Q & A: Caroline McGill
by Narzell Wise
Briefly, tell us something about yourself and how you got your start as an author?
When I was a kid, I had a crazy imagination. I wrote a lot of poetry, and I always had a knack for storytelling. But I didn’t realize that was a gift for a long time. I spent years out there paper chasing, and I went down every wrong path possible. I mean, I really did it all. And then I got tired of living like that, so I decided to enroll in school. I got a degree in Business Administration, and wanted to start my own legitimate company. I needed a product to sell, so I decided to write and publish my first book, A Dollar Outta Fifteen Cent. While I was writing, I did my homework. In 2004, I founded Synergy Publications and independently published my first novel.
Why did you decide to become an author?
And now I do it for my fans. They call me and tell me how much they love my stuff, and how they need more. They make demands, and I work best under pressure.
You've been known to do it all yourself. Why did you choose this route for your writing career?
I wanted to have decision making power over my material from the gate. And when you’re in control, there’re no limits. Plus, writing for me was different. I heard horror stories about some of the bum deals some new authors were getting, and couldn’t fathom that. While I enjoy the art of creation more than anything in this world, I was used to fast money so I had to have something I could hustle. I did my homework and discovered it made more sense for me to self-publish. I was used to being the boss and controlling my own product, no matter what I was selling. So that worked for me.
What are some of the first steps involved in publishing a book?
First, you have to learn the basics, which include getting familiar with the copyright process, obtaining ISBNs, establishing relationships with designers and book printers, understanding the distribution process, getting familiar with the wholesale aspect of the business, learning how to market your product, etc. Proper money management skills are necessary as well.
It’s also good to remember that talking to people can be beneficial too. Network, network, network! By talking to people you learn what mistakes not to make. Who you know can make a difference. Learning from others who have walked the walk can put you on the path to being a pro-publisher.
Also, knowing how to market your product is a key component. Anybody can publish books, but you gotta be able to sell them. You must be able to pitch to your targeted audience what makes your material different from your competition, and why they should spend their hard earned money on it. You have to make them listen to what you have to say, and prove that your brand is relevant. So do your research! Once you have the proper knowledge, tools, and a good product; put it in God’s hands!
How important is the editing of a novel?
You edit your own writing, correct? Editors and even some authors say writers should never edit their own work. Do you agree with this? Please explain.
The editing process is grueling and time consuming, and not everyone can pull it off. It requires skills beyond simply writing a story. And there’re some harsh critics out there who will let you know fast if you have what it takes. So to be on the safe side, you should probably find someone qualified. But whatever route you take, be sure to at least get someone knowledgeable to proofread the project before you go to print.
What does your ideal writing space look like?
What type of books do you read? What is one of the best books you ever read?
Do you think all street literature is the same? With that said, here's a quote from an interview I conducted a few weeks ago, "how many times can an author tell the same story?" Can you respond to this?
As far as the quote goes, no two stories are the same. But it’s the author’s job to make sure their work is distinguished from others. Readers can detect stories written with passion, and distinguish them from BS. I know my readers can tell that my stories have my heart, soul, blood, sweat, and tears poured into them because they get in touch with me and let me know. I make sure every book I write and/or publish has something in it you will never forget. I paint vivid tales of reality and awareness, and give them something to think about. And my readers thank me for them. That’s what makes my material “different” from other street lit.
Furthermore, how many civil rights and slavery stories have we heard and identified with? Does their struggle become any less significant because we’ve heard it before? Any fight deserves the same acknowledgement, no matter how many times we’ve heard the story. Who are we to say that another person’s pain and experiences aren’t worth mentioning?
What influenced you to write the Dollar Outta Fifteen Cent series? What is the main message and can you briefly give us a look inside the story?
However, I think the overall message in the series is awareness. My stories expose everything from horror tales about HIV and cheating boyfriends, to child abduction, incest, and rape. I believe that if people had guidance from someone who’s been through the same things they’re going through, they wouldn’t have to go through so much. So I use my creative powers to enlighten others.
My stories are all enthralling and entertaining tales of awareness with clever, intricately woven plots. I guarantee that my readers will be moved because there’s something in my books that everyone can relate to. And I write books you can’t put down.
Simply put, the story is about Life, Love, and Lessons. The main characters are Portia, Laila, Fatima, and Simone. They are a group of down to earth friends whose bond is constantly cemented by the perils they encounter throughout the series. None of the characters go unscathed, but the ladies and their men are each other’s support systems throughout their adversities and ordeals. The family ethic is alive and well from the start of the series to the finish. I still believe in Black love, and my readers constantly let me know how much they appreciate that.
If you haven’t read A Dollar Outta Fifteen Cent parts 1 - 4, you need to run out and cop them. Each book heats up more and more. This much talked about series is a must-read! I’m so confident that everyone, male and female, will love my series, I personally offer a money-back-guarantee.
My work is available wherever books are sold, but you can log onto my website at www.SynergyPublications.com to order the series and more. Also check out my other novel Sex As a Weapon, which is another jaw-dropping masterpiece. My books are the kind you can’t put down. I also have some new releases coming soon, like Sex As a Weapon 2, Guns & Roses, and my new author, Justin “Amen” Floyd’s new release, Anything 4 Profit. At Synergy Publications, each book is an experience. I’ll stand by that ‘til the day I die.
Narzell Wise is an avid reader; she graduated from New York University with a degree in Journalism.
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