Today I have a guest with me that I am super excited about. Kathryn Bax (who writes under the pen name Kathryn McMaster) is Co-founder and Business Development Manager of www.onestopfiction.com (a One Stop place for Readers and Writers). I read her debut book “Who Killed Johnny Gill” a good few months ago, and as I researched the author I found her site as well as an author support group that she runs for Fiction writers. I am a memoirist myself, but reading all about her and everything that she is doing with the site gave me huge insight into the world of writing, publishing, self publishing and marketing for writer and authors, I have learnt so many tips from her that it is hard to remember what I learnt from whom, and in reality a huge chunk of it has come from either her or one of her many followers.
Her site is in it’s infancy but appears to me to be growing from strength to strength very quickly, so I thought that I would ask her to share with us a few things…
Me: Hi Kathryn, Thanks so much for answering my questions today. Can I ask you why you started your web site? Isn’t it just one of many that are similar that can be found all over the internet? … and what gaps are you achieving to fill in the market place today?
Kathryn writes: We all like to read free and discounted books, don’t we? Who doesn’t like a bargain? I co-founded One Stop Fiction for two reasons. The first was to provide readers with quality books at discounted rates, the other was as an author I was frustrated at the lack of places I could be seen, other than my own author Facebook pages and website. How could I make sure that my book was on a permanent website, rubbing shoulders with books from my peers? Along came the idea for the website.
However, 9 months ago, the idea hadn’t even been born yet. I was still frantically trying to finish my first novel. Once I was nearly finished I realised that I needed some ideas on how to market it. There was no point in writing a book that nobody would see.
So I paid a squillion to join a course on book marketing only to be bitterly disappointed. It had not stated on sign up that the course was primarily for non-fiction writers. I took very little away from the course and felt rather disgruntled. I was not the only one. Other fiction authors were very unhappy too.
So, being the rebel that I am, I decided to break away from the group and start my own Facebook group where we could all learn from each other and share marketing ideas. The group soon grew to well over 1000 members. However, after listening to the feedback from the new group, there seemed a need to provide a platform where writers could connect to readers and vice versa.
I had built and run several websites of my own before this. I was no stranger to HTML and website jargon. However, I knew that we needed a site that would be more than a ‘mom and pop’ venture. We needed something slick and professional, easy to use and attractive to look at.
In the previous disgruntled group were two very special people; Shaun Griffiths, a Young Adult author who would become our Content Manager, and Alex Okros; an author of short stories (still unpublished) and the published author of a time-management book.
We fast became Internet friends. One day I said to Alex that I was thinking of starting up a website for authors. He said that he too had had the exact same idea. I said that it was all very well and good to have lofty ideas but website platforms did not come cheap. Who would we get to build it? He started to chuckle and said, “Oh, didn’t I tell you? I am a computer programmer and my girlfriend designs websites.” Sometimes, some things are just meant to be.
The website was released to the public on 8/8/2016 which we hope is an auspicious date – not that we are at all superstitious! Already hundreds of books have been added to the site and we are thrilled to see how many people have entered our monthly competition to win a Kindle eReader Paperwhite worth $119. The competition is open to all, no matter where you live. There is no joining fee, and to say thank you for your subscription you have a choice of 30 free e-books to read.
So please come and join us, have some fun, and be prepared to find some great books!
By Kathryn Bax (Pen name Kathryn McMaster)
Co-founder and Business Development Manager