Welcome to one of today’s stops for the 2013 Debut Authors Bash, hosted by YAReads!
I am SUPER excited introduce all of you to L.M. Augustine! L.M. Augustine debuted in May with his stand alone, young adult novel Click to Subscribe, while his second book, Two Roads, a new adult novel, was just released August 26th.
Hey, L.M. Augustine! Welcome to Between Printed Pages, we’re so happy to have you here today~
Thank you so much for having me!
Before we start, could you tell us a little bit about yourself?
I’m L.M. Augustine. I’m an Author 007, a professional dork, a twitter addict, a dessert lover, among other things. I’m a bit obsessed with writing and reading as well. :-)
I’m not exactly sure what inspired me to start writing. I always loved to read and consider myself to be a creative person, so I guess it sparked from there.
Click was actually inspired by… you guessed it… a YouTube video. I was watching one of John Green’s vlogs and he mentioned that two of his fans (one boy and one girl) met online and hit it off so much that they were organizing a real life meet up. At the time, I thought that was so cool. I mean, falling in love through YouTube videos? I didn’t even realized that happened.
Over time, the idea started to develop, and I kept thinking how plausible that could be. I wondered what those two people would have to be like to fall in love over the Internet, wondered what happened to them, wondered what will happen to them. I’m not sure how the rest came about, but the next thing I knew it was midnight and I was scribbling away the first chapter of what would eventually become Click To Subscribe.
I’d been querying agents with previous projects of mine for about a year and a half before I published Click To Subscribe, and I learned a lot about writing and publishing through it. Then one day I sat down and wrote Click To Subscribe and it sort of flowed out of me, and I decided I wanted to self-publish (I never queried this one) because I felt like for this book, it needed to be published my way. Self-publishing has been amazing so far. It’s a lot of work but so rewarding, and the awesome bloggers (like yourself!) and readers have been a great support. I wouldn’t have changed a thing.
I love self-publishing and I think much of the stigma against it is gone–plus money-wise, it’s the best option–but I also don’t think new writers should rush out and do it. I actually encourage you to get involved in the writing community, get on forums, and query agents when you write your first book, because that whole experience, whether it results in anything or not, teaches you so much about writing and publishing and developing thick skin that it’s almost needed if you want to make it in the industry. Then, once you feel like you know the ins and outs of publishing and that your writing is strong enough, I think it’s important to consider your options. There are so many ways to publish–small presses, Big Five publishers, self-publishing–that you have to remember what’s right for you. Do the research and know your goals and what you can and can’t achieve on your own. I don’t think any of these publishing methods is better than the other on their own, without your needs factored in. The playing field has been leveled and unless you’re a lead title with a Big Five, you have an even chance at success in all of these different publishing methods.
All that to say: take your time and develop your craft, then do what’s write for you.
As an aspiring writer, I often find myself with too many ideas and get sidetracked by them when I’m in the middle of a WIP. How do you stay on track with your WIPs when new ideas come knocking at your door?
Sometimes I don’t! I feel that way all the time too, but one thing that really helps is to write down the shiny new idea you’re having, maybe write the first page, and get it out of your head. Then finish your current project and go back to it later.
What’s next for you? Any new projects on the table?
I’m working on something now, actually. I’ve just started it and it’s NA, but I’m really excited about it. That’s all I can say for now. :-)
For all the readers out there, could you name a few books for us that you’ve read and absolutely loved?
The Sea of Tranquility, The Fault In Our Stars, Before I Fall, and Slammed are some of my favorites!
Apart from writing, reading, and being awesome, what do you do in your free time? Any unusual hobbies?
Besides spending my nights as a masked superhero saving the world from crime? I have a goal to eat as many different types of fruit out there as possible. (Don’t laugh! LOL)
Who are your top 3 favourite authors (dead or alive) and why?
I’m a huge fan of John Green, Colleen Hoover, and just recently, Lauren Oliver. :-) I love all of their characters and their voices. Plot isn’t as big of a deal to me; characterization, fun dialogue, and character development as the story progresses are the most important in my mind, and these authors have mastered it.
What about your top 3 musicians/bands/groups and why?
I’m a huge fan of Phillip Phillips, Maroon 5 (I know, I know), and Robin Thicke.
Last, but not least, what is your favourite word?
I love the word “inevitable.” I have no idea why.
Thank you so much, L.M. Augustine, for taking the time to answer our questions! Congratulations on your debut release, and we hope to see more for you soon!
To commemorate L.M. Augustine’s debut and success, we’re also hosting a giveaway!
Open internationally. We’re giving away 2 ebooks of Click to Subscribe by L.M. Augustine!
Contest ends September 30, 2013 at midnight EST!
Fill out the form below to enter!
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