Richard Hacker is the author of CHAIN REACTION, the third installment in the Nick Sibelius crime series. Champagne Books released DIRTY WATER, the next novel in the Nick Sibelius series after TOXIC RELATIONSHIP, in June, 2013. His first novel, TOXIC RELATIONSHIP, released August, 2012 by Champagne Books was a 2011 Writer’s League of Texas (WLT) finalist,where in addition, SHAPER EMERGENCE won best novel in the Science Fiction category. He is a member of the Pacific Northwest Writers Association.
After living many years in Austin, Texas where he worked as a leadership coach, public speaker and management trainer, he moved with his high school sweetheart to Seattle. While he misses the big skies of Texas, Richard has grown fond of the Pacific Northwest. His writing partner, a springer spaniel named Jazz, helps with proofreading and ball fetching.
You can visit Richard’s website at www.richardhacker.com.
Q: Welcome to Beyond the Books, Richard Can we start out by telling us whether you are published for the first time or are you multi-published?
CHAIN REACTION is the third book in the Nick Sibelius series, published by Champagne Books
Champagne Books is a small press eBook publisher. I pitched to the publisher as a writer’s conference. We hit it off. I liked her approach and integrity, she liked my manuscript.
Q: How long did it take you to get published once you signed the contract?
About six months.
Q: How did it make you feel to become published for the first time and how did you celebrate?
Pretty darned good! I popped a bottle of champagne with my wife, but I think it really hit home when I did a book release party. Reading selections of the book to a live audience was a special moment.
Q: What was the first thing you did as for as promotion when you were published for the first time?
I solicited some quotes from folks I thought might add a little legitimacy to the novel. For example, Pam Binder, the president of the Pacific Northwest Writer’s Association was kind enough to offer a quote I could use in my marketing.
Q: Since you’ve been published, how have you grown as a writer and now a published author?
The most significant growth has been in the critical assessment of my writing. I no longer look for compliments. I want the cold, hard truth—which is more difficult to find that you might imagine. A knowledgeable critic who doesn’t pull any punches is worth his or her weight in gold.
Q: What has surprised or amazed you about the publishing industry as a whole?
How incredibly chaotic it is. Writers don’t know whether to self publish, go small press or push from a big publisher. And within each of those directions, there’s an army of people who want you to believe they know the ‘true’ path. For readers, we’re inundated with thousands upon thousands of books. And the quality varies wildly. I’ve been disappointed with the quality of novels in all three publishing avenues as much as I’ve been delighted.
Q: What is the most rewarding thing about being a published author?
My knee-jerk response to that question is “monkey off the back.” Once the published thing is done, you realize almost immediately that what matters is what’s next. I recall attending workshops and conferences, pitching to agents and sending out queries thinking if I can only get published, then I’ve done it. However, getting published, while it might seem like the summit, is actually the foothills. There’s always more to learn and more to write.
Q: Any final words for writers who dream of being published one day?
Be persistent, be open to criticism and brutally honest with yourself, and continue to work on your craft. And have fun. Writing ia a release, a joy.