Petra Kidd is a short story writer who is new to self-publishing but has already learned a great deal. She explains why marketing must be a constant focus of authors, why she doesn’t use KDP Select, and why she works hard to avoid spamming potential customers.
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.
The Eight of Swords takes you through Jayne Patchett’s thoughts and emotions when she arrives home to find a family of Romanian gypsies has taken over her house. It makes you wonder what you would do in the same situation. Her reactions might surprise you and you will be compelled to read on to find out what her actions are upon this discovery.
It’s a short story but a big story!
2. What motivated you to become an indie writer?
I had been studying the rise in e-publishing with interest for some time. The idea of having total control over the cover design, format and getting instant feedback particularly appealed to me. I am not a terribly patient person and I like to see results quickly.
3. Have you been traditionally published? Why or why not?
I wrote a couple of novel manuscripts around ten years ago and spent some time sending them out to agents only to receive rejections. Although I was keen to carry on writing, I’d just started a business and that took over my life so seeking a traditional publisher went by the wayside. In a way I am glad I didn’t have success at that time. With hindsight I can see how much my writing has improved and I have learned a lot over the past ten years. I wrote a weekly column for the Eastern Daily Press around five years ago and that was a real turning point for me. It was very encouraging to have such a large regional paper be prepared to pay me for my writing and it gave me confidence to continue.