Hi everyone and welcome back to Claerie’s Tales. As of today, June 4, 2018, I am relaunching my blog with a new posting schedule, which includes writing and editing advice every Monday, as well as updates on my current projects. Since this is somewhat of a relaunch, I thought I would start off by doing the AuthorTube Newbie Tag, but I’m going to modify it and turn it into the blogger newbie tag. The tag was created by Jenna Streety for the AuthorTube community. Click here to see the original video.
Just a quick introduction for those of you who don’t know me. My name is Claerie Kavanaugh, I’m 23 years old and I’m currently working on my debut novel. I’m also a freelance editor and copywriter. In the year and a half that I’ve been in the business, I’ve worked as a beta, editor, sensitivity reader, and/or back cover copywriter on 13 published books and many that are unpublished. Three of those works will go on to be published with big name houses in 2019. You can view my portfolio and services by clicking on the links.
Without further ado, onto the questions!
1 How did you find out about AuthorTube?
(I kept this one related to AuthorTube because I wanted to support some of my favorite YouTube personalities when it comes to writing advice. If you have a blog or a favorite writer you think I should follow, feel free to drop them in the comments).
I started watching Authortube videos around my sophomore year of college. That’s when I got serious about my writing and started looking for new ways to improve outside of my creative writing classes. The first Authortuber I discovered was Jenna Moreci (AKA The Cyborg Queen to her followers). She is a self-published science-fiction and dark fantasy author and a heck of a marketer. She managed to make a full-time income off of her first book Eve: The Awakening, along with filiming for Youtube. My discovery of her was quickly followed up by Kim Chance, a traditionally published contemporary fantasy author (check out my review of her debut Keeper) who used to be an English teacher. She’s bright and bubbly and has a great personality.
2 What genres do you write in?
I’m currently about a third of the way through the second rewrite of my LBGT contemporary romance book, which I aim to self-publish some time in 2019. I also have several ideas for fantasy novels and fairytale retellings.
3 What is your preferred writing tense, point of view, and category of story? (Children’s, YA, NA, Adult, etc.)
This changes depending on the story I’m working on. I prefer third limited or first person, but I will read just about anything if it’s written well. Writing wise, my current preference is first person present tense, as that is what my contemporary romance is written in.
4 Are you a plotter, pantser, or plantser? I am a planner.
I tried very briefly to be a pantser with the first draft of the book that I’m currently working on, as well as with the first book I ever wrote, but that did not turn out very well. That is a story for an entirely new post. 😛
5 Are you a self-published, published, or yet-to-be published?
I am yet-to-be-published. I will be taking you all with me through my publication journey as I finish this draft and head into the beta phase.
6 What publishing company, literary agent, and/or printing company are you represented by or use? If you’re not yet published, what is your dream publishing house and/or literary agent?
This is something that I still have to do a lot of research on. Because of the wide distribution, I’m leaning towards going with IngramSpark for other retailers and Createspace for Amazon, but I will keep you updated as I go along. I have, however, picked out two cover designers that I want to reach out to, Eight Little Pages and Emma Graves. Emma has more experience in the romance genre, and I particularly like the book covers she designed for the UK version of The Cupcake Café series by Jenny Colgan. Eight Little Pages does formatting and ebook/paperback design for relatively cheap. Even though they seem to specialize in fantasy, the layouts are stunning and I’m definitely going to at least inquire about my design even though it might be outside of their normal genre.
7 What kind of content can we expect to find on your blog?
Each Monday will feature either a post about writing or an update on my own journey to publication. Each Wednesday starting July 1, will be either a new short story or a revised version of an old one, as I am also starting a podcast where a new story will be read each week to give my readers, and hopefully a new audience as well, a taste of my writing from a new perspective. Fridays are reserved for author interviews. I interview a new person every week, either self-published or traditionally published, asking questions about their writing journey and latest release(s). Check out past interviews here and comment below if you want to participate.
8 When did you start writing? And 9. What was the first story you ever wrote?
For those of you who don’t know, I tried writing my first book at the age of 16. The book was entitled Grounded, and it was a contemporary fantasy book about a lively fairy princess discovering the hidden secrets of her past while trying to evade an arranged marriage. It’s currently sitting on my hard drive gathering dust. I am not opposed to going back to it at some time in the future. It will just be in need of major revisions 🙂
10 What authors have inspired your writing the most?
I honestly don’t think any authors particularly inspired my current work in progress. Some of my favorites are Margaret Peterson Haddix, Marissa Meyer Alex Flynn, Libba Bray, Rick Riordan, Ridley Pearson, Lois Lowry, and Sara Dessen.
11 Do you schedule your writing sessions or simply get to writing whenever you can find the time?
Up until a few weeks ago, I wrote whenever the muse struck, but I’ve recently started giving myself a schedule again in order to get more things in different areas of my life done. I think that has made me far more productive.
12 Do you type on a computer, typewriter, write everything out by hand, or use a blend of those? And where do you write in general?
I have my “office” set up on a desk in my kitchen. Most of the time this is where I get my writing done, and I always type on my laptop. I type with one hand at about 90 words per minute, but I usually use dictation if I can.
13 What are you most looking forward to now that you’re a part of the blogging community?
I am looking forward to the community the most. I want to serve readers I want to know what would be helpful to you on your writing journeys. I’m excited to hear what all of you are doing and how I can help you improve.
Question of the Week: What writing project are you working on and/or what is your favorite book? Comment down below!
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As always, keep making magic, word weavers!