If you have been reading my author interviews, then you understand that authors come from all sorts of backgrounds and approach self-publishing in their own way. This particular author credits himself on being a ‘Misanthrope’. I like people to read every side and this one happens to be very honest, to the point and kind of mean. I actually find the honesty refreshing.
Bruce “The Misanthrope” Gary
Real Answer Real Authors: Why did you decide to publish?
Bruce: I had no choice; I can’t not write and I think I have something to say.
RARA: What titles have you published to date?
Bruce: Exoplanet Observing for Amateurs, First and Second editions, The Making of a Misanthrope, A Misanthrope’s Holiday, Quotes for Misanthropes, Essays From Another Paradigm
RARA: How are you currently marketing your book and what has given you the best results?
Bruce: Word of mouth. It worked for my astronomy book, but not the others.
RARA: Are there any books or websites that you have found the most useful?
RARA: What has been your greatest challenge in self publishing?
Bruce: Getting the money to pay for printing.
RARA: What is the best advice or tip you can give a new and aspiring author?
Bruce: Don’t, unless you can’t not!
FROM THE AUTHOR
Sorry, but I can’t varnish the truth. Life is too short for pretending to be nice. Your last Q reminds me of something Richard Feynman wrote: “Teaching is a funny proposition. You can’t teach the dumb ones, and the smart ones don’t need to be taught.” I have the same thoughts about advice for would-be writers: Don’t! There are already 1/3 million new books published every year, and the median level of their intelligence is sinking along with everything else in America. The writer with something to say will ignore that advice, and maybe someone with nothing to say will heed it.