Michael Meyer

Michael Meyer has published three novels – two humorous and one international thriller – for the Amazon Kindle.  His Amazon page can be found here.

1. Tell me about your books.

Covert Dreams is set in Munich and Saudi Arabia.  A series of frightening dreams is somehow linked to murder.  The Famous Union is a rollicking romp through the halls of academia, where what is what is not.  The Survival of Marvin Baines is a whimsical look at one man’s coping with midlife.

2. How have your sales been?

I hope they will grow.  I depend completely upon word-of-mouth.  Once people know about the existence of my books, I think sales will get much better.  I have complete faith in my writing, but it takes time.

3. Have you tried to publish your books through traditional publishing houses?  If so, describe your experience.

No, I have not.

4. How would you describe your experience with self-publishing in general and Amazon Kindle in particular?

I love it!  I am in complete control of my own writing.  My wife bought me a Kindle, and it was love at first sight.  Amazon has been a terrific partner for me.  Their support staff is awesome.  They seem to always be there for me when I need help.

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Brent Mann

Brent Mann is the author of three published books:  “99 Red Balloons… and 100 Other All-Time Great One-Hit Wonders” (2003), “Blinded by the Lyrics” (2005) and “Lessen the Loneliness” (2011).  He recently agreed to an interview about his books and experience with self-publishing.

1. Tell me briefly about each of the books you’ve published.

“99 Red Balloons” and “Blinded by the Lyrics” were put out through a Manhattan publishing house called Kensington under their Citadel Press imprint.  “Lessen the Loneliness,” my first e-book, was self-published.  I worked with a literary agent to sell “99” and “Blinded” to Kensington, while no agent was involved with my e-book.

As the title indicates, “99 Red Balloons… and 100 Other All-Time Great One-Hit Wonders” is all about pop music one-hit wonders.  Marc Cohn (“Walking in Memphis”), Dexys Midnight Runners (“Come on Eileen”) and Maurice Williams & the Zodiacs (“Stay”) are among the dozens of one-hit acts featured.  When this book was released in 2003, VH-1 was, purely by coincidence, airing a highly-watched series hosted by William Shatner that was a countdown of one-hit wonders.  That really helped the sales of my book.

And this is quite interesting: I received a number of e-mails from people who told me they were at their local bookstore, saw “99 Red Balloons” on display and bought a copy because they remembered hearing about it on those William Shatner one-hit wonder programs.  Only thing is, my book was never mentioned on VH-1.  Shows you the immense power of national television to create a buzz about a subject in general (like one-hit wonders) and put it out there in the pop culture atmosphere.  And the funny thing is, I was living in New York City at the time.  I had a meeting with marketing folks at VH-1’s offices in Midtown Manhattan about tying in “99 Red Balloons” with their one-hit wonder series as kind of a companion book, but nothing ever came of the meeting.

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Love Train – available now on Amazon.com!

I’m pleased to announce that my first book, Love Train, is now available for purchase on Amazon.com!  The link is here:

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B005X3G3PK

The book’s description is as follows:

When he boarded the 10:45 train, Vic Steelbrass had just one mission: learn PowerPoint by the time he reached New York. But when Anastasia Romanov walked into his life, fate handed him a different mission. Suddenly, he has to seduce a beautiful Russian, foil a madman’s bomb plot, AND learn PowerPoint. With countless – or at least more than a few – lives on the line, Steelbrass must prove love is worth believing in…and kill a whole lot of bad guys in the process. He woke that morning as just your average, ex-millionaire, alligator-wrestling, skydiving businessman. But his life would be forever changed when he bought a ticket on…the LOVE TRAIN!

And be sure to like Love Train on Facebook, too:

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Love-Train/282379161782742

Thanks for reading!

-Kris