Paul Fox is a science fiction and fantasy writer who stays busy with new writing projects. Paul explains why he has avoided using press releases and instead focuses his marketing campaign on email and social media.
1. Pretend for a moment I’m a reader looking for my next book. Pitch me one of your books in five to ten sentences.
I have a quick-read fantasy novella, Sea-Change, that’s available as an e-book or paperback. It is the story of a young bride-to-be, betrayed by her fiancé, who escapes her captors and makes use of ancestral lore to change her dismal fate and seek revenge. By invoking the ancient powers, she becomes, in fact, the son her father never had. But she has only two weeks, until the time of the new moon, to get back to her home country and confront her betrayer before the spell ends and she becomes a woman again.
2. What motivated you to become an indie writer?
My initial motivation was to publish a small collection of poetry, which is a hard sell by the traditional routes. I wanted it available to present as a surprise Valentine’s Day present to my wife. This first book was only available in PDF format, but I learned enough from the process to encourage me to self-publish again in 2011. This past year (2011) I expanded that first book of poetry and published it as a second edition. Further, I had a novella-length story that proved to be too long for most magazines and too short for traditional book publishers, and so self-publication seemed to be the answer. To date this has been, I think, a good choice.
3. Have you been traditionally published?
No, I haven’t, at least not yet, been traditionally published; not with book publishers at any rate. I do have a magazine credit as one of 14 authors who collaborated on a story-in-the-round that appeared in the Jan-Feb-March 2010 issue of Golden Visions Magazine of Science Fiction and Fantasy.
4. How have you liked self-publishing so far?
The best part is that you know where you are in the process at all times. I’ve also had to learn a lot about such things as: book and cover design; e-book requirements and distribution strategies. And then there’s the marketing. Overall I like the control one has over the final product.