I am re-reading certain chapters of it again as I craft cover letters and approach agents. After a particularly slimy-feeling presentation on leveraging social media I pulled it out again because it makes me feel like I have a friend in the process: someone on my side, who has gone ahead, lived to tell the tale and tells it like it is, while also being hilarious. One thing I particularly appreciated was the idea of being intentional about what kind of publishing experience you were looking for. That is, it's critical to be aware of the paths available, make informed choices, and think strategically. My favorite bits are her own journey from manuscript to book to promoting the book and the joys and low points along the way. If you are trying to get a book published, or curious about the process at all, I highly encourage you to gift yourself this read. While you're waiting for it to show up in the mail, check out her insightful blog here.
Read on for my interview of Kim:
You made a shift from writing non-fiction to fiction with your novel, Love in Mid Air. What were some of the challenges of moving to fiction? Did you encounter any resistance from family, friends, publishing, or yourself? What were some surprises that you encountered with this transition?
You talk a bit about shifting from writer to author (and back again) in your book Your Path to Publication. Can you say a little about what this means for you?
Thank you, Kim, for stopping by!
All the best on the mystery series you are working on,
and all your other, many exciting projects!