With a focus on writing books that she would have liked to be available in her local bookstore, author Christine Nolfi explains her beginnings as a now, best-selling author. How has Christine flourished? By keeping a strict writing schedule and self-publishing through Amazon's Kindle Worlds. Read our interview in full to learn what Christine also thinks is important to get noticed.
The secret of your success?
I arrived on the indie scene having owned a small PR firm. I already knew about long writing hours and low pay—or, in the case of most of us when we begin publishing books, no pay—so I didn’t suffer illusions. I focused on writing books I wished were available in my local bookstore, connecting with readers and bloggers, connecting with other indie authors. Word-of-mouth from one happy reader to the next played a big role.
What’s the best single thing you ever did?
Year in, year out, I kept a strict writing schedule. I published books, participated in anthologies, jumped at the chance to write novellas through the KindleWorlds program. The more quality content out there, the higher the probability of success.
Did you get lucky? What happened?
Every successful novelist enjoys some level of luck. I was fortunate to write genre-blending novels in the age of eReading. The books and novellas earned good reviews, which surely helped. I suspect cover art helped. Certainly it’s a stroke of luck that the right people noticed my work.
How do you get/stay in creative mode?
I don’t believe in waiting for the muse to appear. I write every day, whether or not I feel inspired. If the first draft is a mess, so what? The revision process holds its own joys. When a work is completed, I move on to the next book.
How do you prioritise?
The current WIP always comes first. If I feel my productivity isn’t up to snuff, I slap a sticky note on the iMac and log my hourly word count. During edits, I shoot for a full edit of 4 – 10 chapters per day, depending on the book. Once the final books feels complete, I set it aside for several days. Then I read through for one last edit.
Next year I’ll debut a new Women’s Fiction series for Lake Union. In between writing the books for Amazon Publishing, I’m continuing the Heavenscribe series.
What’s your top tip for other indie authors?
Treat your writing like a business. Keep a schedule. Produce quality work. Don’t settle for poor cover art. I began writing as a single mom raising four kids. Believe me, I didn’t have lots of money to invest, and some days I was up at 5 AM writing. Nurture your dream, and it will unfold.#Author @christinenolfi shares the secrets of her success #HowIDoIt #selfpub Click To Tweet
Award-winning author Christine Nolfi provides readers with heartwarming and inspiring fiction. Her debut Treasure Me is a Next Generation Indie Awards finalist. The Midwest Book Review lists her books as “highly recommended” and her novels have enjoyed bestseller status. Look for her new series, Heavenscribe. Her new series for Lake Union will debut February, 2017. Chat with her on Twitter at @christinenolfi and visit her at www.christinenolfi.com.