I am just in awe of self-published authors. They have such tenacity and passion. Writers are realizing that it's not that hard to publish a book yourself and with all the possibilities out there to get your book published without the help of a book publisher, they are saying it's now or never. I have an author here today to talk about his self-publishing journey. His name is Morrie Richfield and his book is called Mr. Breeze. I reviewed this book a few weeks ago. It is definitely an eye-opener.
Thank you for this interview, Morrie. You self-published your latest book, Mr. Breeze. Would you please tell us why you chose the self-publishing route?
I really did not have any other option, I was unable to even get a literary agent or publishing house to even read Mr. Breeze. You either need to be a known writer or know someone in the industry to have any chance of being published.
Take us through the process. You had an idea for your book, you wrote it, then you decided to find a publisher. What were your experiences with that? Or did you decide to self-publish without looking any further?
Oh I tried for months to get an agent or a publisher all I ever got were rejection letters. I am sure no one ever read my book.
What different online stores carry your book?
Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Sears, even on Ebay
Do you think that having your book self-published makes any difference to the media? Are they open to interviewing self-published authors or reviewing their books?
Yes I think it does some reviewers think that if your self published your work is not up to par. In the Philadelphia area where I live the media is not interested in my book because of that. Very foolish and shortsighted in my opinion.
Authors who go the traditional route have an edge over self-published authors in regards to distribution to bookstores. How did you handle that as a self-published author?
You hire services to help you but in the end unless your book becomes a hit you will always be behind as a self published author.
On the other hand, self-published authors have the edge over traditional books in the regards that the author has all the control. I’d like to begin with your cover. Did you make it or did you have someone else design it? If you had someone else, can you tell us who it is?
I told them what I want they made a few different designs and I chose the one I wanted.
Did you get someone to format it for you or did you do that?
Someone did it for me.
What was the hardest challenge for you to self-publish your book?
Getting the edit done right.
What steps are you taking to promote it?
I have PR firms on both coasts, using a virtual book tour, social media, radio interviews, and a new website
What has been the best marketing tool or method you have used that has resulted in the most sales?
That remains to be seen I have just started all this. I imagine when Mr. Breeze becomes a film that will probably be what brings the most sales.
Do you have any advice you’d like to share with other self-published authors?
Yes, never give up on your dream.
Thank you for this interview, Morrie. We wish you much success!
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