Author Interviews

Interview of Author Joel Heath

I talked directly to Mr. Joel on his journey through self-publishing experience and his writing. Read the full interview below to understand him and his work.

1. Tell me briefly about your latest book – what is it about and what motivated you to write it?

My latest book, Battle for Jershon – the Rise of Shinar, which is a sequel to Journey to Jershon and was written as a coping strategy, I dealt with emotional abuse from my mother as a child that continued well into adulthood, it helps me to feel a sense of the control that was stripped away from me. The book follows Gabe as he struggles with the decision to accept his destiny as the prophesied hero or risk what he has sought all his life, love and acceptance.

2. Tell me about yourself.

I was born on Halloween, grew up in a large family of ten kids, one of my older brothers passed away which made the middle child in every sense (family rank and age), I married 12 years ago next month, my wife and I have ancestral links to the Salem Witch trials of 1692, her ancestor, Cotton Mather, prosecuted and hung my ancestor, Rebecca Nurse, as a witch.

3. How was your experience in self-publishing?

My experience in self-publishing has not been positive, and almost entirely fruitless.

4. What sort of promotional activities have you done as an author, and what have been the results?

I have outsourced through Upwork and Fiverr, placed radio commercials, social media, word of mouth, amazon ads.

5. What are the most important things you’ve learned about publishing that you didn’t know when you started out?

I’ve learned that marketing is proof there is a devil because book promotion is hell.

6. If you could do one thing differently in publishing your books, what would it be?

Does “sell more books” count as doing something different? Lol

7. New authors face the challenge of getting their books into the hands of readers. What advice do you have for an author just starting out?

Don’t settle for the easy answer, build relationships with influential people, make your book something they’ll want to read, create a good elevator pitch, and don’t forget your hygiene.

8. What other projects are you currently working on?

I am currently writing a feature film about a sniper being hired to track down a stolen weapon. I am also working on the third book in the Jershon Saga, “Shadows of Jershon”.

9. Who are all your targeted readers??

The target audience for my books is young adults.

 

10. How can readers learn more about your books?

You can learn about my books through my publisher Amazon, currently available books are “Journey to Jershon” and “Battle for Jershon”. You can also visit my website http://www.joelheath.weebly.com