Stuart Carruthers, author of As the Crow Dies, had two very good reasons for skipping the traditional publishing route: speed and creative freedom. He explains why reviews are important and why you should create a buzz around your book before it’s released.
1. Pretend for a moment I’m a reader looking for my next book. Pitch me your book in five to ten sentences.
A high speed, action packed novella set in China. Hong Kong resident and journalist Harry Patterson is sent to investigate a mundane story about a new CEO at a technology company. But when there’s a murder and the secret service are involved, Harry’s world gets turned upside down and it leads him to discover more about the underbelly of China than he ever knew.
2. What motivated you to become an indie writer?
Fear of rejection! But seriously I think it’s a sure fire way to get your book out to the public in the quickest time.
3. Have you been traditionally published? Why or why not?
No. I opted not to spend my time touting the book to agents for a couple of reasons: (i) speed; it takes a long time to get an agent and then if you get lucky, sell it to a publisher who then takes a year to get it to market (ii) I have more creative freedom; if the book doesn’t sell, I can revise the description and the content to push things in a different direction.
4. How have you liked self-publishing so far?
It’s early days, I only published the book at the end of January, so I haven’t really come to grips with marketing it or myself.