Publishers Weekly features an interview with Andres Quintero, the author of Hairy Harold & His Extraordinary Trip to New York, a book that was billed as an “impressive debut” by the publication.
The book was crowdfunded, although the author admits that if he’d known how difficult it was at the time he wouldn’t have done it this way.
His advice to other self-published authors is to:
- Get feedback from the audience – share your story with as many people as you can and make sure to ask them for their honest feedback – however painful this might be.
- First spread the word about your book and then start crowdfunding. You should only crowdfund through Face book if you have 600 or more friends – and be prepared not to crowdfund again for at least another couple of years.
- Persevere and don’t be afraid of failure. You’re never going to get things right the first time, he says.