Tuesday, October 29, 2013

What I Wish I Knew Then: Creative Writing - From the Creative Writing MFA Faculty of Full Sail University (Sai's College)

What I Wish I Knew Then: Creative Writing

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In our new "What I Wish I Knew Then" series, we ask successful graduates in specific fields the question, "What do you wish you knew about your career that you didn't know when you graduated?" 
This month, we're diving into the world of fiction writing. We switched it up a little bit though and instead of reaching out to grads, we contacted several of Full Sail's Creative Writing for Entertainment and Creative Writing MFA Course Directors. These instructors are all published authors themselves – they've been through the ups and downs of first drafts and revisions and pitches and everything else in between – and they've got great advice to give to those looking to break into the field and get their own work published. Check out what they had to say below. 
"Never say: 'That’s not my thing.' You can have a specialty and passion, but be flexible and be prepared to learn new things. If you can tell a story, you can learn a format. Don’t fail because you’re not willing to try."  – Sid Williams, Literary Genre II: Horror, Mystery, and Suspense
"Make life choices that nurture your creativity, and keep your foot on the gas. It's so easy to let life get in the way of your creative work, and we all have other priorities with jobs, family, and other obligations. Just make sure that writing remains a top priority, and you're always working on a project or thinking about your next project. The only words that will never be read are the ones you never write."  – Alicia Guy, Children's Entertainment 
"The biggest thing is networking. I knew I needed to know the editors in order to sell stories to them, but it didn’t hit me early on that I needed to know as many people possible in the industry in order to maximize my ring(s) of contacts. Looking back it’s so easy to see a lot of agreements are about who you know and not what you know." – Roland Mann, Writing Workshop III: Writing for Comics and Animation
"I wish I’d known how long it was going to take. In fact, I still don’t know. What I do know now is that persistence is key to success as a writer. Everyone’s path is different, so it’s only useful to look ahead, rather than at the road behind you or the paths other writers are taking. Live in the moment, love what you’re doing, and keep writing!" – Julie Anne Wight, Literary Research
"This is the thing I wish I had known that I know now: Writers have to write. When I ignored and denied something so essential about myself, everything in my life got out of balance. I knew that I needed to write or be a part of the writing world. So, my advice to any new writer is to write. The odds of success in this business are daunting. But if this is what you were put on the planet to do, there will be a way for you to succeed." –Deborah Staley, Creative Writing Portfolio Assembly I 
"Everything is a sales job. You sell yourself at an interview. You sell your skills to a client. You sell a new idea to your boss. Become an excellent communicator because all jobs require articulation. Learn how to pitch and the best way to learn is to practice. A great pitch will get you the job, the client, and funding." – Evan Hewitt, Filmmaking Concepts and Practice (Film Production MFA)

Cassell, A. (October, 28 2013). What i wish i knew then: Creative writing. Retrieved from https://orgsync.com/50038/news_posts/58693

Friday, October 18, 2013

The Selkie Secret Free Promo Day!

On October 20th The Selkie Secret the Vanna Macallister YA Adventures will be available for the LAST free promo download for ONE day only. Please get yourself a copy of the book, review it, and share it with your friends. Remember an artist needs reviews, and word of mouth advertising to make any money. So please help Sai reach her goals by doing these simple things: Get the book, Review it, Share it, and like it!http://www.amazon.com/The-Selkie-Secret-ebook/dp/B00E7PIWL8/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1382150202&sr=8-1&keywords=The+Selkie+Secret 

Monday, October 14, 2013

I am going to open dialogue for fan input on a special short story that will be made into a download for all fans who have shown incredible support for my work. I am trying to reach 700 likes. Currently I am sitting at 625, this means I only need 75 likes in order to start this project. Please give me a like, and share my page as well so I can begin the process of getting this freebie goodie into the hands of literature lovers. Thanks in advance, and as always this is a Like for a Like deal. http://www.facebook.com/saimariejohnson

Into the Limelight Autor Interview of the week: Kayemba Yasin! http://saimariejohnson.wordpress.com/about/infinityxcreations/into-the-limelight-author-kayemba-yasin/


Alright this goes to all of the people out there who have a problem with freedom of speech, freedom of the press, and freedom of self expression:

