Friday 3 January 2014

Author Interview - Anne Asher @AnneAsher

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Tell us about your new book? What’s it about and why did you write it?
For a long time, the body work and movement therapy work I did occupied a unique niche that was limited to those rare individuals who were very physically skilled – mainly dancers.  During that time, I  routinely noticed how “regular people” were exempt from engaging with the work, and thought to myself – to a great extent, “regular people” are the ones who need it the most.  I enjoy making the work user friendly to people in pain and/or those who seeking a more body empowered lifestyle.

Do you have an organized process or tips for writing well? Do you have a writing schedule?

I am not the most regimented writer, and most likely, your readers could give me some good tips.

More often that not, I write from the seat of my pants.  With that said, the more I write, the more uses I find for outlines (and lists – I love lists).  Most of what my content comes from memory, because the book is the written version of the first several sessions usually given to clients.  Once I get the basic components committed to computer, it's time for the part I like best, which is making the movements, exercises and body empowerment concepts easy and fun to follow.  I consider this my reward for getting past the organization phase.

Advice to other writers.
Make a plan ahead of time.  Try to parse out the writing tasks so you do something (even if it's not very much) every day, if possible.  Realize that it will take longer than you think or plan especially if you self publish – to a great extent this is because of the learning curve you will inevitably encounter.

Hire a copy editor when you're done, if possible. 

Recognize you'll have to market – this is fun (for me at least).

Build exercise into your days and weeks – don't become a slave to the computer! 

Scrivener is a nice piece of software for book writing.  A fast way to get the book started (and something I’ve been meaning to try, but haven't yet) is to talk the book into microphone and then pay to have it transcribed.

How do you feel about self publishing?
Quite a while ago, a colleague of mine who had published numerous books both traditionally through an established publishing house and by self-publishing, was generous enough to impart to me her lessons learned.   She told me that if you go the traditional route,  you'll make about $0.40 per book, and you'd do all your own marketing. If you self publish, she said, you'll make significantly more than that, and you do all all your own marketing.

At that point, I stopped looking for a publisher.  I later realized a 2nd  benefit to self-publishing:  it allows the author to say what she has to say, in the way she has to say it.   As an independent spirit type, this is critical to me. 

How do you work through self-doubts and fear?

I put one foot in front of the other and continue.
Move Pain Out of Your Body
Buy Now @ Amazon
Genre - Non-Fiction, Health
Rating – G
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