New Zealand author Nancy George’s latest work is an intensely personal account of her terminally ill husband’s battle with cancer. Read about her book and the wealth of advice she has for new authors starting out.
1. Tell me briefly about your latest book – what is it about and what motivated you to write it?
My latest book is non-fiction. I usually write fiction/romance. My book is called The Silent Scream. This is my journey with my terminally ill husband who had cancer. I wrote The Silent Scream to help people who are about to take the same journey as me. I wanted people to know they are not alone.
2. How have your sales been?
Sales for this book have been going well.
3. You’ve chosen self-publishing. How have you liked it so far? Talk about some of the positives and negatives you’ve encountered.
I am on Amazon and I self-publish. With the help of my PA [publishing assistant] and my editor the process has been an easy one for me. So far nothing has gone wrong. Sometimes when you send your book to a traditional publisher it ends up in a pile and never gets read. By self-publishing you get your book out their for people to see. Plus you have control of the titles and the cover.
The major thing I learned about publishing was how big it is and how there are so many platforms. I am still learning. I will admit that without the help of my editor and PA I would never have known how large the publishing world is.
4. What sort of networking have you done as an author, and what have been the results?
I have left that up to my PA. I am on Facebook, Instagram, plus I have a blog. The results are good. Without them no one would know about my book.
5. Are there any marketing or networking techniques you’ve intentionally avoided or discontinued, and if so, why?
I am not on Twitter; it just does not appeal to me.
6. What are the most important things you’ve learned about publishing that you didn’t know when you started out?
When you self-publish on Amazon it is so easy to do. You just follow the steps. That was a learning curve. I was worried it was going to take ages. When in fact fifteen minutes later my book was on the market.
7. New authors face the challenge of getting their books into the hands of readers. What advice do you have for an author just starting out?
It is so hard when you first start out. You have no idea. When you write romance like I normally do, the competition is big. I am up against the likes of Cathy Kelly and Lesley Pearse. The list just keeps on going.
The first thing I would advise is you have to have a great book cover. Believe in yourself. Get a good PA. Always remember that they have the contacts. You also need reviews. Some will be great, and others bad. I got one bad review for The Silent Scream. I was told that it was a little entertaining. I think the lady did not get that this was a book to help people, not to entertain them. However, you have to take the good with the bad.
8. What other projects are you currently working on?
I am currently working on a box set of six books due to be released sometime in May known as The Widows of Birch Harbor. I really enjoyed writing these six stories.
9. How can readers learn more about your books?
Thank you so much for allowing me to talk to you all. My wishes for you all are to be safe, healthy and happy, and I hope all of your books are potential best sellers. Someone once said to me anyone can write a book. There are two little words that are so important “The End.” When you have typed those words then you can say, “I wrote a book. I am an Author.” God Bless.