In his day job Jim Rubart help authors and businesses market themselves through his company Barefoot Marketing. he's married with two teenage boys and live in the Pacific Northwest. You can catch up with him here:
When did you decide to be a writer?
Good analogy! How long did you write before you sold your first book?
Everyone’s journey to publication is different. Now that you’ve walked that road, what tips can you give to authors still hoping for that first contract?
Make friends. Just like any business, publishing is about relationships. And by make friends I don’t mean just editors and agents. Sure, knowing editors and agents can be helpful, but they’re inundated with people trying to buddy up to them. I’m talking about making friends with other authors, and not just the published ones. Some of my closest friends in the pub world are authors now published, that weren’t when I met them. We’ve “grown up” together.
Follow Jesus, study the craft hard, be real with people, make friends and leave the rest up to Him.
Was there something about the experience of getting published that was a surprise to you?
How competitive it is. Getting a book published is like getting to the top 24 on American Idol. The hopefuls are many, the slots are few. Good writing isn’t good enough, it has to be great. BUT, people make it to the top 12 every year!
Are you a disciplined writer or do you just write when you feel like it?
What kind of activities to you like to do that help you relax and step away from your deadlines for a bit?
What is your favorite novel (not written by you) and what made it special?
How do you think reading the work of others helps you as a writer?
Tell us a little about your latest release:
Where did you get your inspiration for ROOMS?
Which character is most like you?
Who is your favorite character and why?
Did you know how ROOMS would turn out? Were you surprised by any of the plot twists or characters?
What is the main thing you hope readers remember from this story?
What kinds of things have you done to market this book? Have you found anything that works particularly well?
First, visit Christian Fiction Online Magazine (it’s free) and read my marketing column as well as my archived columns.
Second, marketing at its core is getting people to like you. You can do this through blogs, Twitter, Facebook, your Web site, but the most powerful way is face to face, one-on-one with your readers. No, you can’t sell enough novels one at a time to be successful, but if people like you, they’ll tell your friends about you and so on and so on.
Third write a book like nothing else out there. I’ve been blessed to have a significant amount of authors rave about ROOMS. I think part of this is because it’s unlike most books out there. Now there’s a fine line between unique and so unique that no one will touch it. But get as close as you can to that line without going over. Books in the middle don’t get talked about much. It’s the books on the edge that do.
Tell us what new projects you’re working on.
Do you have any parting words of advice?