FAQ

And now, a few frequently asked questions…

Do you have an agent?

You had to rub it in, did you? No, I don’t. When I started sending out queries for Valley of the Moon, I was shocked and thrilled to get a whole bunch of full requests, but none turned into actual offers of rep. Either it wasn’t ready, or it’s truly awful, or I just didn’t send it to the right agents, or the subject matter…{falls asleep at her keyboard}. I’m not opposed to having a killer agent, but we’ll see what the future holds.

Why did you self-publish?

See above. I stuffed my manuscript in a drawer (i.e., saved it to Dropbox) and started working on several others works in progress. But for some reason, I couldn’t shake it off. I decided to dust off the MS, make it as pretty as I could, and push it out of the nest. (Hello, mixed metaphors!) Mostly I just wanted it to be someplace I couldn’t keep tinkering with it. Someplace it could live on its own, and I would stop bothering it.

Readers, that place was Amazon’s Kindle store.

How long did it take you to write your first novel?

How old is Bilbo at the start of Fellowship? Okay, not a hundred and eleventy years. But I did start it approximately three years before it went live. I wrote the first draft in a few months, spent a year editing it in my free time, a few months querying, a little more time editing, then forgetting about it for awhile. But the manuscript was calling to its master…it wanted to be found.

What do you do when you’re not writing?

Three words: sort, wash, and fold. Laundry, that is. In my non-laundry moments I’m a full-time copywriter at Disney, where I write about the Happiest Places on Earth. It’s awesome…and my family and I get to go to any Disney park for free, so I can’t complain. Sorry, did I mention I also have four children? Yes. YES, I DO.

What are your pet peeves?

It would be a shorter answer if you asked me what AREN’T my pet peeves. Where to even begin? Here are a few off the top of my head:

  • The theme song of M.A.S.H.
  • Everything pertaining to Ben Affleck. Have I mentioned my severe afflergies?
  • The sound of other people {hi honey!} typing on their laptop keyboards.
  • People who Instagram misspellings of their name on their Starbucks cup. That’s mean.
  • People who drive slow in front of me. Same for slow walkers. I’m walking here!
  • People, generally.

 

Just kidding. I love people! I love YOU, at least.

Any questions? Drop me a line at bronwynarcherbooks@gmail.com and I will answer your question here!

XO,

–BA

 

 

 

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