BLAZING A TRAIL Interviews: Michael Charton

http://www.dreamstime.com/-image8529767In anticipation of the launch of BLAZING A TRAIL: Your Self Publishing Journey I’m sharing some of the interviews with Indie authors that are featured in the book. Today’s interview is with Michael Charton.

Michael Charton is the author of MORIARTY: THE LIFE AND TIMES OF A CRIMINAL GENIUS, and AN AFFAIR OF THE HEART.

Tell us a little about your background and publishing history.

I have been writing since March, 2006 and have two books published.

What led to your decision to self-publish?

The independence.

How long have you been self-publishing?

Since July, 2011.

What were your goals when you began, and how have they changed since then? How do you measure success? 

Not sure I had those goals.  How do I measure success?  One book at a time.

Did you do a lot of the production process yourself, or did you hire people to do it for you? Were you satisfied with the outcome? 

My wife and writing partner works on that.

How have you spread the word about your work? 

Word of mouth. (Michael is active on Facebook and does some public speaking as well. ~Frankie)

What has been the most effective thing you have done to promote your books? What has been the least effective? 

Most effective?  Just being out there on social media and meeting people.

How did your Indie sales evolve? What should a new Indie author expect?

Indie sales are growing slowly.  What should a new author expect?  Hard work.

What influenced your decision to price your books as you did? 

Amazon.

What are your top tips for new Indie authors? What do you wish you had known before you started?

Top tips?  Just do it!  What do I wish I had known?  Wish I had spoken earlier to Kristen Lamb, lol! (Kristin Lamb is a vocal proponent of the effectiveness of social media. She is the author of WE ARE NOT ALONE. ~Frankie)

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