One of the most inspiring posts I see on my many author forums is when someone takes the time to share their story. Each Friday, I’m going to feature a different indie author to help inspire all of you!
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What is your pen name?
What genre do you write in? Why do you love it?
Horror, Speculative, Satire.
How many books have you published?
What inspired you to become a writer?
It’s a compulsion, really… I started as a single digit and just can’t stop.
What is your indie success story?
I haven’t hit my success story yet, but I think it’s building there with the confidence that yes, you can change the market, yes, you can work indie and build an incredible book and the traditional big publishers and agents don’t necessarily know where the market is going to go. I think there’s an opportunity right now for ALL Indie authors willing to put in the work to build a reputation and name for indie publishing as good and daring and different and with indie publishing as a whole breaking into the mainstream and changing what’s on the market and the quality and reputation of indie in general… I think that will be the greatest success story — and I see it coming.
What are your marketing and advertising strategies? What works for you? What doesn’t?
Identify your market via genres and comp titles or authors that you would compare your book to. If you’re going to use ads, target them. Otherwise, just interact with people and be honest. You will not build real fans or real readers by doing follow4follow trades or by pretending to be someone you’re not. If you have to hide who you are to get someone to talk to you, they aren’t going to like your book. What I personally don’t like as a reader and a writer is people who threaten on social media (if you don’t follow me, I will block you, if you unfollow, I will unfollow, etc) and also those who spam the writing tags with links to their books. It turns the community into a giant ad roll and I end up blocking these people. If I’m looking at #Writingcommunity, I’m trying to find people to talk to.
What is the best piece of self-publishing advice that you’ve ever received?
Don’t rush your book and consider it just as much a start-up business as anything else. Take your time to prepare your book the best it can be. Get a good cover, research interior layout, use industry standard typesetting and formatting, get feedback, get an editor. You’re building a brand and you want readers to recognize your name, your brand and trust the quality.
Anything else fun or notable that you would like to share about yourself?
I run a Youtube channel where I talk about writing, publication, books, and culture! I also run a monthly event of reading what users submit! https://www.youtube.com/kirkpattiecake
What are you working on right now?
A supernatural thriller set in Baltimore that focuses on the rising murder in Baltimore and a ghost realm underneath the city. Then I’m editing two very different scifi novels.
Where can we find your work?
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