Author Q&A: Owen L. Sypher
Owen L. Sypher is a devoted servant of the Lord. At eleven years old, he started a spiritual journey to discover and understand God and his word.
In 1979, he received the baptism of the Holy Ghost. Since then, he has had fellowships with the same group. Song of Solomon is his first book.
You can visit his website at http://www.sypherbooks.com.
Before you started writing your book, what kind of research did you do to prepare yourself?
Spent years reading and studying the Bible and trusting God, I than listen to people who have talked about the subject, discussed different ideas with other knowledgeable people.
Did you pursue publishers or did you opt to self-pub?
As a new author I had to go with self-publishing.
If self-published, did you hire someone to format the ebook version for you or did you do it yourself? Can you tell us what that was like?
The publisher that I went with did the e-book version for me.
If self-published, how did you determine the price?
The publisher set the price of the book.
If published by a publisher, what was your deciding factor in going with them?
I went with the publisher I did because I was in hopes they could get my book into the bookstores
If published by a publisher, are you happy with the price they chose?
No, I thought the price was just a little bit to high.
Did you purposefully choose a distinct month to release your book? Why?
No, just wanted to get it published.
How did you choose your cover?
The publisher helped in the design of the cover depending upon my approval.
Did you write your book, then revise or revise as you went?
I revised it as I went along, but after it first got published I flet like I was missing some important things and had to revise it again.
Did you consider making or hiring someone to make a book trailer for your book? If so, what’s the link?
I did have a trailer made for my book by the publisher.
What’s your opinion on giving your book away to sell other copies of your book?
I am ok with giving away free books if it can help sell other books.
What are three of the most important things you believe an author should do before their book is released?
- Try to generate some hype, Press release, social media.
- Set a budget for advertising.
- Set a plan for how to best sell your book on a budget.
Without a budget and a plan you advertising can get out of control quickly.
What are three of the most important things you believe an author should do after their book is released?
- Never commit to any advertising sales pitches without taking a day or two to think about it. This will keep you from wasting your money on things that are not going to produce sales.
- Seek advice from other authors if you can on how to best promote you book.
- Remember that you are the best salesman ever for your book, talk with passion about your book. If you talk with passion you can sell others on your book.
What kind of pre-promotion did you do before the book came out?
Except for a press release I did nothing for pre-launch of my book.
Do you have a long term plan with your book?
I would like to see it be translated into different languages and go into different countries.
What would you like to say to your readers and fans about your book?
This is the greatest book on the Song of Solomon you will ever find. It is pack full of keys of understanding that will open you mind to new level with God. God word actually explains it’s self when you take the scriptures to unlock other scriptures.