Paul Mila, author and underwater photographer, makes the ocean an integral part of his writing. Although he uses social media, he also makes presentations at trade shows and speaks before groups to market his book. He discusses this and a host of other techniques he suggests.
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.
Dangerous Waters is the perfect book if you’re looking for an enjoyable, easy beach read while relaxing under a coconut palm. Appealing to divers and non-divers alike, the story is a fast-paced, action-adventure thriller about a young woman’s struggle to overcome adversity. Dangerous Waters has all the ingredients for a gripping undersea adventure: ferocious sharks, friendly dolphins, nefarious criminals, and enough chemistry between an athletic, sexy heroine and a bold, yet sensitive, hero to spark romance in the steamy Caribbean.
2. What motivated you to become an indie writer?
I accidentally fell into the indie class as a result of deciding to forge ahead despite rejection from the traditional publishing channels.
My philosophy: I’d rather be self-published than non-published.
3. Have you been traditionally published? Why or why not?
Nope. Why not? It’s not for lack of trying, since I sent numerous query letters to agents for each of my three novels before deciding to self-publish. Who knows why the traditional community of agents and publishers rejects authors and manuscripts? They have many reasons.
4. How have you liked self-publishing so far?
Self-publishing has been both wonderfully rewarding, and also extremely frustrating.
Rewarding because of the many unsolicited e-mails I’ve received from readers who enjoy my books, and from the incredibly interesting people I have met, and with whom I have become friends, along my literary journey.
Frustrating because you are continually fighting the never-ending credibility battle: convincing bookstore to carry your books, convincing reviewers to review your self-published book, convincing people to buy your book.