In Part 2 of her interview, Boston area-writer Donna Erickson, owner of A Flair for Writing, discusses her book, No-Hassle Publishing.
What inspired you to write No-Hassle Publishing?
I kept hearing from authors how dissatisfied they were with big name companies that offer self-publishing services, which were not delivering on their promises. Some authors had lost a lot of money because they assumed that the big names were the best self-publishing options, when actually, they are some of the worst. Some of them have been sued and had to pay punitive damages.
I had been working for a small press as a contracted senior editor/copartner and decided to go out on my own. I added a publishing division to my company that I had started two decades ago. I wanted to help new authors prevent costly mistakes, so I put everything I know into a booklet.
We operate as an alternative publisher, without the inflated prices, poor customer service, and offshore affiliates, who can be difficult to understand and limited in knowledge. Thus, we offer authors a rewarding publishing experience with no hassles.
What advice would you offer to aspiring writers to help them strengthen their writing?
I believe either you have a gift for writing or you don’t. If you struggle with writing, consider another field because you need to be consistently fast and accurate to meet deadlines, which rule this field.
If writing comes easily, read all you can about it. When I began, my first editor directed me to the Strunk and White publications. Now I follow the Chicago Manual of Style.
The Internet offers discussion groups, writing forums, contests, teleseminars, webinars, and networking—for authors at all levels. Start a free blog at blogger.com and publish your work on sites, such as helium.com, wordpress.com, ezinearticles.com, and hubpages.com.
Is there anything else you’d like to tell us?
I am grateful that I’ve been able to work in a field I am passionate about and I enjoy helping others with writing, editing, and publishing. Working in an industry where you’re acknowledged for your contributions is a wonderful reward, and being asked for a listing in the Marquis Who’s Who in the World, year after year, has been my greatest honor.
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