Hello, everyone. Our first FAQ of the year comes courtesy of the Insecure Writer’s Support Group. Frankly, it’s one I’d never contemplated before.
My favorite questions are inevitably about my research process. I love talking about using finding primary and secondary sources that will make my historical fiction or romances sing. Figuring out which details need to go on the page and which need to stay in the background is half of the fun.
My second favorite questions have to do with how I find my ideas. Potential ideas are everywhere! Sometimes they don’t work out, which generally means I haven’t thought the concept all the way through. I never discard anything I write, because you never know when you can repurpose something.
My least favorite questions so far have been “will you ghostwrite this for free, and not have your name on the cover” and “will you edit this for free, because I can’t afford to pay you.” And yes, those audacious questions are real. In both cases, I was told I should do it “for exposure,” although how not having my name on a book constitutes exposure escapes me. If you’re going to ask someone for a service, be prepared to compensate them in some fashion that the two of you can negotiate. It may be financial, it may be some other form of barter … but don’t expect people to work for free