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THIS MONTH WE'RE FEATURING MARC AVERY

Tell us about your writing journey. What is the difference between Marc of today and Marc ten years ago?


I'm way less naïve and much more knowledgeable. I walk into situations, and I know them in and out. I'm more disciplined and focused. 

Is there still a vast difference between Independent and Traditional Publishing today? Do you prefer one course over the other?


For me, it comes down to choice and control. What is your preference, and how much do you want to control? Traditional publishing puts me in front of more eyeballs, allows me the freedom to focus solely on writing, and offers me print distribution. Independent publishing gives you control, but it also comes with more responsibility. You're responsible for how well your project does. There is no one to blame. It all falls on you. With that said, I'm comfortable with either one.

Can you share your writing routine with us? Describe a day in the life.


When I actually sit still long enough, I put on some white noise (usually rain sounds or Tamia's first album) and write until I reach my daily goals. Lately, that's been getting through 5-10 chapters. I'm getting better at setting aside a block of time to be productive.

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How many books have you written? Which is your favorite?


At this point, I've written two books. I wrote a young adult novel called Redemption Lost, and I'm working on a crime fiction novel. I absolutely love Redemption Lost, but this new book is the one I've always wanted to write. My magnum opus.

What can you tell us about your work in progress?


I'm finishing up the first book of a crime fiction series set in Philadelphia. If everything goes right, I should be turning the manuscript in to my agent this April. 

What can we expect from you in the future?


A lot. Personal loss and the pandemic put me in a creative mindset. I have an untitled action & adventure novella I hope to drop in 2021. I also have a list of projects in various stages of completion. Stay tuned.

7. Do you have any advice for aspiring authors?


Three things:

1. Know what's unique about your book and exploit that.
2. Know your target audience and where they congregate.
3. Build a team that will help you on your publishing journey.

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Short Fiction Prize

 

The author of the winning story will receive $1,000 and a scholarship to the 2022 Southampton Writers Conference Additionally, the winning story will automatically be considered for publication in TSR: The Southampton Review.

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