1. Have you always enjoyed writing?
Yes, writing has always been a way for me to escape since I was very young. I dove into writing novels as a teenager... which wasn't easy... but I think those experiences at a young age have really helped me become a more well-rounded writer.
2. What motivated you to start a publishing company?
I had been on a month-long book tour in Europe, promoting my third book, The Lost King, and it was a life-changing experience for me. That being said, the support of my publisher at the time... or lack of support... was shocking. I decided at that point to take what I made from the book and start my own company, which has now been around for over ten years and been quite successful.
3. How have you managed to get so many books published as an independent publisher?
We've always been a very popular destination for authors looking to get their books published. I think our message of giving our authors complete creative control over their own work really resonates with writers. We've also always accepted writers based on the quality of their work, no matter where they are in the world, which has also made us very popular.
4. What is your advice to authors who are looking to publish their work?
My advice would be to focus on publishers who give priority to promotions. What the industry doesn't want you to know is that most production services are the same. Promotions show the true intentions of the publisher and if they want your book to succeed or not, or if they're just looking for your money. Make sure that they commit to at least some promotion in the contract. This will give you a much better chance for success.
5. When do you know that your own work has reached the point where you want to share a book with the world?
That's a great question and one that is different for every writer. Personally I suggest that authors single out someone in their lives who will give them an honest opinion of the work, not just what they want to hear. If that person approves of your book, then it's as ready as it will ever be.