IndieView with Kasen James, author of How to Pull the Stick Out of Your Ass

Henry Pun-Off World Championships. I’m a pun master, having competed in the 2017 O. I knew I wanted to incorporate puns into my flow. Infusing wordplay and social media allusions throughout came easily to me, and made writing this book super fun!

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We all know how important it is for writers to read. Are there any particular authors that have influenced how you write and, if so, how have they influenced you?
When did you start writing the book?
Initially, I signed up to with a book development firm. I reached the point where I wanted the freedom to be blunt about the message I was sending, and write in a way that’s true to my sense of humor. However, I decided to part ways with the book development firm because I didn’t get the sense they wanted their name attached to a project that brutally poked at such a sensitive subject.
While this book may take less than an hour to read, be careful not to skim through. Otherwise, you may end up missing the biggest double meaning of all!
I hired a second set of eyes to proof-read it.
At first, I started with headings and a couple of sentences. When I started extensively lining out the story, it was a breeze for me to type up. I found that didn’t work for me, because I kept getting stuck.
Are your characters entirely fictitious or have you borrowed from real world people you know?
During early discussions regarding the message of my book, I stopped to ask myself: “If there’s one thing I wish I would tell most people if I had the chance, what would it be?”
Did you get your book cover professionally done or did you do it yourself?
Our power as a nation lies in how well we can agree to disagree, and co-exist in peace. I’m sure I’m not the only one who has lost relationships because of Trump. However, it’s important to keep in mind that no generation has ever completely agreed on a president. While I can empathize with my family member’s position and the millions who feel similarly, I think there are smarter ways to resist than pushing loved ones away. I’m not Trump’s biggest fan, and think he’s caused this country far more division than he’s ever been worth.
Do you edit as you go or wait until you’ve finished?
Creativity can’t be chained, and shouldn’t be censored. Write the book that you want to write, not that someone else wants you to write.
I told the main story with as few bullet points as possible, then re-outlined with more detail. Writing the outline was definitely a process. Through writing this book, I realized the best approach for me is to start as simple as possible.
Where did you grow up?
What came easily?
Pull the stick out of your ass. Honestly?
Any advice that you would like to give to other newbies considering becoming Indie authors?
Do you have a writing process? If so can you please describe it?
I was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Millennials who like puns, Cards Against Humanity, satire, smoke weed, and generally have a politically incorrect sense of humor.
I designed the cover myself. Naturally, it’s a pun.
My favorite book is Seth Godin’s The Purple Cow. As a marketer, I tend to prefer business books. Truly, it inspired me to dig deep and find what makes me purple.
It took me a few months of trying story lines, revising outlines, drafting content, and meditating on my personal goals, before I finally figured out the message I was   trying to send and how I wanted to deliver it. Once my final outline came to be, it probably took me about 2 weeks to write and edit my book.
About Writing
Where did you get the idea from?
I wanted to make a statement about the art of comedy and society’s ability to take a joke …
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Save for a few corrected typos, the final draft is the published version. I did a lot of editing as I went.
If yes, what gets the fingers tapping? Do you listen to music while you write?
So, I’ve been forced to wing it. I found a grey-hat method of running some social ads for it, but the title is considered too *CoNtRoVeRsIaL* and *PrOvOkInG* by most platforms to be marketed directly.
I gathered a lot of inspiration by reviewing social media and news stories from over the past two years. I folded everything into my story, once I finally had that fully outlined.
Did you submit your work to Agents?
If you had a negative reaction to the title of this book, you’re exactly who needs to read it the most.
Additionally, Kathy Griffin has always been one of my favorite comedians. I wanted to make a statement about the art of comedy and society’s ability to take a joke, because ironically, the media and society have figuratively cut off Trump’s head every day with the hate they spew towards him.
What are you working on now?
About the book
Do you have a marketing plan for the book or are you just winging it?
Do you outline? If so, do you do so extensively or just chapter headings and a couple of sentences?
Who wrote the rule that says a book has to be 100 pages or more? Also, I’m too ADHD to write a full-length book. It took me a while to find my voice as a comedy writer.
How long did it take you to write it?
About Publishing
Specifically, I have a family member that has strong beliefs about how the world should work that limits their ability to get along with others and laugh in the face of adversity. He doesn’t understand how his own family could begin to agree with ideals that go against his lifestyle. He takes everything personally, even when it’s not directed at him. More specifically, he cut other members of my family off because they support Trump. Obviously, they’re no family of his.
I started writing the book in May 2018.
Right now, my go-to Pandora station is Bazzi Radio. Sometimes I listen to music, sometimes I don’t.
I’ve also recently become a contributor for BuzzFeed, along with a couple other websites. I’m currently in the process of recording my debut demo CD, to be released some time next year. It’s a collection of songs I’ve written, where every lyric is a play on words.
Did you hire a professional editor?
Political correctness has been killing our country, along with the careers of comedians. In this brief yet brutal roast of our generation, comedy writer Kasen James throws caution to the wind – putting a refreshing, Millennial spin on the art of satire.
Intended as a gag gift that doubles as a thought-provoking read, it tells the story of a Special Snowflake struggling to recover from the results of the 2016 US presidential election. How to Pull the Stick Out of Your Ass is a politically incorrect political satire. Eventually, he discovers a magical methodology that helps him to learn to become great again.
This could be considered a brief history book, because I didn’t make anything up. That’s the best/worst part – I told the story exactly as it played out.
Was it a particular event or a gradual process? What made you decide to go Indie, whether self-publishing or with an indie publisher?
Rich with double meaning, How to Pull the Stick Out of Your Ass depicts the downward spiral of a Special Snowflake after the 2016 Presidential Election. Eventually, he discovers a magical methodology that helps him learn to become great again.
Kasen James –   28   December   2018
Do you have a target reader?
Were there any parts of the book where you struggled?
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