(Photo courtesy of Daniel Bishop)
To give my readers and fellow writers an insight into the processes and successes of other like-minded creatives, I'll be featuring some hardworking authors in my journal each week.
Today's author is Daniel Bishop, and he's a comic book author.
Daniel Bishop was born in New Zealand, raised in England and now lives in California. He graduated with a BA in Philosophy and Creative Writing, and now teaches at a public elementary school.
Raised on a healthy diet of video games, movies, books and comics, Daniel loves to create stories and learn new ways to tell them.
Daniel Bishop writes fiction and his latest/ upcoming release is Nevera Tales Comic Book.
What made you want to become a writer, Daniel?
I loved reading and writing when I was little, and I wanted so much to create my own characters and tell my own stories; to me it was a kind of magic.
What are your thoughts on the indie vs traditional publishing argument?
I like the control that indie publishing gives, and it allows the writer to explore more niche audiences that might be a turn-off for traditional publishers.
Tell us a little about your latest comic.
My latest comic book is a fantasy horror story told from the perspective of an imprisoned vampire and their quest for freedom over decades of patience and plotting.
Do you have three marketing tips you can share with us?
Find your audience and give them reason to value you.
Show them why your writing is valuable by being open and transparent.
Explore different ways of sharing your writing: like doing readings, audio-books, commissioning original art based on your writing etc.
Do you have three productivity tips you can share with us?
Share your work with others (writing groups, workshops, internet forums etc)
Write and edit on separate days (sleep on it)
Read your writing aloud to evaluate the tone, rhythm and consistency.
Tell us a little about your typical writing day.
Wake up early, make coffee, if I'm feeling uninspired I read some short stories. I then plot out the story beats on paper with a few sample lines of dialogue or action.
After I have a beginning, middle and end set I begin typing on Microsoft Word freely and messily until I have enough to begin moulding into something more refined with editing.
I always edit on a different day to when I write a draft; fresh eyes on the writing after sleep is always powerful.
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What is your definition of success? Would you say you're successful?
My definition of success is finding my audience and delivering to them something they enjoy and connect with.
I am part way to my goal; I will be there with one or two more comic books and a lot more audience connection.
Please share some of your writing goals with us. Have you met any of them yet?
My goal is to continue to write throughout my whole life, which is going very well.
How do you deal with negative reviews and criticism?
I take criticism pretty hard, but try to remind myself that I wrote to the best of my abilities at the time, and that I am always growing.
Do you have a favourite author? Why are they your favourite and which of their books would you recommend?
My favourite author is Terry Pratchett, his mix of fantasy, satire, and character development has held me since I was ten years old.
I would recommend his Tiffany Aching books, especially for young-adult readers.
Where do you get your ideas and inspiration?
Often from dreams, or from philosophical topics and ethical dilemmas.
Do you outsource your work (editing and cover design specifically)?
Editing I do myself. For concept art, character art and cover art I commission freelance artists.
Are you a plotter or a pantser? Please tell us why and what your pre-writing processes are.
I always plot before I begin writing, I have to know where I am going and the important emotional beats of the story.
My pre-writing process is putting down every thought in a messy notebook filled with arrows and doodles, then refining that into a bullet point list of scenes or events. Then I can start writing.
Why do you write, Daniel?
I write because I love to tell stories, and writing affords me the opportunity to go back to a piece again and again until it is something I consider complete and solid.
What is your mission statement?
My mission statement is to tell great stories that are inclusive and diverse.
In order of importance (most important at the top) when shopping online, what do you look at first? For example: cover design, formatting, reviews, description, price, publisher, author name, page count, preview, formats available.
In order of usefulness (most useful first) when marketing your book, which techniques do you recommend? For example: social media, media coverage (newspaper, TV, podcasts etc), blog tours, perma-free/ giveaways, writing more books.
1. Maintaining a blog of advice or happenings
2. Social media
3. Connecting with other writers
Thank you so much to author Daniel Bishop for sharing his insights on writing and publishing books. If you would like to support Daniel and his work, please consider purchasing a copy of his book, Nevera Tales, available on Amazon now. Check out the handy link below: