1. How did you self-publish?
In 2014, I attended a workshop from Bronze Age Media called “Author At Once” out of sheer curiousity. It talked about the basics of publishing in e-book format. It was facilitated by Mina V. Esguerra, romance author extraordinaire, who eventually introduced me to #romanceclass. I had a manuscript ready then – a novella that I wrote after graduating college – that I figured I could use to test out. I rewrote the novel, had it edited and read by a couple of friends who acted as my beta readers, hired a cover designer and eventually hit the ‘Publish’ button on Amazon. A couple of months later, through submission, The Boyfriend Backtrack was traditionally published by Anvil Publishing.
Since then, I’ve also attended a workshop with Bronze Age Media for Print Publishing, a writing workshop for Young Adult hosted by Buqo that eventually birthed What About Today, my second book that was also eventually published by Anvil Publishing.
Despite being traditionally published, I enjoy self-publishing so my next works were all self-published first, including my poetry collection, The Last Time I’ll Write About You.
2. How did you find a publisher for your books?
I submitted my works to the publisher for my romance titles. My advice is that you visit their websites and check out their submissions page. Write a good cover letter to introduce yourself and your book. This might take a while, so don’t get too frustrated.
As for TLTIWAY, I was fortunate enough to be approached by my publisher 5 months after I self-published it.
3. Do you have any advice for aspiring writers?
Write, write, write. There are days when it feels hard to write. That’s okay. I take breaks too but don’t take too long. Enjoy the process of writing. Be open to people reading your work. Be open to critiques. Learn to separate constructive criticism from destructive ones. Read. A LOT. Or watch things. Listen to songs. Be inspired by stories told by other people. Be a receiver. Trust your gut. If you find people who are just like you, who read and write the same things, and love the same things, then consider building a community. Or joining one, if you found one that already exists. Writing may seem like a solitary thing, but you don’t have to go through it alone. Support from a community is the best.
4. Did you always want to be an author?
No, but maybe yes. I never even thought of it as a thing ‘to be’ when I was young, just because when I was growing up, it didn’t seem like a doable thing. I didn’t know how to be one, as opposed to being, say, a doctor – which would mean going to medical school, etc. But I have always loved writing, even as a young girl, and I’ve always loved sharing my stories to my friends and classmates. So maybe there is that intention, although I wasn’t aware that that’s where it was leading. I have degree that is not related to writing at all, yet I’ve joined a literary club because I love writing and I needed an outlet. So maybe what I’m doing now is pretty much the same: I have a day job but I write (and publish) on the side.
5. May I please send you something that I’ve written?
I’m very touched that you would want me to read your work, however, I do have two lives (lol!) at the moment and can’t promise to get back to you regarding these right away. I do sometimes get annoying book slumps (you know how it is!) and I would like to be guilt-less as much as possible. Do find friends to read your work though. Preferably those who read the genre that you write, so you may get comments and critiques in your work. You can do it!
6. What’s next for you?
The Last Time I’ll Write About You will be re-released and published by Andrews McMeel Publishing on January 30, 2018. It should be available worldwide so wherever you are, hello! I hope you see my book on your local bookstores’ shelves.
I recently finished a romance novel which I am planning to release around April or May 2018. It’s still in its early stages though, so the timeline could change.
7. I’m writing a report on one of your books! How do I reach you?
You can email your questions at firstname.lastname@example.org. Before you do, make sure you read the book – and please don’t ask me to do all the work for you? If you have questions, kindly list them all down instead of going back and forth. Let’s save each other’s time. 🙂
8. Would you please do an interview / guest post for me or would you please attend my event?
Again, because I have two lives, I need to check first if I would be able to. You can always ask though. Please send an e-mail to email@example.com with the full details. The clearer and direct it is, the better.
9. But wait, I need to know more!
I might have already answered some of the questions in these interviews that you are free to read:
- Backtracking: An Interview with Author Dawn Lanuza
- Interview with Dawn Lanuza, Author of The Hometown Hazard
- AUTHOR CHAT WITH DAWN LANUZA + PH GIVEAWAY
- #romanceclass podcast
- #romanceclass IG Takeover Q&A video
** As always, if you have simpler questions like who’s my favorite Bigbang member (it’s not that simple! Lie – it’s G-Dragon, but Taeyang!), you can always tweet me at @dawnlanuza **