peeps: G.L. Breedon
Since graduating from the University of Michigan with a Bachelor’s in General Studies (with a concentration in film, video, theater and writing), he’s directed a short film, plays and other short works. He also wrote, produced, directed and held starring roles in two low budget feature films; the second, Dark September Rain, is out on DVD. But there’s more of him in the field. He shares that he has “written several screenplays and plays and worked behind the camera as a cinematographer on several low budget projects, designed sets and lights for the stage, gaffed the feature film The Four Corners of Nowhere, and taught acting to children.”
And, of course, since you’re reading about him here, he’s done well as a YA SF/Fantasy indie author, five titles to date on Amazon, starting with The Wizard of Time.
So, how does the minister thing fit into the full G.L. Breedon picture? No idea, but you can’t tell me that that doesn’t make things a bit more intriguing.
How G.L. Got Started Self-Publishing
After spending a year writing The Wizard of Time — about a young time mage in “the center of a war of magic fought throughout the timeline of history,” a story that came to G.L. in a dream — he found that getting it traditionally published was proving impossible, or at least impossibly difficult.
“After being rejected by every agent who worked with YA fantasy and every YA fantasy publisher that would accept unagented submissions, I came to realize that agents and publishers reject novels for a number of reasons that may have nothing to do with the quality of the writing or the storytelling. It is always easier to say no than yes.”
So G.L. decided to take his work the indie route. Easy way out? Right. As G.L. reminds us, “That’s also when the real work started.” Although he already has five titles out in the marketplace, and he’s hard at work on a sixth, being an indie author isn’t his main source of income. “I’m not writing for a living yet but I’m on the path to doing so and paying some bills in the meantime.”
Self-Publishing Observations and Tips
- “The publishing industry is changing so fast right now that any specific advice is likely to be useless in a year or less.”
“Indie books need the same thing that traditionally published books need to sell: A well written story that is professionally edited, a good cover, and a solid product description.”
“You can do all sorts of marketing and publicity, but from what I can see, the thing that really sells books is word of mouth among readers and having more books to sell. Speaking of which, I should get back to writing.”