(1) Do you watch reality television? Why or why not?
Fay: I do not watch reality television. Nothing about it appeals to me. For me personally, I have several reasons. For shows like The Bachelor and The Amazing Race, I feel that they show people at their most depraved. They fight, gossip, and seek to destroy the opportunities of one another just so they can win something that will never last.
As for shows like American Idol, I have never liked to see anyone humiliated. American Idol producers and staff set people up and destroy their spirit. I think of a writer who believe he has the world’s greatest novel in his hand. No one has told him the elements of storytelling. His friends and his family, not wanting to hurt his feelings have led him to believe it is the greatest story in the world, and he believes them. What they as people who love him is that he writes like a five-year-old, and his story makes no sense to them at all. Armed with their albeit good intentions and invalid assessments, he attends a writers’ conference and approaches a well-known agent with his prize in his hands. The agent takes one look at it, and tosses it back at him. “This is no good, son. You shouldn’t be a writer at all.” [And this has happened.] The man’s heart is crushed. I have never liked to see anyone have their life decimated by someone else’s words or actions. Just because it happens on a television screen, doesn’t make it any less horrendous for me.
And let’s not get started on any of the “housewife” series. Those women live messed up lives. They seek joy in wealth, status, and sexuality. They seek beauty from plastic surgery. Nothing about them is real except their sin. What they need is Christ. Only then can they be happy. I’m not sure if you can tell, but I think strongly about this issue.
(2) What are your thoughts on e-publishing?
Fay:Since I’m not sure if you’re asking about self-publishing in eBook format or in having your book placed in eBook format by a traditional publisher, I’ll address both issues.
I believe that a writer who self-publishes an eBook should only do so after very sound edits and beta reading by professional writers. I say professional writers because readers don’t know the rules and elements that make a great story. Professional writers know this, and they can best help a writer produce a book they can be proud of for years to come.
Another issue to look at is the cost to the writer. This isn’t necessarily in monetary value, but that should definitely be a concern. How much money am I putting into this project, including formatting fees, marketing fees, etc., and can I reasonably hope to make my money back from this venture?
There is another cost to a self-published author that many may not realize. Before taking the plunge, make sure the story you publish isn’t going to be one that you may decide would be better traditionally published. Why? Because unless your work sells at a very high volume, a traditional publisher isn’t likely to take it. The reason is very simplistic: what publisher wants to vie against its author for sales. Books that are created on Amazon never truly go away. With regard to eBook publishing within a traditional market, my opinion has always been that it’s what the author desires. eBook sales are not miniscule. Smaller works are best suited for eBook format, and we can no longer argue with the statistics on sales. Now, if you want your novel in print, you might want to hold out for a print publisher who also does eBook, and I do believe that eBooks should always coincide with print when the publisher is a traditional print publisher.
(3) Which do you prefer? Facebook or Twitter?
Fay: I like both for two very separate reasons. Facebook is my playground. I love to attempt to make people laugh at the daily trials in which I find my myself. Laughter helps me deal with frustration, tiredness, pain, even the solitude of writing. I communicate with anyone who happens to comment back, and I enjoy the friendships I have established there. I do post some “marketing” information at times, and I love to announce book releases, contracts, and other good news that my friends have shared, but mainly I’m on my personal Facebook page to have fun.
I do have a fan page on Facebook for fans of my writing, but for me—any fan of my writing is a friend to me. So until FB makes me move some of my friends to my fan page, I will resist, and I won’t be moving my already-made friends. Personally, I do not like it when authors take it upon themselves to tell someone who was on their personal page that they are moving them to a fan page. To me, it screams, “I only friended you because I wanted to you see my promotions. I had no real interest in getting to know you.” I’d rather think if they have family they want to keep separate, that they would send them to a new page, but that’s just my opinion.
My other Facebook page is The Tactical Editor. There, I do what I feel I have been called to do: teach and share about self-editing. I post during the week little tidbits of information about writing. On Tuesdays, I post to direct them to the Pelican Book Group Staff Blog where I post Tactical Tuesdays: Advice for Self-Editing.
Twitter on the other hand is my avenue of promo. I try not to dump a lot on my followers. That can get tiresome after a while, so I tend to promote each upcoming release with one post a day. I also share the writing quotes that I have collected over the last few years, and I retweet things from fellow authors and from actor friends and even family to help them promote. I am becoming more comfortable on Twitter, and I do carry on conversations there from time to time, but it isn’t as natural for me to do so as it is on Facebook.
Fay Lamb is an acquisition editor for Pelican Book Group. She also provides freelance fiction edits.
Her emotionally charged stories remind the reader that God is always in the details. Fay has recently contracted with Write Integrity Press for two four-book series. Stalking Willow, the first in the Amazing Grace romantic suspense series and Charisse, the first release in her Ties That Bind contemporary romance series are both available for purchase.
Fay is a past-secretary for American Christian Fiction Writers. She served for four years as the moderator for ACFW’s critique group, Scribes. For her volunteer efforts for ACFW, she received the Service Members Award in 2010. She was also a semi-finalist that year in the ACFW Genesis Contest.
Fay and her husband, Marc, reside in Titusville, Florida, where multi-generations of their families have lived. The legacy continues with their two married sons and five grandchildren.
Fay Lamb – www.faylamb.com