S.P. Jayaraj knows the hard work it takes to make it as a self-published author. Find out how he uses book fairs and Patreon to attract more readers.
1. Tell me briefly about your book – what is it about and what motivated you to write it?
My book is a story about Gradni, a young elf orphan boy who blames dragons for all the pitfalls in his life. He is determined to destroy them, but he struggles on this journey when he learns that the dragons are not the villains he was brought up to believe. It is a coming of age story in a high fantasy world that is influenced by global mythologies.
2. How have your sales been?
Initial sales were pretty decent considering that I’m still learning about how to market this book in a way that suits me.
3. You’ve gone the self-publishing route. Tell me more about that and how you got into it.
I did initially start sending my book out to agents, and though I got some positive responses, ultimately agents did not think it was a good fit for them. I understand that an agent really needs to feel a unique connection with a book to be able to represent it. I wonder if part of the problem was the vastness of the world that the story is set in which might have seemed overly ambitious and thus hard to trust which I do understand. I could have continued to look for an agent and believe that I might have found one that way; however, I wanted to get this book out there into the world so that I could work on following it up with more stories of Adijari.