You do not have the right to demand that any work of literature be removed from the public eye because it offends you or because you are worried that your children may get access to such materials. If you are so worried about your children gaining access to adult material then perhaps you should not allow your minor children free accessibility to the internet, television, or radio. Just because you do not like something, or you find it offensive does not mean you need to censor what other consenting adults, and artists enjoy. It is absolutely ludicrous that in this day, and age authors should have to face the denial of their material being sold on a website because someone else does not like what their book may showcase. That being said I do not approve of incestual stories, or minors being put in stories about sexual acts. This is my personal belief, and I do not purchase stories about the like. I also do not write stories about the like. I do write erotica. My one, and only erotica book currently on the market has a scene of a humanoid creature shifting into a werewolf during a lovemaking session with a Caballi demoness. Perhaps that is too much for some people, and I understand their choice not to purchase my material if such a thing offends them. Allow me to continue here:

This is a form of modern day book burning, and it is absolutely, unmistakably, irrevocably wrong! Who are any of these people to take down artworks that authors put long hours into creating? If you do not appreciate their work, here's a thought: DO NOT BUY IT! How dare you act as if you are the people with the right to determine what other customers have the right to purchase, and spend their time reading? Any book vendor who agrees with those people will suffer a tremendous drop in sales I guarantee it. When it no longer just affects the writer, but the customer base as well you will see a backlash like you could never expect. Banning reading material is an injustice. Instead of removing the books why don't you make age appropriate filtration? Furthermore children cannot even make purchases on your sites since you have to have a credit card, and in order to do so you must be of the age of consent. So I would love to know what the logic in removing these authors books is? Why are they all being targeted, and punished because someone somewhere decided to make a malicious report against self published authors?

If you are going to remove the selfies then you had better remove Anne Rice, EL James, Laurell K Hamilton, Sherrilyn Kenyon and ANY other author who has written adult material!

-Rant End-

Monday, October 7, 2013

Competitions, and What I am Working on This Month

Okay guys this is the deal. I am working on tons, and tons of projects right now! I am seriously swamped. As of today I am competing in both NaNoWriMo, National Novel Writing Month, and SYTYCW, So You Think You Can Write. For SYTYCW I will be submitting, Forbidden Fantasies. For NaNoWriMo I am working on a new concept called, the Softer Side of Texas. 

 I am also going to be completing a story for my last Lit Genre class which is about mermaids, and is called Blue Abyss: Sirens of the Deep. In addition to this I am still working on completing the Selkie Revelation, AELR, and Simply Crimson. I have at least fifteen projects or more I've got shelved, and come back to due to them not having definitive deadlines, but obviously Forbidden Fantasies, Blue Abyss, and the Softer Side of Texas all do. So because of this I am pushing the publications of the other books back until after this month at least. 

My company, InfinityxCreations has been doing Author Limelight Interviews which can be seen on my WordPress Blog.
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Have a great week guys!

©2013 Sai Marie Johnson, All Rights Reserved

BookGoodies Spotlight: the Dark Priesthood: Confessions of Malevolence #1 Lover Undefined Authored by Sai Marie Johnson


The Dark Priesthood: Confessions of Malevolence #1 Lover Undefined by Sai Marie Johnson @ladysai

The Dark Priesthood: Confessions of Malevolence is a series about the Sanguine Lineage, and coven. The main character, Queen Deviaun Sanguine is first introduced to readers in this premiere story in the novella created by Sai Marie Johnson. In this story Deviaun is positioned as queen of the Malevolent Order, and some thereafter faces the grave threat of being overthrown by her twin sister, and her very own son. A gothic story with erotic elements this tale is sure to get lovers of vampire tales enthralled all the while bringing a new take to the typical witch, and vampire coven make up.
Targeted Age Group:
How is Writing In Your Genre Different from Others?
I like to take real world information, and spin it into paranormal elements, and it doesn’t always fit into one specific genre. For example this book is actually paranormal romance meets gothic erotica, and gory horror.
What Advice Would You Give Aspiring Writers?
The best advice I can give aspiring authors is write all the time. Any little idea or inspiration you get write it down, and come back to it from time to time to work on it. In order to really become a writer you must always work on something to better your skills.
Author Bio:
A mother of four children including a daughter, and three sons Sai Marie is a creative mind who enjoys a plethora of activities. Married to a Veteran, and owner of a dachshund she likes to spend her days writing, reading, and discussing the art of the quill, pen, or keyboard. With a wide variety of subjects Sai doesn’t consider herself a genre writer, but rather an author of whatever happens to come to mind. With a Bachelor’s Degree in Creative Writing as of September 2014 Sai writes everything from poetry to scripts in every category from Non-fiction to fiction including children’s stories, erotica, historical romance, and sci-fi. She really is so varied that it’s hard to put her in any category.
What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
I’ve actually been going to college since 2011 for a Creative Writing BFA degree. I have been writing for as long as I can remember, and this story was inspired by various interests that I have in paranormal, and mythological beings.

