My first interview!

Greetings friends, happy news! My interview with the wonderful folks at AllAuthor was posted today. They asked great questions that gave me an opportunity to discuss quite a bit about my journey as a writer, and to share some new information about my current project. Please pop over to AllAuthor and give it a read when you have a few minutes.

AllAuthor Interview Link: https://allauthor.com/interview/dcmcwhorter/

Ciao for now!

 

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Learn, Adapt & Move Forward!

Hello friends. It’s been a couple of busy-but-very-productive weeks, and I thought I would take a moment to share a quick progress update with you before yet another week flies by.

I went to my first writer’s/publisher’s conference last weekend and it was amazing! It was four days of learning, networking and realizing how much I still need to learn about becoming a successful author/publisher. The IBPA Publishing University was hands-down the best conference I’ve ever attended, and I have been to dozens of them over the years (mostly tech and healthcare, but conferences none the less).

The independent publishing community is an amazing group, and I met some of the most interesting people–people who motivated me, encouraged me and who offered their advice and support freely and without reservation. And the stories they had to tell! I was amazed at the multitude of diverse and interesting paths that led them to become writers and/or publishers…several of them were truly inspiring!

I titled this post “Learn, Adapt & Move Forward” because that was my biggest take-away from the conference. As far as learning: My poor brain feels like it received a master’s degree in publishing in four days! And based on that learning, I realized that I have to better adapt to the demands of the commercial book industry. I can’t just write whatver I want and hope that it will be successful. I have to not only understand my audience, but I also have to thoughtfully brand and position myself in a way that makes my work easy to categorize and find within the existing genre scheme.

That brings me to moving forward: I was told repeatedly by several experts that new authors with a series of books are far more likely to be noticed than those that put out a bunch of independent books that don’t relate to each other. Why is this? As it was explained to me, it’s because many readers prefer to find an author and a subject they like and stick with them.

This makes a lot of sense when you think about today’s big name authors, they all have a niche and their careers are built on writing a series of books that fans know and love (think JK Rowling, George RR Martin, James Rollins, Clive Cussler, James Patterson, etc). Why hunt for that lone “diamond in the rough” when you’ve already found an author with a proven track record of delivering stories you like to read?

So, based on that advice, I have decided to set The Fourth World aside for now (even though my 2nd draft is nearly finished) so I can focus on finishing and releasing books 2 and 3 in the Restoration series. I will share more details about the series in future blog posts, but for now it is enough to say that I am very excited to be back to work on Doctor Evan Feldman’s story!

As always, thanks for reading and have a great weekend.

Please vote for me!

Hi friends, I have more exciting news and a BIG favor to ask of you. AllAuthor has a “Cover of the Month” contest and Restoration made the cut for April! There are weekly eliminations and only the top 100 covers will move to week two, so I need your help!!

It would mean a lot to me if you could take a minute out your day and VOTE FOR RESTORATION as your favorite book cover. If you happen to have another minute or two to spare beyond that, please share this post with as many people as you can. I have no idea how many votes it will take to win, but I do know that every vote counts!

Thank you in advance for your support,

Dan

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