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“What do you do when you’re not writing?’ we asked prolific multi-genre writer, Ruth Ann Nordin. “Not much else!” says Ruth. “A part of my ability to write so many books each year is that I eat, breathe and sleep writing. The remaining time is spent with my husband and kids, and of course, household chores.”

Ruth has now published forty romance novels since she began writing in November 2002. Her first novel was science fiction, which she followed with six fantasies and two Young Adult thrillers, but her primary love is romance.

Like a lot of authors, Ruth began publishing via a self-publishing service company (previously known as a ‘vanity press’). At her husband’s insistence, she needed to find a more cost-effective alternative to outsourcing the process, and discovered CreateSpace in 2008 then Amazon’s Kindle Digital Platform (KDP) and Smashwords. Through these channels, Ruth’s books now reach a previously unimagined global marketplace at minimal cost while she remains in control of the entire process.

So how does she write so many books each and every year? Ruth started out writing two to four books simultaneously dedicating a certain word count to each book each day for five to six days each week. In a typical day, she would write 1,500 to 2,500 words averaging six books at 50,000 to 70,000 words each per year. However, after attending a recent workshop on ‘sprinting’, a method developed by  V.S. Nelson, Ruth has been able to complete a first draft in approximately two weeks. After each book is drafted, Ruth takes a break for another couple of weeks to recharge her creativity, and for quality control Ruth has a panel of trusted editors.

Ruth is the co-author of Self-Published Authors Helping Other Authors, a blog focussed on story crafting, formatting, cover design, marketing, and support. Ruth is also a senior member of the Association of Independent Authors.

Connect with Ruth on her website, her blog, on Twitter and Facebook.

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