Welcome to Day 5 of #NJ12DaysOfAuthors June Series! @RidyardColin #EddieTheElephant
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On the 5th day of the June “12 Days of Authors” Series… Nonnie’s gift to you…
AUTHOR, COLIN RIDYARD!
Lives in Wales with his family and writes children’s stories
Uh, Colin … when I said “brief” bio, I meant at least a paragraph or two. But, let’s just move on. Thanks for allowing me the opportunity to introduce you to my world. Is your author name a pen name or your birth name?
Colin: Birth Name
NJ: OK. How long have you been writing?
Colin: 20 years but only recently published
NJ: 20 years? Really? You look like a baby! Good genes, my friend! What genre or genres do you write under?
Colin: Children’s stories
NJ: Great! And are you indie-published or traditionally published?
Colin: Indie-published by an independent book company
NJ: OK. How many books have you published to date?
Colin: Just the one, EDDIE THE ELEPHANT AND THE BIRTHDAY PARTY.
NJ: OK, how about giving us just a little background on that book. What is it about?
Colin: An elephant who turns up to a birthday party after a slight misunderstanding with an invitation.
NJ: Cute. Where can readers purchase your book and how much is it?
Colin: All good online book retailers RRP £5.99
NJ: I got on Twitter many years ago because my social media manager at the time, told me that I needed to be on Twitter. He did not give me an actual reason as to why (I had to learn my “why” on my own), just that I needed to be there. What was your main reason for getting on Twitter? For support? For fun?
Colin: Same as you, the book publisher advised it
NJ: Colin, you’re a man of very few words. So, what other social media platforms (Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, etc.) do you use to market your book(s), and have you found them to be beneficial?
Colin: Instagram and Pinterest, Twitter is better
NJ: And you’re straight and to the point, aren’t you?
Supporting others is a huge part of my identity. I believe that when you invest your time and support in others, you find that your circle grows by leaps and bounds of others giving the same to you. When I first got involved heavily on Twitter, I was pushing others more than I was pushing myself – I continue to do so. Do you support others on social media? If so, how?
Colin: Yes, by RTing and putting up reviews
NJ: Colin, do you actually take the time to read tweets from others before you retweet them, or do you just hit “retweet” without ever engaging in the tweet?
Colin: Always read
Well, OK. If you could map out the perfect way that you would want others to support you on social media, how would you ask your followers to support you? Just imagine that everyone who reads this interview will run out and follow you. How could they best support you? What would you have them do?
Colin: Buy the book and leave a review
WOW! Colin, can you share with our audience 2 or 3 of the top methods you use to market your books?
Colin: I try and put together appealing advertisements and arrange storytelling sessions
NJ: You do? Do you speak at these storytelling sessions, Colin? OK, ignore that question. What is the one bit of writing advice you would give to any author, experienced or newbie?
Colin: Keep trying
NJ: That’s it? Oooooooook then! Colin, is writing only a hobby for you or do you write full time?
Colin: More than a hobby but not full-time
NJ: Is your reputation as a writer important to you, OR might we look up one day and find that you are in a Twitter brawl with someone?
Colin: Reputation is important
Colin, you and I are going to find ourselves in a brawl if you don’t give me more than a 5 word response to my next question!
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In your opinion, what is the biggest difference between the writers you see today around social media, versus the writers of old?
Colin: Writers today have a bigger support network of like-minded people due to social media
NJ: 15 words – that wasn’t great but it was definitely improvement. Do you value professionalism in the literary arena and worry that the lack thereof makes it harder for those of us who wish to be taken seriously in this business? Or, does the unprofessional behavior of some around social media not bother you at all?
Colin: It’s a tough old world out there and the playing field is by no means a level one. All we can do is be the best possible version of ourselves we can possibly be.
34 words!!!! Oh my gosh! Colin, you answered in 34 words! I’m in shock! Way to go, dude! WOW! OK, let’s see if we can keep this streak up! If you have ever received any, how do you handle not-so-flattering reviews of your book(s)?
Colin: Don’t take it personally
NJ: OK, I’m dead.
(I’m up again, regrouping) Colin, do you appreciate honesty regarding your writing because you know that only honest feedback allows you to grow as a writer, or are you one of those who would prefer that others lie to you and tell you only what they know you want to hear?
Colin: I would rather they were honest
NJ: Colin, it’s been interesting – and I do mean in-ter-est-ing! Thanks for joining me!
A QUICK FACT ABOUT COLIN…
- I generally do book reviews and advertise my own book
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