Today we present the conclusion of our four-part interview with Joseph A. Graffagnino, the self-published author of The Fix Is In: The Deutsche Bank Building Fire Conspiracy. You can read the first three parts of this feature in our Author Blogs section.
This time, we’ll discuss Joe’s self-publishing experience, his upcoming plans, and his advice for other writers.
Joe, what was your favorite part of self-publishing?
My favorite part was that I had total control of my work, and no one could edit or change what I wrote unless I approved it. With a traditional publisher, once you sign the contract you turn over control and the book company can edit and change whatever they want. They might even decide to not publish your work, even after they paid for it.
Another equally important part was AuthorHouse’s legal department. My book “names names” of politicians, attorneys, large companies, and a billionaire. No matter how much slander and liable insurance I could obtain it would never have been enough. The legal team at AuthorHouse vetted my book to make sure it would withstand legal scrutiny.
What advice would you give to other aspiring authors?
I strongly suggest new writers take a couple of writing courses to obtain a basic knowledge of story rules and how they apply to your genre. Never limit yourself– explore writing in different genres, and manipulate plots and storylines to assist in your development. The bottom line is KEEP WRITING! You’ll improve as you write more.
What are you working on next?
I’m in the process of writing the final book in the Mary/ Ma Li Trilogy, which I hope to have published by AuthorHouse in the Spring of 2018, and I’m also contemplating my first detective novel.
Are there any events or promotions planned for your book?
For my works of fiction, I’ve had book signings in local book stores, libraries and restaurants, but for this book of non-fiction I reserved my comments to memorial services and firehouses. Several newspapers have written favorable reviews. Interest in this book has come from Ireland, Great Britain, New Zealand and Australia, along with areas closer to home. I was also a guest on a radio show from Salt Lake City.
My tip would be, “Never take no for an answer.” Keep searching and you will find a way to get what you need. Never give up!
I would like to thank my editor, Bob Weinstein, for keeping me on track and not allowing anger to overlay my writing. His expertise in the news media and magazine legal issues was invaluable to me.
I would also like to acknowledge Spencer Marks, my main AuthorHouse representative. Spencer has a way of promoting and encouraging people that motivates them to do more. He is a very special person!
Thank you very much for your time, Joseph, and best of luck with your upcoming books! Readers, you can pick up The Fix Is In (and Joe’s other books) at Amazon and the AuthorHouse Bookstore.