Nancy Popovich’s latest book, Malice & Murder, developed from a spy series she wrote and is currently the focus of her marketing and promotion energy. Read about her methods as well as the learning curve she experienced as an indie writer.
1. Pretend for a moment I’m a reader looking for my next book. Pitch me your series in five to ten sentences.
If you enjoy reading the adventures of ordinary people caught in extraordinary circumstances, continuing characters that grow and evolve, and the escapades of a group of agents from various intelligence agencies, you will love the four books in the Spy Series (Spies & Lies, Secrets, Backlash and The Puppet). The action moves them back and forth from Canada to England, and Paris. Family ties take on new dimensions as our intrepid group reacts to the situations and revelations thrust upon them. The climax of the last book in the series, The Puppet, is the springboard for my latest book, Malice & Murder.
2. What motivated you to become an indie writer?
See #3 below.
3. Have you been traditionally published? Why or why not?
I have not been traditionally published, and it was not for lack of trying. I could paper a room with rejection slips – and not all agents and publishers answered my queries. After a length of time, I stopped beating my head against that particular brick wall. My stories sat on my computer for almost ten years.
In answer to #2, when I discovered that it was possible to indie publish, I took the plunge, sink or swim.
4. How have you liked self-publishing so far?
I like the control of self-publishing. But it requires dedication, business sense and hard work. Make no mistake, the fun part is writing, but self-publishing must be approached in a business-like manner. A self-published author must do for themselves or hire assistance for all that is done by traditional publishers—professional editing, beta reading, cover design and publicity.