In our latest podcast, KWL US Manager Christine Munroe interviews
bestselling author and self-publishing expert Pamela Fagan
Hutchins. Pamela has written the book on
KIND OF LOSER INDIE PUBLISHES, AND HOW CAN I BE ONE,
the summer of 2013, she embarked on a 60-cities-in-60-days book
tour, which she organized herself (with the help of her supportive
family), so she has plenty of insights and advice for working
successfully with bookstores.
Listen in to Episode 020 as Pamela shares her thoughts on:
- Her mission to serve as an exemplary self-published author, in
particular when working with bookstores, so they will open the door
to fellow writers.
- Stories from the road during her 60-cities-in-60-days book
tour, including the day when a book club showed up to her Boston
reading… despite tornado warnings!
- Keeping it in the family - her husband, the five children
between them, and her mom all joined her on the road to help
support her work.
- Looking at self-promotion with a long-term perspective. "I'm
hoping for a 10-year return," she says. Pamela recommends focusing
on how to build your email list of people who welcome hearing what
is next. Also, don't abuse that list - send a maximum of 2-3
updates per year.
- Promotion is 1/3 of the game in terms of your success. The
other elements? Writing, of course, and giving back to the author
- Pamela's free strategy: giving away books is an amazing
way to get those crucial reviews. Pricing the first book in your
series for free is a great way to get started. Read her blog post
on this topic here.
- What she wishes she would have known when she started,
including thoughts on exclusive programs, and why moving books in
and out of various platforms hurt her more than the benefits of
exclusive helped her.
- Pseudonyms. Pamela believes, “I don’t want to make it hard
for someone who discovers me, to discover other things about my
writing that they might like.” However, that might not apply for
writers who work in vastly different and contradictory genres, like
erotica vs children’s picture books.
- Hints about what's to come in Pamela's forthcoming novels.