Following the release of her book, Dr. Flores shared some insights on her writing process. Visit www.blogcritics.org for more on our conversation regarding social media and Facehooked.
What made you want to write this book?
I wanted to read this book but it wasn’t there. Every book I found was either for academics or telling you how to navigate social media. I kept waiting and waiting for someone else to write it and no one did. I kept talking to my friends about my concerns with Facebook and after about a year of this, they said I should write my observations down. Fear or no fear, I thought, I have to do this.
What were you afraid of?
I’m not a writer, I’m a therapist. But we all are writers, if you have a story to tell.
So this is your first book and did you have any help?
I had one friend in particular who helped me organize it. He helped me form the skeleton of the book, the proposal and helped me to find my voice.
How long did this project take?
It was a 3-year process. It took me a long time to start because of self-doubt in my ability to write a book, but it also took a long time because I interviewed many people and collected case studies for the book.
How did you go about getting an agent?
It was trial and error. I read the books on query writing and proposals and the same friend that helped me organize the book helped me with the query and proposal. I then emailed different agents based on similar interests to my book.
What was the publishing process like for you?
Well, I’m kind of a crazy anomaly. I had an agent in about 15 minutes. This agent was fascinated by the subject but I let her go because she wanted more of the highbrow book. I wanted to write a book for everyone not just academics.
Did that make you nervous?
What is your advice to aspiring writers?
To not listen to negativity. Thoughts are very powerful. “You will never find an agent. Never find a publisher.” I was scared enough. If I had listened to any of it, I would never have written the book.
Just write. Don’t edit. Just write. If you’re passionate, just do it.