I am delighted to welcome indie author, Christina E Pilz to the blog today.
Who are you and when did your journey begin?
Christina E. Pilz; my journey began when my 4th grade teacher liked a story I handed in for a class assignment.
Tell us about where you are on your self-publishing journey right now in terms of books published, where you publish, etc.
I’ve been writing forever, but decided to take it seriously in 2014, when I put up a website, and finished writing my first book, hired an editor and cover designer and started doing all of the work that goes into self-publishing.
Why did you choose to self-publish?
Because traditional publishing had such high gates to scale, and as an unknown, there was no chance of my getting into the Big Five, no way, no how. I knew I wasn’t a bad writer, that people liked my stories, so I wanted to get them out there. Self-publishing had come into its own by then, and so since the gates in that direction were wide open, with readers being the gatekeepers, I decided to try it.
What’s the best thing about self-publishing?
That I control all the aspects of my book, from the kind of story I’m telling, to the way it’s edited, to the timeline of publishing, and the care of my readers. Plus, the indie author community is amazing and welcoming; I’ve learned so much just by talking to other authors, and along the way, I’ve done my best to pay it forward.
And the worst?
Being in charge of and responsible for the whole thing! It’s a lot of work, but I like learning new things and watching my backlist grow.
What do you know now that you wish you’d known before you published your first book?
To write more, to put more books out is key; keep writing all the time, even when I don’t feel like it.
If you could change one thing about your self-publishing journey, what would it be and why?
To have reached out sooner to other indie authors; I kind of thought I was the only one, for some reason, who was just starting out. People start out on this journey every day.
Do you have any advice for those who might be looking in to self-publishing?
Just start writing, if that’s your dream, and don’t ever let anybody tell you it’s impossible or a foolish waste of time. It’s your time, and you get to decide how to spend it.
Anything else you’d like to share?
The world keeps changing; the only thing I can control is what I’m doing amidst that change. Writing is the most fun for me, so I’m committed to doing that every day. Readers are the heart of what I do; if they like what I write, that’s my reward.
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Christina’s debut novel, Fagin’s Boy, is available now, here’s the blurb …
In 1846 London, respectable young men do not fall for street thieves. This is the love story of Oliver Twist and the Artful Dodger.
Oliver Twist has one desire: to own a bookshop and live a simple, middle-class life as far as possible from his workhouse-shadowed past. One thing stands in his way: Jack Dawkins–The Artful Dodger–who’s just returned to London and is seeking Fagin’s old gang.
Jack’s visits cause Oliver nothing but trouble, but he finds himself drawn, time and again, to their shared past, Jack’s unguarded honesty, and those bright, green eyes.
Oliver craves respectability, and doesn’t think he will find it with a forbidden love. Can Jack convince Oliver that having one doesn’t mean losing the other?
Fagin’s Boy is the first book in Christina E. Pilz’s Oliver & Jack series, a gay historical romance. If you like Dickensian tragedy, suspense, crime, poverty, and hope, as well as a slow-burn forbidden romance, then you’ll love Fagin’s Boy: The Further Particulars of a Parish Boy’s Progress.
About the author …
Christina E. Pilz was born in Waco, Texas, and grew up in Boulder, Colorado. Her love for historical fiction began when she read Little House on the Prairie by Laura Ingalls Wilder. She has an M.A. in Linguistics, and an M.S. in Technical Communications. She loves coffee shops, mountain sunsets, prairie storms, the smell of lavender, and is a staunch supporter of the Oxford comma. Passionate about what she writes, her stories will transport you.