>The Bear With Two Shadows Blog Tour with Roland Yeomans Part 1
Hey, guess what? The fabulous Roland is doing a blog tour to promote his new e-book, The Bear With Two Shadows – and I get to play hostess! Cool!
So, put your hands together and let’s welcome our good friend, ROLAND! Woohoo!!!
*much clapping and whistling as Roland joins us*
Hey, Roland! I’m glad you could squeeze me into your crazy schedule. When I was considering what questions to ask, I decided to simply ask the ones I really wanted to know for myself.
Are you ready? Okay, first question:
So, how does it feel to see your book on Amazon’s website and know that people are buying it?
It is quite a pleasure to look at my cover with my name at the bottom. It is a sight I have worked towards for a very long time. And to think that people care enough to pay to read my work means more than simple words can say.
Well, we’ve all enjoyed reading your tales over the past year. You’ve created characters we’ve come to care about and it’s wonderful to finally see something of yours in cyber print. What brought about your decision to go the e-book route with your novel?
THE BEAR WITH 2 SHADOWS doesn’t fall easily into any niche. In today’s publishing market, purchasing agents are reluctant to invest in any novel without a seemingly sure-fire return guaranteed.
That means more of what has been selling.
In other words, the odds were that Hibbs would never see print. Still, the legend created by my mother had contributed in saving my life in that frozen-in Detroit basement apartment.
I determined that Hibbs and his world would somehow be laid out for the world to accept or reject. Kindle Direct Publishing seemed a way to do just that.
LORD OF THE RINGS, THE WIND IN THE WILLOWS, HARRY POTTER, even TWILIGHT were not was selling briskly when they were bought. And because of that, they impacted the industry, creating new genres with their publication. And THE BEAR WITH 2 SHADOWS could very well do that as well.
If I do not believe in my dream, how can I expect anyone else to?
You bring up a great point, Roland. So many of us dream of being a published writer, yet it seems to be getting more and more difficult to get an agent to want to go forward with a manuscript. Do you think that this may be the future course for aspiring writers? Get an e-book out there that becomes moderately successful so an agent will be more likely to take notice?
Funny you should ask that. I’ve discovered that agents have recently been tweeting about author Amanda Hocking.
I haven’t read any of her kindle only books, but apparently she is nearly a millionaire just from her KINDLE only books. So obviously an outstanding number of people have read her books … and gone back for more.
Amazing, since she is but 26 years old with no publishing contract and selling over 100,000 books a year on amazon. Her rank on amazon is #1.
here is a link to a blog post on her if you are curious about her.
Her staggering accomplishments suggest that there is hope for the self published authors. She does however have an agent. But I wonder if the agent came to her after her tremendous sales record.
Still if Amanda Hocking has accomplished this staggering achievement, I believe each of us can find some small measure of success in the Kindle-only market as well.
Okay readers, we’re stopping with that hopeful and encouraging thought for now. Roland works some grueling hours and needs some shut-eye. I could use a cat-nap myself. So be sure to tune in tomorrow for the rest of the interview!
Thanks for stopping by 🙂
Before you leave, you may want to take a moment and check out these books:
A pretty cool collection, don’t you think? Well, they’re more than that. They’re signed. Ummm-hmmmm. By the authors.
Roland is offering these up in a contest. All you have to do for one entry is leave a comment. For two entries, link his book to facebook or twitter. Be sure to email Roland at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you post a legitimate review on Amazon by March 31st, you get three entries into the drawing for these fantastic books.
The drawing will be on April 1.
Don’t forget to tune in tomorrow!