Interview: George Earl Parker: Vampyre Blood – Eight Pints of Trouble
George Earl Parker is an author, singer/songwriter, and an artist. As director of the short film The Yellow Submarine Sandwich, included in Eric Idle’s pseudo-documentary of a band called the Rutles, Parker received accolades, awards, and a showing at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City. His art has been exhibited in museums and galleries around the country, and three of his songs have climbed the European Country Music Association charts. Vampyre Blood-Eight Pints of Trouble is his first novel. He currently lives in California where he continues working on music, and his second book.
Q: Thank you for this interview, George Earl. Can we start out by telling us whether you are published for the first time or are you multi-published?
I’ve got to say that this is the first time I’m being published because I’m currently re-editing my first book.
Q: What was the name of your very first book regardless of whether it was published or not and, if not published, why?
It was called The Atomic Kid and it was self published for about ten minutes before the company went belly-up.
Q: For your first published book, how many rejections did you go through before you either found a mainstream publisher, self-published it, or paid a vanity press to publish it?
I was rejected by a hundreds of literary agents until I found one who believed in the book, and he said it was going to be the next big thing. But when the 15 or 20 publishers he sent it to turned it down, he became despondent. So I published it myself.
Q: How did the rejections make you feel and what did you do to overcome the blows?
I ignored them while I tried to understand what on earth I’d done to tick so many people off?
Q: When your first book was published, who published it and why did you choose them?
I can’t remember the name of the company. I just know it should have been Incompetence Incorporated. The reason I chose them however was noble, it was because they actually printed books.
Q: How did it make you feel to become published for the first time and how did you celebrate?
I was going through a re-birth at that time, and I began writing songs in earnest.
Q: What was the first thing you did as for as promotion when you were published for the first time?
The book was reviewed very well by a couple of lovely people and I tried to get those reviews out. I wrote press releases, recorded some music, tried to make it an event, but I think I was a little to early for myself.
Q: If you had to do it over again, would you have chosen another route to be published?
No, not at all. I learned everything I know now from what I didn’t know then.
Q: Have you been published since then and how have you grown as an author?
Yes, I am happy to say that my new book, Vampyre Blood-Eight Pints of Trouble, is being published by BookLocker.com. It’s the story of a lonely monster who just wants to be normal-and like all of us, the fact that we realize it means that we must have grown.
Q: Looking back since the early days when you were trying to get published, what do you think you could have done differently to speed things up? What kind of mistakes could you have avoided?
When you follow a path you have to adapt to the terrain. There are no shortcuts until you have mapped the territory. You must keep moving forward at all costs, and never look back.
Q: What has been the biggest accomplishment you have achieved since becoming published?
I’ve just released a new song called, Out Of The Ice, in Europe.
Q: If you could have chosen another profession, what would that profession be?
A Taoist Priest.
Q: Would you give up being an author for that profession or have you combined the best of both worlds?
You don’t give anything up in Taoism, you just learn to take more on effortlessly.
Q: How do you see yourself in ten years?
Writing and singing.
Q: Any final words for writers who dream of being published one day?
Don’t give up.
You can visit George Earl Parker on the web at www.georgeearlparker.com.