Exclusive Author Interview- Larry Green's Newest Release The Root Cellar Chronicles
The Root Cellar Chronicles- Exclusive Interview
We've been excited to share this one-on-one interview with you. Comment anymore questions you have for Larry. If you haven't had the chance yet to purchase his amazing novel, click here for pre ordering! Book is released November 15th, 2018
Explain how you came up with the title?
I had originally called the book, which I thought would be a single volume book for my grandkids to read, Willie and the Root Cellar. None of my family seemed to like that title and I was encouraged to make a series out of it so naturally, it became a “chronicles.” It also seemed natural that since the series would take place largely in a root cellar, that the series should be called The Root Cellar Chronicles.
What category or genre did you intend this to be?
I’m a Sci-Fi junky so I would like to think that I have created something in that genre. I wanted to write something that expressed what my reserved, inner self dwells on but my grown-up public self has learned to keep to myself.
What was your purpose in writing this novel?
There were several purposes in my writing this book. First and foremost was my desire to give my grandkids a fun story to read. They were all young readers (pre high school) when I started and I wanted to share some story telling with them. Secondly, When I read something that is written well, I marvel at how much can be conveyed so beautifully by the skillful crafting of words. I want to someday be able to do that and I believe that happens by writing, writing, and writing. Lastly, I enjoy writing.
Something you liked about it
I liked the idea of finding something so completely mind boggling; a complete game changer, tucked away in something as overlooked and marginalized as an old fashioned root cellar. It’s the epitome of an oxymoron.
Something you disliked about it.
In the first volume, I dislike having to lay the foundation for what is happening and for developing the characters, how did they come to be there, etc. Once the story gets going, it gains traction and becomes much more entertaining.
Why did you choose this setting?
I had originally thought I would have Willis discover a discrete cave in the side of the mountain located behind the home his family moved into out in the country. However, the root cellar was closer to the house and wouldn’t require so much time to access plus the logistics of utilities, etc.
Who is your favorite character?
Willis, of course, is my favorite character. He is a cerebral, nerdy, gutsy, cool type of kid that will grow up to someday rule the world. He is quite possibly a young version of Mr. Pugmire; a real deep thinker.
Who is your least favorite character
My least favorite character is Luke. We’ll just leave it at that.
Describe the most significant episode in your book. (most meaningful to you)
The most significant episode in the book for me was when Willis is pushed to his limits as he tries to understand what has happened to him and then tries even harder to explain it to his father. An almost subconscious action turns out to be his only link to sanity which grounds him to the reality of the events that have happened to him.
How did writing it change you, or your views?
Writing has changed me in that it has made me start to think again. I began writing because, of all things, filling out insurance information. Each year, I would have to break down all of my flying hours into categories for the insurance company; type of air craft, multi engine, single engine, day, night, cross country, the number of landings, etc. One year as I was going through my log book to complete this task, I began reading the comments for each flight and remembering all the fun times and people that were part of each flight. I decided to write these stories down so my children and grandchildren could enjoy them as well and maybe even understand me a little bit better. The result was What a Rush, a book that I gave to my children and some of the key players in it. That book made me realize that I enjoyed writing. It also caused my brain to wake up and start working again by remembering the chronology of events and names of people and other details of the flights. Writing continues to change me as I become more aware of others writing and learn the difference between just writing and really good writing.
Have you thought about a Sequel or Prequel?
Originally, I thought this book would just be a single volume project. However, with some encouragement it has turned into a series with several volumes. I think a sequel (or at least additional volumes) would be would be fun to develop since I have already exposed the prequel in the second volume.
The Ideal Kind of Writing
The ideal kind of writing is far and in between.
The type of writing I am referring to won't make you focus on the details that might not add up in real life, but will force you to contemplate every single word. This effortless kind of writing pushes your mind to ponder the depth of each character, the perception of life and find a new meaning to insightful ideas.
The ideal kind of writing is surprising.
It asks you to recognize and then question all senses for the purpose of the narrative. It challenges the mind and kindles the heart. It won't always be rational or traditional, but still it relates to every part of your reality. The ideal kind of writing stays with you.
