Silas Longshot has nearly ten years in the security industry, eight years with a major airline, and ten years as an ASE master technician. A lifetime of mechanical and tinkering skills and six years in the R & D lab of a major company with worldwide sales and connections, developing prototypes and testing equipment. Experienced in engineering drafting, professional photography and technical instruction writing. Scenario counter planning is a strong skill in all background areas. A competition shooter in the Cowboy Action Shooting arena, thus the alias Silas Longshot.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I had dabbled in 'self publishing' many years ago, finding that even a tiny amount of printed books, even less than 50 pages in length was outstandingly expensive. And to market them, ship them and all that added to the cost and personal time for pennies per copy in return. Then, to approach a 'real' publisher, one faced a catch 22 kind of thing. You had to be known to be published, but to become known you had to publish. Writing the book was the so called easy part. Indie publishing, breaking into the publishing world was the way to go, especially in the electronic format market.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Smashwords is one hand of a two fisted approach into the electronic marketing of my book, the other hand is the really big one in publishing and in general online marketing, Amazon. Interestingly, Smashwords sells a bit more copies of my book than Amazon!
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