Barbara Rayne is the author of – 21 Erased – future dystopian society novel.
1. How did you come to self-publish? Did you try to get published traditionally?
I am used to doing everything I can from my home, so first I wanted to see if I could publish my book without ever leaving my home, and when I saw I could, I most certainly did. Traditional publishing was out of the question.
2. What self-publishing service did you use? Happy with the service?
Createspace was my service of choice and, so far, I’m very pleased. Those services where I just click-and-go are always on top of my list.
3. What avenues have you taken to market the book? Have you gotten reviews, interviews, TV, print media coverage?
Marketing the book isn’t easy. So far I made a website, blog, Facebook fan page, Twitter account, submitted e-book versions to Amazon and Smashwords while I wait for my paperback edition, joined some book author blogs and communities. This is my first interview and I applied for a review here. I plan on getting some more reviews as soon as I get my head out of the opening of blogs and social media profiles. Also, I plan to advertize my book via Facebook an Google adds.
4. What drove you to write this particular book?
The world we live in and what it could easily become made me put some of my projections into this book. Any reader should be able to draw some parallels from the book and apply them to the world around him. It’s a dire sight once you do. The main goal of this book, and probably some future books, is to make the reader stop for a moment and think about the message in the book and how easily it could become his/her reality if we keep living with our heads in the sand pretending nothing is our business.
5. Is the book in any one particular genre? Is it a genre that’s familiar to you?
It is mainly political science fiction because it deals with future fascist dystopian society. I like that genre so it is rather familiar to me.
6. Who are your greatest writing influences?
Oh, George Orwell, most certainly.
7. What’s your writing regimen? Any tips for keeping focused?
Once I get the inspiration, the whole world opens up in my mind, I open up my Word and start writing. I get rather fanatical about it so there is no procedure and I have no problem with being focused. I do have problems, though, with remembering to eat and drink.
8. Would you self-publish again?
As a matter of fact, I already plan to, with my second book.
9. Any final words of advice for those looking to self-publish?
Just go for it! You get nothing out of holding yourself back, but the regret. What have you got to lose?