Venus Morales shares her success story of how she self-published her book THE HYBRID:
When did you know you were a writer?
I knew I wanted to become a writer when I was young, actually when I started going to my local public library and realized the books were free, lol. That’s where I found my love for reading and quickly after I knew I wanted to be a writer.
How long did it take to sign your first publishing contract?
I didn’t go the traditional route. I started off that way. I sent my queries out and crossed my fingers and of course I got some polite denial letters in return and some that weren’t so polite and others were silent like the wind. The worst part about it all is the waiting game. I know they say nothing happens over night, but I’m a determined woman, and I wanted to have my novel shared with the world. So I did my research and decided to self publish, and not a moment goes by that I don’t regret doing it.
What are the most important lessons you learned along the way?
I’ve learned so much, I don’t know where to start. To be truthful I’m still learning. Listen to your heart, and follow your dreams. Don’t let anyone ever discourage you in any way shape or form. Don’t let anyone tell you, something isn’t possible. Anything is possible as long as you work hard enough for it. Yes, there’s a lot of good free device out there, just be wise and use your better judgement. Do your research, network and you will find the right answers that will guide you on the right path.
What is the best piece of advice you’ve received?
The best piece of advice that was given to me was by my husband. I was shot down and discouraged my the very teachers I trusted once, because they said Latino’s like myself are not meant to make it in the writing industry, let alone I was a woman. So I gave up my writing career shortly after I just started writing. After I married and had my children, my husband said to me “I know you still love to write and you miss it. So write. Don’t do it for me, not for our boys or for anyone else. Who cares what anyone thinks or says. Do it for your self.” His words gave me the courage I lacked. It was the best advice I was ever given. He was right. You should write, not for someone else, or because you have to, but because you love to. Write for yourself. If we were all meant to be the same and write the same. Than we all would be reading the same thing, but we’re not the same. Be who your meant to be, and write!
What are your thoughts on self-publishing?
I was at first skeptical and very nervous about self-publishing. At first I couldn’t understand a word about it. So I did my research and found there were many options I could pick from. But, I wanted to learn the craft. Most companies could do the leg work for you, but there’s always a nice fee. I wanted to stay on a budget, I am a mom of 3 boys, so I found a well respected self-pub company that was affordable and user friendly. And as for my cover art I found a great artist that specializes in custom cover art and she was budget friendly too. Overall there are tools for authors who want to self-pub that will help you make a professional looking book without breaking the bank.
What are you currently working on?
I’m currently working on the sequel to The Hybrid and another novel called Trinity, Angel of Wrath and Justice. You can read the blurbs on my website http://authorvenusmorales.wix.com/authorvenusmorales
What’s something your fans may not know about you?
I didn’t have a peachy life, I grew up in Boston, Ma where I lived on a 4 block radius, and I was raised by my grandmother. Even though English was technically my second language, by the time I hit the second grade you wouldn’t have known that. After I started writing early on in life, my characters did not only become just characters in my stories, they became apart of my life. Especially when I started to write the The Hybrid. Each character from The Hybrid has been with me like a shadow. They have a special meaning to me and as the saga continues and more characters start to rise, my family will start to expand. As a writer I live within 2 worlds and I love them both just as equal. Writing YA fiction is who I am.