Lee Barrett believes in the inevitability of self-publishing, embracing the new power that authors have to shape their own destinies. Learn more about his novel, how he embraces social networking, and the sort of marketing you should be doing as you write.
1. Give me the “elevator pitch” for your book in five to ten sentences.
Barge Pilot is a novel exploring modern fatherhood (at least, modern fatherhood prior to the Great Recession). Jack Webber is a mostly retired lawyer grappling with the dual burdens of chronic disease and a strained, almost non-existent relationship with his sons. Faced with the apparent suicide of Jack’s friend, who also happens to be the town drunk, Jack and a well-developed cast of characters try to find their way through the pitfalls of modern manhood.
2. Why did you become an indie writer?
With the exception of a few wild cards like J.K. Rowling and the like, there seems to be a real “career track” for becoming a professional, traditionally published author. Although writing has always been vital to my personal sanity, that was not a career track that spoke to me. In fact, I have sort of instinctively believed that I needed to reach a point in life where I finally had something to write about and that required that I have a career, a family, and engage in some of the great adventures that make up life.