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Interview with Self-Published Author Jon David

Today we’re talking to author Jon David. Here’s what he had to say:

Tell us about your self-published book and where it is available.

My book is the first of a trilogy. “Diary of a Lonely Demon” follows a young woman named Morgalla who happens to be a demon from Hell. She tries to have as normal a life as possible and tries to find her way in the world. She’s afraid to show her true self to anyone, human or demon. It’s available at createspace:

You can also “LIKE” Morgalla on facebook and see many illustrations of her and the world she lives in.

Why did you decide to self-publish?

I think it comes from the same reason all authors like me decide to: Sick of hearing NO from publishers and agents. I know of many writers who are great but if publishers don’t think their work won’t sell, they’ll never get published. It also kinda comes down to luck. When you look at how many submissions they get, it’s almost a miracle that a certain author gets accepted.

So writers are faced with two difficult questions: Wait around for years for something that might never happen? Or do it yourself?

What was your biggest challenge to overcome in self-publishing your book and why?

Good question. I suppose it might be finding the right people to trust, or maybe getting your work out there and finding the right people who will enjoy your work.

What has been the best part about self-publishing your book and why?

Every time I autograph a copy of my book to someone who is enthused about it or who enjoyed it. There is no thrill that equals that.

What advice do you have for other writers who are self-publishing their book?

Read a lot and many different authors. You’ll discover what authors you like and which ones you don’t. That will strengthen your own work, make it as ironclad. That is the foundation of making your work popular. People can tell when you’ve spent a lot of time and effort making your writing as professional as possible. Don’t even THINK about going forward until you’ve had a professional evaluate your writing.

Is there anything you would like to add?

Morgalla has the opportunity to be a very popular character but she only needs a chance. I looked at other characters, particularly female, and saw what was lacking or what was common among them. I then went and molded her in a way to make her unique. I’m very proud of what I’ve done so far and I cannot wait to hear what people will think not only of book one, but of the other two as well when they’re ready.

Thanks so much for telling us about you and your book Jon. Good luck with book sales!

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