About Sherman Lau:
Sherman Lau is an award winning filmmaker and television producer. His work has appeared on MTV, VH1, Discovery Channel, TLC, TruTV, History Channel, Bravo, National Geographic, PBS, Netflix and Nickelodeon. This is his first childrens book. He lives with his wife and two sons in New York.
What inspires you to write?
My inspiration is my family. I am always looking to develop stories and characters I feel would be good models for my children.
Tell us about your writing process.
My process is to always start with a strong story that excites. After that, I always outline my story points. This is usually the lengthiest part of the process. I will start with the major conflict points in the story to help build a story arc. From there, I will fill in with character development and secondary story lines. I will not start writing until I feel I have most of the story outlined. I always like to know where I am starting and where I am headed.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
I will often speak out the character dialogue. I like to act out the characters like a play. I will often try out the story to my children and wife.
What advice would you give other writers?
I would always suggest to other writers to constantly write and outline ideas; understanding that most of these ideas will never go anywhere. This will help you to find great ideas that will truly inspire you. Once you find that idea that excites you, then it is much easier to write consistently. Also, I find it helpful to have a regular routine – it may be writing first thing in the morning or late at night or possibly during a commute.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I decided to publish my book because I feel there is an amazing opportunity now to reach many readers online. If you have a great story to tell, you will always find an audience. You may not be able to get the marketing and distribution of more established writers, but you can find a great audience through many affordable marketing channels. Never be afraid to put yourself out there to the public. If you have something worth while, it will find readers.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I believe the future of publishing will continue to be a greater divide between the established writers with big publishers and the independent self published writer. It is up to the writer to identify their niche and to get the word out to their specific audience. If they can do that, their will be a loyal readership for that author.
What do you use?: Professional Editor
What genres do you write?: Childrens
What formats are your books in?: Both eBook and Print
Sherman Lau Home Page Link
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