From time to time in this space, WestBow Press features guest posts and brief interviews with our authors about some aspect of their publishing journey. This week, we present 5 Questions with Tracey Casciano, author of “Out of the Darkroom, Into the Light,” — her memoir of overcoming an abusive childhood to live an inspiring life of Faith. To begin your self-publishing journey, get your free WestBow Press publishing guide today!
- Tell us a little bit about your book. What inspired you to write it?
Tracey Casciano: My book is a memoir about my journey to faith and forgiveness after being abused as a child. I was inspired to write it after I began sharing my story and receiving positive feedback. I realized that it could raise awareness for the prevalence of child abuse as well as help others who have suffered a similar past.
- What are 5 things you’ve learned about self-publishing?
- I learned to ask for help. I reached out to other published authors and found that they were eager to help a fellow writer.
- The other thing I learned was that being self- published means that you must do all the marketing yourself. The only way that people are going to know about your book is if you do the leg work.
- I’m also learning that self publishing can be expensive since you must do all the promoting yourself.
- Unfortunately, being self published does have some limitations regarding where your book will be placed as many distributors want a traditional publisher.
- Lastly, self publishing allows you the freedom to get your book out as you imagine it, not as someone else does.
- What do you love most about self-publishing and would you recommend it to other authors?
TC: The part I love the most about self publishing is that you get to make all the decisions regarding your book. I also love the fact that I didn’t have to wait to release my book based on someone else’s deadlines or timeline. When I was ready to press “submit,” I did!
- What’s your favorite social media outlet for marketing/promotions?
TC: I use Twitter and a Facebook author page to promote my book and have met lots of great people along the way!
- What advice would you give to aspiring authors?
TC: If you feel called to write a book, do it. Don’t let the impossibility of getting an agent or a traditional publisher get in the way of getting your words into the hands of others. There are lots of books on the market today that are self published and are very successful!
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Tracey shared more about her journey in a recent interview on the CWA Radio Network. A replay of that interview is available below.
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