Author Jason B. Ladd talks to The Bandwagon about his writing process.
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What inspired you to start writing?
I was at a point in my life where I couldn’t stop reading. Kindle’s digital ink combined with the discovery of a new passion had me hooked. Eventually, I needed an outlet, so I started writing down my thoughts.
What do you wish you’d known about the publishing process?
That I would be doing it all myself. I could have saved a lot of time sending out all those query letters! Seriously though, I wish I had known to treat my book like a business from the very beginning. I learned this toward the middle of the process, but whether you’re goal is impact, reach, or revenue, planning your book’s release to be like a product launch is going to make it more successful.
What advice would you give to aspiring writers?
Write about what you are passionate about. Right about what you know. And it’s even better if they match! Think about all the different ways to tell a story. If your goal is revenue, avoid writing in a genre that doesn’t sell very well for new authors such as memoir or travel. And avoid the pulp fiction time jumps. Editors really don’t like that.
What’s next? Are you working on anything else?
I’ve been writing about my family’s journey moving to Alaska. There was no shortage of memorable (and comical) moments. One day I will write a book about our son to help reading parents cope with neonatal death. But not yet.
What are you currently reading?
Crisis of Character. I thought it was going to be about America over the last half century, but it turns out it’s about the Clintons. Next up will be Crisis of Hairacter. I’m pretty sure that about Trump.
What in particular inspired you to write this book?
The story was just a writing project before it became a book. I wanted my children to know the story of how I came to my faith in Christ, especially since my worldview prior to that was more agnostic/atheistic. But soon after writing, I realized my story might be able to help more than just my family. That’s when I started writing for the reader.