Reach out to market a self-published book. Better yet, do without buying a plane ticket and getting the TSA involved. While making the rounds to summer book fair are a fun way to connect with your readers in other cities, technology has made it possible to earn fans in other cost-effective ways.
Self-publishing Outskirts Press author Jennifer Ford is taking her book, The Waking Dream, on a virtual book tour so you can learn more about her and her book. Kevin will be featured on several blogs over the weeks and months ahead so keep your eyes peeled to learn more.
Jennifer took some time out to answer a few questions as the tour was getting started so that we could give you a sneak peek at the woman behind The Waking Dream.
OP: Tell us a little bit about The Waking Dream. What is it about?
JF: The Waking Dream centers around a pair of cities that are cut off from the rest of the world in a massive desert but have come to terms with their isolation. Illamar is a model city where people prosper, and its clean and safe. Rheamyre is in chaos, controlled by dangerous gangs. These two cities depend on each to survive, but their coexistence is strained. The book is told from point of view of the two main characters from Illamar: Dante Montero, who rules Illamar, and his right-hand man, Kerran Gurtene, who runs the military in Illamar.
Overnight, the gangs in Rheamyre are overrun, and a mysterious stranger, Rasheim, begins assuming control of the city. Dante and Kerran are forced outside their comfort zone and have to adapt to the situation before them. Their city is at risk; they cannot fail.
Dante and Kerran scramble to discover the truth about Rasheim, and in doing so are exposed to forgotten truths about the history of their ancestors, and therefore, about themselves. They discover a lost civilization beyond the safety of their city walls, along with a whole world of power and conflict.
OP: Why did you decide to write this book?
JF: I am very interested in ancient history, and I spend a lot of time reading about ancient times and lost civilizations, and how climates in regions have altered over time. I have also always been a huge fan of fantasy and sci-fi. I started mixing elements of the two things together, and I was immediately struck with the idea of a lost civilization still being alive but forgotten. The imagery that came to mind was so powerful, I just had to write it down. As I went further into it and discovered all the characters, it became a real world for me. And I think Dante and Kerran have a valid voice that resonates with a lot of people today.
OP: How did you get your book published?
JF: I knew I wanted to self-publish my book. After doing a lot of research, it seemed the easiest way, since if you are an unknown author your chances of getting published via a traditional publishing company get lower by the day. Plus, with self-publishing I didn’t have to worry about an editor wanting to alter my story. I found that Outskirts Press was ranked among the best publishing houses to use, and the best overall for the cost, and I haven’t looked back since.
OP: What types of readers would be interested in this story?
JF: Obviously, anyone who enjoys the Fantasy/Science Fiction genre would enjoy it; but beyond that, anyone who enjoys a well-crafted story. My book does have a strong, heroic woman as one of the main characters. It is a fast-moving story that quickly takes you to the heart of the action and dilemma faced by the two stars of the book. It has already been enjoyed by people of all ages, from young adult to mature adult. If you are a person that enjoys to read, then you will definitely enjoy my book. It follows a non-conventional path that should intrigue even the most experienced fantasy, sci-fi, mystery or fiction reader.
OP: What is special about your book? What differentiates it from other books in the same category?
JF: I take what I consider to be a more classical approach to story telling. I leave a lot of the baser descriptions to the reader’s imaginings so I can focus more directly on moving the story along. This makes it appealing to more than just fantasy fans. I have had people read my book that actually do not like the fantasy genre at all, but they really enjoyed The Waking Dream. It carries a lot of focus on the characters, and how these two men discover hidden value in unexpected characters they encounter. This makes my story non-predictable yet identifiable to the reader.
OP: Have you published any other books? Do you plan to publish more?
JF: I have not published any other books yet, but I certainly plan to. I have one that should be ready later this year, titled The Horsemen Will Ride, another fantasy adventure story in a completely separate world and setting from The Waking Dream. I also plan to publish the sequel to The Waking Dream in 2012, towards the end of the year. After that, I have plenty of characters lined to up keep me busy for years to come getting all their stories written down.
OP: Thanks for your time, Jennifer! We look forward to learning more about you as you visit other bloggers!
Jennifer Ford was born and raised in a small town in Massachusetts. She currently resides in sunny southern Florida. She lives with her cats, of which she says; “They are possessed little terrors at times, absolute darlings at others, and an endless source of entertainment. Only another cat person would understand.”
For more information or to contact the author, visit www.outskirtspress.com/thewakingdream
This author purchased the Virtual Book Tour marketing option, which allows self-publishing authors to connect with bloggers and harness the power of the blogosphere by taking their book on the “virtual road.” Learn more about this service by visiting your Publishing Center and reviewing the available marketing options.
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