Here it is in a nutshell… I get paid to draw pictures, tell jokes and make fun of people. That’s a loaded statement riddled with truth. In addition to my professional debauchery, I put words on the page to supplement the funds required for my myriad of addictions. ‘Lost in Infinity’ was released in February of 2012. It’s the memoir of a chronic insomniac with apeirophobia (fear of infinity) as he tells the story of his life and tries to dig through repressed memories for the trigger to his issues. A little spoiler… it’s fiction. Although loosely based on my own life and apeirophobia, the story is told from the viewpoint of a self absorbed blogger coming to terms with his own psychosis and perspective on the universe as a whole.
What inspires you to write?
I could give a contrived answer about love, life, family and friends or how I write because I hope to bring joy to people or even because it’s a way to deal with past pain… Honesty would dictate a three-way tie between neurosis, boredom and ego but not in that particular order. Any writer, comedian or entertainer who says otherwise is either lying to everyone or themselves. On a side note, I think I just burned at least 100 calories being cynical.
Tell us about your writing process.
My writing process varies with the piece. A short comedic piece is most often lubricated with alcohol or fueled by sleep deprivation. I’m a rambler when my mind is in turmoil which happens more than I’d care to admit. If it’s something of length or purpose, I’m methodical to a point of hinderance. Outlines, character development, rewrites, rough drafts, more rewrites until I’ve nearly written background novels for each individual character. I have the entire story in my head played out like an epic mini-series long before I ever start to record it on paper. I keep every single draft, sketch, note and assemblage of thoughts in chronological order… saved to multiple sources, in multiple locations both on-site and off-site as well as masters in a firesafe in my office. I hoard the creative process. Once the novel is complete, it’s set aside for a few months before I begin revising. Finally I’ll reach an impasse. I’ll decide enough is enough and consider it finished or an exercise in futility.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
Both the story and characters live in my head. Of course I converse with them throughout, I’m a method writer. Internal chaos reigns supreme between myself and each and every character. Arguments ensue, silent treatments are not uncommon and lust usually rears its head. I live vicariously through some characters and outright disgust just as many.
What advice would you give other writers?
Advice? Hold on a minute, let me find my Maker’s Mark and a soap box…
If you’re a casual writer, do it casually. Do not expect to one day quit your day job and become the next J.K. If you’re a bucket list writer, who wants to finish a novel to be able to say they did, do not expect anyone to appreciate your effort let alone buy your self published mental evacuation. Go ahead and finish it, even publish it if you must… many will spend hundreds if not thousands of dollars over the next few years attempting to get themselves and their ‘masterpiece’ noticed in hopes of a longterm return…
Consider these numbers: 10 years ago, there were 300,000 books published which was a massive increase over the 10 years prior. That number has steadily increased each year. According to Bowker, more than 3,000,000 were published in the US alone in 2011. Estimates put that number between 5 and 15 million each year for the next 5 years. That’s an average of a new book published every 6 seconds.
Daunting isn’t it? My advice? Do not write for success or fame or money. Do not write for notoriety or appreciation or advancement. Those days are long since past. There is no glory in the literary word, the time it takes compared to the return for an established, published author mirrors that of a McDonald’s shift manager. The rewards you can expect are personal and emotional but for many they will never compare with the disappointment and criticism.
For those that understand the above (or found out on their own) and still choose to push forth because they want to or need to, not because they feel they are the exception, are the few who have the chance of creating something worth reading. Eventually.
Or so I keep telling myself.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
Let’s consider the previous question a lead in…
If you’re one of the latter in the above scenario, do not self publish unless it’s a last ditch effort to pad your portfolio. Instead, be patient, go the traditional route and find an agent that is willing to solicit your work for you. This is the hard part. This is the first hurdle that millions will fear and run to the cliff’s edge like lemmings before falling into the sea of self publishing.
My first novel found it’s way to the hands of an agent who failed to meet my expectations and needs. At the time I was blinded by the idea of success. In hindsight I see the problem as timing. The self publishing craze was nearing explosion and what was a viable piece of fiction quickly became second rate as the market was flooded. The agent knew it. I know it now. Two, maybe three years prior, the novel may have seen the press. I sincerely doubt it would have been successful (at any means), which would have been the end of it all anyway. Rationalization? Maybe.
Years later when I decided to try my hand at the novel thing again, I decided to forgo the agent route and self publish. My day job afforded me the illusion of knowing what I was doing. I had experience in publishing as well as producing. I had contacts, cash flow and the means to promote. It wasn’t really self-publishing if your company published books of it’s own right? Wrong.
For all intents and purposes what I did was run with the pack of lemmings to the cliff edge. I just made the ride in a limo.
Can you do well self publishing? Sure. Are the odds in your favor? No. Anyone can self publish. There in lies the problem. When millions upon millions of novels are self published every year, how can anyone expect to stand out among the rest?
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
Self publishing will slow over the next ten years as more and more people realize the insurmountable odds of success. It will never go away, but it will plateau. The next craze will take hold as the great American novel becomes a thing of the past for pretentious hipsters, bored housewives and the rut of a mid-life crisis. Those that write, will continue to write. Those that read, will continue to read. Things will settle and as the dust clears the industry to remain in tact. What will have changed will be the media not the quality of content. We’ll never truly see the end of the printed page, but the e-book is here to stay.
What do you use?
Professional Editor, Professional Cover Designer
What genres do you write?
psychological suspense, horror
What formats are your books in?
eBook, Print, Both eBook and Print
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