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, Rod Lewin, who is taking his latest book, The Escalante Enigma, 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, Rod 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 The Escalante Enigma.
OP: Tell us a little bit about The Escalante Enigma. What is it about?
RL: Old fashioned mystery/adventure, with aviation, love triangle, and bad guys.
OP: Why did you decide to write this story?
RL: Because the world is sadly lacking in plain, straight-out, good-guy/bad-guy, white hat, black hat, good-guy-gets-girl-in-end, drama. We need to get back to basic values of right and wrong in this country – and the world, for that matter!
OP: What types of readers would be interested in this story?
RL: This is a story which will appeal to all ages from teen-age to elderly; for anyone who loves a good yarn, high adventure, where the good guys win in the end.
OP: What is special about your book? What differentiates it from other books in the same category?
RL: It is written in a unique style of first person writing, where the reader can imagine himself ‘being there’ as he visualizes the places and events so vividly described from firsthand knowledge by the author’s protagonists.
OP: Have you published any other books? Do you plan to publish more?
RL: Yes. My first book, actually my autobiography, “Steel Spine, Iron Will”, wherein I narrate my recovery from paralysis after a near-fatal plane crash, has been in constant demand for over two decades. I have spent the last thirty-five years as a professional aviator. I have experienced all manner of adventure as a true ‘knight of the air’, from operating seaplanes on the Great Barrier Reef, the far outback of Western Australia, the U.S. Virgin Islands and Greece, to airline flying in DC-3s, 727s and 737s in the U.S. The thrilling tale of high drama in my new novel, ‘The Escalante Enigma’, is drawn from some of these astonishing exploits.
And yes, I intend to write a series of these novels, using the same main two characters in different aviation-oriented mystery stories. I am already on Chapter Two of the second in the series, entitled ‘The Carrizo Conundrum’.
OP: Thanks for your time, Rod! We look forward to learning more about you as you visit other bloggers!
Rod Lewin was born in Brisbane, Australia. His acclaimed autobiography, ‘Steel Spine, Iron Will’, wherein he narrates his recovery from paralysis after a near-fatal plane crash, has been in constant demand for over two decades. Rod has spent the last 35 years as a professional aviator. He has experienced all manner of adventure as a true ‘knight of the air’, from operating seaplanes on the Great Barrier Reef, the far outback of Western Australia, the U.S. Virgin Islands and Greece, to airline flying in DC-3s, 727s, and 737s in the U.S. ‘The Escalante Enigma’ is based on some of his own astonishing exploits.
For more information or to contact the author, visit www.outskirtspress.com/theescalanteenigma
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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