(Guest Post) Author Interview with A.L. Long

Advice you would give new authors?

When I first started writing nearly seven years ago, I wished that I knew what I know now. The hardest part about writing isn’t writing the story, but figuring how to promote it.

I had no idea what I would do once I published my first book. There was a lot of trial and error.

One thing I learned early on was the importance of a launch team and or Street team. I have an amazing street team that has been with me for five years. I don’t know where I would be without them.

Another must, finding readers who will become a part of an ARC team. Reviews are an enormous part in determining how well your book sells. There isn’t one person who I know who wouldn’t love to receive a free book for an honest review.

What are common traps for aspiring writers?

The world is filled with self-published authors and I am one of them. When I first began writing I learned that there are many self-publishing companies out there all of which wanted to promote my book.

They are not all what they are cracked up to be. Writer beware.  I learned the hard way. I chose one of these companies and I was not impressed.

Yes, they talked about marketing my book to film producers, book expos, and so on, but for a handsome fee.  I didn’t like the fact that I didn’t have control over my work.

Needless to say, I ended my contract and now I have control over my work. Not to say that you won’t have better luck, but for me, I would never use a self-publishing company again.



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