JK Mikals, author of A Chip in Time, has found the self-publishing process enjoyable and educational. She discusses how she listed all the marketing tasks she wanted to use and which methods ended up on that list.
1. Pretend for a moment I’m a reader looking for my next book. Pitch me your book in five to ten sentences.
Unkempt, lonely and full of self-pity after her recent divorce, the last thing on Cybele’s agenda is saving the world. But saving the world is exactly what the Goddess of Time insists that she do. Dead bodies are multiplying in Xanadu and the surrounding loco-weed filled mountains. Fertility gods are reluctant to mate. And worst of all, her only supplier for the Sacred Brine Shrimp so key to all godly technologies (and addictions) has run mad and can no longer supply them. So when the goddess finds the naïve but well-meaning Cybele through a cosmic computer glitch, she is desperate enough to snatch the girl into the Akashic Records. There, an appalled Cybele is equipped with special cameras and a crew of ghosts, told to re-arrange certain life sequences for different outcomes and to film her efforts to prevent future rewrites. She is to give the head fertility god an attitude adjustment and then repair the time warp – she is to save the world. If you like sci-fi, fantasy and/or romance novels, don’t take it all too seriously and like to laugh, you’ll love this book.
2. What motivated you to become an indie writer?
I’ve always been a do-it-yourselfer. If I can possibly get my hands dirty with a process, then that’s for me. If I were a guy and had been born 50 years sooner, I would have done the freighter-around-the-world thing just so I could have that background for writing. I have really enjoyed learning how to publish and market.
3. Have you been traditionally published?
Hee. I guess you could say so. When I was a freshman in high school my brother found an essay I had written about our grandfather. I guess Bro thought it was pretty good, because he sent it off to Readers Digest. And they apparently also thought it was decent, because they published it in The Most Unforgettable Character section and sent him a check for $25. He never breathed a word until we were both in our forties. I was also privileged to write and edit a stack of computer instruction books, and a whole lot of software specs. As to novels, Chip is my first finished child and I obviously chose the indie route.
4. How have you liked self-publishing so far?
Self-publishing has been loads of fun for me. I published on Smashwords.com and on Amazon.com and have thoroughly enjoyed the experience.