Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Honest answers, or something close to it by Brad Cotton

Honest answers, or something close to it.

As the author of a few books, I often get asked fairly sensible questions from both interested readers and/or aspiring writers.

There are very few topics on which I am expert. For example, I can have a respectable conversation about the footwear I own, and, I can recite my address from memory pretty much every time. Beyond that, however, I would consider myself pedestrian, or average, on most things. All I can offer in the way of wisdom and advice, like most people, is experience gathered from a subject group of one.

Having said that, I do have a lot of experience with writing and publishing, so please accept the answers to the following as close to fact as they will come:

1. How long does it take to write a book?

8 months. No more no less. If you write for longer, you’re too slow and should stop and burn what you have. If you write for shorter, you’re too fast. Become a runner.

2. Where do you get the ideas for your books?

Funny enough: fortune cookies.

3. I’ve always wanted to write a book, and I have a great idea for one. I’m pretty sure I could write a worthwhile novel and it’s always been my dream. It’s a very personal story and I think it would help a lot of people if I shared it. I’m a little bit nervous and maybe just need some support or encouragement. It would really make my life complete to see my story in print. Should I do it?


4. Can you make money as a writer?

That depends. If you think eating is pretty cool, then yes, you can make money. If you think cool clothes are the thing, writing may be for you. If you like new cars, jewelry, houses, and private jets, you may already be a writer. Now move along you’re holding up my line and I have a bathroom break in five minutes.

5.  How long will it take to get an agent?

About the same amount of time it will take you to write a book: 6 months. (Please do not look back at question 1).

6. Who’s your favorite author?

Brad Cotton

7. Who do you hate?


8. Is your family supportive of your writing?

Yes. And of my brothers alcoholism. We’re a close bunch.

9. How do you get people to read your books?

Me? Personally? I… ummm, well, I… uhh. Look over there! (Runs away)

10. Is your book any good?

Yes, my book is some good.

11. Did you always want to be a writer?

The list of things I wanted to do with my life went like this: 1. Superman. 2. Nothing. 3. Writer. 4. Nothing. 5. Make lists.

12. I hate reading, but I want to write a book.

This one is more of a great comment than a question. But then again, that was more of a statement than an answer.

13. I have a completed manuscript. Should I bother hiring an editor?

Editors are often used as a last resort. If you feel your man script is ready to go, I’m petty sure it is.

14. Can you recommend a good book?



Best friends Duncan and Ray run a successful bookie business in Phoenix. Outgrowing the life they began in college, the late twenty-something pair set out on the road with a plan to never return. Their trip takes them cross-country with eventful stops in Las Vegas, Omaha, and Niagara Falls. Along their journey they meet several colorful characters and even agree to bring a pretty young girl named Ruby along with them for the ride. Landing in Boston to run an errand for an old friend, the travelers begin to lay roots in an attempt to forge for themselves the life they’d always hoped for. Easier said than done. As romances begin to burgeon, and one of their lives is put in danger, the group quickly discovers that where they are may indeed have little effect on who they are.

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Genre – Contemporary Fiction/Literary Fiction

Rating – R

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