Hi Katrina:
 
I found your article, "Why Self-Publish? very informative and written in a concise way which is very appealing.  While I'm reading, I see AuthorHouse and two other self publishing sites beneath your by-line and a list of other sites in the right margin, (ads by Google).  I then read, "How I Got My First Novel to Print", and that one got me wildly curious.  So I'd like to know:  Which self-publsihing organization/organizations have you worked with, who do you favor, and why?  Re:  Who gives you the most for your bucks, marketing, if any, trustworthiness, etc.

When I published my first novel Liquor House Music in 2004, it was through Trafford Publishing.  I had spent months researching various self-publishing and P.O.D. companies and decided on Trafford.  I had a great experience with them.  The customer service was excellent, and they produced a great printed book. 
 
Just recently, in March 2007, I published a series of short stories, a short story collection, and a novel through Amazon and its P.O.D. company, Createspace.  I have had a great experience with them also.  Their publishing platform is very user-friendly, and their customer service is excellent also.   
 
I think Amazon’s publishing company gives writers a great bang for their bucks because there is virtually no upfront costs to publishing with them as opposed to Trafford and other P.O.D. companies.  That sold me.
 
While reading an excerpt from "Rock," I see you use dialogue and narrative descriptions that are deemed politically incorrect these days, yet the terminology is pertinent to the era of the story and the setting, as is To Kill a Mockingbird: Where do you get your material from?  Who is your target audience for your books?  How and where do you do your marketing?
 
I realize that a lot of the content of my works is not “politically correct” by today’s standards, yet I sought to create stories that depicted history accurately and realistically. 
I want my audience to read my works and believe that my stories could have happened the way I have written them.  I hope I have done that. 
 
My target audience ranges from teenagers to the Baby Boomers and over.  People who have lived in the South or who have some connection to the South can relate greatly to my stories, many indicating how much the stories remind them of their childhood growing up in the South. 
 
To market my works, I spend a great deal of time promoting on my blog, Facebook, Twitter, Goodreads, and the Indie Writers United group on Facebook--that is my sanctuary. 
 
I'd like to mention at this point I read "Gone With the Wind" when I was twelve, which inspired me to pursue my writing passion.  Years later, when I read "To Kill a Mockingbird", I found that novel to be more descriptive and accurate in terminology as opposed to the sugar coating Margaret Mitchell seemed to use while writing GWTW.  So:  What are your thoughts about GWTW, and what impact, if any, did either TKAM or GWTW have on your career as an author?  (Just between us, I love the movie GWTW  and watch my dvd whenever the spirit moves me).
 
I remember the first time I saw “Gone With the Wind.”  I was in the fourth grade, and we went to the movie theater to watch the movie.  I really was impressed with the movie.  However, being that young, I had no concept of the impact that slavery, the Civil War, and racism  had on Blacks during that period.  Many of the horrors of that time period were as you put it “sugar-coated” in the movie, so it made me feel that the 1800’s were a wonderful time and place for Blacks to live. 
 
When I read “To Kill a Mockingbird” in high school (one of my favorite books), it described many of the negative aspects of race relations in the South. Having written it from a child’s point of view made it less intimidating, yet more believable.  Both books changed history, and that is something I aspire to do in my works. 
 
I'm sure many of us newbies would also like to know:  Who is reviewing your books before you submit to a POD or other self-publsihing company?  Who do you recommend, with the experience you have behind you?  Details, please.
 
I have a few beta readers (a co-worker, an English Instructor, and an avid reader) that read my works and provide feedback on the plot, characterization, story structure, etc.  They are wonderful as they understand me and my writing style, so it works out so well.
 
Now that you've five published books behind you and have achieved Platinum Author status, have you realized your dream to be an author?  What does it feel like since many of us haven't reached that pinnacle yet?   
 
I wish I could say that I have achieved that platinum author status in terms of sales, but I am not there yet.  I just started self-publishing in March 2011, and I am trying to find my niche in the sea of great indie authors.  I keep hearing this phrase: “It’s not a sprint; it’s a marathon.”  That is so true. Many indie authors don’t come out of the gate making millions of dollars.  I wish that were the case.  I consider myself a newbie as I am learning much more now than I did with my first publication in 2004.
 
And going forward, what's next for KP Williams?  What is your ultimate goal?
 
My ultimate goal is to continue writing the stories I like to write and having total control over the publication and marketing of my stories.  I hope to one day make a living from my writing.  As for now, I need to keep my day job. 
 
Newest Publications
 
My most recent publications are a short story titled Miss Carmelia Faye Lafayette and my novel Bootlegger Haze. They both went on sale today at Amazon
           
Please take a peek at Some of My Favorites to meet Katrina Parker Williams and also visit katrinaparkerwilliams@wordpress.com for exciting information about September first's book launch, The Musings of a Southern Gal, and other wonderful stories!