Annmarie McQueen has been self-publishing for about 5 months now. A young author, she has already had significant success with her sales, so I wanted to find out more about her book and how she has gone about marketing and networking.
1. Tell me briefly about your book – what is it about and what motivated you to write it?
Cold Water is a YA contemporary romance about a 16-year-old girl who runs away from home, only to faint and wake up in the house of a boy called Ash. She ends up staying with Ash and his mother for the summer, to escape her oppressive older sisters, and slowly ends up falling in love with him. However, it’s not all just puppy love; there are definitely some darker elements to the book, and the ending may not be quite what you’d expect. As strange as this sounds, I was inspired to write this book by a Pokemon fanfiction I read once when I was young. At the time I thought it’d be a good way to channel my teenage angst into something creative, so a few years later I started work on this book. Just to clarify, I’m nearly 18 right now and finished writing/polishing this book last year.
2. How have your sales been?
Incredible. Well, to me they are. I was honestly expecting to only sell 2 or 3 copies a week, but I’ve been selling on average 500 a month!
3. Have you sought an agent or any work with traditional publishers?
Yes, I tried querying agents for about a year in vain. I got a few full requests, but nothing more. Now that I think about, I should have gone back and edited more before querying.