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It's great to have crime novelist Seth Harwood on the show talking about the new publishing paradigm for his latest novel, Young Junius available for special edition pre-order on May 5th.
Seth Harwood is the author of several crime novels including ‘Jake Wakes Up‘ published last year and his latest book, ‘Young Junius‘ . Seth is also a podcaster, writing teach and co-creator of the Author Bootcamp program.
In this podcast you will learn:
- The publishing world does not quickly recognise new novelists, so Seth used podcasting to build an audience for his crime novels.
- Pre-release of ‘Young Junius' is inspired by Scott Sigler's self-publishing run of ‘The Rookie' and now ‘The Starter‘ which his publisher didn't want to publish as it didn't fit the genre. Seth has partnered with a small press, Tyrus Books to organise a special edition that is only pre-sold on the internet with tons of special extras, photos, cover art, embossed and more. People pre-order on Amazon so why not skip them as the middleman and do this directly.
- The possibility of mainstream authors doing this is out there i.e. avoid the middleman and publish straight to the market. We will likely see more authors using this model for publishing.
- ‘Young Junius' is a crime novel, fans of ‘The Wire', ‘Dexter', ‘Law & Order' and authors Richard Price, David Simon, Michael Connelly will enjoy it. It's available for pre-order on May5th – Cinco de Junius! If you use promo code ‘PENN', you'll get $3 off. Go to SethHarwood.com on May 5th.
- How podcasting can still benefit new authors by getting your work out there to new fans. You need to have a presence where people can find out about you, and podcasting is ideal as you can podcast your actual work and people can listen when they are doing other things. [Seth has an online workshop with Writer's Digest webinar on podcasting coming up if you want to know more]. The podcast version of ‘Young Junius' is here.
- Don't worry about your voice! Fans like to hear the author's voice reading the book.
- How to balance your time between writing, marketing, revisions, online promotion. It varies depending on the phase you are in for your book. But it is definitely tricky!
- It's important to write well but also sell a lot of books. Write what you love to read and create, not something that is ‘literary' if that is not the genre you love.