Title: Adelita’s Secret
Author: Christopher Cloud
Genre: young adult fantasy romance
Format: paperback, kindle
Lost in a superficial world of materialism and social status—and ashamed of her Latino heritage—seventeen-year-old Adelita Noé is loved by two men, two men separated by a hundred years and vastly different stations in life. One man owns little more than the shirt on his back. The other, a poet at heart, is heir to a vast fortune. Their love for Adelita serves as the backdrop for the Latino girl’s quest to better understand herself and her Mexican roots.
Q: What are the biggest challenges you have faced with self-publishing?
To be honest, I have not experienced any problems, although my humble marketing strategy can never hope to compete with traditional publishers. I assembled a six-person team that I have used for each of my novels: photographer, graphic artist, formatter, website specialist, publicist, and editor. Editing remains the biggest challenge.
Q: What surprised you about the self-publishing process?
The ease of the process.
Q: Right now there is a stigma attached to self-published authors, that just because you can pay for the book to be published doesn’t mean you are a qualified author. Do you think self-publishing will ever become a respected industry?
For me, self-publishing has been a rewarding experience. Between Dec. 1, 2012 and March 20, 2013, I sold nearly a 1,000 copies of my third novel, a middle-grade story titled “A Boy Called Duct Tape.” By traditional standards, that probably isn’t that many books, but for me it is a home run. I continue to believe that a good story will always make its mark in the literary marketplace. And yes, I believe self-publishing will find its rightful place in literature within the next two years. The industry is changing at warp speed.
Q: What is your advice to authors who decide to self-publish?
Roll up your sleeves and do it! Your expenses should run anywhere from $2,000 to $3,000 depending on the length of your book, the complexity of your cover, etc. I live in Joplin, Missouri, and the cost of these services is low. If you live in New York City, your costs will be much higher.
Award-winning author Christopher Cloud began writing fiction full time at the age of 66 after a long career in journalism and public relations. He writes middle-grade and young adult novels. Chris graduated from the University of Missouri in 1967 with a degree in journalism. He has worked as a reporter, editor, and columnist at newspapers in Texas, California, and Missouri. He was employed by a major oil company as a public relations executive, and later operated his own public relations agency. Chris lives in Joplin, Missouri, and enjoys golf and hiking.
Self-Publishing Journey a Home Run for Author Chris Cloud
Christopher Cloud author of the award winning young adult novel, A Boy Called Duct Tape releases his latest young adult love story, Adelita’s Secret. He shares with us his journey on the self-publishing process, his successes, surprises and his home run.