Sergio is an eccentric writer, who somehow managed to obtain a BA degree in Media Studies and Psychology. In spite of his academic endeavors, he secretly aspires to be The Wizard of Oz, or Batman (actually, mostly Batman). Sadly, none of these dreams have come true for him yet.
What inspires you to write?
Pretty much anything. It could be a song, word, dream, or idea that randomly pops into my head. I generally write the idea down and let it simmer for a while, until a story outline becomes clearer.
Tell us about your writing process.
Initially, I write down as much as I can, and see how far it goes. However, I reach a point where I will stop, go back, and edit all of it. Then, I read it back to myself and begin to ask myself the major questions about the characters, chapter progressions, and plot outline. This is when I will jot down the development ideas in a notebook, and use maps and sketches to keep track of where I am going. Obviously, throughout the writing process, ideas will change and develop into something else.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
A bit of both. Sometimes, you need to listen to the character, because he/she/it will know the story better than even you. Other times, you’ll need to talk to the character to get a reaction which will give your story a natural spark.
What advice would you give other writers?
Quite often, I find that everyone is in the rat race and trying to promote their own work, but ignoring everyone else’s. Ultimately, this just turns into a giant spam-fest with no soul – and everyone is seen as just another sales figure. I’m sorry, but that isn’t art.
My advice is: Take an interest in other writers’ books and work towards building a community. Be more personable and supportive of each other. We all have dreams, and it isn’t too difficult to just offer a kind work, or help out another author by purchasing his/her book.
Also, be humble and continue learning.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
A couple of my works are in the cogs of the big ol’ publishing machine right now, while my novella, “Don’t Steal from the Devil,” was self-published (but I still got an editor, beta readers, and a cover designer involved).
In terms of self-publishing, I really just wanted to get my work out there by a certain date. Over the past few years, I have given myself a to-do list with strict deadlines, and I have become quite disciplined in adhering to it.. The publishers were oohing and aahing over “Don’t Steal from the Devil,” so I decided to just do it myself and get it out by the date that I intended. And I did.
Honestly, I think authors just need to try out different options and see what works for them. Some people have been successful with publishers, whereas others have been successful with self-publishing. I think the most important part is how you market your work. If you’re enthusiastic, professional, and a go-getter, you’ll do fine. If you expect things to just happen, then you’ll be disappointed.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I think it is quite exciting. With the digital era and ability to self-publish in full swing, I believe it gives authors a real chance of getting their work out there into the market. The process is incredibly easy, and you can cut out so many middle men, too.
In addition, I believe that with so much talent on display and making waves by themselves, publishing houses are taking more notice and providing first-time novelists with more support and trust than ever before. So, it’s all really a win-win situation.
What do you use?
Professional Editor, Professional Cover Designer, Beta Readers
What genres do you write?
What formats are your books in?