Call to Arms by Rachel Amphlett – This is the first book I have read by the Author, it sure won’t be the last. I have her other books in the series to read, I will try to get them as soon as I can. Just because well I really enjoyed her book. Big thank you for Rachel for doing this interview with me. Still learning them as I am going.
LF: How long have you been writing for?
This will be the seventh year I’ve been writing novels – I wrote my first novel, White Gold over the course of 2010.
LF: Did you ever try publishing your books via a House or was the goal always to self-publish?
I pitched White Gold around a few publishing houses and literary agents, but they weren’t after an action-adventure thriller that year – vampires were en vogue 🙂 Instead, after receiving an email from another indie author who suggested the process to me, I took that route instead. It didn’t even occur to me to pitch the Detective Kay Hunter series to an agent or publisher – that too went out into the wild as an indie series!
LF: How hard has it been to build a reader base?
It got easier for me once I applied everything I knew and continued to learn about business and marketing – I didn’t have a clue when I first started out; I just wrote that first book for me. Once I got my head around setting up a website and social media, everything started to come together.
LF: Looking back would you change anything?
Yes, I’d definitely have written a business and marketing plan before setting out to publish White Gold. I would’ve waited until I had the second book to follow hot on its heels instead of waiting 18 months, too – that was a huge mistake because I lost a lot of visibility on retailers’ sites.
LF: What other books/series have you written?
As well as the Detective Kay Hunter series, I have the Dan Taylor espionage series of four books, and the English Spy Mystery series of three novellas. There are three standalone books amongst all that lot as well.
LF: Is being an Author your full-time career now or do you have another job?
I went full time in July 2017 after being made redundant from my part-time job. It was really a case of seize the moment and see if I could do it. I haven’t looked back since.
LF: Anything you would like to add?
I always love hearing from readers, and will always respond. The best way for people to keep in touch with me and to find out about new releases as well as come behind the scenes of my writing life is to join my Readers Group at www.rachelamphlett.com – there’s lots of exciting stuff happening this year!
Thanks for having me on your blog, Laura.