Monday, March 6, 2017

PUYB Chats with Vincent Zandri, author of The Ashes

Winner of the 2015 PWA Shamus Award and the 2015 ITW Thriller Award for Best Original Paperback Novel, Vincent Zandri is the NEW YORK TIMES, USA TODAY, and AMAZON KINDLE No.1 bestselling author of more than 25 novels including THE REMAINS, MOONLIGHT WEEPS, EVERYTHING BURNS, and ORCHARD GROVE. He is also the author of numerous Amazon bestselling digital shorts, PATHOLOGICAL, TRUE STORIES and MOONLIGHT MAFIA among them. Harlan Coben has described THE INNOCENT (formerly As Catch Can) as "...gritty, fast-paced, lyrical and haunting," while the New York Post called it "Sensational...Masterful...Brilliant!" Zandri's list of domestic publishers include Delacorte, Dell, Down & Out Books, Thomas & Mercer and Polis Books, while his foreign publisher is Meme Publishers of Milan and Paris. An MFA in Writing graduate of Vermont College, Zandri's work is translated in the Dutch, Russian, French, Italian, and Japanese. Recently, Zandri was the subject of a major feature by the New York Times. He has also made appearances on Bloomberg TV and FOX news. In December 2014, Suspense Magazine named Zandri's, THE SHROUD KEY, as one of the "Best Books of 2014." Recently, Suspense Magazine selected WHEN SHADOWS COME as one of the "Best Books of 2016". A freelance photo-journalist and the author of the popular "lit blog," The Vincent Zandri Vox, Zandri has written for Living Ready Magazine, RT, New York Newsday, Hudson Valley Magazine, The Times Union (Albany), Game & Fish Magazine, and many more. He lives in New York and Florence, Italy.



Inside the Book:

It’s been eight years since artist and single mom, Rebecca Underhill, was abducted and left to die in an old broken down house located in the middle of the dark woods. But even if her abductor, Joseph
William Whalen, has since been killed, another, more insidious evil is once more out to get her in the form of the Skinner. The son of an abusive butcher, Skinner intends on finishing the job Whalen started but failed at.

How is he going to get to Rebecca?

He’s going to do it through her children, by luring them into the cornfield behind the old farmhouse they live in.

Now, armed with the knowledge that the Skinner has escaped incarceration at a downstate facility for the criminally insane, Rebecca must face the most horrifying challenge of her adult life: Rescuing the children not from a house in the woods, but from the abandoned tunnels that run underneath her property.

But the Skinner is watching Rebecca’s every move.

Horrifying question is, will she live long enough to save the children?



Before you started writing your book, what kind of research did you do to prepare yourself?

My character research was more or less automatically built-in since this is The Ashes is the sequel to The Remains. However, I had to do quite a bit of research when it comes to skin preservation and things of that nature.

Did you pursue publishers or did you opt to self-pub?

I wanted to produce this book under my own label, Bear Thrills.

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?

I work with a team of artists, editors, and converters.

If self-published, how did you determine the price?

It is what it is, so to speak. Bigger books, like this one, can be expensive and smaller ones, not so bad. I’m a hybrid author which means I publish traditionally and independently. My independent books must stand up with the traditionally published books, which means I can’t skimp. If anything, I think my indie books are more impressive, in terms of production, than the traditionally pub’d books.

Did you purposefully choose a distinct month to release your book?  Why?

I chose November, since my new novel, The Corruptions, is being published by Polis Books at the end of January. I didn’t want the two books to arrive so close together. 

How did you choose your cover?

I wanted something that was in line with The Remains. Both are terrific covers. Eerie.

Did you write your book, then revise or revise as you went?

I like to revise as I go. But I usually do three major revisions.

What’s your opinion on giving your book away to sell other copies of your book?

I give away a ton of books. Example: Over the past six weeks I’ve sold about 7,000 books. But I’ve also given away 2,000 books.

What are three of the most important things you believe an author should do before their book is released?

Make sure the galley proofs are as perfect as possible. I actually held up the first hard-cover printing of The Corruptions because the galleys weren’t right. They were gracious enough to accommodate my concerns. Next, alert your core social media followers that the book is coming. Finally, on release day, send out a newsletter announcing the book to all your subscribed followers. 

What are three of the most important things you believe an author should do after their book is released?

Let the book sit a bit. Don’t create too much noise about it on the social media or people will get turned off to it. Allow it to obtain some organic word of mouth growth. Second, contact PUYB about doing a virtual tour. Third, give away free copies, both eBook and paper. Create your own buzz. Fourth, begin work on another book

Do you have a long term plan with your book?

After the initial release period is over, say six months, I will then actively promote it every three months or so with promos at Book Bub, or KND, or Bargain Booksy, things like that.

What would you like to say to your readers and fans about your book?

Be prepared to stay up all night. Which means, start this one on a Friday, be done by Sunday. Oh, and keep the lights on…

Giveaway Details:

Vincent is giving away ten Kindle e-copies of THE ASHES!

Terms & Conditions:
  • By entering the giveaway, you are confirming you are at least 18 years old.
  • Ten winners will be chosen via Rafflecopter.
  • This giveaway ends midnight May 31.
Good luck everyone!


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