I am extremely pleased to have had the opportunity to ask Mike Wells some questions about his writing and publishing experiences.
A bit about Mike
1/ How many books do you have published and tell us a bit about them?
I’ve published over a dozen books. I write mostly thrillers & suspense, but I also write in several other genres – young adult/coming of age, paranormal romance, contemporary romance, and even horror.
2/ What made you self publish?
I can’t work as an employee , am completely incapable of it, and except for a few years in my life have always been self-employed. Trying to work with literary agents and publishers is too much like having a job with a company, as due to the intense competition for your spot, you are expected to do what they tell you to do and you have little control over the design elements and marketing of the product you are producing. I simply can’t deal with that–I have to maintain creative & marketing control over my work. I think I know best regarding how it should be done, and usually I’m right (just look at the publication story of Wild Child) Also, having dealt with four different agents and a few publishers over the years, I’m not at all confident they understand what Average Reader wants. Too often they are mistaken about which books have a market, and the size of those markets. By self-publishing, I get to PROVE, beyond any doubt, that my books have a market. And, by taking that risk, I get the bulk of the money made from them. I think it’s very fair.
3/ Did you prepare your e-book yourself?
Yes I did.
4/ Who did you self publish with?
I used Smashwords and also Amazon KDP.
5/ Do you do a lot of self promotion?
I do tons of self-promotion, mostly using Twitter, Facebook and Linkedin.
6/ Do you find sales peak and then drop off after your initial self promotion?
Absolutely. The challenge is to keep the sales up after a given book is no longer “new” and while the market is steadily flooded with more books.
7/ Who does you cover art?
Unfortunately I have to do it myself. As I’m on a super-low budget and have had some graphic design experience, I’m designing all my covers using GIMP (a free package similar to Photoshop). In the future I may opt to pay someone to do my covers (they don’t look as good as yours, Andy, not by a long shot). For anyone who doesn’t have some real graphic design experience, I would recommend using a professional like Andy if the writer can afford it.
8/ What advice would you give to a newbie to self publishing?
Be prepared to take on what will probably be the biggest challenge of your life. Don’t give up when the going gets tough, and it will get tough. The people who persist are the ones who make through those tough spots.
9/ What lies in store for Mike Wells?
Many more books, I have far more story ideas than I could write in a lifetime. I would also like to see some of my books made into films. I wouldn’t mind trying my hand at directing one.
You can also purchase some of his books here: http://www.amazon.com/Mike-Wells/e/B004MCEC1U/ref=ntt_athr_dp_pel_pop_1