Amy McNeil has always had a passion for writing. Over the years, she has written everything from newspaper articles to short stories to marketing copy to books. She loves technology and is deeply grateful for the digital age, which allows her to leverage both her artistic and technical talents to deliver the highest quality products. Her employment background includes information technology, marketing, and project management. She currently works as a graphic designer and operates Tiny Fairy Press.
What inspires you to write?
I am inspired by many things. It could be a problem that I am dealing with, an overheard conversation, something in the news, or just about anything that sparks my interest. I am a thoughtful person with a very active imagination, and I love to express myself in writing.
Tell us about your writing process.
When I come up with an idea for a story, I usually start with a general plot and character outline. Once I have the basics down, I write my first draft, which I try to get done as quickly as possible. At this point, I just want to my ideas down on paper. The majority of my time is then spent revising and revising until I mold the work into a finished product.
What advice would you give other writers?
Do everything you can to make your work as professional as possible. Do not hesitate to hire other people, such as editors and designers, to make absolutely sure that your work has a polished look. A few bad reviews may be all it takes to doom a project. The best way to ensure a success is to put out a quality product and then to promote it at every opportunity.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I have been writing all my life, mostly just for my own enjoyment. I hadn’t really seriously considered publishing my work, although many people encourage me to give it a try. However, given the growth of the self-publishing industry and the ease in which this can now be accomplished, I saw no reason not to share my work with others.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I think the future is a bit uncertain. On the one hand, self-publishing has lowered the barriers to entry, which is great for discovering new talent. On the other hand, now that the gatekeepers are gone, the market is being flooded with a huge amount of low quality content. I think the future holds some major changes in the book publishing industry. I can’t predict exactly what, but I think there will have to be something that addresses this issue.
What genres do you write?
What formats are your books in?
Both eBook and Print