Why did you choose to self-publish and what were your expectations?
I chose to self-publish so as to keep control of my writing. I'm not doing a conventional style or material, and I didn't want anyone advising me to change it to make it more marketable.
I expected a rough go of it, but I thought I could slowly but steadily win some readers.
Why did you select your specific publisher?
I went with Amazon Kindle and Smashwords because of the elegance of the e-book publishing process. It is far more efficient and economical than hardcopy publishing and it makes books available to readers at a much lower cost. I think the low cost of e-books removes one of the obstacles to trying new writers.
How is it going so far? Are you achieving your goals?
So far it's not going that well. I don't fit into any of the existing market niches, and that is proving to be a big problem.
What advice would you give a person who has completed their manuscript and is considering self-publishing?
Don't do it unless you enjoy pounding your head against the wall.
Richard Buzzell is the author of Zombiestop Parade, which has nothing to do with zombies. It’s about a couple of renegade punks who conduct an online campaign of ridicule against the cash-grab mentality, and get themselves into some trouble.
The story is set against a backdrop of millennial-generation alienation. Students who grew up dreaming of stock options, now look forward to a future of working for paltry wages, if they’re fortunate enough to find a job at all. The struggle of the characters to deal legitimately with this inter-generational social conflict is the heart of the story.
ZombieStopperUno is a big fat trouble-maker. He always has been, and barring a successful intervention to get him to submit to the counseling he needs, he always will be. Despite being well-aware of his disputatious tendencies, he makes no attempt to reform himself. He is a product of society’s ill-advised policy of abandoning corporeal punishment for “high-spirited” children. His case is a classic example of the hazards of tolerating non-conformant youth. He should be ignored by all right-thinking adults. If you choose to give him the attention he so desperately craves, you need to understand that you are contributing to the problem, and that makes you a trouble-maker as well.
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