KB: Do you have any advice for other writers?
(An Interview on http://www.karenbanes.com/blog/qa-and-giveaway-with-author-ben-dehaven
Ben DeHaven: Make peace with the fact most people think writing is easy. Never stop writing, but learn how to do something else and love it as well. Get involved with other writers; they will give you honest opinions and valuable guidance. Understand that there are a million great stories and thousands of great writers. Find out what it is that makes yours unique. Read everything you can possibly get your hands on. Read stuff that makes you uncomfortable. Decide whether you want to be an artist or a best selling author. Just like in acting-there are actors and there are movie stars. They are often not the same. Make peace with that and decide who you are writing for.
Regardless of what anyone tells you, unknown authors are discovered by word of mouth, be good to your friends, because in this day and age, Emily Dickenson would still be in the attic crying. You have to sell yourself. Be realistic about the product you’re producing and what the outlook is. Very few writers are ever “discovered” and with being able to self-publish so easily, the playing field is thicker than ever. Start by writing for yourself always.