the centuries.
I also enjoy reading Sherlock Holmes, Little Women, and science fiction books. These books helped me have a vivid imagination and helped me to look at the world in a new and different exciting way.

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How often do you read different novels? Who are your favorite authors?
I enjoy books with a moral, inspirational, historical genre or scientific books. I read regularly, in between writing, I also review other author's books.
Author Conan Doyle and Louisa May Alcott are two author's I most enjoy. I also enjoy new authors, who inspire you morally, inspire you to think, to change, your imagination and increase your knowledge or learning. Such as Cindy Oriol and her book called Having Joy Midst Storm and so many more.

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