Self-publish vs traditional : hedging your bets

André K Baby is here today to discuss the release of his new book, Dead Bishops Don’t Lie.

When André told me he wanted to discuss the two routes of publication I was very excited! So many of us are at this very crossroads, wondering which one to take: self-publish or  traditional, and André is in a unique position to discuss both. Yes, the market is changing, but with each novel written, with each novel bought, we know that story-telling is not dying, nor will it ever.

Now, to André!

JN  – Welcome back, André.

AKB.  -Thanks for hosting me again, Jen.

JN  – It’s been a little over a year since we last chatted and a lot has happened since. Could you bring us up to speed?

AKB  – After my thriller “La Danse Des Évêques” came out in French, many people asked: “when is the original coming out in English?” I had started other writing projects at the time and parked the manuscript of “Dead Bishops Don’t Lie” in the long-term parking zone of my office. After a lot of convincing from well-intentioned friends, and since the  reviews of “La Danse des Évêques” were excellent, I decided to give the original version “Dead Bishops Don’t Lie” another go and started looking for a publisher.

JN.-Why Amazon?

AKB. -A few months ago, the manuscript of “Dead Bishops Don’t Lie” was accepted for publication by a Toronto publisher. However they wanted the right to defer publication until year 2014. I thought about it for a while, and decided that enough of the book’s momentum had been lost already and that I was not willing to wait that long. Also, having lived through the frustrations related to marketing and distribution with a conventional publisher, I felt it would be better to control the process myself.

JN.- What other projects are you currently working on?

AKB.- I’ve finished “The Jewish Pope”, and my publisher Marcel Broquet has offered to publish the French version, “Le Pape Juif”. We are currently working on the translation rights and Provincially-assisted funding details. I’m also writing “ Hijacked”, a thriller set on a cruise ship.

JN. Sounds like you’re busy. How do you find time to write?

AKB- That’s the difficulty these days.  I’ve found that getting into my creative writing bubble is  incompatible with thinking about and implementing marketing strategies. But I still try to write a minimum each day, just to keep the story alive. Like a beginner driving student, I’ve yet to learn to switch gears easily and smoothly.

JN. When will you get “The Jewish Pope” published, and with whom?

AKB – Good questions. I’ve given myself to the end of summer to see how sales of “Dead Bishops Don’t Lie”  go. If sales are encouraging, I’ll be tempted to stay with Amazon. (Besides, there may be no other option.)

JN. How easy was the process with Amazon?

AKB – The Kindle Direct Publishing and CreateSpace websites are extremely user-friendly. Even a computer-challenged person such as I had no difficulty finding the necessary info and following their easy step-by-step process.

JN – Any final comments for writers concerning publication?

AKB- As we all know, the publication world today is in transition, some say crisis. I’m in the interesting position of having one foot in the traditional publishing world, and the other in self-publication. I’ll be in a better position to compare the advantages and disadvantages of both by the end of the summer.

JN- Thanks André, for sharing your thoughts and experience with us. And the best of luck.

We look forward to hearing more about your experience in both publishing worlds!

Directly from the blurb:

Based in part on real events, André K. Baby’s well-researched “Dead Bishops Don’t Lie” draws the reader to the dark side of Vatican politics, where jealousy and unbridled ambition can lead to treachery, and murder.
Within the space of a week, two Archbishops are found crucified, one in Switzerland, the other in Italy. Baffled by these ostensibly related crimes and fearing more assassinations, the Swiss and Italian police call Interpol for help. Thierry Dulac, a caustic investigator with an enviable track record, gets the nod.
Follow inspector Thierry Dulac’s search for the killers, from the hushed corridors of the Vatican and the quiet luxury of a British Marchioness’s château, to the dank prison cells of Moscow’s infamous Lubyanka prison. Struggling through personal trauma, Dulac uncovers an astounding, unlikely conspiracy of dirty money, blackmail and state-backed terrorism. He’s just realized the enormity of what he’s discovered when a hit-man strafes the windshield of his Renault…
The reviews: “… A lightning-paced thriller. I can’t wait to read the sequel…” Norbert Spehner.
“Mind-blowing. The book’s pages will burn your fingers…” Richard Migneault.

André K. Baby is a Montreal-born lawyer and author. He’s mined the wealth of his rich legal experience first as a Crown prosecutor and later as an international business lawyer, to help forge the plot and characters of his first thriller, “Dead Bishops Don’t Lie”.
Its stand-alone sequel, “The Jewish Pope”, will be launched this summer.


You don’t have to look any further for the next book to pick up! And don’t forget to leave a review on amazon!

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7 thoughts on “Self-publish vs traditional : hedging your bets

  1. Thank you for this interview, Jennifer. Very interesting to get an insider’s view who has so recently published very successfully in the “traditional” way, who is now stepping out into self published stream–I hope to equal, or even more, success! Congratulations, Andre. DEAD BISHOPS DON’T LIE is a great title–one with almost personal significance (hee hee).

    • always a pleasure to support HB–a fellow writer! 🙂

      I would’ve been by sooner but he sent the notification to an e-mail address that I rarely check! Good luck with your site–it seems like a lot of fun!

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