7 thoughts on “Author interview no.163 with mystery, science-fiction and playwright Sally Carpenter

  1. Patricia Gligor says:

    Morgen and Sally,
    Great interview! I love getting to know more about the other members of Sunny’s Posse.
    Sally, I agree with you; I detest so-called “reality” shows too! Seriously, if that’s reality, Calgon, take me away! Best of luck with your novel.

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  2. Sheila Dalton says:

    I found this interview very interesting. I like to learn about an author’s writing journey, and hearing their opinion of self-publishing vs. traditional publishing, agents, etc.
    I had an agent once, but she dropped me because I took too long to finish a book I finally placed on my own,my latest novel, The Girl in the Box, from Dundurn.
    I also had an English aunt who was a novelist and travel writer who told much the same story: she had an agent at one time, but advised me not to get one – she said she did a better job of selling her books than the agent did.
    Makes you think.

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    • Sheila Dalton says:

      Interesting, Morgen. I didn’t know it was a common thought among writers. REally make you wonder. I was thinking of looking for an agent again if The Girl in the Box is a success. I hear they can negotiate a better contract for you than you can do yourself and that publishers like it when they sign an un-agented author, because they know they can get away with paying less. But if they can’t sell it in the first place …

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  3. morgenbailey says:

    I tried the agent route with two novels, albeit via email with eight or nine top agents (starting at the top of the tree) and three face-to-face at a writers’ conference this summer. 🙂 All but one gave a polite “no”, the other didn’t reply but their guidelines had warned that (bah humbug). I decided that I wanted to reformat the novels and one will be a novella and the other an anthology (more of a cameo of characters). I’m more of a short story author so pretty much a non-starter, but the big thing for me is that, with help from a wonderful editor, I can choose my own content, price and covers. It may be the control freak in me but I get the ultimate say and even though I’m listing the first two at £0.99 on Amazon (and Smashwords) so I only get £0.34 / £0.35 a sale, hearing that an author only gets £0.08 on a hard copy £8 paperback (15% on hardbacks) going the traditional route, I’d say it’s a win-win. It may be different if I do re-consider writing more novels (I’m done 4 1/2) because I would love to see my books in shops, but for now I’m very happy. 🙂

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  4. morgenbailey says:

    Morning everyone. I went to a talk by English crime writer Stephen Booth last night and he couldn’t praise his agent enough. She stuck with him for 2 years with no sale then had an offer from Penguin which then had other publishers interested and ended up with an auction won by Harper Collins. He said without his agent he wouldn’t be where he is now. It was an interesting evening – I’ll type up my notes in the next few days and release them on the blog.

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