This type of writing is ideal. Which means it is the most sought after kind.
The ideal kind of writing takes time and most of the time, a lot of hard work. It should also be more work for the reader to absorb and understand. However, it wouldn't be ideal if it wasn't worth it.
You know it's ideal when, you, the reader, have to share it. You’re not only telling your friends about it, but you're giving unsolicited advise to strangers in book stores.
Not all writing can be the ideal.
However, in our opinion, the ideal kind of writing is the only type of writing worth exploring.
What do you think is ideal kind of writing?
Five Reasons to Start Reading Romance
Although romance is an extremely popular genre, romance novels (and the readers who love them) often find themselves to be the target of biased haters who strongly try to convince themselves that they aren’t fans and will never be. Most if the time these typical haters have never turned a single page in a romance novel and wouldn’t know what a Happily Ever After looked like if it smacked them right in the face. If you are one of these people but in reality have a secret desire to get on the romance train then let us help you change your mind with these five reasons. Just maybe, picking up a romance novel could be very worth your while.
1. It reminds you that when you’re in love you feel invincible!
If you’re single, in a long-term relationship, or somewhere in between, the butterfly feeling you get when you’re beginning to think you may have finally found your soulmate is an electrifying experience. However, that only lasts so long and eventually you either go your separate ways, or find yourselves eating leftovers and binge-watching Netflix together in your pajamas. Which is amazing, but it’s not the stuff of jittery hearts. So why wouldn’t you want to get that feeling back again and again—in the form of a book? Why not live vicariously through a character who is having those unique, first feelings of sparks flying as they engage in conversation with someone they find attractive? You can check out our most recent and popular Romance novel here, Building A Life by Lauraine Henderson.
2. Reading romances allows you to create your best version of the characters in your mind
Of course we all enjoy our fair share of romantic movies, but most of the time they leave too little to the imagination. Most likely the actors playing the leads won’t be your knight in shining armor and chances are their romance, no matter how sizzling, will leave you feeling less than satisfied. Why not try diving into a novel, where you can shape the character descriptions for yourself as you read along? Is the hero a tall, dark and handsome southern farmer? Well, maybe he’s also a Chris Hemsworth lookalike with a tractor. The heroine may be a dainty dancer, but maybe she also looks exactly like me, except with longer legs and blonde hair. Novels let you to allow your imagination wander and it’s especially fun to do that when you’re reading romance.
3. Small three words: Happily Ever After
Okay, okay, okay! I get it. Sad stories can be great too. The story where the guy doesn’t get the girl, aliens come to earth or the family dog passes away the same day grandpa did. There is a time and place for all those stories in world of literature. But so are stories where the guy does get the girl, he loves all of her flaws and quirks, even her strong willed best friend approves of him, and he wants to sweep her off her feet and propose on the top of the Empire State Building. Nice work if you can get it in real life, right? And if you can’t, at least you can read about it.
4. Romance within all types of genres
Do you like your romances with an extraterrestrial twist? How about some fantasy flair flair? Or maybe something more historical? Do you like strong cowboys? What about brilliant Wall Street Workers? Are you a mystery person? Sci-Fi? Time travel? Whatever your zest is, believe me, there is a romance novel out there for you. Actually, there are probably more than one, if not dozens.
5. It’s perfectly fine to like Love
You may have already known this, but some of the favorite literature classics are essentially romance novels. They center around strong romantic relationships between the main characters. And great compelling romances lie at the heart of many popular books today, even though they aren’t marketed as romance novels. Most likely, even if you claim you are completely disinterested in all things romantic, you’re already a fan of the essential elements of a romance novel. Why not give yourself consent to explore that interest further? I say love is amazing, and it is a perfect, and an important part of the human experience. There’s no shame in enjoying, exploring, and loving it through reading books.
Do you love romance novels?
Check out all of our romance novels! Click the link to view our selection.
