How to Get Published is a continuing feature at The Book Bin where we ask authors to tell us their publishing stories. Was it a rocky road or did it come easy for them? Did they start with an agent and get a NY publisher interested in their book or did they self-publish? What words of wisdom do they have for all of us who would like to be published one day?
Today’s guest is Frank Zaccari, author of the relationship/marriage book, When the Wife Cheats, published by Create Space.
When the Wife Cheats is my first book. I guess the old saying ignorance is bliss is true. Since I didn't know what I didn't know, I just plowed forward, wrote and self published book. Getting the book published has been an adventure to say the least.
If I knew then, what I know now, I would have spent more time researching the most efficient methods of promoting a self published book.
Since I self published When the Wife Cheats the entire writing world is new experience. I do not have an agent at the moment but would love to have a serious conversation with one who can guide me through this exciting yet confusing process.
Not knowing what I was doing, I took three steps to help promote When the Wife Cheats.
The first was website, however I had no idea how to accomplish this task. I used Intuit and created the website myself which is called www.frankzaccari.com.
Second, believing I needed a professional review of the book I contracted with Pacific Book Review. The review can be found at http://pacificbookreview.com/When-The-Wife-Cheats.php.
Third I also contracted with Pacific Book Review to create a book trailer which can be found at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nqPOm5WHr-E
Finally, I was introduced to Charles Barrett from the Barrett Company who has been very helpful scheduling radio show interviews and various blog reviews. It is a great deal of work, but I am enjoying the adventure.
The one piece of advice I would share with aspiring authors everywhere is:
Don’t take NO for an answer! You are going to hear NO far more than Yes.
When the Wife Cheats is about a family, father and two young daughters, discovering then coping with and ultimately surviving the lies, deceit, betrayal and abandonment of infidelity. It is based on a true story.
As the word about my wife’s affair and leaving the family made its way around our community, a strange thing happened; male friends and acquaintances told me how sorry they were and shared a similar experience. I was shocked. I had no idea so many men had been victimized by infidelity. I thought I was the only man who was so terrible that my wife not only left me, she left our entire family. I knew something was terribly wrong with our marriage, but I had no idea what it was and my wife was not forthcoming with the reason.
As I heard more stories, I started to see a pattern, some common threads in all the stories. I decided to write this book about infidelity from the man’s and children’s perspective. It is based on actual situations told to me by many men who went through the devastation of their wives’ infidelity. Their story and mine were woven into one story.
Currently When the Wife Cheats can be ordered at amazon.com:
A native of upstate New York, Frank Zaccari earned a degree in finance from California State University at Sacramento after serving as a military medic in the U.S. Air Force. He spent over 25 years in the high-tech industry holding positions from account representative to CEO, and for nearly 20 years specialized in turn-around management of companies under 100 million dollars. After becoming a single, custodial parent after nearly 25 years of marriage, he left an industry that he loved to buy a small business in order to be home to raise his children. He is currently the owner of an insurance agency and resides in Sacramento, California. Frank Zaccari’s previous book is From The Ashes: The Rise of the University of Washington Volleyball Program.
His latest book is When the Wife Cheats.
You can visit his website at www.frankzaccari.com.
Visit him on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001207722973.