Indie Author Day 2016 - Interview with P.D. Workman
About the Author
Name (real and/or pen): P.D. Workman
Genre(s): Young Adult and Suspense
Name(s) of the book(s) you’ve published and link(s) to purchase:
Looking Over Your Shoulder
Pursued by the Past
In the Tick of Time
Loose the Dogs
Young Adult Fiction:
Breaking the Pattern:
Between the Cracks:
June and Justin
Chloe (Coming in 2017)
Medical Kidnap Files
Mito (Just released!)
How long you have been a published author: Three years
1. What made you decide to become an indie author? What do you like to write about?
I decided I was ready to start getting my creative work out into the world, and to see whether I could make a part- or full-time living out of writing in the future, so I decided to get started. Indie publishing allows me to publish on my own time schedule, to retain my rights, and to have control over my creative projects. I like to write about interesting characters getting into difficult and sometimes heart-wrenching situations. And then making things worse.
2. How did you publish your first book?
All of my books have been self-published. It has been a learning experience!
3. Did you ever try to submit to traditional publishers? If so, what was your experience like?
No. Several decades ago, I queried some trad publishers, but I didn’t enjoy it and it killed my creative spirit. I decided that wasn’t something I wanted to do.
4. How did you market your first book? Has your process changed with subsequent books?
Marketing is a moving target. I am learning new things every day. I don’t have the money for a lot of advertising or paid promotion, so it has mostly been word of mouth, social networking, getting involved with other authors, and generally ‘putting myself out there.'
5. How do you support other indie authors?
I have a number of cross-promotional opportunities available right now. I participate on boards and in Facebook, Google, and Reddit groups. I have designed covers for others. I was recently a panelist at a writer’s conference. I share IngramSpark coupon codes. I am shepherding an unpublished author through the processes at Createspace and KDP right now.
6. What responses have you received from telling people that you are a writer?
Usually ‘What do you write?’ and ‘Have I ever read anything of yours?’ Sometimes ‘Where/how do you publish?’ or ‘How much do you make?'
7. What/who has been your biggest support as an indie author?
Other authors in online support forums. My mom and my hubby. A few friends who introduce me as their author friend...
8. Quote from a positive review of your work.
These reviews are for Questing for a Dream:
"This is a very good book. I can honestly say that I enjoyed this from the bottom of my heart… P.D. Workman takes a set of very plain, very typical characters and gives them much depth and meaning within a very simple world."
"My hat goes off to P.D. Workman for bringing such an amazing story to the market with emotional detail and intriguing characters. I would recommend this book to absolutely anyone."
"This book was great. This book was sad but gripping. I enjoyed the characters and the story line. I fell I cried with these characters and smiled when they did. I think the author did a great job with this book."
"This excellent and realistically wrought story will bring you to tears… completely original in that it feels like a true story that needs to be told, written in a heart-felt and memorable style that readers of all ages can enjoy and truly take something from."
"It was a GREAT read! I could hardly put it down. Very insightful. Will definitely read more of PD Workman's books."