Author Interview, Katie Salidas


Author Interview #12, with Las Vegas native & paranormal author, Katie Salidas!

Describe yourself in 5 words:

Quixotic, Quirky, Quizzical, Quotable, Quick.

Share a short excerpt and blurb of your work (10-100 words):

My “baby”, my debut novel Immortalis Carpe Noctem was released in March.

BLURB: Bleeding to death after brutal mugging on the campus of UNLV, twenty-five year old Alyssa is rescued by the cold and aloof vampire, Lysander. Taking pity on her, he shares the gift — and curse — of immortality.

She awakens as a vampire and is soon devastated by harsh realities of her new way of life: the loss of her friends, her independence, and her humanity.

As if having her humanity stripped away was not enough to make life interesting, Alyssa finds out her “turning”, did not go unnoticed by the rest of undead society. Old enemies; an ancient sect of vampire hunters, known as the Acta Sanctorum, as well as a powerful Vampire mistress, each set plans in motion to destroy both Alyssa and Lysander.

Only by accepting her newfound immortality, seizing the night, will Alyssa hope to survive. She and Lysander must fight together against two sets of enemies bent on destroying them both.

Share an excerpt of your favorite author’s work (10-100 words):

I’m a huge fan of Patricia Briggs. The book that hooked me was Cry Wolf.

Product Description (from Amazon) — Anna never knew werewolves existed until the night she survived a violent attack — and became one herself. After three years at the bottom of the pack, she’d learned to keep her head down and never, ever trust dominant males. But Anna is that rarest kind of werewolf: an Omega. And one of the most powerful werewolves in the country will recognize her value as a pack member — and as his mate.

Comment on the writing versus publication process, in your experience:

Writing is definitely the easy part when you compare it to publishing. While writing encompasses plotting, critiquing, editing and rewriting (a huge task all to itself), publishing is a much harder process. With publishing, you not only have to create the physical book for people to hold, but you must also convince people to read it. The marketing aspect, often overlooked by new authors, is the hardest job of all. It takes time, effort, and a lot of courage to get your baby out there into the world and read by others.

What is your definition of “good writing”?

Good writing means crafting a story that really draws readers into your world. It means using all five senses to make your readers step into the characters shoes and become them for the time they read your work.

Please share your #1 tip for writers:

Just write! Lots of people talk about wanting to write but they have a million reasons why they can’t do it. The writing part is easy. Sit down and put pen to paper or fingers to keys. Like the Nike ad says, “Just Do It!”

Your websites/blogs/etc:

Find me online at the following links —
Author Blog
Publisher’s Website

Much thanks to Ms. Salidas for the chat!


Kindle Updates


1. Note to previous customers:

If you purchased a copy of EyeLeash or 4:Play from July 2009 – April 2010, let me know if you would like to download an improved version (the main additions would be a linked table of contents, author Q&A, and slightly better looking formatting). I’ll send you a coupon code to download the Kindle file via Smashwords.

2. Reasons for my recent tweaks to Kindle editions:

a) I recently noticed a new category for Kindle Books (Web->Blog), which is EXACTLY where my first book falls under, lol. The previous keywords/categories I used were absolutely abysmal (I never thought to include the keywords “instant messaging,” even though EyeLeash *is* a blog/IM novel).

b) I don’t think all Kindle customers necessarily own a Kindle at the moment (I, for instance, read on the PC via Kindle for PC). The formatting for my first two books is quite “elaborate” — there are chat transcripts and poetry excerpts, which require a different style and structure from a straight narrative.

c) Saving my original .doc file as a filtered web page HTML keeps the original formatting — however, all the line breaks disappear when the file is downloaded onto Kindle for PC. I like having the line breaks (on PC at least) because they’re easier on the eyes.

3. Kindle DTP (Digital Text Platform) takes a while to propagate (like servers and URL/domain names)…

The above screenshot reads: “Most titles take between 24 to 36 hours to become buyable.” During this timeframe of 24 to 36 hours, I am unable to edit the Kindle file/categories in any way. I have to wait (24 to 36 hours = an eternity, in the electronic world!) till the new categories are in, then check if they help improve the visibility of my book.

Again, EyeLeash is the trickier one to categorize (it falls under contemporary romance, YA fiction, blog, internet — you’re allowed a maximum of 5 set categories, so I’m trying to make THE best selections).

This reminds me of SEO for websites. I had the same problem — I’d make page/post titles all fancy and “creative” — which ultimately resulted in the pages not being well indexed by Google (which means lesser visibility for your page/post/product/etc).

I will take a maximum of 5 days (until 10 May 2010), before I let the categories for EyeLeash settle.

4. Conclusion:

Yes, I have learned my lesson, and will be more precise with the formatting for future works (both print and electronic versions), as well as the keywords/categories for the best optimization. I tend to be quite gungho/zealous when executing a project, which can get in the way of effective planning with the details…

P.S. The gungho-ness comes with a “Just Do It” / “Get It Done” attitude. Next step = “Make It Work” (as Tim Gunn quips in Project Runway).