An Interview with Joshua McDowell, Author of Accidental Dad

I’m the author of Accidental Dad: www.accidentaldadbook.com. It’s about struggles unmarried men face when entering fatherhood. Help me change the court system.

 Joshua McDowellTell us something about your book. The basics: what’s it about?

Accidental Dad is about struggles unmarried men face when entering fatherhood. Author talks about how the court system pushes fathers away, and how mothers are always getting custody of there kids, but not fathers.

What drove you to write this particular book?
What drove me to write this book is simple. I fought for six years to get custody of my son. I know how it feels to be a father and the court system makes you feel worthless. I wrote this book in hopes to give my readers hope and encouragement to not give up. And somehow change our court system and make it more father friendly.

What’s your writing regimen? Where do you do your writing?

I mostly do my typing on my laptop now. The first four years I spent it at my public library.

Who are your greatest writing influences?
To tell you the truth I don’t really have any writing influences.

Is the book in any one particular genre? Is it a genre that’s familiar to you?
My book is a nonfiction book, but it also is a self help, motivational book. I’m very familiar with my book’s genre because I know there are a lot of books out there today, but really none wrote by a father who’s been there and done it.

Accidental Dad by Joshua McDowellHow did you come to self-publish? Did you try to get published traditionally?

I would have loved to went with a traditional publisher, but unfortunately I didn’t like how they give you a small royalty and can do what they want with your book. With that being said I search over 100 self publishing houses and spent months doing research on them until I found the one I was looking for.

What self-publishing service did you use? Happy with the service?
I published my book Accidental Dad with First Edition Design Publishing, and yes I’m happy with it.

Would you self-publish again?

I would self publish again.

Any words of advice for those looking to self-publish?
My advice for the people who want to self publish would be to do your research. Really know what you want and are looking for. There will not be one publisher out there that will have everything you want. You may have to pay extra for it.

What’s next on the horizon for you as an author?
My goal right now is to get my book in the most hands as I can. I’m currently working on throwing my second really for father’s rights. I just meant the Governor of Ohio who is running for President of the United States a copy of my book here in Toledo on 3-6-2016. My goal is to change our court system and make it more father friendly.