peeps: Brad Whittington
Brad Whittington is a Texan, born in Fort Worth “on James Taylor’s eighth birthday and Jack Kerouac’s thirty-fourth,” making Brad “old enough to know better.” Now an Austin resident, he’s lived in Hawaii, Ohio, South Carolina, Arizona and Colorado, doing an even longer list of jobs: janitor, math teacher, field hand, computer programmer, brickyard worker, editor, IT director, weed-cutter, and more. He’d like to think that he is “greatly loved by all right-thinking citizens,” and apparently, the “complete absence of cats and dogs” in his home pleases him greatly.
He also happens to be the author of both fiction (such as Endless Vacation) and non-fiction (What Would Jesus Drink? What the Bible Really Says About Alcohol ) titles available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble and iBooks.
How Brad Got Started Self-Publishing
Brad already had three novels out and traditionally published. When no other contracts were forthcoming, he decided to switch genres. For a few years, he debated whether he should go through the effort of finding an agent, or simply go indie and forge his own path, Amazon Kindle’s revolutionizing the publishing industry having caught his attention, of course.
Go indie was what he decided to do in 2011.
First he released his backlist then got to work on new material. He has since published two new novels and one non-fiction work (all under his Wunderfool Press imprint), doing all the production himself. He does, however, contract out the work for his cover designs and copyediting.
Self-Publishing Tips and Observations
- “My advice to the wannabe is definitely indie publish, but don’t do it too soon. Don’t be part of the 21st century slush pile, which is people throwing crap out there and calling it literature.”
- “Hone your craft, find a solid critique group of people who know what they’re doing, and make sure you’ve got something worth publishing before you attach your name to something that will never go away because it’s on the Internet.“