Elizabeth Spann Craig started as a traditionally published author more than a dozen years ago. While she maintains good relationships with publishers, a change in direction of one publisher led her to begin self publishing. After the publisher dropped a series she began, fans kept begging for more titles. She obtained the rights and began self-publishing.
Here she details her journey, how she interacts with fans, and how her writing has evolved and advice for other authors trying to make their way in a crazy world.
Writing for 13 years.
Writes Southern Cozy Mysteries – 3 different series, with 17 books on her resume, including Myrtle Clove Mysteries. Started as Traditional and moved toward Indie/Self published.
Consistently writes daily at 4:45 am (yikes) for ~1.5 hours and then a bit more later in the day. When having difficulty writing, uses a method similar to pomodoro technique – 20 mins working, 20 mins rest.
Uses a light outline (4 pp double spaced, not too detailed – “…and this happens”) that helps make sure the plot works, but leaves enough room for being creative and writes character sketches. During writing may leave some blanks to fill-in such as character description, setting, etc as layers.
Blogs often. Uses twitter significantly, but not for promotion.
Uses tools to read the web (Feedly Pro) and subscribes to 2-3k blogs!
Then Hootsuite/sonix to post.
Only recently began keeping a mailing list to announce new books.
Publishes on Amazon, Smashwords, Nook, Kobo and some audiobook.
Checkout here website if you want to see a great way to keep fans up-to-date easily.
Elizabeth writes the Memphis Barbeque mystery series for Penguin/Berkley (as Riley Adams), the Southern Quilting mysteries for Penguin/NAL, and the Myrtle Clover series for Midnight Ink and independently. She blogs at Mystery Writing is Murder, which was named by Writer's Digest as one of the 101 Best Websites for Writers for 2010--2013. A lifelong resident of the South, she enjoys finding inspiration for her mysteries in the beautiful states of North and South Carolina.