Monday, May 20, 2013

Post-Release Post #4: FAQs



Before I begin, don't forget about the Aberration Blog Hop which will be held on June 6th and 7th to celebrate the release of my second book!  Prizes, people!  There will be prizes!  Go here to sign up.

Now that that's out of the way, welcome to the 4th installment of my Post-Release Series.

So now that my book has been out for six months, I've had enough time to field questions about it and about being an author and surprisingly, many of them come up over and over again.  Here are the most frequently asked questions and yes, they are in the order of the frequency with which they are asked:



"Oh, you have a book out.  How much did that cost?"

For me, this just reinforces my observation that the average reader just assumes that everyone is self-pubbed these days.  I'm beginning to think that actual publishers really only hold weight among other publishers, writers and major reviewers like Publishers Weekly or Kirkus.  Readers just want a good story and they don't really care where it comes from.

Anyway, the answer is that it didn't cost me a dime.  My publisher does all the work and incurs all the cost.

Most people look vaguely confused when I tell them this.  I'm not sure why.

"Is it available in e-book?"

It is actually shocking to me how many people are no longer interested in real books.  I don't know why I find this shocking since I have both a Kindle and a Nook and cannot live without either one of them.  But yeah, this is important to people.

The answer is of course it is!



"This seemed so real.  Did this happen to you?"

Obviously, this is only from people who've read it.  I take it as a huge compliment that so many people have asked me this.  To me, it means I did my job.  I wanted to put readers inside the mind and world of an abducted teenager who stays in spite of opportunities to escape, and for many readers, it appears that I did.

The answer is no, this did not happen to me.  I was not an abducted child.  Everything you read in the book is simply a product of my tortured imagination.

"Is it scary?"

I never really know what people mean when they ask me this.  Are they wondering if I write in the horror genre?  I don't know.  So my answer is:  it depends on what scares you. If demons and ghosts and vampires scare you, then no, it's not scary.  If crime scenarios based on real life situations scare you, then it's terrifying.

"Are you going to write another book?"

I'm not going to lie.  It really does make me gleeful to answer this question by saying, "I already have-it comes out in June."  Hee hee hee.  I love the look of surprise/delight on peoples' faces when I tell them.  Hopefully, book two won't tank on an unimaginably grand scale.  Anyway, yes, I did and I am.  Aberration comes out on 6/6/13 and I'm hard at work finishing a second draft of my third novel and making notes for my fourth novel.  If I can ever again squeeze some writing time out of my hectic life, I will actually finish one or both of those and try to sell them as well.

You can add it to your TBR on Goodreads here.


7 comments:

  1. I don't get the how much it cost question, but I'm glad I can also answer not a dime.
    Congratulations on your upcoming second release!

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  2. The cover for this one is a lot darker and scarier. Can't wait to read it.

    Also, I think it's kind of common for people to think that what happened in the book must have happened to the author. *shrugs*

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  3. Regarding question #1, it's not really surprising that people would be confused when you tell them 'my publisher does all the work and incurs all the cost.' When you think about it, that's just kind of crazy, isn't it?

    And I'm surprised. I thought the #1 question was, "Oh, you're published? Can I have some money?"

    Looking forward to Aberration, and the blog hop!

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  4. I panicked, and then remembered I've signed up for your blog hop, so I can relax. That's funny about question one. Strangely, I haven't had that question that much, and I'm self-published. Who knows what gets into people's head! I'm so excited for Aberration!

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  5. A lady who knows me very well asked me if "Past Due" was sort of autobiographical. I was shocked. She knows me. I won't give away the plot, but what the heck did she think I was hiding from my husband?

    When strangers ask me, it's flattering...but a bestie? Come on!

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  6. That's really interesting that people ask you if it's true! I guess you did a great job of making it real! I'm looking forward to reading this. :)

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  7. Yeah, I don't get why so many people think all books are sel-pubbed these days. For me, it's always people thinking I'm rich & famous now that I'm published. They eventually walk away, obviously confused by my inability to stop laughing hysterically

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