The Craft of Writing: Interview with Michael Wallace (Part II)

Today I have Part II of my interview with Michael Wallace – an author who has sold over 400,000 e-books since he started self-publishing in January 2011. If you missed Part I yesterday, that’s here and make sure to read that first. In this second installment, Michael talks about the kind of marketing that has worked for him, his advice for newer self-publishers, and his take on the 10,000 hours theory as it applies to the craft of writing. We talked about author platform, but that’s only one aspect of marketing. While you don’t spend a huge amount of time blogging, or on Twitter or whatever, you do take an active role in promoting your books. What has been the Read More…

The 20 Year Overnight Success: Interview with Michael Wallace

I have an interview today with Michael Wallace, an author who has sold over 400,000 e-books since he started self-publishing back in January 2011. Michael patiently took the time over several days to answer my questions about writing, marketing, the craft, and the business. Given the length of the interview, and because I didn’t want to cut any of the great answers he gave, I’m posting this over two days. The second part will go live at the same time tomorrow: 5pm GMT/Noon Eastern. When I started self-publishing a couple of years ago, you were one of those guys already doing well that everyone was watching closely. I think you uploaded your first in January of that year, and, if memory Read More…

Giving It All Away – An Interview with Ted Oswald

Back in April, I stumbled across a wonderful novel called Because We Are: A Novel of Haiti by Ted Oswald. I think I was only half-way through when I started hunting him down on the internet to tell him how much I liked it. I don’t usually chase people across cyberspace to give them a review, but this was a remarkable book. I also knew that once you guys heard the backstory, you would want to know more. After a soupçon of cajoling, Ted agreed to be interviewed… First of all I’d like to thank Ted for coming along today. For those who haven’t had the pleasure of reading Because We Are yet, perhaps you could kick off by telling us a little about Read More…

A Straight Writer of Gay Romance? Interview With Swedish Author Niklas Leavy

I first met Niklas Leavy just over a year ago. At the time, I was still querying, and he was working on a book – hitting me for information on US agents and how to approach them. Niklas had some success on the traditional path, but that was in Sweden (and writing in Swedish). This time he was writing in English, and that publication credit wasn’t going to open too many doors in Manhattan. Fast forward one year, and Niklas has self-published his first book in English. As you will see from the interview below, his situation is quite unique. I spoke with Niklas over a few days in Google Docs, and I think you will find this very interesting. *** Read More…

Free As A Sales Tool – Interview with Indie Writer Lizzy Ford

I am always interested in fresh approaches and new ideas. The whole concept of “free as a sales tool” is fascinating to me. I’ve seen people use a number of different approaches, but what is most common is to make a short story free, or sometimes the first book in a series free, in the hope that you will lure readers in. Lizzy Ford has a very different approach, and she kindly agreed to answer my questions. After reading this interview, I’m sure you will have some yourself, and Lizzy has agreed to drop by later, so please leave them in the comments.