I spent some time with Joe Nendza recently and he kindly answered my questions on his debut book LOGO DESIGN: Finding And Working With A Graphic Designer and how he found his first steps into the world of self-publishing.
Q. So Joe, whatever possessed you to write a book!?
A. I am a retired Graphic Artist/Illustrator and felt my background and knowledge could help someone in the Graphic Design process. I wanted to give writing a try and now that I have this book out I am working on several Fiction novels.
Q. How long have you been writing for?
A. I just started writing, this is my first book.
Q. How long did it take you to write this book?
A. I wrote this book between 30-60 days full-time.
Q. What do you use to write your books?
A. I write using both pen & paper plus my MAC Book Air
Q. What problems did you encounter while you were writing?
A. My biggest problem was knowing what to put into the book and how much information to make it readable for the average person. Someone starting their own business could easily understand the information and process.
Q. How do you think you’ve evolved as a writer since you’ve started?
A. I gained my confidence since writing this book and have already written a Mystery Novel and have a Mystery Series planned and another novel in the works. I have learned the process of writing plus know I have much more to learn in the process and the promotion.
Q. Is there anything you wished you’d known when you started writing?
A. What I was doing!?
Q. Ha Ha! So do you structure your plots or just go with the flow?
A. This book and the Mystery I completed were both a go with the flow kind of thing but the series and the other Mystery I am trying to plot it out more plus research background information more.
Q. Do you work on a set amount of words per day or does it change?
A. I try to do a set amount of words per day but I don’t beat myself up when I don’t make that because when I do start writing I am usually over my set amount when done. It seems once I get going the ideas and words seem to flow.
Q. Do you do a lot of research when writing a book?
A. I am trying to do a great deal of research for my series because of the historical content on the subjects.
Q. How would you describe your writing process?
A. Free Flow with spots of organisation.
Q. What time of the day do you find is best to write?
A. It seems if I get an early start in the morning I seem to produce the most. But there are days when I spread my work out throughout the day.
Q. Where do you draw your inspiration from?
A. Always working in a creative field my brain alwaysseemsm to be running wide open most of the time. I never know what is going to spur my imagination.
Q. What is it that draws you to this genre?
A. I have always enjoyed Mysteries and the challenge of trying to figure out a good Who Done It.
Q. Have you ever tried to write other genres?
A. Not yet.
Q. Which author/book would compare yours too?
A. For my Graphic Design Boo,k I really can’t think of another author or style. For my Mystery writin,g I love the style of so many authors that I am trying to find my own voice.
Q. Can you relate to any of your own stories?
A. My Graphic Design Book, YES. It has been my life’s work. For the Mysterie,s there seems to be a bit of me in each story so far.
Q. How many books have you written?
A. This is my first published book, I have another written and in the editing stages.
Q. Have you ever written in collaboration with another author?
A. Not Yet.
Q. Who designed your front cover?
A. I used a Graphic Designer from FIVERR and an Editor from FIVERR, giving them both credit in the book. I tried to design it myself but I have always found myself a bad client. It is always hard to design for yourself.
Q. Who was the first person you showed your novel too?
A. My Wife
Q. Have you ever dedicated a book to someone?
A. N,o not yet but I will be dedicating my first Mystery.
Q. How do you market your books?
A. I have tired online marketing with some minor success.
Q. How do you deal with the dreaded bad reviews?
A. I have been lucky all my reviews so far have been great.
Q. Do you use an agent?
A. N,o not yet, not sure how to go about that.
Q. How much time do you devote to marketing your books?
A. I squeeze it in when I can.
Q. How do you get your book reviews/reviewed?
A. Just hoping anyone who purchase the book will leave a review.
Q. Do you ever run free book promotions? Have these worked for you?
A. I ran that when I first publish with good success.
Q. Do you do all your own proof reading and editing?
A. N,o I used FIVERR for the final proof reading and editing. I edited my first draft.
Q. How and where are you publishing this book?
Q. What would you say are the main benefits of being an independent author?
A. I have worked as a Freelancer most of my life and enjoy the freedom of choices.
Q. Tell us a little more about Joe the author, what are you reading at the moment?
A. Right now I have about 5 books on my night stand…
Q. Who is your favourite author?
A. JA Jance, Donna Leon, Janet Evanovich, Tony Hillerman Paulo Coelho to name a few
Q. What is your favourite book to film adaptation?
A. Tony Hillerman’s Books
Q. Where are your favourite places to read?
A. I really enjoy reading in bed.
Q. I’m the same! When you read do you prefer a book or a kindle/tablet?
A. I have my Nook and Kindle but still feel best when I have a book in my hand.
Q. Do you have any tips for aspiring authors?
A. JUST DO IT! If I can do it anyone can.
Q. Sound advice! So What’s next?
A. I have a Mystery written and more planned!