Bobette Kyle has owned and published the My Online Wedding Help website since 2006 and for more than 20 years has made planning and strategy, which most always involve financial constraints, her life’s work. As an employee, she held several positions in charge of all areas of marketing planning and implementation, learning that breaking a project or goal into chunks and staying organized helped immensely. Her planning experience also includes authoring a book on marketing planning, as well as co-owning two planner companies. She used those deeply ingrained skills to develop the seven secrets and uncover ways to save money during wedding planning, which she shares in her book “Dream Wedding on a Dime.”
Bobette also loves finding bargains, probably due to her early days as a single mom working her way through college. The only thing that makes her happier than figuring out how to get a designer item for 70 percent off retail or completing a project for less money is sharing the way she did it.
Finally, like most people who are getting married on a limited budget, she didn’t know all the wedding-related details when she started. For that reason, she has tried to take advice to the next step by answering the questions she had in the beginning and is sure many others have as well.
What inspires you to write?
The desire to share helpful information with others.
Tell us about your writing process.
I generally find writing painful. I know *what* I want to say but labor over actually writing it. I begin with an outline, then jump around writing different sections depending on what I want to tackle at any given moment. (Fortunately, this approach is manageable with nonfiction!) I use no special tools to outline, simply make notes, massage, and rearrange topics in a Word document until I get it right.
I use a series of folders on my hard drive to stay organized. There is one folder for each chapter / topic. Each folder contains drafts of that topic in the form of Word documents. I save each document with a numbered and dated name (i.e. topic.version.date.doc), which keeps all drafts intact. When I am finished with everything I then put it all together into one document, which becomes the first draft of the manuscript.
What advice would you give other writers?
Set aside a little time each day to work on writing and stick with it. Also, understand the final product will go through several drafts. Even after you think it is correct, hire an editor, proofreader, or both. NO ONE can catch all of his or her own mistakes. It is human nature to read what you know the words *should say* rather than what is actually on the page.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
For me, it was not hard. I knew I wanted to self-publish, both to keep copyright to the words and to be able to use the contents as I wish.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I believe printed books will always exist, but the percentage of digital books will continue to grow. Because technology is making it easier to publish, with fewer barriers to entry, the number of private publishers and commercial publishing companies will continue to grow. The number of low-quality books, however, will grow proportionally. For that reason, I believe there will always be a few top-tier publishing houses coveted by authors and respected for the quality of books they put out.
What do you use?
Professional Editor, Professional Cover Designer
What genres do you write?
weddings, nonfiction, marriage
What formats are your books in?