I have heard of ‘Twitterviews’ for quite a while now, but until Saturday, April 14th I never tried to enter the fast lane of being interviewed …. On Twitter! WoW! It was fun! Managed by Emlyn Chand, of NovelPublicity, the hour long session was well worthwhile in meeting new friends in a ‘speed-dating’ type environment.
Here is an edited, abbreviated, re-mixed interview transcript of my first Twitterview! The questions asked were challenging – considering they had to be answered within 140 characters! And the participation level was so lively and friendly!
To: EmilyHill_Indie Ah, I think you typed the hashtag in wrong! It’s spelled #Emlyn. Anyway, good to see you here!
EmilyHill: Yes, I did! See the VALUE of a good Editor?? So Thrilled to be on Live-Twitter with you! ;D
Now, let’s get started! Here is your first question..Who are You?
Emily Hill, most recently author of ‘Ghost Stories And The Unexplained: Book Two’ an autobiographical collection of lore and ghost sightings.
To: EmilyHill_Indie, When did you start writing?
I wrote my first short story when I was 7. It was illustrated (by me) & was a gift to my mother. Tho’ dead she continues 2B my muse.
To: EmilyHill_Indie, How can we find out more about your writing?
Please visit me at http://www.emilyHillwriter.com & follow my tweets @EmilyHill_Indie. My current Kindle release is at http://www.amazon.com/Ghost-Stories-And-Unexplained-ebook/dp/B007RTGJUC/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1334573705&sr=1-1
All right, are you ready for the questions from the bank? These were randomly selected before the Twitterview. Here they are:
You work as a self-publishing coach. Are there any unfortunate trends you’ve noticed of mistakes self-published authors tend to make?
Answer: Poor editing and books that are published without the benefit of marketing.
To: EmilyHill_Indie, Have you ever seen a ghost?
Yes! My 1st ghost sighting is detailed in ‘Ghost Stories and The Unexplained: Book One’ which has become a Kindle Best Seller.
Tell us about your company, A.V. Harrison Publishing.
A.V. Harrison PRINTING, a family-owned company estab. Baltimore 1875 by GG Uncles; all ‘my people’ are writers. I chartered AV Harrison PUBLISHING in 2009.
Writing, blogging, publishing–you do it all! Do you have one you couldn’t live without? Which comes first in your busy life?
Writing is my passion; Self-Promotion is my vice; Self-Publishing is my addiction. What can I say? ;D First? Marketing! SO necessary!
Do you have any literary guilty pleasures—books you read secretly (e.g. Harlequin Romances)? You have to tell us now, sorry!
My guiltiest pleasure was discovering Dan O’Brien’s ‘The End of the World Playlist’ ZOMBIES! And Mike Wells ‘Baby Talk’ .. SPOOKY!
What’s your all-time favorite book?
My All-time Classic FAVE is ‘The Two Deaths of Señora Puccini’ by Stephen Dobyns. Powerful, Haunting, Pathetic in the ‘human condition’ way.
Okay, twitterview audience, it’s time for you to ask the questions you have for Emily. Go ahead and make ‘em tough!
Dorothy Beecher @dcbeech
I don’t have a question just a comment … please keep writing for us your fans. We love you.
Dorothy Beecher followed with:
How do you pick which of your ghost stories to include in your book?
To dcbeech: D! Whom I dedicated my NEW book to! (Dorothy follows my writing w generosity, but we’ve never ‘met’
Dorothy, Thank You!
Answer to Question: I have a long list of titles, when ‘the mood’ strikes – I write!
Hope Welsh @HopeWelsh
To: EmilyHill_Indie What do you like best about being an Indie Author?
To: HopeWelsh I love receiving ‘direct’ royalty checks! And, I am sooo HAPPY to have the independence AND the supportive community.
Comment: I have so many 2AM ideas! I have to get up and write my ideas down or I lose them!
NeedNewSpace comments about midnight writing.
To: NeedNewSpace Thank you for joining our Twitterview! THAT is the beauty of IndieAuthor world – I write at midnite — house is quiet, CREATIVE ghosts swirl around me.
I’m ‘one of those’ writers who wake up at Midnite with an idea that haunts them. I slip out of bed and tiptoe to the basement 2write.
NeedNewSpace To Emily:
Do you have someone you totally trust to read what you’ve written?
EmilyHill To: NeedNewSpace
I TOTALLY trust my editor, Gretchen Houser of Bodice Ripper Editing (aka: House of Words She has the BEST judgment & balance for my work.
To: NeedNewSpace When to write? I write at midnite — house is quiet, ‘INSPIRATION Ghosts’ swirl around me.
To: DannieLu Thank You for tuning in! It sounds like you, too, were ‘bitten’ – exhilarating, isn’t it!? Best Wishes on YOUR writing!
Is your new book set in Budapest?
Yes, thanks for asking! A Halloween 2012 release! Budapest = Tyranny, Nazi regime, Communists, LOTS of history, LOTS of Ghosts! Folklore!
Many people hv died in the city of Budapest…All exist in the memories of others’ – some come back to revisit their past ..as ghosts.
Thank you for introducing me to Emily Hill & thanks for an awesome Twitterview! #helpfulwriters
I agree with Teresa! Thanks NovelPublicity for the wonderful introductions all around!