Ellie’s Insights: Beth Rain

Beth lives in Devon, her home county inspires a lot of her work which is why you’ll find her books packed with friendly villages, quirky seaside haunts – gardens, cafes, allotments, grand houses, beach huts – and everything cute, cosy and quintessentially English.

She also writes under the name Bea Fox so be sure to check out both accounts!

Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/BethRainBooks

https://www.facebook.com/BeaFoxBooks

Instagram:

https://www.instagram.com/bethrainauthor

https://www.instagram.com/beafoxbooks

TikTok:

https://www.tiktok.com/@bethrainauthor

Newsletter:

http://eepurl.com/hn_Fvr

Tell us a little about yourself.

Hi! I’m Beth Rain. I live in Devon, UK in a small town right next to beautiful Dartmoor. My home county is a huge inspiration to my writing, and that’s why you’ll find my books packed with friendly villages, quirky seaside haunts – gardens, cafes, allotments, grand houses, beach huts – and everything cute, cosy and quintessentially English. I also write under the name Bea Fox – where I like to take my characters on fast, funny adventures of self-discovery.

Tell us a little about your writing.

I’ve been writing as long as I can remember, but I finally started to take my dream of becoming a full-time author seriously last year. I settled down to write about the villagers of Little Bamton at the beginning of October. I published the first book in the Little Bamton series in November 2020 – and Christmas Lights and Snowball Fights changed my life. Book two – Spring Flowers and April Showers – followed in January this year. By the end of March I was able to dump the day-job and start writing full time. Book three – Summer Nights and Pillow Fights – came out at the end of April and there are two more books to come in the series before the end of the year.

In between my Beth Rain releases, I’ve been busy writing as Bea Fox too – with the first three books of my What’s a Girl To Do? series all available on Amazon. Again, there are another two to follow this year.

By the end of the year I’ll have 13 books published. For anyone doing the maths and realising that I really can’t add up – well, that is true – but I’ve got a surprise in store for my readers that’ll make up the missing numbers – and I’ll be announcing that very soon!

Where can we find your work?

At the moment, both my Beth Rain and my Bea fox books are exclusive to Amazon, and are available to buy as ebooks at just 99p or free to read for Kindle Unlimited subscribers.

Tell us about your writing style. Do you write in first, second, third person? Single or Multi POV?

This is actually why I decided to publish under two different names. As Beth Rain, I write in third person. For the Little Bamton series I follow a different main character for each book – though you do get glimpses of all the other characters you’ve met throughout the series. As Bea Fox, I write in first person. What’s a Girl To Do? follows Grace for the whole series, and writing in first person present tense lets me to really dive into her head as she navigates her wonderfully neurotic world!

What is your biggest writing quirk?

Hmm – hard to say really. Snacking? Come to think of it, that’s probably pretty standard! I do like to set up my drafting document so that the page is in “landscape” view and then divide it into two columns. There’s something about it that just makes it look more like a book on screen, and less like some kind of academic essay. I find it far more friendly to sit down to!

What made you self-publish over traditional publishing?

For me, there are two main reasons. Number one – I love the immediacy of the process. As soon as I’m done with the writing and editing side of things, I can have my books live and available to readers in a matter of a day or two. In traditional publishing, this whole process could take months – or even a year or more.

This year, I’m writing and publishing twelve books – I doubt there’s a traditional publisher out there who would consider taking me on for such a thing! Self-publishing puts me in control of my whole process and my timetable – and I love that.

The second reason? Money. And it’s not so much about the amount (though that’s definitely a factor to consider!) – but more about being able to know from moment to moment how much my books are earning. It means I’ve got all the information at my fingertips to make the decisions I need to make about writing, marketing and surviving as a creative. Being an indie author demystifies an awful lot of things – and that means you can make some fun business decisions!

What do you think are the pros and cons of self-publishing?

Pros: you’re in control of the whole process. It’s all down to you.

Cons: you’re in control of the whole process. It’s all down to you.

What platform do you use to self-publish?

I use KDP exclusively at the moment. This is mainly because about 75% of my overall income comes from my titles being in Kindle Unlimited – so for me, this is a no-brainer.

What is one thing you wish someone had told you when you started your writing journey?

Look at the big picture. It’s not about a single, perfectly-crafted sentence. It’s not even about one book, or one day’s sales, or one day’s interactions, or even one reader’s take on your writing. It’s about the wider view – the series – the next series. It’s about patterns. It’s about consistency. Above all – it’s about remembering to enjoy each step along the way.

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