IndieView with Kyle Bagsby, author of Autumn Eternal

I went from writing epic fantasy to children’s literature because I had a change of heart. However, unknown to Kip, adventure was waiting for him just around the corner. Do you outline? Why yes I do, and it goes something like: incredible breakthrough, coffee, concern, amazed at my own thoughts, more coffee, hate my own thoughts, utter despair, bliss, cascading confusion, wing it, stronger coffee, and done. Rarely, music usually distracts me and then I tend to write in whatever mood the music is in rather than letting the story progress. At times I struggled to make the characters feel real. Do you edit as you go or wait until you’ve finished? What came easily? People are often weary of independent publishing and you have to gain some trust with people to get them to look into your work. Where did you get the idea from? Autumn Eternal is recommended for children ages 8-12 and grades 4-8. I strived to create characters that kids could relate to. If so, do you do so extensively or just chapter headings and a couple of sentences? Along, the way they run into some trouble, and end up having to more or less save the world from certain doom. Do you have a target reader? Get your copy of   Autumn Eternal from Amazon US or Amazon UK. And then there’s the part where I don’t always play well with others. There are some samples on the Facebook page. Yevhen Karpenko created the cover and illustrated the book. Apparently, I’m really getting ahead of myself. Are there any particular authors that have influenced how you write and, if so, how have they influenced you? Do you listen to music while you write? Slow and steady, don’t expect immediate results. Why yes I do, and it goes something like: incredible breakthrough, coffee, concern, amazed at my own thoughts, more coffee, hate my own thoughts, utter despair, bliss, cascading confusion, wing it, stronger coffee, and done. And as if that’s not strange enough, all the birds around the town and through the woods mooed like cows, instead of chirping or squawking like birds are supposed to do. What made you decide to go Indie, whether self-publishing or with an indie publisher? If so can you please describe it? 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) A little of both, as of today (April) Autumn Eternal is sitting at #255 on Amazon in Children’s Fantasy, and that’s a number that I am proud of. If I get stuck, I will immediately jump to something I know I’m ready to write, and then I’ll go back later and fill in the blanks. About Writing
Do you have a writing process? Started writing Autumn Eternal in November of ’17. Strange things were common there but no one seemed to notice, except for Kip that is. About Publishing
Did you submit your work to Agents? The main characters are 100% made up; however, some of the supporting characters were pulled from people I know or have known. Do you have a marketing plan for the book or are you just winging it? Many of the ideas and concepts came from another project I was working on and the rest mostly fell into place. As far as writers go, Neil Gaiman is my hero. Any advice that you would like to give to other newbies considering becoming Indie authors? We all know how important it is for writers to read. When did you start writing the book? I don’t want to wait to edit but for my sanity to remain intact I must wait. I have a growing fan base that I am very thankful for. And don’t be afraid to ask for help. I’m really not sure how he influenced me, but I’m sure there’s some of him in there. I decided to go indie when I got my first offer from a publisher…it was horrible. Did you get your book cover professionally done or did you do it yourself? Kyle Bagsby – 23 May 2018
The Back Flap
Of all the places to grow up, Kip Carringer spent his youth in the secluded little town of Arno. Was it a particular event or a gradual process? I’ll do chapter headings and a few sentences. Adults will enjoy it as well. Kip was determined to uncover the secrets of the town, all while trying to convince his best friend Marleigh that he wasn’t crazy. Adventure that would be filled with pie stealing creatures and a dark, dark looming shadow. Autumn Eternal is book one of The Fantastical Stories Told Beneath the Willow Tree series, which includes a collection of stand alone middle grade fantasy books. The writing process took around four months and it took another month of editing and formatting to bring it to completion. How long did it take you to write it? In Autumn Eternal, we meet Kip Carringer who is determined to uncover the secrets within his town with the help of his best friend Marleigh Belle. Did you hire a professional editor? About the book
What is the book about? I try and save most of the editing for the end because I’ll drive myself crazy if I try to edit while I’m writing. I do thoroughly enjoy constructive criticism though, and I would rather hear what you dislike about it and why than hear praise. Were there any parts of the book where you struggled? And as referenced in the aforementioned question, if I get hung up somewhere I’ll jump to a spot where I know I can write without it affecting something I haven’t finished. The story, once I got it started it basically told itself. Indie was my back up plan and I was going to leave it on the market for a while, but when that happened I declined and decided it was time to go solo. End of Interview:
For more from Kyle, like his Facebook page. In all seriousness, I like to write rather freely. I sure did, submitted Autumn Eternal to A LOT of agents. I will say he played a part in motivating me to finish this book. There was a witch living in the woods and all year long it was Autumn. If only I could move up 254 spots and my book would be next to Harry Potter. If yes, what gets the fingers tapping? Are your characters entirely fictitious or have you borrowed from real world people you know? There are 16 illustrations within the pages of Autumn Eternal and they are fantastic, you should go see for yourself. Each book can be read separately, but they form a bigger story when read together. I’m going to claim to be a semi-professional editor, I have a background in education and I can sit back and see my work for what it is most of the time.