Zombies in Love is actually the second thing I self-published. My first book, Over Her Head, was originally published by a very small press. It was a one-woman operation, and when the owner took ill, everything fell apart. I was never paid any of the royalties I was owed. Since the rights had reverted, I decided to put the book up on Amazon and see what happened— and people started buying the book.
It was magical!
The reason I pursued self-publishing with this novel is that Zombies in Love is a quirky book. I think the romance is pretty broadly appealing— it’s about a woman who’s always been a good girl, who falls in love with the least appropriate guy available, and a man who thinks he’s a screwup but learns to take responsibility for his life.
But I also started writing it soon after earning a PhD. People with a degree in my specialty suffer from something like 80% unemployment— and that included me. I wanted to write about the kind of obliviousness that had made me spend nearly a decade pursuing something so unreasonable.
I think self-publishing is especially kind to quirky books like mine.
2. What are you writing at the moment?
I’m working on another romance, this one set in a world where the US won the Revolutionary War but lost the War of 1812. While a woman tries to avenge the death of her brother, she uncovers a deeper plot against the man who destroyed her family— while falling in love with a man who may have secret plans of his own.
3. If your book is a series, what can readers expect in the next installment?
I may continue Jack and Lisa’s story— I have an idea for something that’s more of a mystery, involving zombie fine dining and Zombie Ann Coulter. It’s very funny and just as crazy as Zombies in Love.
4. Have you ever had a bad review? What's the best thing to do when you get one?
Relish it. It’s better to be poorly reviewed than not to be reviewed at all! Witness Ed Baptist’s scathing review in the Economist, which made his reviewer look like a horrible racist and ended up selling a lot of Ed’s books.
5. What do you do to promote your books?
I’m still experimenting with this! So far my most effective way of publicizing my book has been politely requesting people to review it. I know people have experimented with giveaways, but I find if someone gives me a pen I don’t necessarily buy the book named on its side. And I’m not sure how effective advertisements are.
I did, however, pay for a very nice cover from Caitlin Beresford: https://www.etsy.
com/shop/CGraphicsCoverDesign. I think a lovely cover makes a book much more appealing, and her illustration happened to look a lot like the way I pictured Jack: skinny, alert, and good-looking.
6. If you were to have a pseudonym, what would it be?
I do have a pseudonym! I took Nora from A Doll’s House, and I picked out Fleischer (German for “butcher”) when I was on an online writing group and wanted to indicate that I didn’t only give nicey-nice reviews.
7. Is your goal to be traditionally published? If so, why?
I have been traditionally published, but more commonly under my real name, writing non-fiction. (One reason I have a pseudonym— I didn’t want people to get confused!) I think that self-publishing is becoming more and more a part of a writer’s full career, and writers should especially consider self-publishing
a. Genres that are popular on ebooks, like romance
b. Books that have been already published and reverted to the author (so they’re already edited)
c. Works in lengths that are hard-to-sell, like novellas
d. Collections of short stories (nearly impossible to get publishers interested)
8. Do you listen to music when you write? If so, what?
I usually listen to instrumental music (I have a big playlist on iTunes), but sometimes I also listen to WFMU (wfmu.org) or FIP radio (http://www.fipradio.fr/). FIP is especially fun because then I get to pretend I’m on vacation in Paris.
9. Who is your favourite self-published author?
No question. Annette Laing, who’s written a series of books about a mysterious professor and a group of time-traveling kids. It’s like YA Doctor Who! I especially love the one set in WWII England, DON’T KNOW WHERE, DON’T KNOW WHEN.
10. What would you say to people who think all self-published books are badly written and full of grammatical errors?
All the grammatical errors in my book are totally intentional.
Zombies in Love Synopsis:
Jack Kershaw just wants to hold on to his new job at Lisa Alioto's pizza parlor, and to keep Lisa from finding out that he's a zombie. But Jack learns that he and Lisa are in serious danger. His second chance at life is the inadvertent result of a lab experiment by two graduate students, and Winthrop University-- a school which knows how to keep its secrets-- will do anything necessary to conceal that someone on campus raised the dead. With the help of Boston's zombie horde, can Jack and Lisa escape Winthrop's sinister clutches?
Zombies in Love is available at http://www.amazon.com/
Zombies-Love-Nora-Fleischer- ebook/dp/B00NUA5CJQ .
Nora Fleischer has a PhD from Winthrop University, and promises every word of Zombies in Love is true. She lives in Minneapolis with her lovable husband Sven and children Wolfgang and Anastasia.”
Find out more here: norafleischer.livejournal.com.
Find out more here: norafleischer.livejournal.com.