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Read an Interview
The following is taken from a radio interview with Patrika Vaughn:
DO YOU NEED AN AUTHOR'S ADVOCATE™?
HOST: Are you a writer trying to get published? Are you thinking of hiring an agent? Well, don't do anything until you've heard what the world's leading Author's Advocate™ has to say. We are happy to have as our guest today Patrika Vaughn.
VAUGHN: Thank you.
HOST: "The world's leading Author's Advocate" sounds very impressive. What does it mean? How are you different from a literary agent?
VAUGHN: I used to be an agent but I don't think agents are what today's writers need.
HOST: How so?
VAUGHN: Have you ever noticed that the same writers appear on the best seller lists, year after year? That's because the major houses aren't taking chances on unknown quantities.
HOST: Then how can new writers get published today?
VAUGHN: Lots of small and mid-size publishing houses are starting to fill the gap left by the major houses. Most of them are niche publishers. Authors can approach them directly, without an agent, but this only works when the manuscript fits exactly into the publisher's subject area.
HOST: How can a writer find out who's publishing what?
VAUGHN: Through research ~ a slow and tedious job, but not an impossible one.
HOST: OK, say a writer is willing to do the necessary painful research. Then what?
VAUGHN: Before starting the research, an author has to identify exactly what genre or category his or her manuscript fits into. You're selling a product. and you have to target your market.
HOST: What if the writer doesn't know?
VAUGHN: Then (s)he'll have to get an educated opinion from someone who does.
HOST: Like who?
VAUGHN: Someone who knows the industry from all sides: someone who knows writing, marketing and publishing. Like me. You asked what an Author's Advocate does. The answer is everything but the writing . I can help clarify the subject matter, pinpoint the audience for it, and show a writer how to best write for that audience. Then I can help decide the best publishing option ~ a large or small publishing house, self- publishing, online publishing and/or electronic publishing ~ there are so many options, today. I can walk you through each one, until we find the one that fits.
HOST: Subject, audience, best publishing option ... .all factors that will determine the ultimate success of a work, right?
VAUGHN: Right, but factors most writers don't like to deal with. They want to write, not do the drudge work. It's my job to show them how to get through it quickly and painlessly.
HOST: It sounds like you really know your way around the industry.
VAUGHN: I've had a lot of experience in it. I'm a published author, an editor and a publisher, and I've been a literary agent. I understand the need to write what people want to read and I know what's involved in getting it successfully - and profitably! - published.
HOST: Thanks for the explanation. And there you have it, folks ~ straight from the mouth of The Author's Advocate, who's been there and done that.
Patrika Vaughn's works have been published in more than 100 national journals and magazines. She has written and ghostwritten books. She is listed in the International Authors and Writers Who's Who. Her audiobook and book, Everything You Need to Know to WRITE PUBLISH & MARKET YOUR BOOK, is available through bookstores and on-line.
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