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Interview with ‘Paris Adieu’ Rozsa Gaston: ‘Just publish it yourself’

Rozsa GastonRozsa Gaston is an author who writes serious books on playful matters. She is the author of Paris Adieu, Dogsitters, Budapest Romance, Lyric, Running from Love and the soon to be released Paris Adieu sequel, Black is Not a Color Unless Worn By a Blonde.Rozsa studied European intellectual history at Yale, and then received her master’s degree in international affairs from Columbia. In between Rozsa worked as a singer/pianist all over the world. She currently lives in Connecticut with her family.

You can visit Rozsa’s website at www.parisadieu.com.

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About Paris Adieu

Paris AdieuThe first time Ava Fodor visits Paris as a nineteen-year old au pair, her French boyfriend introduces her to the concept of being comfortable in her own skin. If only she knew how…

One Ivy League degree later, she’s back for an encounter with a Frenchman that awakens her to womanhood. If only she could stay….

Five years later, Ava returns to Paris as a singer/pianist. She falls for Arnaud, whose frequent travel tortures her. While he’s away, a surprising stranger helps Ava on her journey to self-discovery. Armed with the lessons Paris has taught her, she bids adieu to Arnaud, Pierre and her very first love – the City of Light.

Q: Welcome to Beyond the Books, Rozsa. Can we start out by telling us whether you are published for the first time or are you multi-published?

Paris Adieu, which came out in December, 2011, is my first published book.

Q: When you were published for the first time, which route did you go – mainstream, small press, vanity published or self-published and why or how did you choose this route?

My agent, Sharon Belcastro of Belcastro Agency, published Paris Adieu in eBook format after shopping the manuscript for a year to traditional publishing houses and not securing a deal. She loved the story and knew female readers would respond to it, so she brought it out herself on Amazon.com for Kindle, BarnesandNoble.com for Nook, and Smashwords.com for all eBook formats. She’s now bringing it out in a print-on-demand edition for Amazon.com.

Q: How long did it take you to get published once you signed the contract?

I didn’t sign a contract with a traditional publishing house. However I signed on with my agent in November of 2010 and Paris Adieu was published thirteen months later. We made the decision to go with self-publishing in September 2011. The book came out three months later. Not bad, and much faster than traditional publishing house timelines.

Q: How did it make you feel to become published for the first time and how did you celebrate?

 I was dizzy with disbelief. After writing five novels over the past six years, I could hardly believe the day had come when my work was finally out there for the public to read and evaluate.

We celebrated by going out to dinner with my line editor, Laura Brengelman, who did an exceptional job cleaning up the Paris Adieu manuscript and making it sparkle.

She then made my soul sparkle with her excitement and enthusiasm over my publishing debut. Thank you, Laura!  I might add, entirely beside the point, that we dined at a very trendy tequila bar and restaurant where they placed a silver bowl filled with dry ice on our table then poured a shot of tequila over it. Now that’s atmosphere!

Q: What was the first thing you did as for promotion when you were published for the first time?

I had five hundred bookmarks made up with the Paris Adieu cover image on them and a favorable quote on the book from New York Times bestselling author, Victoria Kann, who wrote Pinkalicious, Purplicious, Silverlicious and Goldilicious and whose musical, Pinkalicious the Musical has been playing off-Broadway in New York and Toronto for over five years.

Q: Since you’ve been published, how have you grown as a writer and now a published author?

I’ve become extremely aware of the weight of every word I disseminate on the Internet. My brand, my platform, my image is now being built on-line, word by word, phrase by phrase. It’s important to me to offer consistency to my readers in order to build their support. Readers who enjoy Paris Adieu will most likely enjoy the continuing adventures of its main character, Ava Fodor, in its sequel, Black is not a Color Unless Worn by a Blonde, coming in fall 2012; then Sense of Touch, out in 2013.

Q: What has surprised or amazed you about the publishing industry as a whole?

The publishing industry has not yet amazed me. The domain of cyberspace has. I published my first quote (“I don’t pretend to be an ordinary housewife,” by Elizabeth Taylor) on my FineWinesFineQuotes.com blog site a year ago and within seconds, an artist in San Diego responded.  I ran around the house for the next quarter hour letting everyone know how excited I was to receive feedback from across the country so immediately. It was amazing.

It still is!  A few months later I posted a quote by Rabindranath Tagore (“By plucking her petals, you do not gather the beauty of the flower.”) Within minutes, I’d received a comment from a man in New Delhi, India. Wow. I get ridiculously excited when I hear from like-minded people in other parts of the world.

Q: What is the most rewarding thing about being a published author?

I now have a voice, a platform. When people ask what I do, and I tell them I write, my heart no longer sinks when they follow up with the inevitable question, “Have you published?”

Now I say “Yes,” and hand them a Paris Adieu bookmark. It’s a functional, practical gift whether they might wish to read the book or not, and it gets the  conversation rolling.

Before, when “No” was the answer to the “Have you published?” question, the conversation more or less died a slow death with uncomfortable follow up questions such as “How long have you been writing?” or something along the lines of “My brother-in-law is writing a book too.” He’s also fooling himself that he’s a writer always seemed to be the sub-text. Now there’s no more sub-text. I’m a published author.

Nothing succeeds like success itself. Nothing says “published” like publishing.  You’re either on the map or you’re not. If you’re not on the map yet, see my answer to the question below.

