Keith Anthony Baird On The 5 Things You Need to Know to Become a Great Author

You need to know your market first and foremost.

Kristin Marquet
Authority Magazine
Published in
9 min readOct 18, 2022

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My advice to anyone would be: Do your homework. Study the market. Pinpoint what’s actually happening within your chosen field. What’s trending? What direction is the market moving in? No one can predict the marketplace per se, but you’ll be better off if you’re armed with knowledge than simply going in blind.

As part of my interview series on the five things you need to know to become a great author, I had the pleasure of interviewing Keith Anthony Baird. Keith Anthony Baird is the author of The Jesus Man: A Post-Apocalyptic Tale of Horror (Novel), Nexilexicon (Novel), And a Dark Horse Dreamt of Nightmares (Book of Shorts), This Will Break Every Bone In Your Heart (Novelette) and Snake Charmer Blues (Short), and a psychological/horror novella titled A Seed in a Soil of Sorrow. His works can be found on Amazon and Audible.

The Diabolica Britannica horror anthology was his brainchild, in which you’ll find his own contribution Walked a Pale Horse on Celtic Frost. 2021 saw the release of the Diabolica Americana and HEX-PERIMENTS anthologies, the latter in partnership with author Ross Jeffery. He is currently querying a dystopian/cyberpunk novella titled SIN:THETICA and writing a vampire-themed novella with fellow British author Beverley Lee. His dark fantasy novella ‘In the Grimdark Strands of the Spinneret’ is to be published via Brigids Gate Press in November 2022. He lives in Cumbria in the United Kingdom, on the edge of the Lake District National Park.

Thank you so much for joining us! Can you share a story about what brought you to this particular career path?

I’d always felt there was a book in me, which is the typical thing a lot of people feel but never get around to actually doing. The idea for my debut was something I’d formulated around the age of nineteen. I began to put it down on paper back then but shelved it as my life went in a different direction from that point on. It wasn’t until aged forty-five…

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Kristin Marquet
Authority Magazine

Publicist and author based in New York City. Founder and Creative Director of FemFounder.co and Marquet-Media.com.