A Talk With Jason Ancona
I wondered what it would be like to be a teenager who wasn't ready to grow up--in terms of dealing with intimacy. I wondered how that person would handle being in a school environment, where many of her peers seem eager to explore their sexuality.
Spreading the word. Getting people to read your work. Besides that, it has been great. Writers who are interested in self-publishing should check out author Joe Konrath's blog. He recently wrote a great article titled: Are You Dense?
6) I understand that you created a website, Pub Pilot, for authors looking to write an ebook or go the indie publishing route. Can you tell us a little bit about this?
A lot of people I talk to have been asking me questions about how to format an ebook, or how distribution works, or how to get a cover. So I created a free site where they can go to get those questions answered. And hopefully serve as a nice tool to use when they publish their material.
When it came time for me to find information regarding ebooks, I would end up searching the web for it. The content is out there, but it's not all in one place. Pub Pilot is a central hub, where indie publishing content is organized.
7) How is it different writing screenplays and TV pilots, to now writing books for young adults?
Screenplays and TV pilots are very dialogue heavy. Often you hear that assistants don't have time to read description--they just read dialogue. So you are taught to keep descriptions short. Grammar rules are sacrificed in order to keep the pacing fast and the story moving.
In screenplays you aren't supposed to say what a character is thinking. That is supposed to come out as subtext in the dialogue. With novels you are expected to write what is in a character's head. That's been the toughest part for me. Eight years of screenwriting habits are hard to break.
8) You had a corporate job and had lived in Los Angeles for eleven years. What prompted you to move back home and start writing novels full time?
Build your social network. Be yourself. Be genuine.
Realize that it takes a long time for most writers to become a recognized author. Success doesn't happen overnight.
Believe in yourself.
-This is T.B. with Another Book Back on the Shelf...
Until Next Time, Keep Reading!