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Bad Luck: Simon Kane, Book 1
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What's it about?|It's an Urban Fantasy about a private eye in Boston, MA, with some supernatural abilities he can't yet control. He takes a case to find out why a group of fairies has chosen to torture a family and gets pulled into a mystery full of magic and mythical monsters.|Here
Best of luck to you. Glad people still write grand works.|Thanks|Here
How did you decide on the book cover?|I discussed ideas with the artist. I looked at other books in the genre, and we came up with that|Here
How does this make you feel?|Excited. Nervous.|Here
How much did publishing/post-production/marketing/etc. cost after the book was written?|About $1000, all told. Most of that went to the cover illustration and the editor|Here
What is it so I can buy and read it?|Bad Luck by Brad Younie. It's on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, Nook, and anywhere else. In hardcover, paperback, and ebook (epub and Kindle)|Here
What's it called?|Bad Luck by Brad Younie.|Here
What was your process like, in terms of developing the story? Did you start with a rough idea of a story you wanted to tell, or did you come up with the world first? I'm super curious about how you go from a spark of inspiration to a completed story.|I was thinking about a conversation I had with a guy who didn't know that fairies in folklore were pretty badass, and I thought about writing a scene that would show it off. Then, the first scene of the book just sort of came to me. I spent some days building the character in my head, and then I took notes once I knew I was going to write a book. Then I worked out the extent of his powers and figured out as much of the magic system I needed for the book. I started writing the novel by the seat of my pants but eventually got to a point where I needed to do plotting. So, I storyboarded using index cards (I hate outlines). The book was a combination of seat-of-my pants writing and storyboard. The editing was crucial to make sure continuity was right and that everything fit well together, with appropriate clues and such.|Here
is this the book/novel ur talking|Yes it is. Due to a fluke, the Kindle version releases tomorrow, but all the other versions are out today|Here
What was the biggest challenge you faced during the whole process? Do you have any plans/ideas for your next novel, or are you going to wait a bit to see how well this one does before you start your next work? Any advice for aspiring amateur writers that may want to write their own book and get it published?|The biggest challenge was marketing. Trying to figure out what to post on social media without sounding like I'm pushing my book too much. Finding other opportunities to spread the word, and stuff like that. Yes. In fact, the first draft of book two is more than 50% completed, around 58,000 words written. More world-building and magic system building went into this second book and it ups the ante as far as what is going on in the world. Join a writer's group, especially a read and critique one. That helped me a lot for motivation and improving my writing. If you want to Indie publish, join ALLi, the Alliance for Independent Authors and Illustrators. They are mostly helpful when doing the whole publishing and marketing thing. Just write. It doesn't matter what. If you're having trouble coming up with ideas, do fan fiction. It doesn't hurt and it's writing practice. I wrote a fan fiction novel and posted it on Wattpad. It was fun and it helped me hone my craft.|Here
How long did it take you from your first idea to getting published? Do you have any formal training in writing? Is it more important that you completed your book or that you become a successful author?|I wrote my first draft in the space of about six months, doing it during my lunch breaks, after work, and on weekends. I also have a family, so finding time was rough. Then I set it aside, initially for a month so that I could come at it fresh when I edit. But I got caught up working on other books (which are also going to be published) and forgot it for a couple of years. The publishing process took most of this year. So, it would have been a couple years if I didn't forget about it in between. I've gotten better at maintaining my writing schedule so that my first drafts are a lot faster now. Not really. I've been writing all my life but never completed any story until the past few years. I took a writing class in college, but that was just one semester, so it didn't help too much. The important thing is to read a lot and write a lot. Practice makes perfect. It's more important to get my book done and have people read it. Definitely. Becoming successful is something I want, but it's secondary to writing and having people enjoy my writing.|Here

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