Writing Books and Running an Indie Publishing Company
Being a good multi-tasker when you’re a writer is always beneficial, but when we realised author Louise Walters was also running an indie publishing company, we decided to find out more!
Tell us about yourself, has writing always been a part of your life and what in particular do you like to write about?
Reading has always been a part of my life and my urge to write came from my love of reading. I wrote stories as a child and, later, poems as an adult, before turning seriously to novels in my late thirties.
You recently published The Road To California, congratulations! What’s it about and why should someone read it?
Thank you! It’s quite a high-concept story: a struggling single mother of a teenage son asks the father to help. The father returns and trouble ensues. If you like stories about family, love, and friendship, you may like The Road to California. It’s a bit of a “weepie” though.
Do you have a specific writing process?
I think about my characters and try to get to know them before writing too much. So, I plan a little – I more or less know the beginning and the end, but not necessarily the middle. I like to have a rough idea where I’m going, but if it’s too planned out I might miss an interesting diversion.
As well as being an author, you’re also running an indie publishing company, Louise Walters Books. Why did you decide to set this up and what kind of manuscripts are you looking for?
For my third novel I really wanted to be in total charge of the project. Setting up my own imprint seemed the best way to do that. I’m open to submissions of novels and novellas, possibly more literary than commercial, but something in between would be ideal! I’m looking for good writing above all else. The genre is less of an issue. For instance, I’m not a particular fan of Fantasy, but my first author, Laura Laakso, writes paranormal detective fiction.
What advice can you give, both for people who are in the creative process of writing and also for those thinking of submitting to Louise Walters Books?
With writing, it’s important to keep believing in your work and in your ability. But if you seek help or criticism, listen to that advice carefully, even if you don’t quite agree with it. In regards to submitting – don’t submit too early. Make your work the best it is capable of. Make sure it looks neat! Scruffy submissions do nothing to improve your chances of getting a book deal.
What obstacles or challenges do you encounter when running an indie publishing company? How do you overcome them?
Keeping on top of finances is quite the headache when running an indie publishing company! And doing all the business stuff, the paperwork and so on, it all takes so much time. Lack of time generally can be an issue for me, but I’m resigned to the fact it’s hard work, and I enjoy most of it, both being my own boss, a business woman, and being published. There’s nothing else I’d rather do, which is a great feeling.
Can you tell us about any new acquisitions, or do you yourself have any plans for future books?
I’ve already mentioned my first (and, to date, only!) author, Laura Laakso. She is writing a series about paranormal detective Yannia Wilde and her young side-kick Karrion. The series is called Wilde Investigations and I’m publishing the first in the series, Fallible Justice, in November 2018. It’s an exciting pacey story, which I think will appeal to Crime readers as much as Fantasy fans. I’m slowly writing a fourth novel of my own, which I hope to publish under my imprint eventually. But for now I’m concentrating on Laura’s work and doing the best job I can to bring it into the world.
If you could give just three words for how you want a book to make you fell, what would they be?
Intrigued, thrilled, moved, (in that order!)
If you were abandoned on a desert island and could only take one book, which would you take?
I’ve been asked this question before and it’s hard to decide, but if I could only read one book for the rest of my life, it would be Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë. It’s intriguing, thrilling, and moving.
If you’d like to find out more about Louise’s novels or submit a story to her, you can find her website here.
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