Over the course of this time I've met some great authors, including fellow Des Moines author, Stormy Smith. It's important to preface the link to my interview with litchat by saying we are all in this together. Helping other authors on this journey is what it's all about. If anyone ever has any questions feel free to contact me and most of all, happy writing!
The Wild West of Digital Publishing
Posted on Oct 2, 2014 - originally published on LitChat.com
My editor at Simon451 compares the digital world of publishing to the wild west. And with the constant changing landscape, I agree. Things have never seemed different in the world of literature. Okay, I’ll admit, I’m a newbie when it comes to this writing game, but I’ve spent a year in the trenches sorting things out. The following is a combination of advice for new writers and the experiences I’ve had with both traditional and indie publishing.
The Life of an Indie… Anyone with a computer and connection to the net can write a manuscript and publish it to Amazon within hours of finishing. Books with no marketing and no publisher can become bestsellers. Print on demand books can go on to be NYT bestsellers, like Wool by Hugh Howey. My editor is right. This landscape is truly the Wild West. Anything is possible. I didn’t have huge expectations when I published my first novel, The Biomass Revolution, and it’s a good thing I didn’t, because it didn’t do all that well. After watching other indie books blow Biomass out of the water I started researching. I read the blogs of best-selling authors. I watched trends on Amazon. I learned what an also-bought is. And I spent countless nights wondering what the hell I was doing wrong.
After six months of research I launched my second self-published novel, Orbs. I attacked the marketing like a man possessed. I knew my second book was decent, and I wanted readers to discover it.
Almost a year later and with Simon and Schuster’s digital first imprint, Simon451 is prepping to launch Orbs II: Stranded with Orbs III: Redemption slated for March 25, 2015. Orbs has sold close to 30,000 copies and has topped the Amazon bestseller lists in several countries.
So you are probably wondering the same thing that hundreds of other people have asked me. What’s my secret?
Read the full post over on LitChat's website!
At the end of the world, who will survive?
The year is 2061, and the planet is dying. Cataclysmic solar storms have forced leaders from around the world to finally put aside their differences and agree on one thing--to jump ship. The human race is headed to Mars.
Dr. Sophie Winston is hired by New Tech Corporation to test a biosphere deep within the heart of Cheyenne Mountain; a mission she believes will help prepare NTC for the three-year flight to the red planet. But, just days into the assignment, things start to go wrong. When the blast doors hiss open, Winton's team finds a changed world outside. Humans are gone, vanished without a trace, and they aren't the only thing missing. The planet's water is gone, too.
As the team explores their surroundings, they find thousands of luminous blue orbs lining the streets. It isn't until they uncover what's inside that they realize the nightmare that lies ahead.
Orbs II: Stranded, the second book in Nicholas Sansbury Smith's bestselling Orbs series.
At the end of the world, who can you trust?
The aliens have invaded, wiping out almost all life on earth. Their goal: water. Huge spaceships are draining the oceans, and the few remaining humans have been herded into farms, where their bodies are harvested to support the growing alien army.
Humanity's last chance lies in the biospheres that have been planted secretly across the globe. But all is not peaceful in the biosphere led by Dr. Sophie Winston. With resources dwindling and tensions high, her small group of survivors is divided. Some want to fight, some want to stay hidden, and Sophie just wants to keep everyone alive.
When one of their own, eleven-year-old Jeff, is kidnapped by the Organics, Sophie is forced to pick sides. With the help of a promising new magnetic weapon, the biosphere team just might have a fighting chance to save Jeff and the world--if they live long enough to use it.
About Nicholas Sansbury Smith
Nicholas Sansbury Smith is the author of several post-apocalyptic books and short stories. He worked for the State of Iowa for nearly 10 years before switching careers to focus on his one true passion--writing. When he isn't daydreaming about the apocalypse he's likely racing in triathlons around the Midwest. He lives in Des Moines, Iowa with his family and several rescued animals.
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