Q: Any final words for writers who dream of being published one day?

Complete your projects. Don’t start a manuscript, lay it aside then start another one. Get into the habit of completing whatever writing project you begin. It’s a good discipline to follow and sooner or later one of your completed projects will be good enough to publish. If no one else thinks so, just publish it yourself. Then you’re on your way!

Nemo James author of the autobiography, ‘Just a Few Seconds, A Story From the Hidden World of Music and Beyond Virtual Book Tour 2011’

 

Join Nemo James as he tours to blogsphere September 6 – October 28, 2011 with Pump Up Your Book to talk about his new autobiographical memoir, Just a Few Seconds, A Story From the Hidden World of Music and Beyond ( Derek Newark Publishing).

Nemo James will be on an online book tour with interviews, giving away copies of his book and meeting and greeting new and old fans! Nemo’s tour starts at Paperback Writer with a giveaway.  He will take part in the Literarily Speaking September Book Panel Forum discussing Agents: Do we need them to get published?” In October he will talking LIVE on Barry Eva’s Blog Talk Radio Show ‘A Book and a Chat.’ He will take part in the Pump Up Your Book party chat where he will be available for chat plus giving away copies of his book.

Nemo James’ background is the perfect backdrop for his novel, with his experience into the music business and knowledge from all angles of what goes on in front of, the audience, but also behind the stage. James states that the road to success can lead us down the strangest of paths. He dreamt of being a professional musician from the first time he picked up a guitar following a talent content disaster. His journey takes him all over the world from private gigs for the rich and famous to the roughest pubs starting in the late sixties through the nineties.

“We are thrilled to have Nemo on board,” says Rebecca Camarena, Tour Coordinator for Pump Up Your Book. “He is a talented author who was not afraid to reveal the secrets of the music industry behind the scenes and has embraced the opportunities for book promotion. Nemo has been a joy to work with.”

For more information on Nemo James, Just a Few Seconds Virtual Book Tour, you can visit his official tour page at http://www.pumpupyourbook.com/2011/07/28/just-a-few-seconds-a-story-from-the-hidden-world-of-music-and-beyond-virtual-book-tour-september-and-october-2011/

You can also visit Nemo James at his website www.nemojames.com

Interview with George Earl Parker, author of VAMPYRE BLOOD – EIGHT PINTS OF TROUBLE

George Earl Parker is an author, singer/songwriter, and an artist. As director of the short film The Yellow Submarine Sandwich, included in Eric Idle’s pseudo-documentary of a band called the Rutles, Parker received accolades, awards, and a showing at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City. His art has been exhibited in museums and galleries around the country, and three of his songs have climbed the European Country Music Association charts. Vampyre Blood-Eight Pints of Trouble is his first novel. He currently lives in California where he continues working on music, and his second book.

Q: Welcome to Beyond the Books, George Earl.  Can we start out by telling us whether you are published for the first time or are you multi-published?

I’ve got to say that this is the first time I’m being published because I’m currently re-editing my first book.

Q: What was the name of your very first book regardless of whether it was published or not and, if not published, why?

It was called The Atomic Kid and it was self published for about ten minutes before the company went belly-up.

Q: For your first published book, how many rejections did you go through before you either found a mainstream publisher, self-published it, or paid a vanity press to publish it?

I was rejected by a hundreds of literary agents until I found one who believed in the book, and he said it was going to be the next big thing. But when the 15 or 20 publishers he sent it to turned it down, he became despondent. So I published it myself.

Q: How did the rejections make you feel and what did you do to overcome the blows?

I ignored them while I tried to understand what on earth I’d done to tick so many people off?

Q: When your first book was published, who published it and why did you choose them?

I can’t remember the name of the company. I just know it should have been Incompetence Incorporated. The reason I chose them however was noble, it was because they actually printed books.

Q: How did it make you feel to become published for the first time and how did you celebrate?

I was going through a re-birth at that time, and I began writing songs in earnest.

Q: What was the first thing you did as for as promotion when you were published for the first time?

The book was reviewed very well by a couple of lovely people and I tried to get those reviews out. I wrote press releases, recorded  some music, tried to make it an event, but I think I was a little to early for myself.

Q: If you had to do it over again, would you have chosen another route to be published?

No, not at all. I learned everything I know now from what I didn’t know then.

Q: Have you been published since then and how have you grown as an author?

Yes, I am happy to say that my new book, Vampyre Blood-Eight Pints of Trouble, is being published by BookLocker.com. It’s the story of a lonely monster who just wants to be normal-and like all of us, the fact that we realize it means that we must have grown.

Q: Looking back since the early days when you were trying to get published, what do you think you could have done differently to speed things up?  What kind of mistakes could you have avoided?

When you follow a path you have to adapt to the terrain. There are no shortcuts until you have mapped the territory. You must keep moving forward at all costs, and never look back.

Q: What has been the biggest accomplishment you have achieved since becoming published?

I’ve just released a new song called, Out Of The Ice, in Europe.

Q: If you could have chosen another profession, what would that profession be?

A Taoist Priest.

Q: Would you give up being an author for that profession or have you combined the best of both worlds?

You don’t give anything up in Taoism, you just learn to take more on effortlessly.

Q: How do you see yourself in ten years?

Writing and singing.

Q: Any final words for writers who dream of being published one day?

Don’t give up.

You can visit George Earl Parker on the web at www.georgeearlparker.com.

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