I was introduced to Lynn Rush
by my friend Kendall Grey. I joined Kendall on one of Lynn's Twitter Parties at hashtag #Rushed. She holds fun contests and I won a copy of her latest book Violet Midnight. Since I'm the type of girl who's never satisfied I decided to take it one step further and ask for an interview!
What we talked about:
After discovering author Frank Peretti she realized she had a story buried in her.
First finished manuscript is hidden away, but it was good practice.
Found a critique partner and learned about structure and POV.
Submitted a lot, and kept writing through all the rejections.
It wasn't until her thirteenth book that she got published.
Signed with an agent, who helped with contracts for Wasteland.
Agent recently left the industry, but that hasn't stopped her.
Took some online marketing classes, but really just likes meeting people.
Her publishers are smaller Independent presses, they help with reviews and mailing lists.
Doesn't know anything about formatting or book design, so prefers to publish traditionally.
Working on a trilogy to self-publish with author friend Kendall Grey.
Amazon and Barnes and Noble put Violet Midnight for sale a month before official due date.
Is Paranormal dead? It'll never be dead, just constantly changing- it's so subjective.
The best advice she can give to new writers is to research agents and not take the first offer without being sure it's the right offer for you.
Mixed results with Facebook ads, but likes Goodreads ads.
Blog Tours are great because of interaction with readers, book blogs are the best for word of mouth promo.
Lynn donates a portion of proceeds to American Cancer Society in memory of her mother in law who died shortly after the release of Wasteland.
Now I want to know what YOU think? Is there still a market for paranormal? I have always been a paranormal reader, but the industry shifts all time and I'm always curious how others feel. Let me know below in the comments!