Hello everyone! It’s time to reveal the answers for all 12 questions answered by 12 author participants in the January Group Author Interview, in the 12 genres, 12 authors, 12 months and 12 questions series!
I have to apologize for the delay in posting up the answers for Children’s Book interview series as we previously had two authors pulling out from the interview due to unforeseen circumstances. Nevertheless, we thank them for introducing two other authors for this interview series. But, now we now have not 12, but 14 authors participating in this group author interview.
Yes, I’m breaking the rules for this interview series! While looking for the last author to join us, I had to email a few of them at one go, just to make sure at least one of them gets back to me to complete this interview series. And guess what? I had not one, but THREE authors sending in their submissions at the same time! Can I say no to two of them? Would it be fair? No! So, yes, the more the merrier, I thought. Therefore, let’s welcome 14 authors for this interview series.
The first seven questions are from a ten-year old children’s book reviewer and BookTuber, named Neha Praveen. You can follow her on Twitter at @npstation2018
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So, the 4th question is “Is there a lot of material that you have written that never gets published?”
1) Author #1 : Ann Harrison-Barnes
There are a few short stories that never got published in magazines, but I can’t say that they are never published, because I published them in a short story collection, which I will be rebranding in a few weeks.
2) Author #2: Samantha Hardin
At this point, the only thing I’ve tried to publish is Zertle the Crime-fighting Turtle and that went great. I am working on a middle-grade historical time travel series that I hope to traditionally publish eventually.
3) Author #3: C.J. Rains
I have a lot of material lying about as do most writers. I have future plans for just about all of it.
4) Author #4: Padma Venkatraman
It varies. I’m a mom first and foremost, and that takes precedence. I write as much and as often as I can – sometimes just in my head at night after a hectic day when I’m too tired to type.
5) Author #5: Elizabeth Gerlach
Children’s books… no. I have written various articles and blog posts that I publish on my own social channels and websites. A couple have been picked up by larger sites.
6) Author #6: Cassie Miller
Oh yes, the majority of my writing will go unpublished
7) Author #7: Charlie Bee
Rejections are part and parcel of becoming a published Author. There’s a lot of competition out there!
8) Author #8: Jerry Craft
I have maybe three manuscripts that are nearly complete that I never finished. And with New Kid, I probably cut 50 pages from the original draft, plus one or two characters in their entirety.
9) Author #9: Linda Covella
Yes! I’ve written several picture books that I’ve queried to agents and publishers, which were never accepted for publication. I don’t want to self-publish those since I need illustrations. I’ve learned picture books are so much more difficult to write than people realize. So mostly I stick with novels, which I do love to write.
10) Author #10: Tracy K
Not really, once I finish a book, I get it published, one way or another.
11) Author #11: Beffy Parkin
I do have a fair amount of material that is just scribbly notes! Too much! Sometimes I leave notes and come back to them at a later date, and sometimes I feel that those ideas are no longer relevant and can be left out of publishing.
12) Author #12: Lory Linn
Yes, but that is by my choice. As humans, I think we are our own worse critics and a lot of my work is put on the shelf because I’m not happy with it. When that happens, I consider it a rest period and I will go back and polish it up later.
13) Author #13: Karen Magnen
I had some trouble breaking into the publishing industry because I was a new author. It is a shame that new authors really are pushed aside for older tried and true authors. My publisher, Bob Scott, specifically calls upon new authors to reach out to him. I heard about him on a Facebook group for children’s book writers. I sent him the first Rosie story, and the first Milton story. He got back to me within two days with a contract, loving both of them. He did not ask for money up front either. I kept getting responses from publishing companies that wanted thousands of dollars for each book. Yeah right! .
14) Author #14: Dr. Graham Clingbine
No, not really… but sometimes I write something and when I re-read it I do not like it and so I delete that part of the story. I then make changes to what I had originally written.
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