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Why I Went Back to Goodreads


Why I Went Back to Goodreads

There is a vicious trend going on right now in regards to Goodreads. In my absence I have discovered some of the following stories to support that many authors are being viciously trolled, harassed, stalked, and abused by several reviewers on the site. Some authors have went so far as to even retract their books from publications due to the slandering abuse of bad reviewers.

These reviewers apparently do not understand what a book's review feed is to be used for. To begin a book's review feed should be used for the purpose of giving a one-time review, and rating so that other potential buyers, and readers can see what the collective has to say about the book.

Mind you a bad review is something every author must come to terms with, and take with a grain of salt. No two authors write exactly the same, and no two people will see eye to eye on every story published, or written for that matter.

We have all picked up a book that just didn't do it for us. For myself this would be Merrick by Anne Rice. I love Anne Rice on every other aspect, but Merrick was just too complicated for my tastes. That being said I loved Blackwood Farm, and Blood and Gold.

The same thing can be said for Laurell K. Hamilton's Blood Noir. I love Laurell's books. Absolutely love nearly every book I have ever picked up, and I would say my style is highly influenced by Laurell's. Again I just couldn't get into Blood Noir, but give me Incubus Dreams, or Mistral's Kiss and I'll read them over, and over. Some books just don't do it for certain people.

With this being said let me get back to the purpose of writing this blog post.

Goodreads has not done a very good job of protecting their authors. Several authors have complained about their book's review feeds being filled with trolling, negative, repetitious, argumentative posts. Posts which have no place in a book's review feed. Many authors are upset that their other fans, and readers are being slandered for reviewing, and rating the same book in opposition with the people who are trolling both the book, and the author simply for their own vicious entertainment.

This is unacceptable. Goodreads should follow their policies, and this should be put to an end. There is a Causes petition going around the internet as we speak that many readers, and authors alike have signed. This is because the writing community is fed-up.

After I discovered that one young lady had been threatened with rape, and other horrible things in her book's Goodreads review feed I was appalled. Then I found out her book had not even been released to the public. She had just signed her book up with Goodreads, and posted in the forum asking how her book was already being reviewed, and rated if the book was not even available to the public yet. The things which happened next are a nightmare for any author, and I feel so horrible for this young lady. After this she was continually harassed across many social sites, and eventually she announced that she is not going to release the book at all. She has decided not to become an author even though it was her goal up until these trolls trashed her book in GR's book review feed, and forums. A book that had never been released to the public, and now never will be.

The next instance I found was another author who had released four books with Tri Destiny Publishing. She experienced two women harassing, and trolling her in her book's review feed up to the point they decided to wage a low-review war on all of her books simply for their own sadistic pleasure.

Is this what the writers to readers relationship has become now? Is this what Goodreads intended when creating their site? Or wasn't the purpose to share books, reviews, and mutual reading material amongst friends, and fellow literature lovers?

I decided to join a group called Readers and Authors Against Author Bullying, and have signed the petition in support of new policies being adopted by Goodreads.

Amongst these I believe GR needs to allow only one review, and rating per user per book. There should be no options for replies to the reviews just as there is not on Amazon. The only place that discussions about books should be held is in a discussion feed, or forum. Not in a book review feed. There is no need for it. Negative or positive there is no need for replies to other people's opinions on the book they chose to purchase, and to review.

