261: Writing and Publishing the Indie Way – Interview with Aileen Erin

Hey there word nerds! Today I have the pleasure of speaking with Aileen Erin on the show.

Aileen is half-Irish, half-Mexican, and 100% nerd. From Star Wars (prequels don’t count) to Star Trek, she has a severe fascination with the speculative and supernatural. 

This fascination led her into writing, but after Twilight, Aileen was told that nobody wanted to read another vampire or werewolf story. She didn’t agree and wrote one anyway. She proved her critics wrong as her independently published Alpha Girl series, has sold over 1.5 million copies.

She earned a BS in Radio-TV-Film from the University of Texas at Austin, and went on to earn her MFA in Writing Popular Fiction from Seton Hill University. She has since founded an independent boutique publishing house Ink Monster.

Aileen’s latest novel, Lunar Court, is the eighth installment of her USA Today bestselling series Alpha Girl, and is available now.

So listen in as Aileen and I chat about this awesome fantasy series and how to successfully write and publish your books through indie publishing.

In this episode Aileen and I discuss:

  • Using reader input to help you decide what story to write next.
  • How to change the point of view character throughout a series the right way.
  • Planning your world organically.
  • The series strategy in indie publishing, and why it works.
  • Producing a book as an indie boutique publisher from beginning to end.

Plus, Aileen’s #1 tip for writers.

For more info and show notes: DIYMFA.com/261

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