My thanks to Julie Wray Herman, author of The Three Dirty Women Landscaping Servies, Inc. mystery series. I’ve enjoyed having her as guest author, and I appreciate all her candor. I’m sure anyone reading the last week of posts will have gleaned some wonderful tidbits about the publishing industry and the mystery field. I also hope the next time you decide to pick up a mystery, you’ll give Julie’s series a try. Before the interview ended, I asked Julie one last question.
No one else can write your story. Write for yourself rather than what you think others want to see or what you think will sell. The best pay in this industry is self-satisfaction. Royalties are extras.
Unless you’re on the NYT bestselling list, which means you got an outstanding advance and you can do whatever you please with advice from me.