Tuesday, September 6, 2016

PUYB Chats with Lindon King, author of 'What's In Your Barn?'

Lindon J. King was born in Jamaica West Indies and migrated to Toronto Canada in 1992. Lindon is a former student of Fair Prospect Primary and Secondary Schools and Prospect College in Jamaica and a former student of Ryerson University in Toronto Canada. Lindon is the author of "The Wounds Have Healed. ...The Scars Are Bleeding" which was published in 2009.
Lindon’s latest book is What’s In Your Barn?

About the Book:

What’s in your barn… reminds us of who we are as created beings and inspires a purpose filled way of life. We are not deserving of the gift of life or of the benefits it brings but instead we should count ourselves privileged and blessed for God’s unmerited favour. The decisions we make create our path
and influence a way of life for others. We should therefore be reminded that the path of life is for every one and comes with no detours; this path is inevitable and takes us all from "the cradle to the grave.

You can pick up your copy at Amazon.

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

Life’s experiences prepared me for this book. The daily conversations with people from diverse background along with stories told and shared by others of their experiences provided the material for this book.

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

My first book The Wounds Have Healed. …The Scars Are Bleeding was done by a publisher. I was talking with a client who happened to be an author who advised me to look at other options. I went online did my research and opt to self-publishing with Kindle Direst Publishing (KDP) and with Create Space. …I am glad I did.

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?

Getting my ebook done with KDP was an amazing experience. The staff was amazing to work with and provided assistance every step of the way. The process was so easy, I made a few changes along the way with no help whatsoever, I highly recommend KDP.

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

KDP determined the price by providing a range of which I made the selection

If published by a publisher, what was your deciding factor in going with them?

The paperback version was self-published with Create Space, they have an amazing staff and it was a very pleasant experience interacting with them.

If published by a publisher, are you happy with the price they chose?

I am happy and satisfied with the overall services offered by KDP and Create Space.

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

I did! What’s In Your Barn? …Only Time Will Tell! was written in 2009 and should have been published in 2010. I decided not to instead I waited and decided to get it published one way or another in June 2016.

How did you choose your cover?

The cover design was my idea and was designed by my son Lindon Jr. A. King. We discussed other options, had a few debates on two other designs until it was noticed that this design gives an insight of the contents.

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

I revised as I went.

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? 

We have decided to go with t-shirts and coffee mugs, this idea is still in the making.

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

No, I have not considered making a book trailer or hiring someone to do so.

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

Giving the book away to sell other copies is a good idea but only if the books are being given to discerning readers.

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

An author should ensure that 1. Local marketing of the book is done 2. Online marketing is done and 3. Consult with book reviewers.

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

An author should ensure that all the steps taken to get the word out before the book is released get updated. Inform the marketing source of the release, update online marketing sights, provide copies to the reviewers and arrange for a book launch.

What kind of pre-promotion did you do before the book came out? 

A pre-promotion on FB page was done, jamaicacaana@gmail.com

Do you have a long term plan with your book?

I do. My objective is to get this book into every aspect of the community, into local churches and school boards.

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

I would like to say to all my readers and fans that this book should not be taken lightly, this should be a way of life. There is nothing written in the book that is new, these are reminders of the little things that we have taken for granted. The changes we so desperately need can be obtained if we invest our time and go back to the basic.
No one can change us but ourselves, someone can tell you about the contents of this book but you will have to read it for yourself and apply to your lives the things that are written on the pages.

Thank you.

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