About J.W. Zulauf:
J.W. Zulauf wears many hats while walking the streets of the writing world. He started with a focus on the short story, first winning the Marjorie Flack Award for Fiction. Then he became one of the editors for Daylight Dims, which has grown into an adult annual anthology. He now works as an author at Evolved Publishing, creating the children’s series, The Balderdash Saga, beginning with The Underground Princess.
What inspires you to write?
I was actually a fairly troubled youth in terms of school. I had a terrible time reading and staying focused, and those terrible features stuck with me until I was almost twenty. I would have to say that my life started to change when I began reading books. I became more focused and I felt myself growing smarter by the day. My life changed because of reading, so now I’m on the mission to get kids (and people in general) to read. This is what inspires me.
Tell us about your writing process.
I wouldn’t call myself a person who outlines stories… not on paper, anyway. I have in the past, and it just doesn’t work for me. I know it’s not the greatest way to look at things, but if it’s not going to stick in my head to the point I can’t stop thinking about it, then it’s likely not aligned with my passion. Once I get an idea in my head that I love, it brews up there like a potion until it’s done. I’m like a witch without a recipe, but at the same time there’s something internal happening that’s beyond my understanding. I hope that makes sense.
What advice would you give other writers?
Write. Read. Rewrite. I believe that anyone with a notepad can jot down a story, but the real author comes out in the rewrite. This has been a piece of advice I was given that I’ve shaped into my own.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I found Evolved Publishing and fell in love immediately. They are very strict and particular with who they take on, so I felt overjoyed to make it past their process. For authors on the search, I would recommend looking at the submission process like a resume. These people are hiring you, and they need to see what you’re made up of. Where did you come from, where are you now, where are you going? This is a professional world, so be professional.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I think that digital downloads will continue to climb in this world as people adjust to technology and technology adjusts to people, but there will always be room for books.
What do you use?: Professional Editor, Professional Cover Designer, Beta Readers
What genres do you write?: YA, Kid lit, Horror, Fantasy, Children’s, Fiction
What formats are your books in?: Both eBook and Print, Audiobook
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