Gary Goldstein turned his personal struggles into an inspiring story about the wages of addiction and the mistreatment he endured in prison. Learn more about his unorthodox and creative marketing approach and his advice to new writers.
1. Pretend for a moment I’m a reader looking for my next book. Pitch me your book in five to ten sentences.
Jew in Jail is the remarkable true story of the nearly six years I spent incarcerated for robbery, which was a direct result of my past addictions to alcohol, drugs and gambling.
If you are fascinated by prison tomes, this book is for you. It deals with not only the ins and outs of the New York State prison system, but my attempts at recovery from a lifetime of alcohol, drug and gambling abuse, all the while dealing with the constant prejudice and mistreatment I experienced at the hands of the corrections officers and my fellow prisoners alike. If you have ever been an addict, or know a family member, spouse, friend, or co-worker who is currently battling an addiction, then this book will open your eyes and provide insights into this dreaded disease, and what it takes to get clean and sober. Read Jew in Jail today. It just might save your life, or the life of someone you love!
2. What motivated you to become an indie writer?
I had a story to tell, and wanted to help people avoid all of the mistakes and pitfalls I made in life.
3. Have you been traditionally published? Why or why not?
No, Jew in Jail was self-published through CreateSpace. As a first-time, unknown author, I found it difficult getting accepted by traditional publishers.
4. How have you liked self-publishing so far?
Being hands-on, I like the fact that I am involved in every aspect of the process. But, by the same token, doing so much of the work pertaining to the marketing of my book leaves little time for anything else.