Exclusive Author Interview -Building A Life
Building A Life Interview
If you haven't read the book quite yet we asked that Lauraine to try and not give any spoilers! Read the blurb and give yourself a new insight. Sara Castleton resolved to make better choices now that there was a new life growing inside her. When her husband, Peter, plowed through that stop sign and left this world, he left a mess behind. Picking up the pieces of her shattered life and finishing the house Peter started could be the answer to her future, but she needed help. When Nicholas Bradford was asked to step into Sara’s unfinished house project, he reluctantly agreed. He didn’t always see eye-to-eye with Peter’s friends and business associates, but one look at his pregnant widow and Nick couldn’t say no. Before they know it, they aren’t just building a house, they’re Building a Life. Click here for more information!
If you haven't read Lauraine's other novels you can check them out here. Or click here to check out the rest of our book selection. On last thing... We are still doing our FREE EBOOK give away! Make sure to download the ebook before the giveaway ends. Click here for the FREE EBOOK >>>>>> Download Here
7 Things You Need Before Submitting to a Publisher
We often get submissions from authors that we regretfully decline. Not because the writing is bad or we think it won’t sell, but because authors often submit work before it’s “publisher” ready. How do we know if our work is up to par? Here’s a list of 7 things you should consider before clicking that send button!
Lastly, I want to touch on editing. Sure, the publisher will have an editor for your manuscript. That’s if your manuscript makes it that far. Have someone edit your work before you submit it to a publisher. This editor needs to be more than a “typo expert.” Have someone streamline your books flaws into strengths. Having a polished manuscript will not only cut publishing time but they are the ones that get published.
11 Reasons Why You Should Keep Writing
It’s safe to say there are more writers now than ever before. Why should we write? Why are so many of us pursuing a writing career? Writers are uniquely gifted to help find meaning for themselves and others. This has always been the key goal of storytellers. Every story means something to the person living it, and our job as authors is to tell those universal stories, the stories that tell the story of every person on this earth. Here are 11 Real Reasons You Should Keep Writing.
This infographic is courtesy of Sierra Delarosa of Global English Editing. Visit them online at geediting.com or on Twitter @geediting.
9 Ways to Read Like a Genius: By Ariel Abke
Every once in a while we like to featured blogs we run across. Today that happens to be a blog by Ariel Abke. You can find her original blog here.
9 Ways to Read Like a Genius: By Ariel Abke
I wasn’t expecting it to explode like that.
Have you ever made a goal, then become so absorbed in it that you surpass your goal by miles? That was me and reading.
A year ago I was not a reader, but in January I wrote a post about how awesome reading is for you, and I shared my goal of reading 12 books in 2015. I had a huge to-read list, and jumped right in.
It’s been less than six months, and I’ve already read 17! I’m not stopping at 17, though. I’m going to up my game! I read a lot of books this spring, and I’ve learned that there are certain things I can do to get the most out of each book.
Here are nine ways to read smarter:
What are some smart reading tips you’ve discovered?
Both a Writer and a Marketer
Social media is a great way reach potential readers. Authors of all kinds need to learn how to use it effectively in order to do so.
“Effectively” has different meanings for every writer. With new technology and new social media platforms forming everyday, this task can seem unreachable to some. There is Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, LinkedIn, Pinterest and the list really does go on… Don’t get so carried away in the networking you forget about writing. Decided what you can handle and make that work. It is better to have a strong online presence on a couple platforms then a weak presence on all of them.
We strongly suggest prioritizing these platforms, Facebook, Personal Blog/Website, Twitter and Instagram. Decide which of these platform you can handle on a day to day basis and then go from there.
If you are new to the social media world here are a few guidelines to follow.
Content Is Key
Keep your post interesting and full of emotion. Share links to articles or other online content that you find interesting. This includes posting links or tweets from people YOU follow. Doing so creates a good relationship with the person whose work you're sharing, and it gives your followers interesting content.
Be Real and Be You
Don’t try to be someone you’re not. Your followers will catch on and they WILL unfollow you. Try not to blast new followers with links on where they can buy your book. You wouldn’t walk up to someone you’ve never met and try that so don’t do it online either.
Social Social Social
Be social on social media. You would think this one is easy, however, several people don’t do it right. Make meaningful comments on other people's posts, engage in sophisticated conversations and share information your followers will read.
