TELL THE DAMN STORY …

“Which One And Why”
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Often in the promotional whirlpool that is getting your book out there, reviewed, and sold authors are asked the usual questions. Fans or interviewers wonder how did you get started?  How long did it take you to write it? How hard was it?  Who did you send it to, or who helped you get it out there, and how many books have you sold?

And you answer as best you can in the time you have, and hopefully – as honestly as you can.  That serves you, your book, and your audience the most.

Well it isn’t often that we have the chance to hear an author …
1) Talk about the process he went through to create the book,
2) Then share his hopes for writing his next book, and then …
3) In a few days, have the chance to find out how and if he achieved that goal.

Well in this two-part episode you will.

In 2013, author Chris Ryan was interviewed about the process and then release of his crime novel, “CITY OF WOE.”  Here is one of those interviews. Watch it. Because in a few short days, Chris and I will discuss the sequels to that book and the hell he went through to create them.

So, sit back, watch, listen, and take notes if you wish. There’ll be a quiz in the next episode.

Click here for Christopher Ryan’s interview for, “City of Woe.”

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Christopher Ryan, writer/publisher/teacher

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Alex Simmons, writer/publisher/international speaker

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Tim Fielder, artist/writer

About SimmonsHereAndNow

Alex Simmons is an award-winning freelance writer, comic book creator, playwright, teaching artist, and educational consultant. He’s written for Disney Books, Penguin Press, Simon and Schuster, DC Comics, and Archie Comics. Simmons is the creator of the acclaimed adventure comic book series, Blackjack. As a teaching artist Simmons has created and taught creative arts workshops for students and educators in the US, Europe, West Indies, and Africa. Simmons has served on panels, and delivered lectures on children’s entertainment mediums, as well as empowering young people through the arts. Simmons founded the annual family event, Kids Comic Con, as well as three comic arts exhibits, which have traveled abroad. He is currently developing a comics and creative arts program for children all over the world. For over 30 years, Simmons has been a member of arts and education boards for the New York State Alliance for Arts Education, the Department for Cultural Affairs, and is on the State Department Speakers Program. As a teaching artist Simmons has been paid to have fun working with youth through the Apollo Theater In-School Arts Program, Henkel McCoy, Upward Bound, New York Council on the Arts, Children’s Art Carnival, Wings Academy, and NYU Creative Arts Team, to name a few. He has been a panelist at many literacy and arts events, and he has been a guest speaker at numerous colleges and educational institutions here and abroad.
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