Several months ago when the Corona Virus event began I had posted in a Goodreads comment on the Author-Reader Forum regarding ways authors could advertise their books for free, saying to post links to your book site on websites that would attract possible readers of the novels the author writes. Esther Rabbit, who is an author, mentor to indie authors, interviews authors of all kinds of novels and non-fiction books, and promotes indie author books on her Esther Rabbit site, asked me to choose seven interview questions from her site and answer the questions for an online-interview.
Here is the link to the interview. Enjoy!
Questions include how I came up with the books in the Prodigal Band Trilogy, the publishing history, the inspiration, as well as (to use author-speak) the ‘plotter vs. pantser’ issue…I am both, especially pantser. So that makes me a ‘plantser’!
When you go to the site you’ll see that funny-looking ‘old lady’ at the beginning…that’s me. I sent in a portion of a picture taken on my son’s cell phone. I do not have a cell phone and do not want one. I do not like being tracked and traced if you know what I mean–I am a very private person. And because I have no cell phone I have very few photos of myself, and I am 67 years old, that’s the best of the most recent photos I had access to. Believe me, I was not prepared for my son’s decision to take that photo! Hopefully that goofy looking lady in the picture does not discourage folks from reading the interview!
Thanks, Esther! Blessings!
Note: Esther also has a YouTube author-mentor channel and Goodreads channel as well.
Now I don’t know if I can get the first character snippet from The Prodigal Band Trilogy up by Friday…may have to wait until next Monday….Thanksgiving and all. The first character snippet is likely to be the ‘prodigal band’s’ frontman-singer named Erik. So that I have to find in the book one or two snippets about that character which will take me a couple of days. And, oh yeah, prep for Thanksgiving!
But I have been floored by my referral stats, especially the list of countries where folks have visited this site (along with the number of downloads of my FREE PDF novel The Prodigal Band.) The majority of visits come from the United States, my country. The number of visits from Europe is way up, especially from the UK where most of my character are from–naturally, we share the same language. Visits from Canada were big a few months ago but have fallen off some. Australia and New Zealand have sent some visitors and that number is increasing. A huge surprise is the number of visits from China. More than I would ever have expected. Even more from India; I know for a fact I have followers from India (or at least I think they are from India!) Japan and the Philippines are finally getting on the list, but the biggest surprise is that now Asian visits are from Malaysia, Indonesia, and Singapore–all Muslim nations!
Having said that, I have gotten no visits from the Middle East that I can recollect. Could be due to language script writing (Arabic and Hebrew and Farsi in Iran) but then again I’ve had visits from Russia, which used Cyrillic script…. As for characters in China…
Africa? The biggest shock of all–Nigeria is to be expected. But Gabon? Eritrea? Sierra Leone? Liberia? And a few others I don’t remember. I’ve also gotten some from Caribbean nations, and Latin America. If I get any from the southern African nation of Botswana, I will go bonkers! I would love to go to Botswana and hear the Kalahari Bushmen speak–with clicks! I’d love to meet the actor who played !Xi in the “Gods Must Be Crazy” series set in Botswana. BTW, the ! in the name !Xi denotes the click-sound. Speaking with clicks? Fascinating!
Update 11:46 pm–I just got another visit from Indonesia!
Believe it or not, I have had many more referrals and clicks to this website, including referrals marked “Download FREE PDF e-book The Prodigal Band” from websites where I have posted comments with links to omegabooksnet.com or my free PDF e-book ‘The Prodigal Band’–meaning, if I post a link to this page or other pages including “bookstore’, I get referrals from these sites!
If one is discouraged by lack of referrals and views to their sites (or book sales), try this method if you haven’t already. Never be discouraged, a famous hymn says–‘Take it to the Lord on prayer.’