Ted Gross is a short story writer who’s busy with a variety of writing projects. In this interview he offers a laundry lists of recommendations for indie writers to successfully get their books out there.
1. Pretend for a moment I’m a reader looking for my next book. Pitch me your book in five to ten sentences.
Ancient Tales, Modern Legends, a short story collection by Ted William Gross, presents the reader with engaging and thought-provoking stories spanning the ages. Covering subjects of love, loss, pain, desire, need, frustration and hope, these stories are meant to entertain as well leave an indelible impression upon the reader.
This is not a book to dismiss easily. Enjoy it, grow with it. You will, in turn, be haunted by it and the stories will remain with you long after you have closed the pages.
As almost all authors will tell you, their work in writing is a labor of love. “Ancient Tales, Modern Legends” is a collection of stories that were written over many years, sometimes in great pain, sometimes with great joy, and is certainly a labor of love for both the author and the reader. As colleagues read them, and some were published, I was prodded to publish the rest. It is my hope that they will make you, the reader, stop and think, perhaps just about the waywardness of life. They all are short stories in the pure art form of this genre.
2. What motivated you to become an indie writer?
I followed the industry for many years. I have watched the indie book explosion. I have also closely watched the trends. My feeling is that the days of traditional publishers where they were the “bully” on the block has come to an end. It is an age of “let the reader choose”. You can write just so many query letters, have just so many books accepted and then cancelled on you before you either give up or find another avenue. Indie book publishing offers another avenue. And it is becoming more and more legitimate in the eyes of readers. And certainly easier to actually go through the “publishing routine”.
In the end, simply a matter of practical thought and decision.
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