peeps: Parker Francis (Vic DiGenti)
Although he hadn’t really technically strayed from his first love, writing, author Vic DiGenti enjoyed a long career in broadcasting and special events, in NE Florida Public TV/Radio stations for the most part, playing a number of major roles in various prominent local events, including producing the Jacksonville Jazz Festival. After retirement, however, he finally had the time and opportunity to pursue working on long form fiction.
Inspired by the cats in his household, Vic wrote the award-winning Windrusher trilogy, an adventure/fantasy series featuring a feline protagonist. Published by traditional small press Ocean Publishing, Vic and Ocean “had a nice run together.”
Then Vic decided to try his hand in the hard-boiled mystery/suspense genre.
How Vic Got Started Self-Publishing
Ocean offered to publish Vic’s Matanzas Bay, his first Quint Mitchell Mystery (Vic uses the pen name Parker Francis for his fast-paced mysteries). But Ocean’s business model was shifting away from fiction, so Vic decided to take a closer look at his available options. It was, of course, impossible not to notice the “changes tilting the publishing industry on its head,” so in 2011, Vic decided to make a go of it himself and become an independent publisher, releasing Matanzas Bay for the Kindle.
Publishing under his own imprint, Windrusher Hall Press, Vic started focusing on establishing his Parker Francis brand, since releasing Kindle editions of a second Quint Mitchell novel, Bring Down the Furies, a novella, Blue Crabs at Midnight, and a short story collection, Ghostly Whispers, Secret Voices. He has also published trade paperback editions of his two novels.
Self-Publishing Tips and Observations
- “Amazon’s KDP program triggered a major paradigm shift for writers, giving us the means to control our own careers as independent publishers. It’s certainly not a guaranteed path to success, but it gives the authors all the advantages of a traditional publisher.”
- “As an independent publisher, I can make the key decisions about my products, from cover art to formatting, from pricing to date of publication.”
- “KDP Select offers another arrow in the promotional quiver giving authors free promotion days to turn Amazon’s mega-spotlight on their books.”
“The key to success lies in both quality and quantity: our books must be well written, professionally edited and formatted, and the more books on our bookshelf, the more sales are possible. The most successful independent authors are those with multiple titles of eight, ten or more. So the key is to keep writing.”
- “But writers shouldn’t jump into the digital road race thinking there’s a pot of gold out there for every writer. It’s not easy. In fact, it’s hard. If it were easy, everyone would be doing it. Wait, I guess everyone is trying to do it.”