Episode 119 – Heather Day Gilbert is a fiction and nonfiction author who talks about boxed sets.

Show Overview

  • Heather Day Gilbert is a successful fiction and nonfiction author who has a keen eye for marketing. She likes indie publishing and wrote the Indie Publishing Handbook. In fiction she writes historical, mystery and romance suspense. After getting her start in 2013, she now has 10 books and has contributed to several boxed sets. In this interview we talk about her writing process, getting ideas, indie publishing pros and cons, and a lot about boxed sets.


  • Fiction, nonfiction, blog, and boxed sets

My Books

My Writing Motivation

  • They are stores I really wanted to tell. Some books I write for fun, creating characters and other worlds.

On Writing Series

  • If people get hooked on the first book, then they will read straight through the series. If the first book sells really well, then the quicker you can get more book out in the series the better.

On Being an Indie Author

  • You have to work hard. You must have an outstanding cover, blurb, and basically a product to really stand out. Don’t publish too soon. Take the time to get it edited.

On Boxed Sets

  • Typically, boxed sets are novels or novellas. They can full length books or novellas by a group of authors.

The Point of Boxed Sets

  • The point of boxed sets is to [help readers] find new authors.

The Value of Boxed Sets

  • It’s tapping into the power of mixed marketing with the participating authors. We are all bringing our newsletters of people who are reading our books. The goal is to gain more readers.

The Best Advice on Writing I Ever Received

  • An agent told me the ones who get published are the ones who don’t give up. It’s very true. As a writer the minute you give up and don’t write, or indie publish, or query agents, then it’s over.
As a writer the minute you give up and don’t write, or indie publish, or query agents, then it’s over. @heatherdgilbert Click To Tweet

My Best Advice for Struggling Writers

  • Writing is difficult. It can be very discouraging when you don’t hear anything back and are not getting any bites. If you can’t stop writing, just keep writing.

My Last Piece of Advice

  • Your really have to be your own advocate. You can’t leave that job to an agent, or editor, or marketer and think that they are going to believe in your book like you do.

What Writing Success Means to Me

  • The more you achieve things that you think would show that you are a success, that’s not really the satisfying thing. I’d like to look back on my life and know I didn’t waste this gift of writing.

How To Find Me

About Heather from Her Amazon Author’s page

  • Heather Day Gilbert, a Grace Award winner and bestselling author, writes novels that capture life in all its messy, bittersweet, hope-filled glory. Born and raised in the West Virginia mountains, generational story-telling runs in her blood. Heather writes Viking historicals and contemporary mystery/suspense. Publisher’s Weekly gave Heather’s Viking historical Forest Child a starred review, saying it is “an engaging story depicting timeless human struggles with faith, love, loyalty, and leadership.”

From My Perspective

  • In the show’s From My Perspective segment I talk about following Heather’s advice about boxed sets.

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