Sylvia Day Shares Writing Advice

By Jason Boog Comment

As Sylvia Day published Entwined with You this month, we caught up with her for a video interview. She shared her success story as a self-published author, offering some advice for aspiring writers as well.

Since she landed a book deal with Penguin’s Berkley Books imprint, she has sold more than 7,000,000 copies in English the last ten months. Here’s an excerpt:

I try to convey to [my readers] all the time how grateful I am. Because I know they can spend their hard earned dollars on any book. If they’re going to spend it on mine and then spend the next few hours of their life with it, the least I can say is “Thank you” … Gratitude goes a long way. Never forget that you are where you are because your readers are there for you.

You can watch the whole video interview embedded below.

If you want to listen to her advice, we also published the interview as our Morning Media Menu podcast today.

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You can watch the video in the player embedded below as well. Here’s more from the interview

I spend a lot of time on social media, I’m on Facebook everyday, I’m on Twitter everyday. I answer emails as time allows. I travel a lot. I go to a lot of conferences and conventions to meet with readers directly.

She concluded:

I use those tools of social media and interaction, that may not be the best for some other writers. Some writers may hate interacting on social media. And if you do, don’t do it because it shows. If you are uncomfortable being out in public, that shows too and makes the reader uncomfortable. So find the best way for you to connect with your readers and a way that you enjoy. And do that.