Q & A with a Indie – Becca Mills
Welcome to Q & A with a Indie – a new feature here at scifinerdsare.us, where I interview a indie author about their journey to become published.
Let me introduce Becca Mills, author of Nolander.
Of all the beings that have lived on Earth, what if just a few had the power to make new realities, according to their desires? What would they create? The Second Emanation. A shadow world where ancient creatures persist, where humanity’s dominance is far less certain, where wonder competes with horror. A world like an autumn forest, its realities as multiple and layered as fallen leaves. The world that gives us our gods.
In Nolander, the Second Emanation crosses paths with a seemingly ordinary young woman from the American Midwest. It’ll never be the same again.
Amateur photographer Beth Ryder sees plenty wrong with her life. At twenty-three, she feels trapped in her small Wisconsin town. The guy she’s been seeing lately wants nothing more to do with her, and her sister-in-law is doing her best to push Beth out of the family.
Then one day, Beth takes a picture no one can explain. Her quest for answers leads her far from her small-town roots and opens her eyes to the unseen world around her. Sucked into a dangerous organization responsible for policing visitors from Earth’s shadow world, Beth discovers that humanity is far from alone, and that its fellow creatures, many endowed with disturbing abilities, do not wish it well.
As events spin out of her control, Beth must leave her restrictive but safe life behind. Thrown into a frightening new world, she struggles not to surrender more than she can bear to lose, and not to become something she can’t bear to be.
At 99,000 words, Nolander is a full-length novel, the first in Mills’s Emanations fantasy series.[blurb supplied by Author]
Welcome to scifinerdsare.us Becca. Tell us a little about your journey to becoming a indie author. Did you always see yourself as becoming a indie author?
I never considered traditional publishing. In fact, discovering that independent publishing had become a viable option is what made me think writing a novel was something I could actually do. The idea of having to shop for an agent and, if fortunate enough to land one, endure repeated publisher rejections and, if fortunate enough to get a contract, get paid little per sale and have no control over the book’s appearance and pricing … that was totally unappealing to me. I’m sure traditional publishing has worked wonderfully for many authors, but seeing it from the outside, it sounded wretched.
Even with eBooks the cover of a book is so important. Did you create the cover yourself or use a designer? Tell us a little about the design.
I did create the cover myself and, frankly, I think it was a mistake. I have some design experience, but that experience is quite dated. The current edition of Photoshop proved to be way over my head. Creating a cover that really fit into my subgenre was wholly beyond me. I’m currently working on getting what I have professionalized and expanded into a paperback cover. If the series proves successful, I’d like to replace it with something that better meets generic expectations. I mean, I still like the image I used — I think it’s a handsome, high-quality photograph. But the single photographic image with text overlaid is just not what adult contemporary fantasy covers look like nowadays.
What’s the best thing about being a indie author, that you’ve found so far?
It’s hard to choose just one advantage, so I’ll pick a broad one: control. I’m in charge of my book’s text, title, appearance, pricing, release date, and promotion. That level of control brings risks, and I’ve certainly made some mistakes, but all in all it’s extremely satisfying. And hey, the ebook form gives authors a chance to fix at least some of their mistakes, which is wonderful. I have a feeling there’s a mountain of frustration that I’m avoiding entirely, compared to what many traditionally published authors face.