Rachael Rippon is researching digital self-publishing for her PhD. She has been writing since she was eleven and reading even longer. She has won several short story competitions and had a few short stories published. She lives in a caravan in Australia, loves reading crime stories, loves writing fantasy stories and is terrified of zombies.
What inspires you to write?
My greatest inspiration would have to be my stories themselves. Once I have an idea, all I want to do is finish it. Other things that inspire me are books and/or authors who I love. When I read a good book, that really inspires me to get back to my own writing.
Tell us about your writing process.
I write and write and write and just spill it all out, no matter how bad it is. Then I re-write it several times, making sure the plot flows, getting rid of details I don’t need and sometimes changing huge sections of the story. After that, I edit, edit, edit. And then edit some more. I send it out to readers and a good friend who is an editor herself reads it for me. And, once it can’t possibly be edited any longer and I’m sick to death of it, I read it through one last time. Usually I find a few typos that escaped me. And, once it’s as clean as I can possibly make it, I publish it and never read it again. I’m sure if I did, there would be a lot I’d want to change!
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
Yes, all the time. I got the idea for my story when I ‘met’ one of my characters. It was Christmas Eve and I was sitting in the dark staring at the tree. And then I thought I saw a shape in the chair opposite mine. It was just a shadow, but I started imagining what this shadow would look like and who it was. Soon, I’d imagined the Bagman and I wrote the first draft of the story that night.
What advice would you give other writers?
You learn how to be a good writer, you’re not born with an innate writing genius. Hone your craft, take writing classes and read good books. And, above all, hire an editor! Books tend to fail if they’ve been poorly written and edited. Which is hardly surprising.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I am currently studying digital self-publishing for my PhD and I wanted to self-publish as part of my research. I had written a book and submitted it to publishers, but it hadn’t been accepted. So I self-published and I’m glad I did.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
On one hand, I think it’s fantastic because anyone can be an author now. Anyone can write something and get it published. Fantastic books that would never have been published before now get a chance. And readers get to decide what books they want to read, rather than publishers. On the other hand, a lot of self-published books are poorly edited and poorly written. Still, the good books more than make up for the not so good ones.
What do you use?
Professional Cover Designer, Beta Readers
What genres do you write?
Children’s, YA, Fantasy, Paranormal, Historical
What formats are your books in?
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