Angelica Markus has crafted her own writing style from the stories she loves. Read about her marketing techniques and why she says you may need more than one editor.
1. Tell me briefly about your latest book – what is it about and what motivated you to write it?
My novel The Watcher is part of an urban fantasy series (the Fleur De Lis saga), and I am writing eight books in total. I have always enjoyed reading and watching movies about vampires and martial arts. My favorite stories have heroes and villains in them with a bit of historical fiction. Stories with siblings have always seemed to capture people’s attention differently than other stories. Also stories with main characters that lose their parents, like Spider-Man, Batman, Superman, etc. In other words, my main characters are siblings that lost their parents when they were young.
I studied history as my minor in college, and I added a secret vampire world that takes place in NYC. That’s where I lived most of my life. They say write what you know.
Here is my synopsis:
Skye Davenport is no ordinary thief. She has the ability to foresee danger, and she believes stealing from the wicked is justice served right. Her life takes a different turn when she brings her brother, Christian, on a dangerous mission that leads them to a supernatural world of the undead. A war has been going on for centuries, predators lurk within the shadows, hiding and waiting for the right time to attack. Skye knows that she and her brother are the only gifted humans that can stop this war, but there are more filthy beasts to catch, murders to uncover and secrets to be revealed. What happens when the hunters become the hunted?
2. How have your sales been?
The Watcher, is a long book, and I tend to sell more audio books in Audible the most.
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 still have to market myself just like with any publishing, but I don’t have to pay an agent and Amazon gives authors good royalty prices.
4. What sort of networking have you done as an author, and what have been the results?
With marketing I think using Amazon is best and I market with ads on Facebook and Instagram. I do not use Twitter, even though I have an account. I don’t think it works best for me.
I do enjoy giveaways with book boxes that have a signed copy with gifts that pertain to the novel. The cover of my book has a Fleur De Lis and people like to win gifts with that flower on them.
5. If you could do one thing differently in publishing your books, what would it be?
If I could go to the past I would not use my first editor. She had graduated from Full Sail University but did a terrible job at editing. I ended up getting two more editors. And that would be my advice to people is to make sure you have more than one.
6. 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?
I speak to everyone about my book and post daily on social media. Best way to find out about my book would be on Facebook, Instagram, Amazon and Goodreads and my website.
7. What other projects are you currently working on?
I am working on the second book to my series and it’s called The Lost. I am also working on a single book, a historical fiction that takes place in the 1920’s. It’s called Angeline.
8. How can readers learn more about your books?
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