Editor’s Note: This is my last in the series of author interviews from the Creatures, Crime and Creativity conference. It should have been posted months ago, but I had technical difficulties with the audio file and finally just emailed the author directly with my questions.
TeleRead: So, you’ve got your first novel published. What’s it like to have it out, promoting it and talking about it?
Corey: It’s made my life busier, that’s for sure. With Facebook and Twitter and other social media, getting the book out there, my name as a writer, and discussing it with anyone and everyone who asks, it seems like another full time job. But I think validation as a writer has had the largest impact on me personally.
TeleRead: You’ve been on both sides. You were the “student,” learning about the process. Now, you’re published and educating others. Does that make you the “master”?
Corey: Hardly. Like any profession, there is a learning curve. I’m still on mine.
TeleRead: We reviewed Chain of Evidence earlier this year, and I’m sure there have been other reviews. What’s the overall reaction been?
Corey: Great! Amazon and professional reviewers like you keep it at 4 to 5 stars consistently. I am very excited about that.
TeleRead: On this site, we discuss indie vs. traditional vs. self-publishing. You’ve been indie published. Did you try something else? Why or why not?
Corey: I “tried” the traditional route of multiple agent submissions with an equal amount of agent rejections. It is a tough business to break into. I think traditional small press and Indie publishers provide additional routes to traditional publishing, albeit on a smaller scale. As my publisher, Intrigue, said to me, we’re not Random House. However, I would not rule out future runs at traditional publishing. I am currently in the market for an agent, and I rule nothing out.
TeleRead: What was the best part of working with Intrigue?
Corey: As I said above, they provided a route to traditional publishing. I would not recommend self-publishing unless you have a lot of money, time, and working knowledge of the publishing industry.
TeleRead: What’s next? Go indie again or try something else?
Corey: Depends on circumstances. As I said above, I rule nothing out.
TeleRead: Any final thoughts?
Corey: If you are thinking about writing a book, and talk yourself out of it because you don’t think you could, or that you’re not “good” enough, I say you are doing yourself a disservice. You never know what you can or can’t do if you don’t make the effort.