Thursday, September 3, 2009
Vivian Gilbert Zabel - Part 2
Oh, Boy! We’re back with Vivian Zabel!
I want to start out by letting you know that I had a choice between an article, Writing for Children, by Vivian, or this interview. Well, having an author/publisher on hand, I just couldn't pass up the interview.
So, today, we have 7 questions about life, writing and publishing that Vivian candidly and generously answers. For those readers out there who may be suffering with debilitating and chronic illnesses, and for women in general, Vivian is a source of inspiration. With determination and effort we can accomplish amazing things. Okay, you men, don’t feel left out, that goes for you too!
Now on to the Interview:
1. I was surprised to read in one of your interviews that you have a serious illness. I know the affects of dealing with an ongoing health problem; it slows you down to say the least. How do you manage running a publishing business, and what’s the most difficult thing?
Some days are more difficult than others, especially when I’m having trouble sleeping. Then I’m not only in pain but am extremely tired. However, I’m also extremely determined.
2. Were you ill when you started 4RV Publishing? If so, what made you decide to take on such an undertaking?
I’ve had rheumatoid arthritis and Lupus since I was quite young. I decided that I would have as full a life as possible any way, for as long as possible.
3. What do you think about authors who self-publish?
Authors who are self-published are hurting themselves in a way, because self-publication has a bad reputation. Yes, some good, well-written books are self-published, but the problem is that too many poorly written, full of errors books are self-published all the time.
I don’t have an answer, either. However due to the fact that authors don’t have many options when the major publishers go mainly for already-famous people as authors, whether they can write or not, 4RV tries to fill the gap between self-publishing and vainly presses and the “big boys.”
I wish we had the funds to put out more of the good manuscripts submitted.
4. What advice would you give to a writer who is about to self-publish?
Oh, my, that’s a rough question. Any writer about to self-publish needs to be sure
1. the book is extremely well-written
2. the book has been professionally edited at least twice
3. a good marketing plan is in place
5. What’s the most important tip you could give a writer who is just starting out?
First, know how to write, including knowing correct grammar and mechanics, and be willing to continue to learn.
6. Do you think that some writers are just not cut out for writing for children, or do you think anyone can learn the craft?
I don’t think everyone can learn to be a good writer, but all can learn to be better writers. Writing for children does take a special talent and desire, though.
7. What are some of the writing tools (books, courses, etc.) that you’ve found helpful, or that you think would be helpful to others who are just starting out or want to hone their craft?
All through the nearly thirty years I taught writing, I attended workshops, clinics, and classes to improve my writing. I still attend writing conferences and classes. One is the Muse Online Writers Conference, an intense week of working on writing at my computer (http://www.themuseonlinewritersconference.com). Another is the yearly OWFI (Oklahoma Writers Federation – http://owfi.org) writing conference with sessions to help authors.
I read and learn from writing magazines, such as The Writer and Writers’ Digest.
Thank you, Vivian.
Wow, what wonderful insight from an accomplished author and publisher. I’m sure this advice will be a huge help to our readers, especially those starting out and those headed for the self-publishing road. Thank you so much, Vivian, for being our guest this tour.
Here are Vivian’s links for you to learn more:
To get a copy of Prairie Dog Cowboy:
You can also find it at local book stores and Barnes & Noble.com
Thank you, Vivian, for being our guest this tour; it's been an honor to have you here!
Talk to you soon,