Robert Szeles wears many hats, including music producer, graphic designer – and, of course, author. Robert discusses the hard work that goes into self-publishing and offers bountiful advice for the new writer just starting out.
1. Pretend for a moment I’m a reader looking for my next book. Pitch me your book in five to ten sentences.
When a monogamous guy and a polyamorous gal are brought together by two of the least respected gods of Los Angeles, Love and Romance, they find themselves on the bumpy five-lane freeway to love, contending with a vengeful ex-girlfriend, a dominatrix boss, an irresistible TV star, an egomaniacal TV producer, Hollywood backstabbing, and the greatest obstacles of all: themselves! A sexy romantic comedy set in Los Angeles, where even gods are only as good as their last gig.
2. What motivated you to become an indie writer?
The state of the publishing industry is in tumult and I thought I had a better chance at publishing myself. Then if I have some success, I can always approach the major industry later with a successful track record, if that seems worth doing.
3. Have you been traditionally published? Why or why not?
I have had a couple short stories published. I haven’t pursued traditional publishing beyond that for the above reasons.
4. How have you liked self-publishing so far?
Liked? It’s hard. I imagine any kind of publishing is hard. There are things that are wonderful, like the freedom and creative control, and there are things that are terrible, like the long work hours, lack of budget and lack of support from a company and its resources. I can’t say I’ve liked it. I like being a writer and author. The publishing part is necessary if I want to be read, which I do. But some of it is fun, like creating the book covers, which I do myself because I’m a professional graphic designer. And my book trailer turned out fabulously, but it was two months of purgatory.