Hello folks, today I am honored to host on my blog, Eddie Snipes, President of Christian Author’s Guild. His July release, I Called Him Dancer, has been receiving plenty of great reviews among book reviewers and readers alike. And for those of you on a budget, (which is all of us!) it’s available on eBook for only .99 cents.
Here’s what the story is about: For a moment, Michael danced on top of the world, but one bad choice turned his life upside down. The once promising Broadway star now washes windshields for tips and lives among the homeless. When his former dance partner recognizes him behind the fray of whiskers, shame drives him away from her. Angry at God and the world, the Dancer refuses to allow anyone into his life. When everything is stripped away, three things remain: faith, hope, and love. The greatest of these is love. I Called Him Dancer is a story about how one woman’s enduring faith and unconditional love drives her to reach out to a homeless man who has given up on life.
Here’s a little bit about my guest: Eddie Snipes has been taking writing seriously for the last 15 years. His writing journey began when doing prison ministry and prisoners began asking for study material. He decided to write out each message and give it out at the end of service. When he began taking writing seriously, Eddie felt the need to connect with like-minded writers. Over the next few years, he joined the Christian Authors Guild, American Christian Fiction Writers, and the Atlanta Writers Club. In 2011 he began serving as President of the Christian Authors Guild in Woodstock, GA. Over the last decade, Eddie has written thirty-thousand pages of Bible studies, three full length manuscripts, and won five writing contests. In 2011 he published his first book.
How has your life changed since publishing your first book? Other than the hordes of autograph seekers, my life hasn’t changed much. The biggest change has been my focus on marketing. I watch many books drift away into the graveyard of forgotten books, and I’m determined not to be one of them. I’m also determined not to be someone who bombards contacts with self-promotion. I’ve integrated marketing into my lifestyle by getting more involved in the writing community. I’ve put a lot of emphasis on blogging with articles that are helpful so that I’m giving to others. In return, I’ve had a constant stream of readers buying my book. It doesn’t make me rich, but it does keep my book in front of the reading world.
Is there anything you would have done differently? There isn’t a whole lot I would change about my writing and publishing experience. There are many things I will do differently on my next book, but many of the mistakes I made were unavoidable. It isn’t
until you begin to venture out that you discover where you need to focus. I wasted money on things that didn’t work, but there’s no way of knowing what works and what doesn’t until they are tried. Each author is different and each genre is different. What some authors said would work, didn’t. Some things that was supposed to be a waste of time, worked. One thing I could have done better was to build a solid readership on my blog before launching. Readers who like my blog also tend to like my voice in books.
How has your story impacted your life? I hit on this a little bit earlier. I’ve put marketing in the mix of my life and habits. I try to find ways to let people know about my book without hard selling. I’ve found that setting time aside to blog has
helped me grow as a person, and it has helped me connect with others – including readers. I learned that if I’m going to blog, it has to be done well. When I posted inconsistently, I peaked out at 30 monthly visitors. Since April when I focused on producing quality articles, it has steadily grown to over 2000 monthly readers. Writing is a lifestyle and integrating my writing life into lives of readers is both rewarding and challenging.
What are your writing plans for the future? I want to see if I can write a book without verbs. I have two other manuscripts written. One fiction, and one non-fiction. The non-fiction book is called Simple Faith, and is focused on discipleship and
growing in faith clear to the common layman. The fiction book is in rough draft stage and has been sitting for well over a year. I’m letting it ferment and hopefully it will edit itself.
Do you have any advice for writers trying to find a publisher or agent? Have a thick skin, and be persistent. A young
adult writer in the Christian Authors Guild, where I serve, queried 140 agencies before getting an acceptance. This is not unusual. Most successful authors have been rejected dozens of times before finding success. Independent publishing is an option – but it has to be for the right reasons. No author should self-publish because they gave up. If you have the vision for your book that you
are pursuing and believe in independent publishing, by all means do it. If you have a dream of becoming an agented author, don’t give up and take the easy way out. Reevaluate your work, query letters, and keep pressing. It only takes one door to open, but sometimes you have to knock on a lot of doors. And you have to have a professional sounding query.
How can readers find you on the internet?
My blog / website is http://www.eddiesnipes.com. I post weekly articles, author interviews, book reviews, and a little humor.
Facebook username: eddiesnipes
I’m also on Google+
Author of I Called Him Dancer – On sale for .99 cent on eBook.