Friday, November 11, 2016

Author Interview with Keely Brooke Keith

This month I'm doing a bonus author interview! Keely Brooke Keith is a fiction and non-fiction author. She writes blended genre books, as well as writing resource guides. Her newest guide is: The Writer’s Book Launch Journal: A Guided Book Marketing & Promotions Planner

Let The Writer’s Book Launch Journal guide you through the marketing and promotional tasks every author should do to ensure a successful book launch. Filled with checklists of essential tasks, an abundance of publicity suggestions, and questions to personalize your promotions, The Writer’s Book Launch Journal will lead you on the journey to a fun and fulfilling book launch.

Kristen - You started out as a fiction writer. What prompted you to take what you learned from launching your own books and publish writing resource guides?

Keely - Over the years of writing several books and being immersed in publishing and book marketing, I lived the struggles, joys, and confusion of being an author. Being both traditionally and independently published, I wanted to see every issue from every angle. While there was plenty of writing advice available online, wading through myriad blogs for a relevant nugget of wisdom was as life-sucking as the problem that drove me there. With each writing, publishing, and marketing hurdle I encountered, I amassed lists and spreadsheets and dog-eared resources. After going through a season where I had to stop writing and just work it all out, I realized I needed to create a series of guided journals for writers.

Kristen - What a great idea! It made me tired just reading that and imaging all of the work. I've barely dipped my toe in the marketing pond and it already feels like a swamp that wants to swallow me. 

One of the burning questions I think readers will have is why should they choose this book. There’s a lot of resource guides for writers out there, and it can be overwhelming to try and decide if a book is worth it. What makes your book different from other books on the same subject? Or from what we could easily learn from Google?

Keely - The guided journals I’ve created for writers are different than most writing books and online searches in two ways. First, I researched the writing books and websites, so that automatically takes the leg work out of it for my reader, plus I added what I’ve learned through experience. Secondly, my guided journals aren’t info dumps like most books and blogs, but rather they are guided journeys that use questions meant to prompt a deep and lasting understanding in the writer.

Kristen - And I see that there's actually a check list with your newest release, at least, that allows people to plan out their book launch in an organize fashion. I know lots of writers who love to keep their writing lives organized and would find a format like this appealing.

Now, you’ve written several resource guides. Which one would you say has been your most popular to date and can you tell us a bit about it?

Keely - When these first 4 journals were released, I thought the most popular would be The Writer’s Purpose Journal because so many of my writing friends struggle to stay motivated in their writing, but The Writer’s Book Launch Journal has been the best seller thus far. Who knew writers wanted someone to guide them through book marketing? Ha!

Book promotions can be intimidating for authors. Since the day I signed my first publishing contract, I’ve kept lists of marketing ideas. With each book launch, I try them and add to them for my next launch. I have both traditionally published friends and indie friends who’ve asked for my list (and a couple of publishers too). So, I created The Writer’s Book Launch Journal and spread the to-do lists over 12-months to turn it into an easy to follow plan for any author.

Whether you’re an indie author or signed to a publisher, The Writer’s Book Launch Journal will guide you through the marketing and promotional tasks every author should do to ensure a successful book launch. Filled with checklists of essential tasks, an abundance of publicity suggestions, and questions to personalize your promotions, The Writer’s Book Launch Journal will lead you on the journey to a fun and fulfilling book launch.

And since some authors want the information in The Writer’s Book Launch Journal but prefer to scroll through the checklists on their computer, I’ve also written the ebook The Writer’s Book Launch Guide: A Step-By-Step Plan to Give Your Book the Best Launch Possible. This ebook is a good companion to The Writer’s Book Launch Journal because the tasks are explained in more depth. I recommend getting both the journal and the ebook together.

Kristen - I like trying to add some fun, personal questions to show readers the person within the author, so here's some for you. Fall is in the air. What's your favorite Fall drink and what would you spend the perfect Fall day doing.

Keely - The leaves are changing here on the rolling hills of Middle Tennessee, and the foliage colors are just as beautiful on crisp days under a clear blue sky as they are in the mist of overcast days. Either way, give me a hot apple cider and a walk through the park, and I’m a happy camper.

Kristen - Our leaves are close to 100% now and I keep telling myself to go take pictures. We've got one of those very scenic roads. What is your favorite book? I know that can be a hard question!

Keely - That is a hard question. I think I answer it differently every time I’m asked. I’m loving The Poetry of Robert Frost right now.

Kristen - Thank you so much for stopping by Keely, and best of luck with all of your writing. 

For anyone who's interested in Keely's guided journal series, here's summary's of her other three books.

The Writer’s Purpose Journal: Discover Your Motivation For Writing
Do you want to write but don’t know where to start? Are you halfway through your manuscript and feel blocked? Have you lost your enthusiasm for writing? Let The Writer’s Purpose Journal guide you on a journey to rediscovering your purpose as a writer. Using questions to prompt soul-searching journal entries, The Writer’s Purpose Journal will lead you through your beginnings as a writer, your influences, your goals, and your motivations to help you remove blocks and find fulfillment as a writer.

The Writer’s Character Journal: Create a Varied Cast of Believable Characters
Let The Writer’s Character Journal guide you through creating the varied cast of believable characters you’ll need for your next novel. Using questions to prompt brainstorming, The Writer’s Character Journal will help you flesh out your characters’ pasts, quirks, relationships, strengths, fears, flaws, and more. Complete with a character index and numbering system for 18 characters.

The Writer’s Scene Journal: Track Essential Elements To Craft Unforgettable Scenes
Let The Writer’s Scene Journal guide you through crafting unforgettable scenes for your next novel. Using a list of essential elements, The Writer’s Scene Journal will help you brainstorm your scenes' setting, plot, characters, sensory details, symbolism, and more. Complete with a scene index and numbering system for 45 scenes.

All are available now: Amazon | Barnes & Noble
Connect with Keely online: Website | Twitter | Facebook

Keely Brooke Keith is the author of The Land Uncharted and Aboard Providence. Her novels are known for blending genres in unconventional ways. Keely also creates resources for writers, including The Writer’s Book Launch Guide and The Writer’s Purpose Journal. When she isn’t writing, Keely enjoys playing bass guitar, preparing homeschool lessons, and collecting antique textbooks. Keely resides with her husband and their daughter on a hilltop south of Nashville where she dreams up stories, hoping to encourage, comfort, and inspire readers. She is a member of ACFW.

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