Michael Davidson has not only become a successful indie author, but has used his experience to create his own publishing company. Learn more about his imprint and his success in using book reviews to publicize his writing.
1. Pretend for a moment I’m a reader looking for my next book. Pitch me your book in five to ten sentences.
The last time I pitched my book I hit the batter. Just don’t say I didn’t warn you. Austin Nights is the unadorned love story of two people who move to Central Texas from Miami Beach, one lost, the other lost but with direction. And there’s a cat.
2. What motivated you to become an indie writer?
Other indie writers. Seeing them do it. Realizing it was possible.
3. Have you been traditionally published? Why or why not?
Some short stories of mine have been traditionally published, both in this country and in Canada. I went through the usual process of submitting material, getting an excited response from the editor, making changes, and getting remunerated with either contributor’s copies and/or a check. No matter how meager the check was, it, like the contributor’s copies, rocked. This was all the motivation I needed to keep trying.
After I wrote my first novel I sent out query letters to agents and got a couple manuscript requests. I remember Barbara J. Zitwer’s response. She represented (and still represents) the author of Matchstick Men, and she said if I worked on the pacing of my novel she’d like to read it again, but, as it stood, it didn’t work for her. Not fast enough.
Rather than work on the pacing, I tucked it away in a box and started writing other stories. It’s still in a box, high in my closet, and I never communicated with Barbara J. Zitwer again. Maybe, once I get done with this interview, I should send her a query letter concerning my latest novel?
4. How have you liked self-publishing so far?
Love it. Like anything else, you learn as you go along, and it feels great when you start seeing your work find traction in the Amazon rankings. Like there’s hope.