Monday, September 5, 2016

PUYB Chats With John Arnold, author of the play 'Going Home: A Comedy'

John Arnold has had have his work presented in either a reading or production at American Conservatory Theater (San Francisco) playreading series; California Playwrights Festival, Sacramento; Out and About Theater, Minneapolis; Playwrights Center, San Francisco; Sacramento Theater Company; West Coat Ensemble, Hollywood; Aloha Theater, Kainaliu, Hawaii; Moving Arts, Los Angeles; Mercury Cafe, Denver; First Stage, Los Angeles; The Theater-Studio, New York, Prince William Sound Community College, Valdez, Alaska; Theater of Western Springs, Illinois; and others. His monologue “Bit” is featured on Fourth Wall His screenplays have been finalists in the Art Color “Digital Cinema International Film Festival, Montreal, the San Francisco Global Movie Fest and Indie Film Fest, Switzerland.

His latest play is Going Home: A Comedy.

Visit John Arnold’s website.
About the Book:

Going Home is a light-hearted comedy about a family vacation across the U.S. in the early 1960s. The Sacramento Bee called it "a gentle journey down memory lane...'Going Home' shows us where
we belong."
Going Home: A Comedy is available at Amazon. 
Pick up your copy at Barnes & Noble.

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

I pretty much just relied on my memories for “Going Home.”

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

I opted to self publish.

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 decided not to go for an e-book version.

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

Create Space helped come up with the price, which I thought was reasonable.

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

I didn’t choose a particular month.

How did you choose your cover?

The Create Space design team came up with the cover per my suggestions. I thought they did a great job.

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

The play went through a few revisions before it was first produced.

Did you come up with special swag for your book and how are you using it to help get the word out about your book?  

There is no swag for the book.  That might be a good idea!

Did you consider making or hiring someone to make a book trailer for your book?  If so, what’s the link?

I decided not to have a book trailer.

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

I have given away several copies of the book to potential reviewers.

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

1. Have a good proofreader.
2. Have a good editor.
3. Have a game plan.

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

1. Get your friends and family involved in spreading the word.
2. Think of using unconventional means of promoting your writing.
3. Start on a new project!

What kind of pre-promotion did you do before the book came out? 
I didn’t have any pre-promotion.

Do you have a long term plan with your book?


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

I would encourage readers to read more plays. I liken it to listening to the radio –
it really puts your imagination to work!

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