IndieView with Imania Margria, author of The Pacemaker

So, if I write a dark, depressing scene, the character’s feelings transfer to me, and I’ll be in a heavy mood for a while. Do you edit as you go or wait until you’ve finished? Did you get your book cover professionally done or did you do it yourself? First, I write out a general outline and figure out the titles of the chapters and how many there will be. I like to have a first draft for my records, and it makes easier for me when I type it up later. I would edit after each chapter. I wrote most of what I could remember down, and it transformed into this. One of these shadows is the curse which is responsible for claiming the several victims’ lives in unusual accidents. I’m Jersey girl born and raised. Plan the costs for editors and publishing (if you don’t decide to use Amazon and use Ingram or something). Did you hire a professional editor? She soon learns it’s not all glitz and glam when she discovers this academic paradise is swarming with dark shadows and deadly secrets. But after arriving, the dark shadows and deadly secrets looming underneath the serene façade of this academic paradise shows Minerva that her new life is far from the peaceful escape she thought it would be. The Pacemaker is about unlucky, amnesiac Minerva Walsh winning a full-paid scholarship to the college of elites, geniuses and scholars, Calendula University and having to learn to adapt to her new home. Follow my social media for more updates on locations: https://linktr.ee/imaniamargria. I do outline and make checklists. (I’ve been there done that.) They don’t realize that’s the easy part. Planning out a thorough marketing strategy and executing it is crucial to the success of your book. I’m going to try and be more active on social media and even make a vlog so they can see a little into my process and life. Were there any parts of the book where you struggled? Link to join is https://www.patreon.com/imaniamargria. ​Yes. This not only helps me connect with my readers but helps me get an idea about what they want, receive direct feedback, dedicate all my time to them and my writing, and create new high-quality content. I’m better at writing romance and action (mostly supernatural or fantasy) scenes than dark scenes because they can be emotionally draining. She learns about the curse haunting the university and claiming innocents’ lives in unusual accidents. I use a professional. Whenever I organize what I need to write or make checklists of what I need to get done, it makes accomplishing those goals easier and motivates me to finish them. Yes. If so, do you do so extensively or just chapter headings and a couple of sentences? I do listen to music. I have a process. I’m just recently becoming more active in social media and literary events like poetry reads. https://linktr.ee/eyesthebook It will be available everywhere books are sold. If yes, what gets the fingers tapping? Imania Margria – 19 December 2019
The Back Flap
Minerva Walsh forgot everything about her life before her eighteenth birthday. Not soon after learning about the curse, Minerva develops a strange ability that lets her control the fluctuations of time and space and enter a world outside reality. About You
Where did you grow up? Because as an indie author, unless you’re publishing with an independent publisher (not Amazon, Lulu or Ingram), you have to be the writer, editor, PR agent and so much more. January 2018. To solve the mystery behind Calendula’s curse, Minerva must use her new powers to investigate the secrets surrounding this elite school before the curse claims the lives of those close to her. Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window) Yes. You don’t have the same liberties that traditionally or indie authors published by an independent or hybrid publishers have. So, I made a Patreon page where my readers can subscribe for as little as 3 dollars and get one-on-one contact with me, access to exclusive canon content that won’t be released to the general public, opportunities to get a sneak peek at chapters of upcoming books or becoming a beta reader or an ARC reviewer. The Pacemaker was based off a nightmare I had. I make them public while I’m editing and marketing the books. I still live in Jersey. I try to create a marketing plan, but it depends on my budget. The Pacemaker was based off a nightmare I had. All characters are fictitious. How long did it take you to write it? Do you have a marketing plan for the book or are you just winging it? Are your characters entirely fictitious or have you borrowed from real world people you know? Next, I write out the separate outlines for each chapter and make chapter checklists for writing, editing, reading, rewriting, final editing, and final reading. The most important part is marketing your book and getting it to potential readers to get those first reviews and sales. Where did you get the idea from? Mentality wise someone who likes supernatural or fantasy mixed with some psychological thrills, romance, some sex, and lots of drama
About Writing
Do you have a writing process? The romantic and action scenes. Do you have a target reader? Then I read through the entire book and do a point edit before doing a final edit, rewrite, and read. Was it a particular event or a gradual process? If you use a service like Ingram, plan the name for the publishing name you want to use (because you are the publisher if you use their service and buy your own ISBN and barcode). What are you working on now? If so, can you please describe it? I also want them to become more involved in my development as a writer. Can Minerva unravel the mystery behind her forgotten memories and the school’s curse? Any advice that you would like to give to other newbies considering becoming Indie authors? But as she draws near the truth, pieces of her missing past come to light. For this new year, I want to connect more with my readers, and let them get to know more about who I really am. I used to not have a process, and it drove me mad. Minerva also gains a strange power which lets her control the heartbeats of time and space and enter a world outside of reality. For now, I’m kinda improvising. The dark scenes were difficult for me. ​ It took a bit over a year to finish The Pacemaker. It took me forever to get anything done. What made you decide to go Indie, whether self-publishing or with an indie publisher? The kind varies depending on the story and scene. For The Pacemaker, Panagiotis Lampridis from https://bookdesignstars.com/ made the cover. Currently, I’m doing final rewrites and edits on my romantic suspense novel, Eyes, so it could be released in the coming spring. Where do you live now? However, when Minerva receives a full-paid scholarship to the most prestigious school in the country, Calendula University, and is given a chance to restart her miserable life, she feels her luck has changed. I figure out the overall outline of the story then the chapters’ names and finally their individual outlines. Most newbie indie authors think you just need to write your book find a publishing company and release your book, then you’re done. When did you start writing the book? Or will she become its next victim? ​I’m a down-to-earth person who’s kinda shy. What would you like readers to know about you? About Publishing
Did you submit your work to Agents? I decided to go indie because I like being in full control of the publishing and marketing process. My target reader is late teenage years about 18+. Plan everything. About the book
What is the book about? And finally, I start writing everything out mostly in pen and paper first. Not just the book you’re working on. But I normally make playlists, under the names of the books I’m working on via YouTube of the music I listened to while writing. Do you listen to music while you write? I also like to have complete ownership of my work and not worry about it being tied to a specific publisher until my contract runs out or when I get lawyers involved to retrieve all rights from that publisher. What came easily? Since then, betrayal, hardship and strife plagued her life over the last five years, and good fortune was never on her side. Minerva must use her new powers to investigate the truth behind this curse before it claims more lives. I’m very sensitive to circumstances like that. Plan out the costs for book cover and interior design. No, not really. End of Inteview:
Get your copy of   The Pacemaker from Amazon US or Amazon UK. I also make checklists for writing, editing, reading, rewriting, final editing, and final reading. I will hire a PR agent for my upcoming works to help me market my books from Sep 2020- on. It’s been a hard, long learning process, but I love the freedom of being my own boss. I wrote most of what I could remember down, and it transformed into this. I’ve been absent on there for a while, because I’ve been caught up finishing The Pacemaker and learning to stand in front of a crowd again since I tend to do in-person events for my upcoming 2020 novels, Eyes and Scarlet Moon.   Since I’m not interested in working with a major publisher. Do you outline? I was born in Livingston, spent my first 12 years of my life in East Orange and then the rest in Kearny, NJ.