I have heard that many authors have chosen to completely leave Goodreads on an act of boycott. At first I was thinking the same thing, but now I am back here to take a stand against this behavior, and let it be known that my book may be trashed repeatedly, but I will stand up for other authors, and readers against this because of my love for the art.

Writing is not easy. It takes real guts to be able to put your name, face, and writing out there for the community to see, but like Laurell K. Hamilton said, "I always treated writing as a profession, never as a hobby. If you don't believe in yourself, no one else will."

Another couple of good ones to remember are this:

"Never pick a fight with someone who buys ink by the barrel." - Mark Twain

"I shall not burn my press, and melt my letters." - Benjamin Franklin

"Get up, stand up, Stand up for your rights. Get up, stand up, Don't give up the fight. " - Bob Marley

A professional writer is an amateur who didn't quit (Richard Bach), and the worst thing you've ever written is better than the best thing you did not write.

That being said I leave you all with this group, and cause to support:



These words of one of the Founding Fathers of the United States of America:

"If you would not be forgotten as soon as you are dead and rotten either write something worth reading, or do something worth writing." - Benjamin Franklin

And the quote I choose to live by:

“Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that but the really great make you feel that you too can become great. When you are seeking to bring big plans to fruition it is important with whom you regularly associate. Hang out with friends who are like-minded and who are also designing purpose-filled lives. Similarly be that kind of a friend for your friends.”

― Mark Twain

So if you are one of the authors who felt chased away I offer you this now: You're not alone. Come back, and stand up to this. It's just another form of bullying, and the only way to stop it is to face it head-on.


Sai Marie

The Bad Reviews


The Bad Reviews

It's really sad that I have to announce this where all of my fans can see it, but I guess at this point I have no other choice.

All four bad reviews that The Dark Priesthood received stemmed from a classmate of mine on my college forum leaving commentary on a discussion post I made that was rude.

I did what our college requests, and removed the comment, went about my business, and forgot about the issue.

A few days later I received a message telling me that deleting the comment did not change the facts. I sent a reply message explaining the standard of professionalism our school expects, and asked not to be contacted again. A few days later I received a long inbox detailing the student's opinion of a vanity publisher that had offered me a contract. Instead of replying I ignored the message.

Fastforward into the future three weeks. I have just published this novella debut. The novella is doing well, and I post a discussion about it on my college forum once more.

What transpired next was the same student who had messaged me came here, and referred three of her friends (each which is on her friend list here on Goodreads) to my book so they could all trash review it out of spite.

For the past two days I have been stalked, and downrated by this person, and her friends. This is internet harassment, stalking, and trolling. The reviews were not given in honesty, and are very misleading about the story.

I am writing this blog post now because I want people to know the truth, and see that while I can handle a bad review there is a clear difference between harassment, and vicious revenge.

This is what has happened here. I will not name the student who started this. I will only say that I cannot remove the bad reviews, I can't make it where this is not a matter of public record. I cannot get any person to pick up my book just because of what I say.

What I will say, however, is some of my favorite authors: Laurell K. Hamilton, Anne Rice, Stephen King, Stephenie Meyer, Charlaine Harris, Christine Feehan, and Sherrilyn Kenyon had their work ripped apart at times too. It's to be expected, but I'm an author against author bullying. This is what has happened here.

I will be the bigger person, and continue to believe in myself, my art, and my passions. I'm only saddened to see that someone who is an underclassman from my university has taken such steps to annihilate my story.

This isn't what colleagues do to each other. This isn't a good representation of the type of GPS (global professional standard) that Full Sail University is known for.

I'm sorry to the public who have witnessed one of our students behaving so irrationally. I never realized that someone would go this far in an act of revenge against me simply for not wanting to continue argumentative postings with them.

As an author to another author..that being the woman who enlisted her friends to do this, and did it herself I would like to say this:

You know that other authors will see this. It will definitely not bode well for how you look in a professional light. I hope that when karma comes around you don't experience the same thing that you dished out to others.

As for your friends you enlisted to do this I have this to say:

Thank you for taking the precious time out of your day, and life to read my story, and to post a review. Also thank you for continuing to take the time out of your day to keep posting things about it. I really do appreciate that. I know life is hectic. I know that it is difficult to time manage, and taking the time to review, post, and continue talking about the Sanguine story is greatly appreciated.

