Today we're doing a different type of interview, and it should be enlightening to both writers and readers following the blog.
My guest today is S. A. Soule. Hello! Welcome to Writing in the Modern Age! It’s such a pleasure to have you here.
Hi, Marie and fellow readers and writers! Thank you for letting me visit. It's an honor to chat with you guys today.
Can you tell us a little bit about your company, and how Writing in the Modern Age readers can benefit from it?
It would be my pleasure. I’m a huge supporter of the Indie author community, I am a developmental editor, and the bestselling author of the Fiction Writing Tools series, a collection of guidebooks on self-editing, plotting, blurb writing, and marketing.
I have over fifteen years of experience on all sides of the publishing business. I was a Creative Writing major in college, and I once owned an eBook publishing company where I edited over a hundred manuscripts, and then I worked as a developmental editor for another publisher.
In the last five years, I started my own editing company, Creativity Coaching Services, and I’ve had the honor of editing books for a number of successful authors.
I write both nonfiction and fiction. Currently, I’ve written eleven fiction novels and eight nonfiction titles, and the road to success has been a long journey.
For fiction, I enjoy writing exciting tales of passionate romance, epic drama, and thrilling suspense with kick-butt heroines and drool-worthy heroes. I’m published in a wide range of genres and age groups from New Adult Romance, Paranormal Romance, Urban Fantasy to light Sci-Fi Romance for both teens and adults. Many of my books have been on the Amazon bestseller lists and nominated as top picks in the “Best Paranormal Romance” categories on numerous review sites.
And no, I don’t write with a pseudonym. I write fiction under Sherry Soule and nonfiction under S. A. Soule.
Well, I’m a control freak, so I started learning graphic design a few years ago, and now I create most of my own covers.
To help indie authors on a budget, I started offering inexpensive premade covers on my site, SwoonWorthy Book Covers. Right now, my premades range from $14.99 to $29.99. Occasionally, I also do custom designs.
I just published a new guide, The Writer’s Guide to Book Cover Secrets, which has a lot of amazing advice for self-publishers by some of the top design professionals in the publishing industry.
A common problem is that most writers get confused on the cover's main job, which is to primarily be 'genre-specific'. If your book isn’t selling and you’ve been promoting it for months and the reviews are decent, but sales are still dragging, then it might be time to replace your cover. Even with something standard that resembles the genre that you write. Or if you’re not sure if your book cover fits your genre, I suggest studying the design trends on the bestsellers lists, and visit Goodreads and browse through the book covers in whichever genre and sub-genres that you write in.
It’s just a fancy way of saying 'developmental editor', but I call myself a creativity coach because I often do much more than just editing a manuscript. I help a lot of self-published writers publish their work through editing, manuscript conversion, cover design, blurb writing, and promotion.
Next month, I will start offering manuscript conversions for indie authors who need help converting their finished work into a professional-looking eBooks and print.
I think I offer reasonable and flexible rates for my clients. And I’m very passionate about helping other writers find success.
As a writer, I find it very rewarding and exciting when someone enjoys my brand of storytelling.
And as a service provider, I find satisfaction in guiding other authors on their writing journey.
Too many favorites to name, but Kresley Cole is one of my top favs. Most of my favorite writers are self-published.
Since I’m currently rewriting and re-branding an Urban Fantasy series, I’m reading a ton of great UF.
No preference. Sometimes if I love a story, I’ll buy both.
That makes sense! :)
Please visit any of the sites listed below. My contact info is listed on each site.
S. A. Soule (Nonfiction) Amazon Profile: http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B017Y1KM2I
Creativity Coaching Services: http://fiction-editing-services.blogspot.com
SwoonWorthy Book Covers: http://bookcover-designs.blogspot.com
Amazon Author Page: https://www.amazon.com/Sherry-Soule/e/B0104Y33KK/