Jordyn Redwood

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Today we welcome Jordyn Redwood, pediatric ER nurse by day, suspense novelist by night, to 3 Questions Wednesday.

(1) Do you watch reality television? Why or why not?

Jordyn: I do watch reality TV. Survivor and Biggest Loser are the ones I’m faithful about. Why? Honestly—these shows are not filled with the sexual scenarios and swearing (at least it’s bleeped out if present) of some of the network “family” comedies that air at 7:00pm which has become a great frustration to me. They are a great place to get character ideas.

(2) What are your thoughts on e-publishing?

Jordyn: Wow—not an easy question. First, I’m going to define what I consider true e-publishing which is a writer self-publishing their work without being paid an advance and fronting all the costs themselves.

As much as people say the stigma of e-publishing is no longer there I don’t consider this true. What maintains the stigma is the thousands of writers who are putting up unedited manuscripts with poorly designed book covers who aren’t willing to put the time and money into honing their craft. This may ruffle some feathers but if you’ve bought (or downloaded for free) any number of self-published books you’ll see this is true. Therefore, what an author who has had the book edited, had multiple beta readers (not friends or family) adore the project and paid for a good book cover design has to do is weed through all these other writers who’ve put up something less than that.

Are there bad books that have been traditionally published with bad editing and bad book covers? Yes—but it is far less than those who have self-published.

That being said—e-books are not going anywhere and most authors sell more digital than print copies. I think self-publishing can lend itself well to an author who has a readership but doesn’t have a book coming out via traditional means for a while (waiting on the book proposal submission process, can’t get another contract, longer than one year between book releases, or has a great book but can’t find a home for it.) I would consider self-publishing under these circumstances.

(3) Which do you prefer? Facebook or Twitter?
Jordyn: I like each for different reasons. I find relationship building easier on Facebook but networking is easier on Twitter.

Thanks, Jordyn, for joining us on 3 Questions Wednesday! Please leave a comment and you will be entered in a drawing for a signed copy of her latest novel in the Bloodline Trilogy, Poison.

Jordyn Redwood is a pediatric ER nurse by day, suspense novelist by night. She hosts Redwood’s Medical Edge, a blog devoted to helping contemporary and historical authors write medically accurate fiction. Her first two novels, Proof and Poison, garnered starred reviews from Library Journal and have been endorsed by the likes of Dr. Richard Mabry, Lynette Eason, and Mike Dellosso to name a few. You can connect with Jordyn via her website at http://www.jordynredwood.net.

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10 thoughts on “Jordyn Redwood

  1. So true on the self-publishing. I am independently published and I find the same thing to be true. Bad book covers, poor (or no) editing, and weak story lines. While I am in favor of the technology, the weekend warriors make it difficult for the more serious writers to get notoriety. That said, I’m finding far more creativity in self and indie published books than in traditionally published books these days. Much like the music industry in the 90’s, traditional music production was shrinking and the large companies circled the wagons with devastating effects. It is definitely an interesting time to be an author.

  2. Jordyn, great answer on e-publishing. Sometimes I cringe for the authors when I see the covers. I’m not against e-pubbing by any means, but I’ve seen a few that give e-pub a bad name.

  3. John and Christina,

    Great thoughts.

    John- I do see your comment about the creativity component because traditional publishers may not want to risk time and money on a concept that may not sell so they will tend to stick with what they know or what is “safe”– that being what they know their readers will buy. That’s good business but I can also see it streamlining a lot of stories as well.

  4. As a prebublished writer I’ve been following the debate about e-publishing vs. traditional. I’m getting my first book ready for a professional edit and can’t imgine publishing it in any form without that. It is difficult to “break-in” to the business though, and I can see how writer’s can get impatient. I really enjoyed Proof Jordyn and look forward to reading Poison. I also love that you’re a quilter. I saw one you posted on FB. Best of luck with Poison and all that come after that.

    • Thanks Heidi! Glad you and Katy Lee and Sherri dropped by. We’ll be announcing the winner of Jordyn’s book tomorrow. Join us each Wednesday as we offer more interviews and give aways.

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