Many Blessings to all of you.


Sai Marie


Infinity Creations is a writing, and production company founded by Sai Marie Johnson June 23, 2010. Sai Marie is the creator, and content writer of the stories which have been published under Infinity Creations. (IXCreations) InfinityxCreations
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Some of the best known story concepts created by Ms. Johnson include, The Selkie Secret (Vanna MacAllister YA Series), The Tales of Valisa: the Tamiran Elves Legacy, The Age of Enlightenment: the Libertine Revolution (Von Masoch Family), and The Dark Priesthood: Confessions of Malevolence (Sanguine Lineage). Sai is a three time published poet, and has several other graphics designs, photo manipulations, written pieces that she has been working on since August 14, 2006. She is currently working on self-marketing, and several e-books as well as a Bachelor's of Fine Arts Degree in Creative Writing for Entertainment from Full Sail University.


Sai is also available on LibraryThing, Booklikes, WordPress, Wattpad, Avon Romance and many other websites.


Infinite Truth Radio Reading Clip of the Tales of Valisa: the Tamiran Elves Legacy by Sai Marie Johnson


Infinite Truth Radio with Jerry Johnson Author Interview on Sai Marie Johnson

Infinite Truth Radio Presents:
An Interview with Author Sai Marie Johnson
Hosted by Jerry Johnson