Try hard to stay away from constantly promoting your book but please refrain from doing so. The occasional promotion is fine. Updates on releasing new books so on and so forth should be kept to a minimum. Make social media about creating and building relationships and sales will follow after.
Get Published, Market your Book and More!
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You do not need an agent to submit your work to BYCT. Please email a synopsis and manuscript, either full or partial, to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Then please give us 8-12 weeks to go over your work and reach a decision.
Thanks for your submission. We hope to include you in our stellar list of authors!
Welcome to our writers' corner. Here we'd love to share what we do, what we can do for you, how it works, what people have to say about us, and more. Look around, and when you think of questions - and you will have questions Don't waste any time getting answers. Please feel free to email us at email@example.com or fill out a contact form on our website.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:
WHAT WE CAN DO FOR YOU - (Please note that there are NO COSTS to you & NO HIDDEN FEES)
•Answer your questions.
•Evaluate your submission & offer critique & encouragement.
•Work with you on revisions.
•Develop a professional front and back cover with your input.
•Professionally edit your manuscript and discuss changes we feel are needed in collaboration with you.
•Professionally proofread your manuscript through multiple readers.
•Obtain ISBN numbers (print & digital.)
•Submit advance reader copies and solicit Beta readers.
•Format and Typesetting of manuscript.
•Submit for print and conversion to e-book formats.
•Establish price point and establish a pricing range with you.
•Assign free and promotional opportunities.
•Send you a proof copy for final inspection/corrections.
•Secure and assign an Internet domain name for your book.
•Develop book web page to market your book.
•Develop Facebook author fan page.
•Work with you on development of social media markets including Twitter, Google +, Facebook and more.
•Develop and submit press releases, media marketing materials, articles, self-generated marketing items to general and specific media markets.
•Set up author interviews and book signings locally, as available.
•Make copies of book available to you at cost. (Note: You have no obligation to purchase any.)
•Submit quarterly sales reports to you.
•Encourage you to write more books.
[Note: These are actual questions that have been sent to us. If you have a question you would like answered, scroll to the bottom of the page.]
• How many rounds of editing need to be done? Would I be charged if additional editing is required? No charges are incurred by the writer at all. After the book sells we equally share the royalty. We aim to get a great book out and each book is different and requires differing levels of editing. I cannot say how many rounds of editing will be needed, however, I can tell you that there is no cost to you.
• Will I have any input on the final naming and look of my books? Yes - we work WITH you. We will make suggestions based on our experience. As the writer you can express your ideas, although the goal of working with BYCT is for our experience.
• I don't see BYCT quoting reviews from anywhere other than individuals and Amazon. Are review copies sent to newspapers, magazines, TV and radio stations, and online book review sites? We send reviews , articles, videos, sample copies, bio sheets and more to the above named outlets. In addition, we target independent bookstores and specialized stores. We are always in the process of getting feedback. As for an online book review site, they are either paid or comprised of individuals who read the book. We have quotes from people who read the book and were not paid. Right now we are focused on getting our books (both in print and e-formats) to as many people as we can, to get their reviews and quotes. Like all things, that does takes time.
• How are covers designed? We have professional graphic designers working on our covers and print layouts. Graphic art comes from a variety of sources including original designs and composite works. It all depends on the look we are after. Authors are included in the design process.
• Why does the BYCT catalog appears to only contain a handful of titles? This does not constitute any kind of track record. Books You Can Trust is a relatively young company. We were formed in January 2013. That is not a secret. The formation of this company is based on the experience of the key players and those backing the company. This experience spans decades of writing, editing, graphics, sales and marketing both in the field of books, newspapers, magazines, as well as digital formats. It should be noted that our titles are free of graphic violence, graphic sex and profanity, as mandated by our publishing policy. With our recent acquisition of new titles, expect to see the number of books increase rapidly.
