Patricia Herlevi reflects on her music background as she discusses her book, Agnes et Yves: Ma Vie en Bleu. Learn how she makes marketing work without having to break the bank.
1. Pretend for a moment I’m a reader looking for my next book. Pitch me your book in five to ten sentences.
“French Kiss” meets arts journalism meets Parisian artists meets Katherine Hepburn. In hot pursuit of an affair with a Spanish Don Juan, Francophobe Agnes’ plans are derailed by a French painter and transportation strike. Bonjour Paris!
I wrote this novel as an old fashion style comedy with some mistaken identity, especially around “Pablo”, plots twists, and a surprise ending. I adapted the novel from a screenplay of the same title, but for the novel I brought back the mother character, and brought in more psychological baggage which I dealt with through comedy of errors.
2. What motivated you to become an indie writer?
Thinking back to my music career which spanned from 1986 to 1996, I have a knack for do-it-yourself projects. I also think that it is a real confidence builder to take on a project yourself and see how far you can take it. My motivation for going it independent with music came from a music industry with a closed door policy. I sent out over 50 demo tapes over the years, and received a large pile of rejection letters. I still wanted to record and perform music so I found a way to do that without a recording contract.
Now that I am authoring books, I thought I would see how far I could go on my own in building a target audience, and cooperating with other independent authors. The learning curve is steep, especially at my age, but I have to admit, I enjoy the challenges. Those challenges spark creative solutions.
3. Have you been traditionally published? Why or why not?
No, I have not traditionally published any books yet. I am not averse to publishing books traditionally. I contacted agents and went the normal route, receiving a fair share of rejection letters and some encouragement. Then a friend suggested I try Lulu. At first this felt daunting so then I went with CreateSpace instead. Since my novel has commercial appeal, especially for the Francophile markets, I don’t know the reasons why it has not been picked up by a commercial publisher or agent.