Jer: Today I’m very lucky to be interviewing Sai Marie Johnson author of the Selkie Secret, and the Writer’s Waterfall. So let’s get started. Hey Sai, thank you for agreeing to this interview. Tell us a little about yourself and your background?
Sai: Well, I’m a 29 year old mother of four, and wife to you. I enjoy a broad base of subjects, and writing is my life.
Jer: What were you like at school?
Sai: I was a wallflower, and an introvert. I couldn’t stand popular crowds, or sports. I kept to myself mostly.
Jer: Were you good at English?
Sai: Yes, I always excelled in Lit classes.
Jer: What are your ambitions for your writing career?
Sai: I really want to continue on to become a novelist, but I also have an interest in scripts, and television. I could see myself working on a t.v show like the Following, Vampire Diaries, Once Upon a Time, or Grimm.
Jer: Which writers inspire you?
Sai: Laurell K. Hamilton is a huge inspiration to me. I think she is amazing. She is also so receptive towards her fans. I’m also highly inspired by Charlaine Harris who wrote the Sookie Stackhouse Southern Vampire Mysteries which inspired the hit HBO show, True Blood. Last but not least would be Sherrilyn Kenyon. 
Jer: So, what have you written?
Sai: Right now I am promoting two books, the Selkie Secret, and the Writer’s Waterfall. I’m also working on Forbidden Fantasies, the Tales of Valisa, The Dark Priesthood, Duality; the End of An Age, and The Age of Enlightenment: the Libertine Revolution.
Jer: Where can we buy or see them? 
Sai: Both of my books are available on Amazon, and Barnes and Noble. Previews can be seen there as well.
Jer: Give us an insight into your main character. What does she do that is so special?
Sai: Vanna’s a selkie. She shifts from human to seal form, but she’s also very intelligent, and wants to become a journalist.
Jer: What are you working on at the minute?
Sai: I’m completing my manuscript for Forbidden Fantasies.
Jer: What’s it about? 
Sai: Forbidden Fantasies is a story about a girl named Aracely Nativa who discovers she is a cambion. It’s a paranormal romance that I’ve been working on since 2008.
Jer: What genre are your books?
Sai: The genre question. Well, to be honest I write in many genres. I try not to stick to one type, but I suppose most of my work could be classified as paranormal, or supernatural.
Jer: What draws you to this genre?
Sai: I’m a lover of mythology, horror stories, and fantasy tales. I am a huge Lord of the Rings fan, and anything about those types of stories draws my interest.
Jer: Which actor/actress would you like to see playing the lead character from your most recent book?
Sai: For Vanna MacAllister? I see Isla Fisher as Vanna. She just has the right look, and personality. She usually plays very comedic, or serious roles. I think she’s brilliant.
Jer: How much research do you do?
Sai: I research a lot. I think it is very important to know what you are talking about when you write a story.
Jer: Have you written any other novels in collaboration with other writers?
Sai: I’ve thought about it, and I have ghost-written stuff, but it wasn’t for profit. I used to text-based roleplay, and I collaborated with several people in that format.
Jer: When did you decide to become a writer?
Sai: I got serious about the summer of 2011. I had considered it in 2007, but I finally got serious in 2011.
Jer: Why do you write?
Sai: It started out as self-therapy. Getting my feelings, or thoughts out. Now it’s because I love to write.
Jer: What made you decide to sit down and actually start something?
Sai: I’ve always written. I started writing when I was five years old, and I finally just decided to get serious about it. I love doing it. It’s always been a dream of mine.
Jer: Do you write full-time or part-time?
Sai: Full-time. I put in a lot of hours.
Jer: Do you have a special time to write or how is your day structured?
Sai: That depends. My schedule changes by the day because I have children. I’m the proud mother of a preteen, and three boys.
Jer: Do you write every day, 5 days a week or as and when?
Sai: I write at all times on just about everyday of the week.
Jer: Do you aim for a set amount of words/pages per day?
Sai: I got for chapters usually, and I like to get in three or four if I can.
Jer: Do you write on a typewriter, computer, dictate or longhand?
Sai: Computer, and longhand.
Jer: Where do the your ideas come from?
Sai: I can’t really answer that. I mean sometimes I just get random ideas out of nowhere. Other times I look for inspiration, and ideas.
Jer: Do you work to an outline or plot or do you prefer just see where an idea takes you?
Sai: I do both, and I also sometimes just create a character, and then see where the character’s life takes me.
Jer: How do you think you’ve evolved creatively?
Sai: Deep question there. I guess I’ve become more confident in my skills, and talents.
Jer: What is the hardest thing about writing?
Sai: Keeping yourself from getting carried away, and writing too much, or not enough.
Jer: What was the hardest thing about writing your latest book?
Sai: Finding the motivation to finally publish it. I was really nervous about my talent, and if my story had enough weight to go anywhere.
Jer: What is the easiest thing about writing?
Sai: Typing? I don’t really know. I feel that writing just comes easily for me so that’s a difficult question for me to answer.
Jer: How long on average does it take you to write a book?
Sai: That depends on if I apply myself to just the book, and nothing else. I mean I’m still in my last year of college so I have a lot I have to do. Plus I have a two year old son, and you for a husband. 
Jer: Do you ever get writer’s Block?
Sai: Yes, I think every author does. I don’t think I know one person who has written something that didn’t experience the block. It just happens sometimes.
Jer: Any tips on how to get through the dreaded writer’s block?
