Andrew G. is a science buff who turned his love of astrophysics into a sci-fi novel. In this interview he talks about the task of doing research for one’s writing and explains why he made a book trailer to promote his novel.
1. Tell me briefly about your book – what is it about and what motivated you to write it?
My novel, Entropy, is inspired by my love of science, particularly astrophysics. I read Michio Kaku’s (a co-founder of string theory) book “Hyperspace” when I was a teenager and it changed my life (as well as completely kicked open the door to my narrow perception of what reality is). After that I was hooked, I bought every other book Mr. Kaku has written and a lot more from other physicists such as Kip S. Thorne, who has done extensive research on wormholes and practical time travel. While the mathematics are far beyond me, having only taken three calculus courses and a beginner’s differential equations course in college, I am content with marveling at the concepts that are produced year after year in scientific journals and so forth. This novel is a culmination of my enthusiastic love of these related sciences as well as my fascination with the unknown. I’ve had the concept in mind since I was young, slowly building a story line in my head for years. However, it was just recently that I started writing it down into a novel.
2. How have your sales been?
Since I started (which has only been a week), it’s been about a book a day.
3. What has been your experience with traditional publishing?
Hated it. I tried really hard to have a children’s book published, but no one will even talk to you if you haven’t published before or aren’t represented. It’s a system that is biased and viciously subjective in my opinion. I queried 300+ agents and publishers and no one was interested in giving me the time of day…not one.
4. How have you liked self-publishing so far?
Loved it. It’s easy and more profitable. I feel that I have so much freedom with my work and I think that even if I do get an offer from a publisher, I would still stick with this. It’s a little more work, what with editing and marketing myself, but so worth it.