IRDA Winning Author Carole P. Roman: Getting published is easy. Editing, formatting, publicity – that’s where the work begins

Rocket-Bye was the winner in the Children’s category of the 2017 IndieReader Discovery Awards, where undiscovered talent meets people with the power to make a difference.

Following find an interview with author Carole P. Roman.

What is the name of the book and when was it published?

The name of the book is Rocket-Bye and it was published 3/16

What’s the book’s first line?

“Climb aboard and travel far, soar above the trees.”

What’s the book about? Give us the “pitch”.

Two small children travel on a rocket ship to dash among the planets and constellations. Whimsical and sweet, this imaginary trip is a soothing bedtime read that will enchant both parent and child.

What inspired you to write the book? A particular person? An event?

My grandchildren and I love to star gaze. I wrote this “love letter” to all of them.

What’s the most distinctive thing about the main character? Who-real or fictional-would you say the character reminds you of?

They are based on my grandsons.  I asked the artist to make the figures vague, but draw them at their ages and with their hair color.

What’s the main reason someone should really read this book?

It’s sweet and calming. It’s a lovely introduction to the cosmos and a great gateway to talk about the sky above.

If they made your book into a movie, who would you like to see play the main character(s)?

Brad Pit and George Clooney- duh!!

When did you first decide to become an author?

My sons made a contest and I wrote Captain No Beard. I won.

Is this the first you’ve written?

I have over fifty books published ranging from fiction, non-fiction and self-help.

What do you do for work when you’re not writing?

I run a family business that is worldwide and employs lots of people.

How much time do you generally spend on your writing?

I spent 50 percent of my day on writing and writing related activities.

What’s the best and the hardest part of being an indie?

Where do I start? Getting published is easy. Editing, formatting, publicity, getting reviews, marketing- that’s where the work begins.

Would you go traditional if a publisher came calling?  If so, why? 

I like being an indie. I don’t think they could pay me more than I am earning right now with my books. I now publish my own magazine, have two radio shows, have been featured in Forbes– I don’t know that a traditional publisher could do more for me.

Is there something in particular that motivates you (fame? fortune? more sex?)?

I am having fun. I can’t believe what I have achieved in five short years. When I Google my name, I am staggered by the amount of coverage. So, I think that leaves number three!

Which writer, living or dead, do you most admire?

James Clavell is my favorite. Shogun has it all, imo.

Which book do you wish you could have written?

A sweeping historical epic like Gone With the Wind.


2 replies
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    MyDisqusID2 says:

    This is a terrific interview. Carole is exactly correct…publishing IS the easy part. It’s the marketing and sales that are the killers. By the way, one thing that can kill a book faster than anything is the lack of editing. It’s truly amazing how many indie authors think they can go to press without having an editor scrub their work. Once the reader is “burned,” they will not return.


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