Sylvia Ramsey is a 17-year bladder cancer survivor who uses her experience to both shape her writing and advance cancer awareness. She offers multiple ideas for marketing and compares the indie and traditional routes.
1. Pretend for a moment I’m a reader looking for my next book. Pitch me one of your books in five to ten sentences.
This one is for the new book, Traveling a Rocky Road With Love, Faith and Guts:
Let me share with you what a couple of reviewers said after reading the book. The first was Dr. Aman Kay: “Taking the rocky road with Sylvia is a joyful challenge. It takes the reader through the most common and uncommon hardships, but at the conclusion of this delightful journey, the reader feels more joy and satisfaction: Love, faith, and incredible guts turn the rocky road into an assuring path that all of us so humanly desire. This book is so uniquely universal in every essential aspect that I enthusiastically recommend it to all readers regardless of their age, gender, and race.”
The second reviewer sent me an email saying, “I just read the book, wow!”
2. What motivated you to become an indie writer? Have you been traditionally published? Why or why not?
I am a cancer survivor of 17+ years. I have been writing for years. I have had by-lines, feature articles, short stories and poetry published since I was about nine years old. I was reading at an open mic, and the editor of a small publishing house liked my poetry. My first book, Pulse Points of a Woman’s World, was thus published. Because I had been working for several years to establish a foundation for bladder cancer, I was giving all my proceeds from my royalties toward this endeavor. After a couple of years, the publisher decided to return the publishing rights to me because of what I was doing with my royalties. That was when I decided to become my own publisher of my books. The latest book being Traveling a Rocky Road with Love, Faith and Guts.
3. How have you liked self-publishing so far?
It doesn’t seem much different than using a traditional publisher. Regardless of the route you go, you must still do you own marketing (unless you have lots of money to hire a publicist). That holds true both ways as well.