When I decided to become an author some 12 years ago, I didn’t think I’d end up starting my own publishing house to publish my books. So in addition to the artistic process, I find myself dealing with the business of selling and promoting my debut novel The Little Light.
My very first author interviews are out. If you’re interested in hearing more about my literary influences as well as the journey that led to the making of The Little Light….
The Little Light has emerged from the Cosmic Womb and made its way into the world. And now it’s time to get it into the hands of readers. YOU! Yes, you. And your friends, and your family, and everyone that you know… Seriously…
Not everyone is going to love your book. You can’t please everyone and nor should you try. I’ve heard people criticise authors like JK Rowling and Paulo Coelho about finicky little things and it’s always surprised me when people can’t see the big picture. There’s a lot of unwarranted elitism in the book publishing world, and many readers shun books that are a commercial success and label it ‘trash’ – which I think is overlooking the value that some books brings to a popular audience. It may not be your thing, but if a book manages to engage an audience, it is hardly trash.
Many readers won’t even leave a rating, let alone take the time to write a review. And who can blame them? I’ve read a few hundred books and although I do leave ratings, I rarely write reviews. If you contact book review bloggers, they’ve usually got a queue of requests to get through before they can get to your book. So how do you build the momentum for your self-published book as quickly as possible?
Now that my book’s been published, it’s time to sell it. Oh yes. It’s time to get THE LITTLE LIGHT into the hands of readers and customers. My ebook was released on 6th June, and the paperback was released on the 8th. It was quite the ordeal to put it all together. Most people have no idea the amount of work that goes on behind the scenes to make your dream come true.
The Sun, the Moon, Mercury, Mars, Jupiter, Venus, Saturn, Rahu, and Ketu – Celestial Beings from world mythology – bicker and squabble, just like any family. But they’re going to have to put their differences aside to help the Little Light – a wise soul, imbued with insight and curiosity – prepare for its birth on Planet Earth, where it has a great and far-reaching destiny…