Over the past month, AuthorHouse author Daniel Korn as talked with Author’s Digest about his background, his influences, and the inspiration behind his self-published Civil War historical fiction novels Dawn’s Gray Steel and Tennessee Thunder (you can read those posts in our Author Blogs section).
Today we’ll bring things to a close by discussing his self-publishing experience, his advice for other writers, and his upcoming plans.
Daniel, what was your favorite part of self-publishing?
I’m not sure I had a favorite part, other than finally being finished! Actually, I had some good people working with me at AuthorHouse to get this job done. Buddy Dow and Nicola Cage helped a lot.
What advice would you give to the aspiring authors out there?
Don’t quit. Remember, Stephen King was turned down by something like thirty publishers before his manuscript for Carrie was picked up. We all know what happened after that! Also, network, network, network. You never know when something might happen. A friendship with the father of one of my students is what created the Newt Gingrich opportunity [the former Speaker of the House gave Dawn’s Gray Steel a five-star Amazon review].
What are you working on next?
I’m not sure yet. I may write a pirate story about Anne Bonney, or complete the trilogy I started with Dawn’s Gray Steel and Tennessee Thunder. Bonney’s story has always fascinated me, as has the story of the Battle of Franklin.
Are there any events or promotions planned for your books?
In April, I was one of the featured speakers at a Civil War Roundtable symposium in Charlotte. I’ve done several things this past year, most notably Civil War Trust’s national Teachers’ Institute in Richmond where I was one of the presenters. I’ll be at their event this month in Memphis also. Whenever I travel, I always take copies of my books with me; I’ve sold quite a few copies doing that. I’m also exploring some other options to do author signings.
Thank you for your time, Daniel! Is there anything you’d like to add before we wrap things up?
Write the conclusion of your book first! That way you know what direction you’re going with the story. Trust your instincts too–there’s a reason why you’re doing this. Just don’t give up on yourself, or your book.
Best of luck with your upcoming projects, Daniel! Readers, you can find Daniel Korn’s books at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and the AuthorHouse Bookstore.