Interview with bestseller Irv Sternberg

When bestselling author Irv Sternberg published No Laughing Matter with Outskirts Press, he was already a well-established writer in the Denver community. He leveraged that success to turn No Laughing Matter into a bestseller, which bred further success for his recently published hardback, Neptune’s Chariot, which is currently sharing time on the Denver bestseller list along with Janet Evanovich, James Rollins, and James Patterson.

Mr. Sternberg, tell us about your first book…

I published my first novel, Deadly Passage, at the age of 66 with a traditional publishing house and optioned it for film. Five years later, I independently self-published my second novel, Sakura’s Stratagem, at a significant cost. Both books earned me a spot on the bestseller lists of both of Denver’s daily newspapers.

Why did you turn to Outskirts Press for your third book?

Outskirts Press came into my life at exactly the right time. After years of trying to publish my third novel by conventional means, I finally learned
of Outskirts Press. Within three months, they had published No Laughing Matter, an amateur sleuth mystery that also made The Denver Post bestseller list and sold out at the landmark Tattered Cover Book Store, a Denver literary icon. No Laughing Matter also won the Harvey Award from the Colorado Authors’ League for best genre novel of 2007.

And your fourth book?

When they published my next novel, Neptune’s Chariot, it became a bestseller, too.

Above James Rollins and James Patterson – pretty impressive! How was your publishing experience with Outskirts Press?

I’m indebted to my Author Rep at Outskirts for her friendly, prompt and professional assistance. The Outskirts Press cover artist shared my vision of the covers, and executed beautifully.

Any advice for fellow authors?

Outskirts Press will help you find your dream, especially if, like me, you hear the clock ticking and can’t afford to play the waiting game.

Thank you, Irv. And congratulations on your success!