Briefly describe your journey in writing your first book.
I’ve been writing for myself since I was a child. I never had any plans to let anyone read anything I wrote outside of family. To be honest, up until recently, I didn’t like my own stuff. It was only after I finished Demonspawn, which was also my first book written in first person, that after proofreading, really felt that others might like it too. After plenty of revisions and proofreading, I decided to send it off to different agents, and got no response. I’ve seen how popular eReaders are becoming, so I decided to try my hand at publishing myself.
Did you query agents or traditional publishers before publishing on Amazon?
Yes I did, and got no response back. I’m hearing more and more about some of the trouble that traditional publishers are in, because of eReading. I definitely think it’s the future.
What factors influenced your decision to self-publish?
Besides my lack of response, learning more about the Kindle, and eReaders in general, helped cement the decision for me. It seemed that as long as I just wrote a good book, and let people know it existed, I could possibly be successful (of course, I’ve learned there’s much more to it than that since then).
Will you try to garner a traditional publishing contract for any future books?
I don’t believe so. I’m guessing my manuscript for Demonspawn (my first novel) is still floating in a few “to be read” piles on agents’ desks somewhere. But for any future works, I don’t believe I’ll even try that route.
Did you design your cover art? If not, would you care to share your graphic designer’s information?
I did not design my own cover art. I was browsing through canstockphoto.com when the illustration just jumped out at me as being a nice cover. It was done by the user “dundanim”.
How did you feel when you got your first sale? Are you pleased with sales so far?
I felt great when I got my first sale. I’ll be honest, I’m not pleased with my own sales (I imagine everyone feels they can do better). It seems to me a key factor to sales is getting reviews. Of course, it’s hard to get those Amazon reviews without getting sales. It’s a fun cycle.
What kinds of social media [twitter, facebook, webpage, blog, writing forums] are you involved with trying to garner attention for your book(s)?
Even though I’m a technology nerd, social media is still a new thing for me. I have my own website I’m trying to constantly add content to, and I try to keep up with Twitter as best I can. I’m also active on the Kindleboards website.
Besides Amazon, are there any other sites where your books are for sale?
I also participate on Smashwords, a great site for sales. I like the fact that on Smashwords, you can at least get an idea of who’s sampling you as well.
What’s next for you?
I have two things I’m working on now, and also ideas always coming from my wife. Right now I’m about 2/3 done on a zombie novel that takes place in the future, after the undead have destroyed everything. After that, I’m toying with the idea of a paranormal mystery type story, about a man who can see far away places in real time. Hopefully both novels will be out in 2011.