Tami Kidd believes authors should share marketing ideas. She shares her own ideas here and discusses her approach to completing writing tasks.
1. Tell me briefly about your latest book – what is it about and what motivated you to write it?
My latest work is The Diary of A.M. Zing. It’s about a young college professor who finds a box of old diaries in her aunt’s attic. The diaries, written by a young girl in the 1950s, become her obsession. She vows to return the diaries to their owner or the author’s next of kin. She soon discovers that the diaries are the focus of another’s attention and she is square in the middle of the mystery surrounding them.
After writing my first two novels, I wanted to have a new protagonist, a younger female character. The main character in my first two novels was an older woman.
2. How have your sales been?
The sales on my first two books were fair. I haven’t really had time to market them, so sales could have been better if I had the time to invest in promoting them. Working full time doesn’t leave a lot of time for writing or marketing.
3. You’ve gone the self-publishing route. Have you sought an agent or any work with traditional publishers? If not, why not? If so, what has been your experience?
I have not sought an agent. I don’t have the time to pursue an agent. Perhaps when I retire I’ll have more time to search for one.
From my family to yours, have a safe and Merry Christmas! Taking a break from posting for a couple days but I will be back with new interviews on December 26.
The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.
Here’s an excerpt:
600 people reached the top of Mt. Everest in 2012. This blog got about 9,600 views in 2012. If every person who reached the top of Mt. Everest viewed this blog, it would have taken 16 years to get that many views.
Click here to see the complete report.
My book, Love Train, will be available as a free download on October 17:
In a style his own, author Kris Wampler introduces this fast-paced and hilarious send up of the action-adventure genre.
When he boarded the 10:45 train, Vic Steelbrass had just one mission: learn PowerPoint by the time he reached New York. But when Anastasia Romanov walked into his life, fate handed him a different mission. Suddenly, he has to seduce a beautiful Russian, foil a madman’s bomb plot, AND learn PowerPoint. With countless – or at least more than a few – lives on the line, Steelbrass must prove love is worth believing in…and kill a whole lot of bad guys in the process. He woke that morning as just your average, ex-millionaire, alligator-wrestling, skydiving businessman. But his life would be forever changed when he bought a ticket on…the LOVE TRAIN!
Be sure to get your copy, and thanks so much for your support.
Who doesn’t love a good conspiracy? Indie author Simon Trinculo offers up a fresh batch of alternate explanations for the events of our day, and explains his approach to marketing and the writing process.
1. Give me the “elevator pitch” for your book in five to ten sentences.
The idea behind The New Conspiracy Handbook was to give fans of conspiracy theory some new ideas to wrap their minds around. You can only read so much about JFK or 9/11 or Area 51 so I felt like the market might be there for something fresh. And unlike many conspiracy books, I do not rely on any kind of “new” secret facts that only I am privy to. Every fact in my book is easily verifiable and most are common knowledge. What I did was take what we already know and create a new narrative to tie those facts together. TNCH offers 25 new theories in compact, easily digestible chapters. I tried to appeal to a broad audience by hitting a diverse array of topics, from politics to sports to the music world and more.
2. Why did you become an indie writer?
Thinking about and discussing conspiracy theories has long been a hobby of mine. Writing them down in book format seemed like the next natural step. Being independent helps with this type of writing because you don’t have to answer to another person who might want to suppress your ideas.
3. Have you been traditionally published? Why or why not?
No. This is my first book. I may consider submitting to a publisher in the future.
I’m pleased to announce the launch of my new e-book conversion business, E-Literate, specializing in formatting manuscripts for sale on the Amazon Kindle and Barnes & Noble Nook. Because this is a small business, the costs are lower and the turnaround time quicker.
Properly formatting your book is essential to making sure it’s readable on the Kindle and Nook. But the formatting process can be time-consuming and frustrating. That’s where we come in. We do all the intricate formatting necessary to turn your manuscript into a readable file on both e-readers. The file is then tested and re-tested to check for the highest accuracy possible. Finally, we send you the file so you can upload and sell it as an e-book.
Pricing is based on the length and complexity of the manuscript, but our rates are highly competitive. For more details or for a price quote, send us an email at indiewriting [at] gmail [dot] com, or visit our Facebook page. We look forward to doing business with you!
Love Train is now available for sale on the Barnes & Noble Nook!
I’m pleased to announce the release of “The Obituary,” a short story for sale on Amazon.com. Here’s the description:
When they receive news of their estranged father’s passing, Susan and her siblings must reconcile their feelings with his surprise death. But the obituary reveals only part of his story, and discovering the full truth will bring his past into a new light.
Thanks for checking it out!
My blog has been named a finalist in the 2012 Goodreads Independent Book Bloggers Awards. The list of winners and finalists can be found here. If you voted for my blog and/or asked others to vote, thank you for your support!
To those I’ve interviewed here – and everyone else reading – I’d like to request that you please vote my blog for the Independent Book Blogger Awards on Goodreads.com. The link is here.
If you are not already a member of Goodreads, you have to register, but this takes mere seconds and would be a great help to me. The link to register is here (after which you can vote at the above link).
This would be the first award for my blog if I win. And because you’ve been featured on the site, it would add prestige to your interview and possibly help drive traffic and sales. Just recently I was informed by an author that her interview on my site resulted in a book club purchasing 16 books from her! So I know the blog is having a real effect.
Please vote for me, and tell your friends and contacts as well. I sincerely appreciate your support.