Helena Hann-Basquiat

That's wonderful about Jim and Hannah. One last question and I'll have to get focused on work: How did you decide to self-publish?

Marie Bailey
It wasn't my first choice, but in the back of my head I sort of knew that it was going to happen from the very beginning. After all, how do you categorize my writing? I did send queries out, but trying to explain the memoirs to an agent or publishing company that wants your book to fit neatly into a genre proved very difficult. Did I try to sell it as women's fiction? Did I tried to sell it as a nonfictional memoir? Did I tried to portray it as humor?
I tried and I couldn't even get a look. This didn't surprise me very much. But I knew that there was a market out there that will enjoy my book, and so I decided to self publish, and then Jim took me under his wing and decided to make a project out of it, to see what we can do with it. It may end up going nowhere, but if all it results in his gathering some attention and maybe some new readers for future endeavors then I will count that as success. Plus I'm very proud of the finished product whether or not it sells a hundred copies A thousand copies or only what's been pre-ordered so far
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Of course :) Congratulations, my dear. I'm so excited to read. But I should probably ask you a question, too, right? Um. If you rewrite a literary classic in your own way, no limitations, which one would it be?

writeonmorgan’s Profile PhotoHayley Morgan
A Lord of the Flies parody featuring a bunch of spoiled rotten girls from some prep school (think Paris Hilton types or Kardashians). Hilarity ensues. Absolutely no redemption. It's just purely a diatribe about how useless they are.

Hello, darling :)

writeonmorgan’s Profile PhotoHayley Morgan
Ah, where did you come from? I just saw that someone named Beth had just replied to a tweet promoting this ask session!
Hello, darling! Come to celebrate?

I know. Just responded *squeeeeeeeeeeeee!* Sorry. Not a question, I know. Just hugely excited :D And THANK YOU for the twitter competition :) Made my day to win that. (also not a question, damnit!) Whatever. Question... Would you rather become a published author or... oh, WAIT! ;)

Lizzi; Considerer
I'm sorry, ma'am--did you have a question!

I'm scared. I've never been on Ask.fm before, but I might start an account. I feel like I should be trolling you with abuse but I like you too much ;) Can you guess who I am?

Hi Beth

BOOM! Kickstarter project WIN! Just getting all the gorgeous emails RIGHTNOW - HOW PSYCHED ARE YOU?! :D

Lizzi; Considerer
Yikes! Sorry I missed your question! I'm a couple of greyhounds in the bag! Very excited - we have ordered the books and are sending out surveys right now!

What impact are good reviews likely to have on your chances of publishing with an indie house? Are there requirements you need to fulfil, or is it about presenting the most attractive prospect for them?

Lizzi; Considerer
I think that any hype that this book can get, any good press that it can get is the equivalent of a stellar resume for when I'm trying to court an agent or publisher. After all, I'm still writing.

And have you a plan hereon out - to make reviewers of your initial pledgers (where possible) and - proliferate hype and knowledge of the book, ready to take to publishers? Is this a standard Kickstarter technique or something you and Jim have come up with between you?

Lizzi; Considerer
Good question. In a couple of weeks, likely mid to end April, we will be sending a follow-up email to all backers letting them know that the book is up on Amazon, and asking them to place reviews on Amazon and Goodreads etc.

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