The Four Winds meets Blind Tiger in this tale during Prohibition Era Appalachian Tennessee, set in the early 1900s, Based on a real-life tale of the author’s grandmother, the reader gets immersed in Ruby’s choices as she searches for worthiness and belonging.
Why did you decide to self-publish? Did you have any doubts?
Without a doubt, I knew the minute my first draft was nearing completion that I would self-publish. I am 66 and would rather spend time creating my own publishing company and a marketing plan than querying agents and editors. Secondly, traditional publishing has changed: there are fewer companies, less support for the debut author, and increased lag time to get a response from submissions.
What did you like best?
My novel is very personal, based on the true story of my grandmother’s felony conviction in 1920s Appalachia. Because it’s so personal, I wanted to have control of the editing, the cover, and the distribution of my novel. Also, the time to market was right for me with self-publishing. when Rock Bottom, Tennessee was ready, I could quickly get it to the distributors and into the reader’s hands.
What was the hardest part?
It was scary to do it alone. There was much to learn. However, the writing community is very supportive, and by asking the right questions, I could find the information I needed. The imposter syndrome was real for me. It took courage to expose my writing and myself to the world.
Would you do it again?
Absolutely. However, if a top 4 publishing company wants to talk, I’d have to consider it.
What advice do you have for authors just starting?
Two things helped me with my first launch. First of all, become a part of the online writing community. such as Wide for the Win and 20Books to 50K. Secondly, get involved with your local writing groups. When you find a stumbling block, the community is very gracious about getting the answers. The networking will help with marketing (such as book-signing information, back cover blurbs, reviews, and newsletter swaps).
Kimberly Nixon is an emerging author of biographical fiction. She was blessed with a plethora of family stories, featuring strong, determined—and sometimes wild—characters. She lives in Austin, Texas with her husband Paul most of the year and travels for adventure when she can. Rock Bottom, Tennessee is Kimberly’s debut novel. Visit her website for news on her upcoming sequel about Ruby at www.kimberlynixon.com.
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