Thursday, March 10, 2011

For/From Indie Authors: Jennifer Hudock

Jennifer Hudock is a writer, editor and podcaster from Nothern Central Pennsylvania. Her first full-length, dark fantasy novel, The Goblin Market, was originally released as an episodic podcast and made available for free on her personal website and iTunes. The Goblin Market is now available in a variety of electronic formats on Amazon and Smashwords, When she's not writing, editing and podcasting, Jenny is probably sneaking off into the corner with her Kindle to escape into amazing worlds untraveled.
Advice:
  • Engage your reading audience with your fiction first, and your social skills second. You can have the largest network in the world, but if your writing doesn't engage them, they won't come back for more and they won't share the word with others.
  • Write books you would want to read. One of my writing heroes, Jonathan Maberry, once told me that it's not always easy to find books that satisfy his hunger to read, so he just started writing stories he'd want to read. When you put that much love and attention into crafting a story, it shines through in every word.
  • Write every day! Even if you only have time to pen a page before you drop into bed at the end of an exhausting day, it's still writing. Constantly exercising your writing muscles provides you with more work to share with your readers. The more you put out there, the larger your audience grows.

Links:
Personal Website: The Inner Bean --http://jennybeans.net
Amazon Author Profile:http://www.amazon.com/Jennifer-Hudock/e/B003E0TE8M
Smashwords Author Profile: http://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/jennybeans
Twitter: http://twitter.com/jennybeanses

4 comments:

  1. No matter what, Jenny always has solid advice for writers. She's definitely provided me with a great deal over the past couple of years. It's nice to see her stopping so many places.

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  2. I agree with what she says. You should always try to write the kind of book you like to read, that's the best way to ensure that you do your best, do something you're passionate about rather than doing what you might think could sell better if your heart is not in it. For instance, I like true stories, that's why I wrote a memoir, but I've been told that fiction sells a lot better. I'm better at true life stories so trying to compete at fiction wouldn't do me much good because that's not where my inclination lies, so we must each find what we are passionate about and forget what sells. I'm convinced there's an audience out there for all of us and we should remain true to ourselves, that's the beauty of writing, the freedom it gives you.

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  3. Awe, thanks, Nikki.

    Beatrice, I think it's wonderful that you're sticking to your guns and writing what you know and love. there is an audience out there for you and for me.

    Kathleen, thank you for having me on your blog today!

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  4. Thank you all for posting and special thanks to Jenny for her fine contribution. I agree with Beatrice -- it would be easy to capitulate and write what is popular but that would take all the joy out of writing and make it just another job. You have to write what you love.

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