Spotlight – Author, Robert Kimbrell

Rave Review Book Club’s Spotlight Author Blog Tour – Author, Robert Kimbrell

She Wanted My Advice?

So a female friend recently asked me for advice on writing and self-publishing a book. I am always happy to talk about writing! She wants to self-publish her first book and wanted to know some things that will help. While not an expert by any stretch, I have published works and read the works of others and therefore had some things to share with her. I am happy to pass on these things to you too.

Self-publishing is not, as most know, a reason to settle for less. Self-publishing, while bypassing traditional publishers, does not and should not mean a book is less professional.

When someone reads any sizable amount of Indie books, sooner or later a book will appear before them that is amateur-ish. Perhaps that sounds judgmental, but readers want to know they are not wasting their time with misspells, bad formatting, repetitive sections and the like. These all add to a bad experience in which the reader loses faith in your story. The person you hope will read and enjoy your book has every reason to then put down your work and move on to something else. Even the casual reader can tell when the story has, “been worked hard on”, when it rises to a level of class and professionalism; or when it doesn’t deserve their late, sleepless nights from reading your intriguing story.

So when I say self-publishing is not a reason to settle for less, I mean that we as authors and self-publishers need to be sure the end product is top notch. This goes without saying, but how sad it is when some turn to self-publishing as an easy way to churn out books. This waters down the perceived talent among those who self publish. What can you do to put out quality work?

  1. When entertaining your idea for a story, think about it A LOT. Think about possible plot issue, characters and so forth and write everything down, no matter how trivial it may seem to you.
  2. Write everyday. Author Janet Evanovich has a great audiobook titled, HOW I WRITE. In it she suggests writing every day as if it were your job. Among other reasons, it keeps the juices flowing.
  3. Don’t bother family/friends for their opinions.
  4. Read it, read it, read it.
  5. Self edit. Then rewrite and self edit some more. Do this many times, then reread everything to be sure there are no plot issues.
  6. Get a professional editor/proofreader. For the record, having someone to go over your work with a fine-toothed comb is perhaps the best thing you can do.
  7. Get a professional cover design.
  8. Whether paperback or ebook, get a pro to format the interior for you. This will make all the difference.

There are people that know more about writing than I, and surely they can give you some words of wisdom. But if you want to put your work out there, if you want it to have a level of professionalism so that readers won’t put it down and move on, these tips will help you.

Pageflex Persona [document: PRS0000026_00043]Book Blurb:

Because Annie has no recollection of her birth parents, her life is full of unknowns. Still, she seems relatively content with her simple existence in Washington, DC. Marcus, her new Italian boyfriend, adds much desired spice to her life despite secrecy about his position at SecureVest. But when Annie becomes mysteriously ill, it is the catalyst for a life far from simple.

Seemingly by luck, Annie discovers that she is maturing into a dhampir (a vampire/human hybrid), and to survive she must feed on fresh human blood. With Marcus fully aware of Annie’s predicament, they concoct a scheme: find the evil living among us and act where justice does not.

Vigilante Annie is born.


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Author Bio:

An only child, (in the seventies, mind you), little Robert could be seen running in the backyard playing superhero, with a bed sheet serving as his cape. He also spent many hours drawing or writing in his mid-sized Ohio town. Having also battled depression earlier in life, Robert now sees how his low points have brought him to a more creative, stronger sense of being. Now he is where he wants to be, and is telling the stories he is meant to tell. His other interests include reading, motorcycle touring, fitness and classic movies.


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14 responses to “Spotlight – Author, Robert Kimbrell

  1. Cindy Harris

    Thank you everyone for stopping by!


  2. Fantastic advice here, Robert. It cannot be shared enough!

    Thanks a bunch for hosting, Cynthia.

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  3. Great advice, Robert. I can say I learned more about publishing a book after I published my poetry collection. 🙂 But I’m happy to say it worked out okay. I’m working on my first novel now and will definitely have an editor on board. Thanks again for an awesome tour! 🙂
    Thanks, Cynthia, for hosting! I’m a little late, but I’m glad I made it.

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  4. Excellent treatise on self-publishing, Robert. What is really needed is good editors and they are expensive. I review so many books that are spoiled for me due to poor formatting and grammatical errors. Truthfully, I have a publisher and my own books had to be reissued due to poor editing and I had editors. It’s almost impossible to properly edit one’s own book. Yet often, we have no choice.

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    • One could argue that there are no perfect works, heck, I’m far from perfect. I’m concerned that Indie’s will be bitten at some point if they do not seek high quality. I completely agree with you Micki….And sometimes the writing is only half the job when we lift our heads and look to final editing.

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  5. Sage advice there Robert 😀 It’s been a great tour to follow and I’ve enjoyed the ride very much. 😉
    Thanks for having us over Cindy! 🙂

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  6. This is some great advice. Thanks so much for sharing, Rob. This has been an awesome tour! Lots of great info. 🙂 Thank you so much for hosting Rob, Cindy.

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  7. I think the level of professionalism and story-telling in many indie books goes well beyond some of the traditionally published books. Indies seem to work even harder to get the respect they deserve. I’m glad that indie today isn’t such a bad word. What we lack is the hype large publishers get to promote their books.

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  8. Good solid advice, Robert, for those who would self-publish. I wonder how much it costs to hire a marketer? Thanks for hosting, Cynthia!

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