Monday, October 26, 2015

The Manhattanites

Today, I'm happy to interview New York Times bestselling author Avery Aster.

New York Times bestselling author Avery Aster pens The Manhattanites, a contemporary erotic romance series of full-length, stand-alone novels, and the naughty new adult prequel companion series The Undergrad Years.

As a resident of New York City and a graduate from New York University, Avery gives readers an inside look at the city’s glitzy nightlife, socialite sexcapades and tall tales of the ├╝ber-rich and ultra-famous.

 1)     Tell us about your first experience of becoming one New York Times bestselling authors.

         I've hit the NYT list twice with anthology projects for erotic romance novels as well as the  USA  Today list four times with the same type of collaborative projects.

2)     Explain how some of your opinions/views have changed since you began your writing career.

       I've become a lot more fearless in my writing and crafting stories that are different. Most of my erotic romances have a shock factor to them. Readers have given me permission to go "there" with them and I do.

3)     From the start, what was your most successful method of expanding your reader base? What "false paths" did you travel?

       With each new release you get more readers buying your backlist. That's been the most helpful. A huge false path is spending too much time on social media; Twitter, Facebook, Instagram etc. It docent' convert to sales.

4)     What are you working on right now, this minute?

        UNIQUE (The Manhattanites #5)

5)     Do you like contests? Ever submitted? Tell us what that feels like?

         Hate contests with a passion. They are subjective and political. I stay away from them.

6)     Got a publishing anecdote? Share,

       Go with your gut. If you want to self-publish, go for it. If you want to work with an agent, get one. If you want to be published by a legit publisher, submit.

7)     What do you read when you aren't writing?

       When I'm not writing, I'm usually watching The Bold & The Beautiful, taking a spin class, or out and about enjoying all the wonderful things the city life has to offer.

8)     What advice would you give to aspiring writers who have taken the time to learn their craft yet struggle with promotion?

       There has to be a balance between writing and promotion. Finding that happy medium is key.

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