About Anthony Ventrello:
I have been writing since I was able to. I have always had an imagination and was always making up stories as a child. I participated in the Young Authors program while I was in elementary school and won a contest for a short story I wrote about the Civil War in 8th grade. I started writing poetry when in 7th and would sometimes write them for friends.
I published my first book in 1999. It was under a pen name and although is was proud to be published I wasn't happy with the final product. I wrote another book the next year two years later. It was a Christian Living book that was very autobiographical. I got married in 2002 and took several years off for my teaching career and my family.
I didn't get published again until 2013 when I published a poetry anthology. After that I started to write more regularly and published books every year in a variety of genres.
I'm still writing and am up to 13 books as of November 2017. More are on the way as I am working on several projects now.
What inspires you to write?
In the case of my poetry it can come to me out of nowhere. I just feel a line or two and I start to write a poem around it. With my prose an idea is similar. Sometimes my wife may make a suggestion and I see where it goes.
Tell us about your writing process.
I write the rough draft in a notebook, always college ruled. After I'm done I self edit. Then I type it up on my computer. Then its spell and grammar check. Of course that doesn't catch everything. After that I read it alloud to myself and or my wife. I then make the final changes before submission.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
Both. I try to make sure that I'm talking to another person and not me.
What advice would you give other writers?
Write every day no matter if it's keeping a diary or working on a manuscript or writing poetry. Don't ever get out of the habit. You can squeeze a few minutes into the day for writing. Also, read as much as you can. The best writers are the best readers, and not just in the genre you write in. Read a variety of stuff. Don't be afraid to accept criticism. You might not notice something that another person does.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
Self publishing is the best way to go. If you spend money on an agent and wait for a publisher you'll be waiting a long time. Publishers are only concerned with making money and I have been burned by them more than once. Self publishing with Amazon is the way to go because you control everything in the creative process. But you also learn from trial and error as your are pretty much on your own unless you want to pay for assistance.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
Eventually it will be strictly self publishing as publishing companies seem to going away. And I think more and more people will write Ebooks. There are some holdouts now but as the prices of books increase they won't have much choice.
What do you use?: Co-writer, Professional Editor
What genres do you write?: Poetry, Children's Fantasy, Humor, Suspense and Horror, and Erotica
What formats are your books in?: Both eBook and Print
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