As an author in this economy, you have to come up with creative ways to market a self-published book. While book tours are a great way to connect with your readers, they aren’t the most affordable method of promotion. However, technology has made it possible for an alternative.
Take note from self-publishing Outskirts Press author, Chris Mosquera, who is taking his latest book, Damian Garcia: PhD Drug Smuggler, on tour – a virtual book tour, that is. He will be featured on several blogs over the weeks and months ahead so keep your eyes peeled to learn more about him and his book.
Luckily for us, Chris was kind enough to answer a few questions as the tour was getting started so that we can give you a sneak peek into the mind of the creator of Damian Garcia: PhD Drug Smuggler.
OP: Tell us a little bit about Damian Garcia: PhD Drug Smuggler. What is it about?
CM: Damian Garcia: PhD Drug Smuggler is a story about the international drug trade in opium and hashish by PhD students in New York City, circa 1972. It is also a story of family, friendships, love, and lifelong loyalties, and an extremely profitable international drug smuggling and money laundering operations, with financial returns in the hundreds of millions of dollars over time.
The family created a new kind of opium and hashish product they branded as O/H, and developed the investor-franchisee business model, still in use today. The demographics were graduate students, business and professionals, and the elite worldwide. O/H became the global quality drug of choice.
O/H grew to become the largest and most profitable international drug smuggling enterprise unknown to all but a few. Those that knew would never tell; that was the family code.
OP: Why did you decide to write this story?
CM: There is an interesting side bar to this book. A few years ago, I was cleaning out an old briefcase, and I found a wrinkled and yellowed legal pad with about 12 pages of handwritten notes, written in 1972.
Apparently, circa 1972, I traveled cross-country with a college friend in a broken down old car in the dead of winter, and wrote about the adventures. I decided to transcribe the notes verbatim, and then started playing around with the concepts and characters.
It just grew from there, and the characters started writing themselves and creating there own dramatic scenes. Of course, as characters develop, they grow and mature, and other interesting people creep into the scenes. It almost wrote itself.
Three years later, Outskirts Press published Damian Garcia: PhD Drug Smuggler.
I am working on book two. The adventures continue and the family grows, expands, and develops O/H Incorporated in to an international conglomerate with earnings exceeding most major corporations and some smaller nations.
OP: What types of readers would be interested in this story?
CM: Damian Garcia: PhD Drug Smuggler is a fast and fun read. The characters are funny, highly intelligent, and extremely devious, and they get into some strange adventures as they grow and develop into a lifelong family unit. It is a story of lasting friendships, love, family, and lifelong loyalties, and money. Lots of money!
It is the families Zen philosophies to help those in need, and O/H invests profits in social services and hospitals for the poor in India. O/H is a drug smuggling and money laundering company with a social and humanitarian conscience.
OP: What is special about your book? What differentiates it from other books in the same category?
CM: Damian Garcia: PhD Drug Smuggler is unique. When you think of drug dealers, drug smugglers, and money laundering, you imagine bloodthirsty gangsters killing each other. Think Medellin Cartels or the Mafia.
Damian Garcia and family are highly intelligent and can outthink any drug cartel and international law enforcement agencies. The Family does not do gangster stuff, believing that brains always prevail over brawn. They fly below the radar and stay off the grid, preferring to hide in plain sight. Out of sight is out of mind.
They use their superior intellectual abilities and analytical reasoning to develop the world’s largest international drug smuggling and money laundering operation unknown to all but a few. Those that knew would never tell; that was the family code.
OP: Have you published any other books? Do you plan to publish more?
CM: In 2009 I published my first book with Outskirts Press. “Is Organized Labor A Decaying Business Model?” In this book, I analyzed labor unions from the perspectives of a business, and have concluded that organized labor is a decayed business model for multiple reasons.
Damian Garcia: PhD Drug Smuggler will be followed by a sequel, which I have started writing. Book 2 starts in circa 1978, and will examine the characters as they mature and grow. The opium and hashish business is now an international conglomerate with legitimate business assets and real estate holdings. Money laundering is the back end of the drug smuggling business, and The Family develops highly complex money laundering methods, using legitimate businesses, income producing real estate investments, as their personal ‘laundromats’.
OP: Thanks for your time, Chris! We look forward to learning more about you as you visit other bloggers!
Chris Mosquera is also the author of “Is Organized Labor A Decaying Business Model?” published by Outskirts Press.
Chris Mosquera may be contacted: firstname.lastname@example.org
For more information or to contact the author, visit www.outskirtspress.com/damiangarcia
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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