Hey All! Today on the blog I’m sharing an interview with Adele Niles! She is an experienced author (over 200 books) and offers some great advice. My favorite part is when she tells you, your time will come! Love this! I hope this helps you and you learn something new!
An Interview with Adele Niles
Tell me about you and your books (how many books have you written, when did you start, what type of books, etc.)
As of this morning, I have 217 books under various pen names. I started writing as a hobby in 2012 with a dog training book, but decided that non-fiction wasn’t for me and basically stopped writing until 2014. That’s when I decided to try my hand at romance. I’ve published a majority of my books under a different pen name until 2017 and was forced to take a break for some personal reasons. I still publish under that name, and most of those are romantic thriller and billionaire romance. However, all of my new, shorter books are written under Adele Niles. (I won’t give up my other pen name, but here’s a hint: It’s all in the name.)
How do you come up with your ideas for your books?
Songs. TV. Everyday life. Sometimes I’ll see a song title on the radio and I can immediately think of a story, completely unrelated to the song. Other times it’s just a phrase in a song that triggers something.
What are your tips for choosing a cover?
I’m terrible at covers. I’ve started making my own because I like dabbling in Photoshop, but they never turn out exactly like I want. I think covers need to have a good font. Something that’s eye catching. I used to spend so much time on worrying about the model and now realize I just need a cover that stands out. Period.
How do you deal with writer’s block?
I read, watch TV, go for a run, always listening to some sort of music. I try to do something creative, whether it’s making graphics or messing with my website. Anything that gets my mind off of words.
Do you write to market? Why or why not?
I’ve tried that and it’s never really worked for me. When I do, I find myself all over the place and just not happy with what I’m writing. I do try and keep up with trends, but honestly, I just want to put out a good story with real and believable characters that readers love.
What are five things you do to market your book, after you hit publish?
I’ll update Amazon Central, post on Facebook to my fan page and groups and post on Instagram (Although I’m terrible about keeping up with that). I also send out an email to my list of readers and will sometimes put the release in another author’s newsletter or a romance newsletter. I also update my website with the new book. After that I usually just stress and worry about how many books are being sold, how many people are reading and how I can find more readers.
What do you do if a book is just not selling?
See above, LOL. I vent and talk to other authors in some of my writing groups. I’ll usually try to do more social media engagement and maybe put the book in some additional newsletters, but I’m really frugal and hate spending money on things like ads if the book isn’t getting traction from the start. After that I’ll dive back in to writing.
What advice would you give a brand new author, just starting out?
Keep at it and realize that it doesn’t need to be perfect. Also, write something you love so it never feels like a job.
How do you deal with negative reviews?
I rarely read reviews. I’ll sometimes scan through them because I want to know how I can improve, but I never take negative reviews to heart. You can’t please everyone.
How do you build relationships with your readers?
I respond to emails and love to engage people on Facebook. A lot of readers just love to hear from authors and connect. I share what’s going on in my personal life and enjoy hearing about their lives as well.
How do you build relationships with other authors?
I try to reach out and congratulate authors when I see they have a huge win or launch. I’m also pretty open with what’s working for me and love to share when I can. I’m a part of quite a few author groups where we chat and talking about life outside of writing. Those groups really help, especially on the days when I feel like I’m struggling.
What are your plans for future books?
To write as much as I can. I’ll continue to write and publish. I have a few other sub genres in romance I’d like to play around with. I recently launched a PNR series that is a MC/Shifter romance. I enjoyed writing it, but it’s too early to tell whether I’ll do it again. I’ve had this entire series of MC romance books plotted out. The covers are done and it’s a pretty intricate storyline, but I’m scared to write it for whatever reason. So until then, I’ll keep writing Insta Love shorts.
Is there any other advice you would like to give?
I’ve realized that writing romance can be a challenge. There’s always new books coming out, authors that are hitting the top of the charts with their first books and finding quick success. Don’t give up. You never know what’s going on behind the scenes. Your best bet is to enjoy their success and be happy for them. Your time will come.
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