Complementing my interviews, today’s Author Spotlight, the three hundred and thirty-third, is of freelance journalist, screenwriter, blogger and multi-genre novelist Renee Novelle. If you would like to take part in an author spotlight, take a look at author-spotlights.
As a child, Novelle was already gaining recognition for several of her works, and in her formative years, she continued this trend by earning local awards for her short stories and poems.
Inspired to cultivate her talent, Novelle pursued freelance journalism and has found placement of 75 of her pieces in both online and print publications since 2008. Additionally, she has written multiple screenplays, and contributed her savvy, effective writing style to many non-profit and for profit organizations. She launched several blogs over the years, which garnered international attention.
In 2013, Novelle returned to her first love – fiction. Writing under the names Renee Novelle and R.S. Novelle, she has a publication schedule that includes psychological thrillers, suspense, paranormal fiction, contemporary women’s fiction, chick lit, and new adult.
Though she received her Bachelor’s of Science in Communication, Summa Cum Laude, she considers herself a constant student of the written word. She’s an avid reader, an enthusiastic quote poster, and rarely takes “no” as a final answer. She has an unhealthy obsession for theater, dance, music and art, and strongly believes that wine is simultaneously the beginning of, and resolution to, all of life’s problems. She believes in following dreams, and that in the end, you always end up where you meant to be.
And now from the author herself:
I’ll admit, it’s strange to me to think that over the last few centuries, there’s been a massive amount of change and progress in every area of study, expertise, and life – except, that is, in the process to publication…
Until recently, hopeful writers were forced to follow the tried and true method of submitting their written darlings to literary agents nationwide, betting on the chance that their work would emerge from the infamous slush pile to be eventually plucked from obscurity by one of the Big Six, and thus their dreams of literary greatness would come true.
Then the ebook revolution hit. Now, it seems there are as many different avenues through which a writer can present their work to the public as there are coffee options at the corner Starbucks. You can go the traditional route with a literary agent, submit to a small press on your own, self-publish with print on demand, e-publish, hybrid publish by selling certain rights but not all, or any combination that suits your particular purpose.
So, with this many options available to the fledging writer, which one’s the best? Fortunately, that answer is as varied as is the individual.
For me, I’m choosing the indie route by epublishing at first, with the hopes that a hybrid option will be available to me later on in my journey.
The decision was easier than I had originally thought:
- I write for myself – I have hundreds of stories buzzing around in my head, and I need to get them out as fast as possible in order to keep my sanity (I’m sure there’s hundreds of writers out there who know exactly what I’m talking about!). If readers happen to like the stories, then it’s a win/win for everyone!
- I write because I must – I’ve tried giving up writing before. Trust me, it would make my life far less complicated if I could. But I can’t. I have this internal drive that compels me to put pen to page (or…fingers to keyboard, as the case may be).
- Because of 1 & 2, I’ve become extremely prolific – I’m capable of putting out 4,5,6 books a year, with a few short stories thrown in there as well. I give myself far tighter deadlines than any publisher ever would. I need an outlet for all these stories. Simple as that.
- I’m not concerned about the prestige of being published, I want to reach the readers – Readers, people who can enjoy my writing, are the only people who matter in my world. And the faster I can reach them, the better. I’m not a patient person, and I’m not willing to wait a year or more to get feedback from the public after my book is released.
- I’m a bit of a control freak – I like everything to be a certain way, and want to have an opinion in every step of the process… plot, style, cover design, formatting, marketing…. I actually enjoy handpicking who I want to work with, and the creative process fuels my desire to produce even more. The entire thing is fun, and I wouldn’t want to give that up completely.
- I have a fair amount of marketing experience – other jobs that I’ve held have given me a lot of experience with marketing, both in person and through social media channels. It’s fun, I enjoy it, and it’s given me a great platform to get started with. This comes in handy when you become your own marketing team. Likewise, I’m fairly tech-savvy and can handle certain aspects of formatting, marketing and promoting on my own.
- I enjoy absolute freedom – creative, personal, financial, and structural freedom! Enough said.
What did all that add up to for me?
You can find more about Renee and her writing via…
- Website: http://www.rsnovelle.com
- Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/RSNovelle
- Twitter: https://twitter.com/RS_Novelle
- USA Amazon Author page: http://www.amazon.com/R.S.-Novelle/e/B00EWLOKIG
- USA book link: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00EW6J7G6
- UK Amazon Author page: http://www.amazon.co.uk/-/e/B00EWLOKIG
- UK book link: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Calculated-Discovered-Series-1-ebook/dp/B00EW6J7G6
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