Marques Peterson believes that if you can’t find a story you really like in a bookstore, you should write it. Find out more about his marketing efforts and why he believes you have to invest in your own product for it to be a success.
1. Give me the “elevator pitch” for your book in five to ten sentences.
I think the best way to tell you about my story is to tell you how I came up with this idea. Toni Morrison once said, “If there’s a book you really want to read but it hasn’t been written yet, then you must write it.” So I began to outline and I created a character that must go through hell to accomplish his goals. So I started thinking, what if a cunning, bold, twenty-one year old sorcerer witnesses his mother’s death to save his skin? It would make him very angry because he was too weak to save her and it would also make him vindictive because now he wants to get his brother for what he has done to her. But, since his mother is gone now, he also has the burden to save the world because he must collect the ancient stones of immortality before his brother can.
So the sorcerer begins his adventure to pursue each stone and make a few friends along the way, but trouble arises when they arrive at Westco village. The captain of Westco, having arsenals of deadly arrows and an army of guards, tries to stop them at any cost. Then there are other beings like the ferocious vangal birds that try to eat them; the tyranny preventers, Ober and Nob, which will do whatever they can to stop them; and the cold-hearted aurettas whose powers seem unstoppable – will the sorcerer and his friends ever collect the stones? This is exactly what happens in my book, Cold Spirits: Greed Vs. Passion.
2. Why did you become an indie writer?
I became an indie writer because I wanted to experience how it would be to publish my own book.