Through my years in publishing, I have worked with some really great authors. All of these authors approach self publishing with their own agenda and expertise. Since the whole point of my blog and book is to look at the reality of self-publishing, I thought it would be nice to do a series of author interviews. Welcome to ‘Word on the Street’.
My author interviews will consist of 6 questions about them, their book and their experience. You will get the good, the bad and the ugly. It is interesting to read the varying responses from each unique author.
Aloha to Mike Hass,
Real Answer Real Authors: Why did you decide to publish?
Mike: While a professor at a university, I wrote many conference papers, but I did not have time to prepare all of them for publication. Now I do, and I am writing and writing as never before. I will incorporate reasons for each book below, as I identify them.
RARA: What titles have you published to date?
Mike: a) Looking for the Aloha Spirit: Promoting Ethnic Harmony (2010) was published to bring my essays on Hawai`i together in one volume–essays about combating discrimination, voting, interracial marriage, and similar matters. Hawai’i is a model for excellent though not perfect race relations, and the world needs to know how that has been brought about and sustained.
b) America’s War Crimes Quagmire: From Bush to Obama (2010) consists of short chapters that were originally blog essays written after completing a comprehensive book of the 269 war crimes of the Bush administration that were inherited by Barack Obama as he became president. Some of the blogs explain how to close Guantanamo, why a Pakistani-American tried to set off a bomb in Times Square, examples of how the subject of “war crimes” is taboo in the United States, and other exposes about violations of the four Geneva Conventions and related international agreements.
RARA: How are you currently marketing your book and what has given you the best results?
a) website www.publishinghouse4scholars.com
b) appearance at book fairs
c) exhibiting and passing out leaflets at public lectures
d) converting them to ebooks for amazon.com
e) sending email with book notices
f) sending copies for review to academic journals
g) social media announcements
Frankly, I do not know which worked best.
RARA: Are there any books or websites that you have found the most useful?
RARA: What has been your greatest challenge in self publishing?
RARA: What is the best advice or tip you can give a new and aspiring author?
Mike: Enjoy what you do.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Nobel Prize nominee Michael Haas is the author of more than forty books on international relations and human rights. He holds a doctorate in Political Science from Stanford University and has taught at Northwestern University, Occidental College, Purdue University, the University of California (Riverside), five California State University campuses, and the University of Hawai‘i. Internationally. He has also held positions at the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies (Singapore), the University of London, the University of the Philippines, and the Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (Bangkok). Active in bringing research to the attention of policymakers, he filed civil rights complaints in Hawai`i during the 1970s, played a role in stopping the administration of President George H. W. Bush from financing weapons that went into the hands of the Khmer Rouge during the late 1980s, and is now a member of the California Senior Legislature as well as president of the Political Film Society (Los Angeles) while continuing to write, most recently the second edition of his widely acclaimed textbook, International Human Rights: A Comprehensive Introduction. His work continues.