Thank you for inviting me to a guest interview. My name is Michael Drakich and my most recent novel is an epic fantasy entitled The Brotherhood Of Piaxia, along with two previous works, Grave Is The Day and Vows Above.
About The Brotherhood of Piaxia – Years have passed since the overthrow of the monarchy by the Brotherhood of Warlocks and they rule Piaxia in peaceful accord. But now forces are at work to disrupt this rule from outside the Brotherhood as well as within! Follow Tarlok, Savan and Tessia as their paths intertwine, with the Brotherhood in pursuit and the powerful merchant’s guild manipulating the populace for their own end.
What inspired you to write this story?
This is an interesting question as my inspiration to write this novel came from reading another fantasy from a well-known series. I found the writing deplorable and thought I could do better. So on Monday, February 20, 2006, at 5:23:53 PM I began my writing career and this was my first attempt. Needless to say, the original draft wasn’t very good. Over the next six years I worked hard to hone my writing skills through multiple on line workshops and continuous writing which includes two other novels already now published. It was then that I decided to revisit this work and rewrote it from stem to stern.
How are you marketing your book and growing your audience?
My belief is that the only way to market a novel is word of mouth. I have a marketing campaign that involves a significant number of bloggers, currently over one hundred, to review my book. Bloggers provide an excellent conduit to the public. Not only do they provide reviews but they post those reviews on their blogs which have many followers. They list them on sites such as Amazon where the public can read them. They message them out through other media channels such as tweeting to reach an even larger audience. It is a time consuming task but in the long run I believe is the best.
The decision to self publish was, in all honesty, not that difficult to make. As I mentioned earlier, I have a contract with a small publisher for two previous works. There is only so much a publisher can achieve and yet they retain the lion’s portion of the sales. In the intervening time period I learned much how the industry operated and the obvious trend towards ebooks. Self publishing seemed the only logical decision.
Currently, my works can be found at Amazon, Smashwords, Barnes & Noble, and any other site offering ebooks today. If you’re looking for an insight into my mind, it can best be found at my blog at my home page at Goodreads. I also have an entertaining short trailer for my book at YouTube.