• Wouldn't it make more sense to get a mainstream publisher? Absolutely. We believe our company to be your #2 option for publishing available. Read PUBLISHING OPTIONS. The likelihood of you getting a mainstream publisher as a new author is slim. I won't depress you how slim, but here is a quite from a best selling author, Ian Irvine who wrote: "Lesson 1: Got expectations? Lower them. Feel free to write the most beautiful, thought-provoking words in the English language. The public will feel equally free to ignore them. Here's the sad truth: most people who write a book will never get it published, half the writers who are published won't see a second book in print, and most books published are never reprinted. What's more, half the titles in any given bookshop won't sell a single copy there, and most published writers won't earn anything from their book apart from the advance."
Read the whole article - it answers a lot of questions http://www.ian-irvine.com/publishing.html
• Your contract grants you total control over your work for a period of time, after which his control automatically extends unless you take action to terminate. During the period of control you pay for nothing, and you might expect some editing fees, billed to you during rewrite. And the rewrites may be substantial. The contract requires you to provide whatever rewrites the publisher asks for ("We don't like the ending; you must write a new ending").
I am not sure WHAT contract you are reading; but it is not ours. Our contracts offer many choices. They run from a one year to a five year term, the latter offering a higher net royalty. Many publisher contracts run longer. The reason we want a set period is to be sure that after we have provided all the services you see on our services page, you do not just say "goodbye" and go sell your professionally readied book elsewhere. We sink in about $4000 - $6000 worth of services that cost you nothing. There are NO editing fees, nothing is billed to you at all. We are not publishing dictators - we work with you from start to finish, a collaborative effort. During the period of the contract we want your book to sell well. You can renew the contract if you want. If not, 60 days written notice and you are done and your book is no longer exclusively ours to sell. Since we are a business built on reputation, it would defeat the point to create a negative image or the wrath of writers posting across the Internet. In this age of mistrust it is easy to pull anything apart. We have tried to be as upfront, transparent and clear about how we work. If we have missed anything let us know. We will post the answers here.
• It looks to me like you are a fairly typical vanity publishing deal: the publisher takes total control of everything, the writer pays for a list of incidental expenses and the publisher provides little real service to the writer.
I am not sure what site you are looking at. You are not describing our company at all. We do not have total control over everything. The writer pays no incidental expenses. We provide a lot of services. Vanity Press publishers charge a fee, require certain book quantities to be purchased by the author, and they will print anything submitted since they make their money from the fees. Our authors have no costs. We earn our money when the book sells and we still share the royalty with no hidden fees or costs.
If you are already a published author, either self or with another publisher, please see our media kit to find out how you can sell your book in our BYCT bookshop!
Media Kit 2017
The Guide to Starting a Novel
Where should your story start? With the characters? The plot? Well we have made this guide to help new and experienced authors begin the writing process.
Authors have tendencies to be constantly mulling over ideas for new novels. When brainstorming a new idea it’s important to jump right into writing a summary and then let your ideas settle. Come back and reread and then think on it for a few days. Sometimes our really good ideas are great and then other times not so much.
2. Make a Schedule
Obviously writing is mostly made of creativity however, it’s important to remember the logistics such as editing and formatting. Creating a schedule will help ensure you will reach your goals.
3. Character Outlining
Characters are developed throughout the entire process of writing. Usually characters won’t be complete after the first draft. As you go onto more drafts add more characterization into each character. Make sure each character can stand on its own and will be interesting for the reader.
4. Point of View
Who will your audience be and what characters are most important? Is the story going to be in present tense or past? It’s a lot of work to change your mind so make a decision before going all in.
Conflicts should be developed along with the characters. This will help define the plot and each character strengths and weaknesses.
6. Start Writing
After you have the basics down and the idea has been mulling over start writing. Focus on where you would like the story to begin. This doesn’t have to be the first chapter per say but make sure every chapter has a point and by the end it accomplishes something. If it isn’t relevant to the story as a whole, leave it out.
7. Developing the Scenes
Do this in several phases. We suggest starting without the fluff. After the initial scene you can add more descriptions and characters. This will help nail down exactly what you are trying to get out of each scene.
Every writer has what works for them. If you are new to writing these are good suggestions or if you’re looking for a changed this is a great place to start.