Ellie’s Insights: Lauren Jones

Lauren Jones is a Contemporary Women’s Fiction author from Brisbane Australia. She has 2 little sausage dogs and loves books and playing Assassin’s Creed. I was incredibly lucky to read an ARC copy of her debut novel Tell Me How It Ends and let me tell you, It’s amazing. (Full review coming soon!)

You can follow her on Instagram below.

http://www.Instagram.com/laurenjoneswrites

Where can we find your work?

My debut, when released will be available on Amazon and a number of other online retailers.

When did you start writing?

Around the age of 12 I started hand writing little short stories before I attempted to write an intense time travel fantasy at the age of 14. Spoiler alert….I never finished that book.

Tell us about your writing style.

My go to is first person, single POV but I’m a firm believer that the writing style is dependent on the story. As my novel deals with grief, I felt that first person was the best option as it allows the reader to connect with the main character more.

What is your biggest writing quirk?

Ummmm, I’m not sure if I have a quirk. I tend to write a fair bit of banter and I often read it aloud to my dogs. I guess that’s pretty weird.

What made you self-publish over traditional publishing?

I explored traditional publishing first. I submitted to a number of literary agents in the US and got a decent number of full manuscript requests. All that rejection wasn’t fun but I did get valuable feedback so I used it and made considerable changes to my manuscript. During those edits I started to look into self-publishing. I stopped querying agents when I learned how lengthy the trad pub process is and that I would lose a lot of creative control. That didn’t sit well with me so I withdrew my manuscript from consideration and switched to a self-publishing model.

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

The pros would be earning potential and being in control of cover, story and characters. The cons would be the amount of work and cost involved. Editors and cover designers aren’t cheap but I think they’re necessary. Personally I was not looking forward to all the marketing aspects of self-publishing, but when I learned that traditionally published authors have to do their own marketing too, I figured the part I was least looking forward to was going to happen either way so why hand my work over to someone else when I could publish it myself.

What platform do you use to self-publish? KDP, Ingram Spark or any other? and why?

I will be using KDP and Ingram Spark. After a considerable amount of research this is the best way forward for me. Ingram Spark’s distribution network is the real draw for me as it will make my book available through Australian online book retailers.

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

That it’s like any other form of art. You won’t please everyone, so don’t try. Write what makes you happy.

Who is your favourite Indie Author and why?

Early last year I finally read a Penny Reid book (late to the party I know) but I absolutely loved it and quickly binged the rest of the Winston Brothers series. I’ve always been a Mariana Zapata fan as well. They’re my auto buy indies.

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