Xlibris Publishing returns with Ken Varnold, author of The List of Things Bought Volumes 1 and 2, Urumqi, and his latest work The Primitives.
Are you working on a sequel to your book?
At this time I do not see a sequel to The Primitives, although I have been asked by many if I would write a sequel to my last novel, ‘Urumqi”, an international thriller. I have received great critiques from Indonesia, Singapore, Afghanistan, Europe, the UK, as well as here in the U.S. Perhaps one day. But I have four to five new novels waiting to be written, so…
Are there any events, marketing ideas or promotions planned for your book?
As for marketing plans, as much free stuff as I can find. Marketing is very expensive, and there is little sense in going there if you cannot afford a talented marketing agent. There are many out there who claim to be, but are simply doing what most of us could do on our own. Managing your own resources is critical. Something I will be using in my publicity is the production of a play I wrote and was produced by Cheap Theater in Minneapolis in 1996. It was professionally staged in the UK in 2017 during the Manchester Fringe Festival in that city. It was one of the top five shows, out of 130 different ones, nominated for best drama and the young actor who played the criminal Ted Bundy was nominated for best actor. We had three five-star reviews.
What was your favorite part of your publishing experience, overall and with Xlibris?
My time with Xlibris has been beneficial for this important reason…the product is very well done. The Primitives is my fifth novel. The second one, a memoir, is not in print. I have been happy with each production done by Xlibris. I enjoy self-publishing. Their process has been smooth and professional, and it helps me as an “indie” author to have this quality.
Finally, what advice would you give to aspiring authors?
Advice to aspiring writers? Work, work, and more work. Unless you are picked up by a good publishing house, the onus is on you to perfect your work. Editing will be your biggest cross to bear. Your ideas can be spectacular, your writing impeccable, and your characters new architypes. But if you are lazy, if you are not a perfectionist, if you are not inspired by your own work, then just don’t do it. There are so many good writers out there, both famous and unknown, that you will drown in a sea of mediocrity. Each story has its own way of being told and you must discover that with each new work. And most important? Everything you do is for your audience. Not you. For your audience…never lose sight of that…
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