Sai: Push onward! Music really helps. When I feel stuck I lock myself in a room alone with no distractions, and just play tons of great music in various genres.
Jer: If this book is part of a series, tell us a little about it?
Sai: Well, Selkie Secret is about a heroine named Vanna MacAllister. She discovers that she is a selkie which is a mythological creature that turns from human to seal at whim. The first book is an introduction to her finding out what she is, and what her family intends for her to do. The second book will be about how fate goes against that, and what Vanna decides to do with her life in the end. I foresee this being a four to six book long series. Possibly longer depending on how things go.
Jer: What are your thoughts on writing a book series.
Sai: I’ve got a few in the works. Selkie Secret is meant to be a premiere in a short story series.
Jer: Do you read much and if so who are your favorite authors.
Sai: I used to read a lot, but it’s hard to read as much as I would like to now. As for favorite authors I’ve got a long list. To list three, however, I would say Laurell K. Hamilton, Edgar Allan Poe, and Mark Twain.
For your own reading, do you prefer ebooks or traditional paper/hard back books?
Jer: What book/s are you reading at present?
Sai: Death of a Salesman
Jer: Do you proofread/edit all your own books or do you get someone to do that for you?
Sai: I do most of it myself, but I do let others help at times.
Jer: Do you let the book stew – leave it for a month and then come back to it to edit?
Sai: Sometimes. I let Selkie Secret sit for months trying to determine where to go with it next.
Jer: Who edited your book and how did you select him/her?
Sai: I’ve been the editor, agent, and marketer of my books so far. I’ve had a few offers for various representatives, but I haven’t chosen one yet.
Jer: Tell us about the cover/s and how they came about.
Sai: Selkie Secret has a cover that shows a girl staring out at the ocean, but it only shows from her waist down to her feet in the surf. I decided to use it because of the type of story it is. Since it is about the selkie myth this seemed suitable. Writer’s Waterfall has a cover that shows someone sitting by a waterfall typing on a computer. The reason I chose it was because I used to sit on my aunt’s bridge near a creek when I was little, and dream of becoming a writer. I thought out a lot of stories on that bridge.
Jer: Who designed your book covers?
Sai: I designed my book covers on my own. I’m actually fairly decent at digital graphics designs, and photo manipulations. It’s another hobby of mine.
Jer: Do you think that the cover plays an important part in the buying process?
Sai: As sad as this is to accept it does. Art draws people’s attention, and bland covers often get overlooked. It’s sad to say that some people do still judge books by their covers rather than their pages.
How are you publishing this book and why?Right now my books are being published Independently. I was offered a traditional contract, but I ended up opting out of that one because I am waiting for a better offer to come along. If a better offer comes say from someone like HarperCollins, Zondervan, or Penguin I’m definitely going to be interested.
Jer: What would you say are the main advantages and disadvantages of self-publishing against being published or the other way around?
Sai: Self publishing has become a huge market, and it’s actually making traditional publishing not as important. That’s not to say that getting a publisher to carry your work is a bad thing. It’s not, but I think self publishing has allowed a lot of writers the opportunity they wouldn’t have gotten say fifteen or twenty years ago.
Jer: How do you market your books?
Sai: I share the links, make my own advertisements, and graphics, and then just post it wherever I find is possible. I also make flyers, and every public place I go I talk about my work.
Jer: Why did you choose this route?
Sai: Because it was the most logical route for the types of stories I have written, and it was the most financially sound method at the time.
Jer: Would you or do you use a PR agency?
Sai: Not currently, but it’s not out of the question.
Jer: Do you have any advice for other authors on how to market their books?
Sai: Just go to every outlet you can find, and ask people to give their opinions of your writing. It can be by going down to your local library, or even asking family, and friends to write their opinions about what you’ve written. My best advice is just submit your work for others to read, and ask them to tell you their thoughts.
Jer: What part of your writing time do you devote to marketing your book?
Sai: Oh, I don’t know. I market my book when I find the time, and I write when I feel I’ve been long enough promoting. It’s a half and half situation for me.
Jer: How successful has your quest for reviews been so far?
Sai: It’s been okay. I cannot say it’s been easy, or hard. 
Jer: Do you have a strategy for finding reviewers?
Sai: I ask my fans to give me reviews, and I also go to others in the writing community to ask for them. Sometimes I offer to review a book in order to get a review back.
Jer: What are your thoughts on good/bad reviews?
Sai: Personally I prefer not to give bad reviews. I’m a believer in the quote Thumper gave in Bambi, “If you don’t have anything nice to say. Don’t say anything at all.” If you do have a good review to give then you should. I feel that people’s esteem shouldn’t be shattered by bad critiques. With that being said, however, it is important to be able to handle a bad review gracefully.
Jer: Any amusing story about marketing books that happened to you?
Sai: I met some really cool people in the process of promoting my books. Came into contact with several authors that I’m very happy to have gotten the chance to cross paths with.
