Monday, August 15, 2011

Quick Six PRO with DC Juris (Part One)

Q: What's the most time-consuming part of a writer's life?

DC Juris: For me, it's promotion. Writing I can do anywhere, any time. But promotion takes networking, research, and blogging. Lots and lots of blogging. Oddly enough, coming up with a blog isn't as easy as writing a story. I'd much rather weave a world together.

Q: On the topic of ebook piracy, hunter or head in the sand?

DC Juris: ::sigh:: There's a lot of debate on this topic, and a lot of emotion. The way I see it - it's going to happen. I can spend hours and hours writing take down notices and sending e-mails, or I could spend my time writing. Thieves are always going to find a way to steal. I have to find a way to write.

Q: What should a writer's priority be?

DC Juris: Writing, of course. All the rest will fall into place as it does.

Q: How do you handle a bad review?

DC Juris: There's only one way to handle a bad review - chocolate and wine. LOL But seriously - reviews are opinions, good or bad. And opinion is only as important to you as you let it be.

Q: Have you ever encountered any unprofessional behaviours from editors, publishers or other writers, that they might not even realize are damaging?

DC Juris: I think people are far too unaware of how many people are watching them on the internet. People post things to Facebook, Twitter, or their blogs, and even when they leave out names, it's often not very difficult to figure out who they're talking about, with just a little Google search. I see it on Facebook all the time, especially in private groups. Authors trashing other authors, trashing publishers, or editors making comments about their authors. Which isn't to say I never bitch in public. But I leave things very, very vague.

Q: What advice do you give aspiring authors?

DC Juris: Persevere. Don't take no for an answer. Keep at it until you get it right.

We'll be back next week with more from DC Juris, author of:

DC Juris

Haunted by nightmares, Mark learned the hard way to guard his heart. But Gabe may just be the man to bring Mark’s guard down.

After his last long-term relationship ended because of his nightmares, Mark closed his heart to the possibility of finding love again. He’s certainly never considered Gabe, the orderly who works at Miller’s Retirement Home where his father lives. But there’s more to Gabe than meets the eye, and if Mark is willing to let Gabe in, he might just discover the most important buried treasure of all.

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