Friday, June 24, 2011

For/From Indie Authors: K.P. Williams

Katrina Parker Williams is an English Instructor at a community college.  She spends a lot of her time teaching grammar and composition classes, communicating with students, and grading papers.  But when she’s not drilling the proper use of grammar and mechanics into her students’ minds, she writes fiction.  She describes herself as a story teller: “I like to create stories that are entertaining and interesting to read.  I like off-beat characters.  They make telling a story fun.”


Williams is a Barton College graduate with a B.S. in Communications and a Masters of Education in English from East Carolina University.   She is also the editor of the Wilson Literary Review, the campus’s literary magazine.  


Advice:


  • Revise your work before publishing it.  If you are not good at editing and revising, hire someone who is.  Excessive grammar and punctuation errors can detract from the story and may turn off readers.
  • Have someone read your work as you’re writing it.  Having someone read a chapter at a time to give feedback on character development, plot, etc., is invaluable and keeps you on track.  Make sure the person giving feedback gives honest feedback, even it is hurts your feelings.  It is all designed to help you become a better writer.
  • Market, market, market.  A good book is not going to sell itself.  Market your work to your friends, family, co-workers, local businesses you frequent, your doctors, your children’s school, everywhere you can think of.  Word of mouth is the best advertisement.

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