Jer: What’s your views on social media for marketing?
Sai: Use it. Social media is becoming one of the premiere ways for anyone to get their arts, crafts, and businesses noticed. It’s really the best way to use the free market currently, and it’s international. It’s also cheaper than your average PR firm.
Jer: Which social network worked best for you?
Sai: Facebook has been the best one so far.
Jer: Any tips on what to do and what not to do?
Sai: Right now I would have to say that the age old saying of, “Any press is good press.” Is a very good motto. If it’s getting your name out there that means someone is talking about it, and everyone knows that some negative critiques will come out of any promoted work.
Jer: Did you do a press release, Goodreads book launch or anything else to promote your work and did it work?
Sai: I did launch my book on Goodreads after it went live on Amazon, but other than that it’s really the only thing I’ve used besides other social media tools like Facebook, and Google+.
Jer: Did you get interviewed by local press/radio for your book launch?
Sai: This is the first interview I have done for these books, however, I do have plans in the future for a few more.
Jer: Is there any marketing technique you used that had an immediate impact on your sales figures?
Sai: Yes, Facebook was a great help. I think that all social media can be used to help sales, but so far it’s been Facebook that’s brought me the most attention.
Jer: Did you make any marketing mistakes or is there anything you would avoid in future?
Sai: I’ll get back to you on that one. It’s really a trial by error situation right now.
Jer: Why do you think that other well written books just don’t sell?
Sai: Probably because people still judge books by their covers rather than what’s between their pages, and also because of promotional issues. Sometimes it’s hard to get momentum behind a book.
Jer: What do you think of “trailers” for books?
Sai: I think they are really cool, and I would love to create a couple in the future.
Jer: Do you think that giving books away free works and why?
Sai: Well, yes, and no. I mean it depends. Free books are always enjoyed by everyone, and I think that when you have freebies to give fans it makes them feel like they’ve hit a gold mine. Everyone loves free art.
Jer: In what formats is your book available? 
Sai: The Selkie Secret is available in paperback, and e-book editions. The Writer’s Waterfall is currently only available in e-book.
Jer: How do you relax?
Sai: Various different methods. Aromatherapy, and baths are nice.
Jer: What is your favorite motivational phrase.
Sai: Pull yourself up by the bootstraps, dust yourself off, and try, try again.
Jer: What is your favorite positive saying?
Sai: Pretty words cannot always hide the evil that man holds inside. It’s a quote I made up myself, and it holds true in many ways.
Jer: What is your favorite book and why?
Sai: This is a hard question to answer. I love books, but for the purpose of simplicity I am going to say the Bible because it is the most epic timeline story ever written. 
Jer: What is your favorite quote?
Sai: Mark Twain when he said, “Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you too can become great. When you are seeking to bring big plans to fruition it is important with whom you regularly associate. Hang out with friends who are like-minded and who are also designing purpose-filled lives. Similarly be that kind of friend for your friends.”
Jer: Where can you see yourself in 5 years time?
Sai: Hopefully with a couple of bestsellers, and still writing. Writing will always be my first love, and muse.
Jer: What is your favorite movie and why?
Sai: One favorite movie? Pearl Harbor, and the reason why is because I just have a soft spot for WWII Movies. My grandfather won a purple heart during that war, and that movie just really pulled on my heartstrings.
Jer: What advice would you give to your younger self?
Sai: Stop worrying about impressing people. You’ll never be able to please everyone.
Jer: Which famous person, living or dead would you like to meet and why?
Sai: One? I can’t choose one. It’s between Mark Twain, Albert Einstein, Mother Teresa, and Martin Luther King, Jr.
Jer: If you could have been the original author of any book, what would it have been and why?
Sai: That’s a difficult question to answer. I guess I would probably say my own. I mean if we were asking what my favorite books were I could answer that easier, but they wouldn’t be the same books had I written them. Every story written is written by specific authors because they were the medium that was inspired to tell that story. 
Jer: What advice would you give to aspiring writers?
Sai: Write. Write, write, write, and do not stop. Even if you think it completely sucks the first time just let the creativity flow, and then go back to the drawing board to revise. Every professional writer knows that writing is only part of the job. The majority of it is editing.
Jer: Where do you see publishing going in the future?
Sai: I’m hoping to get a contract for a story I’ve been writing a long time called, “Forbidden Fantasies.”
Jer: Is there anything else you would like to add that I haven’t included?
Sai: Just that it’s very important to me that other aspiring authors realize that it’s not impossible to achieve this dream. It just takes a lot of dedication. Even if you hold a full-time job you cans till make it happen. It’s really about time management. My hope is that I will inspire other people to go after their dreams like I have.
Jer: How can readers discover more about you and you work? 
Sai: I would say the best way to get more information about my work is to follow my professional Facebook page. I regularly update it, and usually interact with my fans a lot there. Of course there are other places, but that’s the most updated. 

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