About Beth Hammond:
Beth Hammond, is an author/illustrator who writes anything from YA fantasy to children’s picture books. She is a wife, mother, and lover of life. Her early years were spent serving in the military. Her middle years spent raising babies and figuring out her place in the world. She created stories for her book loving children and recently released “Do Your Toes Stink Good?”, “The Blond Korean and the Blue-Eyed frog”, and “Puppy Waits”. Her YA fantasy novel “The Sound Of The Stones” is newly released and available now. Her later years are yet to come, and filled with hopes and endless dreams. She spends her days creating worlds through words and illustration.
What inspires you to write?
My inspiration comes from great entertainment whether it be good movies, TV, or books. Stories about an intelligent underdog are my favorite.
Tell us about your writing process.
I start with the idea, research the intricacies, figure out where it will end, and then write a loose outline. I write each scene/chapter, and during revision fill in between the lines to flesh out the characters.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
I wouldn’t say I necessarily talk to my characters. I am my characters. They are living in me. Help.
What advice would you give other writers?
You must read to become a writer. You must write to become a writer. You must allow yourself to write crap before you shape it into art. Also, my number one piece of advice: Don’t write what you think will sell. Write what you want to read.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I self published three children’s picture books before I took my YA fantasy to a publisher. I decided to give it a year of query before self publishing. After many rejections, tweaking the query and my manuscript, I was offered a contract. I wanted the security of a publisher behind me. I thought it might open some doors in the book marketing venue. I’m not sorry for my choice, but I think self publishing is also a respectable path to take.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I think self publishing has changed the shape of publishing. I also think often times the stories publishers turn their noses up to end up being exactly what readers are looking for. Self publishing will continue to grow, and with it readers will follow. This isn’t to say publishing companies will become a thing of the past. I think there will be a happier common ground between the two avenues though.
What do you use?: Professional Editor, Professional Cover Designer, Beta Readers
What genres do you write?: fantasy, young adult, children’s fiction
What formats are your books in?: eBook, Print, Both eBook and Print
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