A.D. McLain writes across a variety of genres, most notably in paranormal romance, and has seen both the indie and traditional sides of publishing. She discusses her latest work, Suriax, and explains the variety of direct marketing tools she uses to reach new readers.
1. Pretend for a moment I’m a reader looking for my next book. Pitch me your book in five to ten sentences.
If it was legal to kill, would you? Welcome to Suriax, a city where killing is accepted as normal and laws mean everything. Kern must grapple with questions of morality, destiny and a queen who wants him dead. Throw in a pact with a god and you have an event that will change the people of Suriax forever.
2. What motivated you to become an indie writer?
I love the freedom to set my own prices, run my own contests and free promotions, design my own cover and have control over when the book is released. Whether you self-publish or go through a publisher you have to do almost all your own marketing. The only difference is how much you get paid for your work.
3. Have you been traditionally published? Why or why not?
I went through publishers and agents for my first two books. That experience was disappointing. The marketing my publishers did for me was miniscule, and I was constantly sent emails on how if I just paid them x amount of dollars they would do some additional marketing. After six years of doing all my own networking and learning everything as I went along, I met other authors who went the self-publishing route. The free services provided by sites such as Smashwords and Createspace are a far cry from the vanity publishers of the past. There isn’t as much of a stigma now in self-publishing. I don’t think I will ever go back to the old way. I learned a lot from my other publishers, and I don’t regret the experiences, but I am glad I have another option.