About Kyle Robertson:
Kyle was in sales for 21 years. He spanned from a telemarketer to a product trainer. His product knowledge was vast. It spanned from replacement windows to home maintenance equipment, with automobiles, and many electronics thrown in. He could tell you the difference between a veractor, and detant tuner, and even what they were. He went into military Intelligence when he graduated from high school, and had to know all NATO, and Warsaw Pact vehicles. He had many stories from the military, and many he made up.
He also drew comics in high school, and made up intriguing characters. Once he lost most of his sight to Diabetic Retonapathy, he continued his stories in book form.
What inspires you to write?
My inspiration is great stories over all media. I saw Star Wars in ’77, and I thought the story was great. I began to read Clarke, Asmov, Orwell, and Dick, and when I saw BladeRunner, I knew it was an adaptation of Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep. That was when I realized books make great movies in the right hands.
I was a comic book nut as well, and all those people calling me a nerd are watching movies of stories I read twenty years ago.
I had a debilitating disease, and it halted my 16 hour a day job so I decided to work for myself. Once I was cured, I continued working for myself because my friends told my imagination was crazy. I decided to put my craziness on paper.
Tell us about your writing process.
Well first, I get an idea I call a brain nugget, and write it down. I keep these ideas at the ready because when I finish a book, I write another. Then I do an entire outline of my story before I even start, You stop writer’s block that way. I get on my laptop, and just write. After I finish my session, I edit what I just wrote,
When I’m writing a story, I constantly play it in my head until I finish. I also listen to music that fits the scene.right, Music can give you thhe emotion for the scene. I’m eclectic, s I range from Gustav Holst to Metallica to Cibo Matto.
When I’m done, I read it over, and see if it still provokes the same magic of the first idea, and if it does, I’ll get the copyright, and post it.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
The way I interact with my characters is to know them. I actually make a datinf website profile of them. Height, weight, ethnicity, gender, and quirks. In order to mak them feel realistic, make sure they would say things the way that person would. It gives the fallacy a bit of reality.
What advice would you give other writers?
Learn what you’re writing about. Go to the library, or at least Wikapedia. When you write non-fiction, that’s a given, but when you do fiction, do that as well. You have to become a story chef by mixing fiction and fact. If you do it correctly, you fiction me;ds with the fact so well, they won’t know the difference..
How did you decide how to publish your books?
Okay, the writing is the easy part. Marketing is the rabid wolverine you have to slay with a spork. If “gurus” are telling you it’s easy, It isn’t. You sre competing against 41,000 new books a day. To put it in pr0per perspective, if you read 0ne book a day from birth, you’d be 120 before you finished 41,0000 books. You have to stand out. This is for authors on Amazon. If you have an agent, you pay them to market for you.
You hsve to check the certain caeagories, Look for ones with little competition, and more downloads. Put that initially in your category. Your book MUST have the category in your book. You can’t have a space battle in the dog training category. It will take a bt of work, but if you can hit bestseller, Amazon takes over your advertising.
When it comes to reviews, look for people who reviewed a book i your genre, and ask them to review your bok. If they agree, gift it to them for a verified review, and repeat until you get at least ten for starters.
Writing is the easy part. You could have the greatest book in the world, but if no one knows about it, your book will become the greatest book on the virtual shelf collecting digital dust.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
People will figure out how to write books themselves, and the big publishers will have to adjust to stay with the new way to publish.
What do you use?: Professional Editor, Professional Cover Designer, Beta Readers
What genres do you write?: Science fiction, Crime thriller, Medical fiction, Disaster, Underworld, Wicca magick
What formats are your books in?: eBook
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