CHARLIE WADE: THE PUBLISHERS ARE SETTING THE PRICE TOO HIGH FOR E-BOOKS
Posted by Ognian Georgiev
Charlie Wade is a specialist in crime fiction. He is working as accounts manager, but finds enough time to publish full novels. Let’s hear from our next feature author something more about his book Seven Daze.
– Charlie, what is your last book Seven Daze about?
– Seven Days is about a petty criminal called Jim who’s introduced to the world of contract killing. His first hit goes wrong when his intended victim has a heart attack before he can pull the trigger. The gangland Boss who ordered the hit isn’t impressed and demands ten thousand pounds in compensation from Jim and gives him only a week to find the money.
– How you decide to write the story?
– The first plan for the book was for Jim to succeed as a contract killer, but after a few chapters it became clear the book would just be a list of hits so I had a rethink and thought a failed hit and its consequences would make a better story.
– What was the biggest challenge during the write up process?
– Writing about crimes, and life inside prison of which I know very little about. A lot of research had to be done.
– Tell us something more about your main character? Is it close to someone from your real life?
– It’s safe to say I’ve never met anyone like Jim. I spent ages trying to make him more than just a petty criminal. I like to think he has strong morals, some dubious, but most are in the right area. He just chose the wrong path somewhere in his life and is getting on with it the best he can.
– How much time you need to finish the story and to publish it?
– The actual writing took about six months, but I had a year break in the middle while I wrote a different book. I tend to have a few things on the go at once. After that it took about another year before it hit the shops.
– Who are you?
– I’m a forty year old accounts manager and I live in Derbyshire. I grew up in Oxfordshire and have moved around a bit, but I wouldn’t now swap Derbyshire for anywhere else.
– What are your writing habits?
– As I work, I only get an hour or so in the evening to write. Because of this, I’ve always got the next fifty odd pages worked out in my head and I’ve never run out of things to write. I use a computer, my handwriting is unreadable, even to me. Recently I got my first laptop and it’s made writing much easier as I’m more mobile. My only regret is I never got a laptop five years ago.
– Are you satisfied by the sales of the book and do you plan another one?
– It’s always hard to know how many your first book will sell, but it sold more than I thought it would. I’ve got two other fully written books and have nearly finished another. Hopefully I’ll have something else out soon.
– What are you doing to promote your book?
– Promotion and self promotion are notoriously difficult. I’m trying to build my presence, social media helps with this, and hopefully each new release will get more readers. I see it as a slow and gradual process rather than an overnight thing.
– Tell us more about your short stories and other works of yours?
– I used to write a lot of flash fiction – mostly crime and noir stories – which were under a thousand words, most of these are dotted around the internet on various webzines. However, I’ve not wrote as many recently due to lack of time and concentrating on full length books. Some of my characters from the books have appeared in shorter stories.
– To be an accounts manager and a writer is very different. How you managed to mix them?
– I’ve tried to keep each part as separate as possible, though it’s much harder now than it was. I have an hour and a half’s commute every day, so that gives me good thinking time.
– Seven Daze was traditionally published by Caffeine Nights. Was it tough to find a publisher?
– Very tough. I’ve submitted many times in the past to various publishers and agents, it’s very time consuming and unfortunately the answer is usually no. I think you just have to grow thick skin and keep trying.
– Ask yourself a question (And don’t forget to answer!)
– Will sales of E-books ever exceed sale of physical books? I think they will more than exceed physical book sales at some point in my lifetime. Anything that makes reading easier or enables it to reach a wider audience has got to be a good thing in my opinion. At the moment, I think publishers are setting the price too high for e-books – when you consider there’s a massive part of the printing and distribution chain missing in an ebook, I think the price should be nearer £2 for an e-book. Saying that, I personally prefer to read paperbacks. I spend all day on a computer at work and the evenings typing, so any break from a screen is good for me.
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