About Carl McKever:
Carl McKever was born and raised in Fort Lauderdale, Florida by two lovely parents. Being the middle child, with one younger brother and one older sister, and the firstborn son, he was named after his father. McKever was raised as a Pentecostal under Church of God headquartered in Cleveland, Tennessee. A few months before graduating from high school, Carl discover an unique calling and gift upon his life; the gift of writing. Since 2007, he has written seven books of poetry, short stories, articles, and blogs. His writings have been published in many periodicals, newspapers, and magazines from colleges and universities. His knack and passion for writing is contagious and rubs off on his close friends and family.
What inspires you to write?
Many things have inspired me to write. My main inspiration comes from God. Outside of Him, comes my family, close friends, and personal experiences. I decided to name my books “Poetic Expressions” because the writings display my expressions as a writer. Just like many writers, I’m inspired to write to self-heal and help others. I want my experiences to be applied to another’s life and used to help them through their current situation(s) in life.
Tell us about your writing process.
Preparation to writing involves preparing my mind. Our brain is capable of receiving a billion thoughts in a day. It takes practice to learn how to cultivate the thoughts a writer wants to use in their writing process. Personally, I like to play soft jazz or classic music prior to writing. I give myself a head massage and I close my eyes. I take myself to another world. I think of a word, place, or scene and begin brainstorming. As I brainstorming, I write down what comes across my mind. The things I miss are recorded. Keep a recorder close! Recite phrases and thoughts which come to your mind and record them so you can come back to them later.
Once I compiled enough data, I follow an outlining process to put all of my scenes together.
What advice would you give other writers?
Never stop writing! Before publishing a book, ask for experiences from other authors and understand the writing journey requires a sacrifice of time, health, and money. A successful author is not one who wakes up one day and says, “I’m going to write a book”. Perfecting and editing your writing takes time and don’t take negative criticism so personal. Even the best of books have grammatical errors or lack of word flow. Believe in yourself and know what you want out of writing. Analyze your passion and assess the risks/costs before moving forward.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I self-published my books and did not take time to learn the publishing process. I regret this daily. As an Indie author, I encourage you to do an electronic version of your book first (e-book) and see how sales go. If sales are low, revise your manuscript until enough people buy your book. Then, go into Print-On-Demand. If you chose to work with a press or agent, clearly define (in black and white) what you want and expect in your agreement or contract.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
As technology increases, the demand for electronic books increase. I think, each author and reader, needs to stay knowledgeable about the societal issues of publishing a book and the marketing tactics to get people to buy books.
What genres do you write?: Poetry, Short Story, Free Verse, Freelance
What formats are your books in?: Both eBook and Print
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