Frank Biasi became a novelist following a successful business career. On February 23, his novel, The Brother-in-law, advanced to the next round in Amazon’s 2012 Breakthrough Novel contest. Frank discusses his three-phased marketing approach and how pricing figured in to it.
1. Pretend for a moment I’m a reader looking for my next book. Pitch me your book in five to ten sentences.
Just days before the catastrophic events of 9-11, and after months of meticulous plotting, a disguised Bart LaRocca inflicts vengeance on his brother-in-law, the powerful and unscrupulous Mafia boss, Al (aka Little Nicky) Nicosia. Bart then vanishes without a trace.
The Brother-in-law is a fictional, suspense-filled, forty year saga of an Italian-American couple and their son, whose lives are caught up and shattered by their insidious family association with the New York Mob.
2. What motivated you to become an Indie writer?
I believed I had an entertaining story but was frustrated by not being able to find an agent interested in getting it before an audience.
3. Have you been traditionally published?
This is my first attempt a putting out a commercial product. As I said, I have been unable to find a literary agent willing to pitch my work.
4. How have you liked self-publishing so far?
The whole experience of writing and publishing has been the most rewarding thing I have done since I retired from my business career. Perhaps that is because it was never one of my goals or objectives, nor did anyone have expectations that F.X. Biasi Jr. would be a published novelist.