David Therrien is a writer in the inspirational Christian genre who is looking to become professionally published. He explains which methods have worked and which haven’t, as well as what indie authors should prepare for when they’re ready to market.
1. Tell me briefly about your books – what are they about and what motivated you to write them?
I see so many hurting people in my life and this world. There is a lot to take their minds off of their problems (for a while) but not much to change the way they see their problems. I like to write true stories based on biblical principles to give people a more encouraging and optimistic outlook on life. All is not forsaken. They can salvage their lives and live in hope.
2. How have your sales been?
The books I’ve been able to sell, a few hundred of each title, are from my own personal marketing.
3. You have not been traditionally published. Why?
I am in the process of looking for a professional editor so I can submit a few of my titles to a traditional publisher. I believe I have a few titles that would hit the mark with quite a few people.
4. You’re relatively new to self-publishing. How have you liked it so far?
I love writing. I feel it is something I can offer to my fellow-man. Everyone can make a contribution in some way and writing is my way. (I hope).
5. What sort of marketing techniques have you used to sell your books, and which ones have been most successful?
I have used Facebook, to no avail. I have used the newspaper, to no avail. I have used the radio, to no avail. I believe it is my faithful following that just keep buying my books.