Sarah Archer is a traditionally published author who is working to build her brand with a new book. Learn more about her experiences and her advice for relying on fellow writers to shape your craft.
1. Tell me briefly about your latest book – what is it about and what motivated you to write it?
My first novel, The Plus One, is a rom-com with a sci-fi twist. It’s about a brilliant robotics engineer who, when pressured to find a wedding date, takes matters into her own hands and builds one. Then she starts to fall for him. This was an idea I had a few years ago and immediately knew would be fun to write. It’s been a great way to explore how classic romantic tropes are transformed in our modern world. And a solid excuse to spend way too much time Googling articles about AI and robotics.
2. How have your sales been?
The book just came out on July 2nd, and is currently available in stores and online. It’s still early, but we’ll see how the sales go!
3. You’ve decided to use a traditional publisher for your book. Why did you choose this versus self-publishing?
I’m extremely lucky to be publishing my first book with Putnam. As a newcomer to this space, I’ve found their support and expertise invaluable. However, if traditional publishing hadn’t worked out, I would happily have pursued self-publishing. I come from a film and TV background, where it’s almost impossible to get something made without a team of people. In publishing, you know that if you write a book, you have guaranteed ways to get it to an audience as long as you’re willing to do the work. Having that light at the end of the tunnel is very motivating.