Guy Portman is relatively new to the self-publishing world but is already picking up a lot. Find out what he’s learned about effective use of social media and what he would do if he could start the process again.
1. Give me the “elevator pitch” for your book in five to ten sentences.
The following is the blurb for Charles Middleworth: What happens when Adrian, an actuary, has his banal and predictable existence turned upside down by sinister forces that he can neither understand nor control? How will he react to a revelation that leaves his life in turmoil? Will he surrender or strive for redemption in an altered world, where rationality, scientific logic and algorithms no longer provide the answers?
2. Why did you become an indie writer?
It seemed like the most rational decision considering the current publishing situation.
3. Have you been traditionally published? Why or why not?
I have not attempted to go down the traditional route. Charles Middleworth is not what I imagine publishers would necessarily consider a commercially viable commodity, like a vampire and/or erotica book for example.
4. How have you liked self-publishing so far?
It’s been a rewarding journey into the unknown. I have a great deal yet to learn and appreciate the fact that it is going to take time to generate sales.