Smut and Publishing with Milli Gilbert

shift-007This week I interviewed Milli Gilbert, self-published author of Perfect Ten, Hopeless Romantic, and Shift.

JR: Have you written works in collaboration with other writers, and if so, how did it affect your sales?

writing.jpgMilli: I have done this. Under a different name. We’ve done a couple so far, and it’s been great fun! We already had a pair of short stories that were going to be tightly woven together, and we thought, “can we write one piece together, and if we can, how well will it work?” So… we did. The two are in the “let’s get them polished” phase, and we think they’re going to be absolutely great!

JR: I’m hoping to start my first collaboration this month. I can’t wait! Tell me about where your ideas come from?

MorphicResonanceField.jpgMilli: The short answer: Everywhere! The long answer: It could be anything – a commercial on TV, something someone said, a one-liner from my cousin’s husband (he’s great for them). A song lyric inspired one of my WIPs. Could be something on the news, or writing prompts are always good. Another of my WIPs (don’t ask – I have a lot of works in progress!) was from a prompt, and turned into something much bigger than a 500-word goof-off/procrastination/brain-stretcher.

JR: I’m the same: so many projects at once. What do your fans mean to you?

woman reading.jpgMilli: They’re everything! Their need for more helps push me along, helps hold me accountable to the deadlines I set for myself. I love their feedback and input. I love to interact with them on Twitter as well. I love to hear what they liked, what they didn’t like, what they want more of, and just interacting with them.

JR: Did you do a press release, Goodreads book launch or anything else to promote your work and did it work?

Milli: I don’t do as much advertising and promoting as I probably should, but I do blog about a release, and I also share the links on Facebook promo pages, and Twitter a few times a week. I notice I get more out of the first few times I promote than anything after that, but I still get those random reads and purchases, so… I guess it’s effective?

JR: I wish you luck!! What inspires you to get out of bed each day?

Milli: The quiet that envelops my house when I get my son out the door to the bus stop! Teasing aside, my life does revolve around my 2 kids and my husband, and our families. Writing consumes me from time to time, and I kind of don’t exist – especially when I’m on a deadline – but it really is about the family and a few close friends.

SAHM.pngMilli Gilbert is a stay-at-home mom who loves to play with words almost as much as she loves to play with her kids. All her stories involve romance, and maybe a little bit of mystery. Milli loves to write about cowboys and shifters. And smut. Don’t forget the smut. She can usually be found trying to find interesting ways to combine them.

Milli has several short stories published, and hopes to have her first full length novel out in late Summer 2017. She just took off after one of her couples to follow them around for a few months – but don’t worry, she’ll be back. If not, you can find her on  Facebook, Google+, and Pinterest, or follow her on Twitter. And of course, on her blog, Hairballs of Genius. She is also a regular contributor on Happy Author’s Guild.

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