Technology has made it easier than ever to reach wider audiences no matter where they are in the world. All it takes is a little thinking outside the box and you can market a self-published book in creative ways, affordably and impactfully. This is where book tours come in: Tours are a great way to connect with your readers and technology has made them easier and more cost effective than ever!
Author Eric Raddatz is taking his latest book miPhoneography, on tour — a Virtual Book Tour with Outskirts Press. This will allow Eric to take his book into the far corners of the globe, all from the comfort of his own home! Keep an eye out for Eric’s book as he will be featured on several blogs over the weeks and months ahead!
Luckily for us, Eric 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 miPhoneography.
OP: Tell us a little bit about miPhoneography. What is it about?
Eric: It is made up of an eclectic group of images made with iPhone technology and editing apps such as Snapseed.
OP: Why did you decide to write this story?
Eric: I have been a photographer since the 70’s utilizing 35mm analog and digital SLR. In capturing the images, it has been me alone, a selfish endeavor, in the belief that I, like each of us, need to have something that is completely my own. But I don’t want to work in a vacuum, so I have entered contests, displayed in group and solo exhibitions in the US and the EU and have received a number of awards. This work reflects the changes in our world that were brought about by the smartphone cameras’ growth and enhancements. I wanted to share my vision beyond the social media outlets — that large amounts of equipment are not necessary in creating fine art photography. Like the song says, “Love the one you’re with!”
OP: How did you get your book published?
Eric: I looked up self-publishing on Google and found Outskirts Press and inquired. They returned stating their interest. They were great. You actually get to talk to a real person who guides you through the process from beginning to publishing, and even after, and all with patience and grace. Also, you get to spend a goodly amount of money but it was most definitely worth it.
OP: What types of readers would be interested in this story?
Eric: I hope that any person into photography whether SLR or smartphone would
enjoy these pictures and the work involved. But also, any person who has given some thought to using their device beyond the snapshot and selfie would be inspired to step out and share their vision with us (though, granted, I have twisted the selfie for my art)
OP: What is special about your book?
Eric: I have seen any number of books or magazines devoted to the iPhone or the Droid in teaching the how and why. My vision is to share the result of my exploration and vision. The exposure beyond the community of mobile-artist to the general audience might truly bring new life and ways of seeing things differently.
OP: What differentiates your book?
Eric: It’s Mine
OP: Have you published any other books?
Eric: Yes. My first book was published through Blurb. It is the sharing of images and words of my mother’s passing “Memories Dying Dream.” I shot it using a flip phone which of course has its limitations, but I was able to surmount them and produce a meaningful and heartfelt experience both as a book and an exhibition. The second one I also produced through Blurb, “Eric L. Raddatz Photography: A Retrospective.” In it are images from my days using 35mm SLR and Digital SLR plus some early iPhone, both of the cameras and lenses are tucked away in a drawer of my dresser.
OP: Do you plan to publish more?
Eric: I continue to go out and explore my world through my lense (s) and am always discovering new images and ideas. I love taking time to rework the images to create something totally new. The possibility of additional publications is ever present. I will take it one book at a time.
OP: Thanks for your time, Eric! We look forward to learning more about you as you visit other bloggers!
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Eric Raddatz lives in Raleigh, North Carolina with his wife, Bonnie. They have three children who are off on their own adventures. Eric works as Chaplain for Heartland Hospice. Photography has been his way of taking care of himself in the face of the issues that challenge the individuals he serves, finding peace and comfort as he walks the greenways and streets in the world in which he lives.
For more information or to contact the author, visit https://www.outskirtspress.com/miphoneography
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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