Interview #67, with writer/editor/publisher/reviewer, Clayton Bye!
Describe yourself in 5 words:
Driven, Contrarian, Writer, Teacher, Friend.
Share a short excerpt and blurb of your work (10-100 words):
The Town of Me
My days have been
the passing of dreams,
not quite real clouds
built of smoke and dust,
marking each pained
but gritty footstep
with rasping laughter
to steal away
the life-blood of
this aging ghost town,
thoughts raised without form
walk through my halls,
echos of silence.
Copyright © Clayton Clifford Bye 2012
Share an excerpt of your favorite author’s work (10-100 words):
Nature’s first green is gold,
Her hardest hue to hold.
Her early leafs a flower;
But only so an hour.
Then leaf subsides to leaf.
So Eden sank to grief,
So dawn goes down to day.
Nothing gold can stay.
- Robert Frost
Comment on the writing versus publication process, in your experience:
Writing is easy and Publishing is easy. It’s what comes after each event that’s hard. I typically write for 3 months, but then edit and construct for 9. I send the manuscript to the printer and I’m published. Now I must spend a year marketing the book.
Some might say, well…that’s because you self-publish. They would be wrong. The process is identical for all successful writers.
Yes, it’s non-stop work (lol!). What is your definition of “good writing”?
Good writing evokes — new thoughts, strong emotions, and it touches and brings to the surface deeply held beliefs.
Please share your #1 tip for writers:
Write every day, or at least work on a writing related activity.
And you can find me everywhere on social media.
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Much thanks to Clayton Bye for stopping by — do visit Clayton’s Website for more info on him and his projects!
CLAYTON’S BIO: Clayton Bye is a writer, editor and publisher. The author of 9 books and a varied collection of short stories, poems, articles and hundreds of reviews, he recently published an anthology of excellent short stories by some great talents from around the world. Mr. Bye also offers a wide range of writing services, including small business management for writers.