By nmurray, Mar 7 2019 02:07PM
It is World Book Day and to celebrate this special day, my guest today is Kirk Millson. Please let everyone know about your works and why you became an author.
What made you want to write a book?
I have always been a daydreamer. When my head gets too full, I empty it out on paper. I also enjoy the writing process, especially those inexplicable times that the words come rushing out almost faster than I can type. Oddly enough, I enjoy the editing process even more. There is nothing more satisfying to me than deleting paragraphs, pages and even chapters that I’ve spent days crafting because they weren’t really all that good.
Tell us about you and where you live.
I live in Salt Lake City, where I’ve been since 1977 except for a couple of years in Atlanta. I came out here to go to college, majored in journalism and went to work for The Salt Lake Tribune. I also worked as an editor for the big newspaper in Atlanta, so I got good at throwing out sentences that writers had spent hours agonizing over. I have a wife and two grown “kids.”
What have you written and what are you working on now?
My first book, 9,000 Miles of Fatherhood, was published by Cedar Fort in 2014. It’s a memoir of a transformative road trip I took with my 13-year-old son in 2002 from Salt Lake City to the end of the road on the Panama-Colombia border. Four months in an old Dodge Dart on a budget that forced us into the worst parts of any town we stayed in. My son had been a poor student, but he came back so far ahead of his class that they never caught up, and today he’s a bio-medical engineer. My new book, Serpents of Old, came out in January. I self-published this one through Amazon. It’s a murder mystery that revolves around a central Utah polygamist community.
Contrast the experiences of having a publisher and doing it yourself.
I butted heads with my 9,000 Miles publisher from the get-go. I didn’t like the title, which did not capture the fun and irreverence of the book. “Sounds like a book you couldn’t pay me to read,” I told them. I also disagreed with some of the parts they chose to discard, which were some of the funniest bits. Cedar Fort is a very family-friendly publisher, so we probably weren’t the best fit. When I was finished with Serpents of Old, I got a New York agent who tried and failed to sell it. I had a couple of offers from small publishers, but my experience with Cedar Fort encouraged me to go it alone.
How do you market your books and do your promotion methods work?
Even with a publisher, I was on my own when it came to marketing the book. I secured as many reviews as I could get, then parleyed those into invitations to a few book festivals. I also contacted every independent bookseller in the country, and while most ignored me a few carried my book. I spoke to men’s groups and book clubs. I did signings at local bookstores. With the perceived buzz I created, I was able to get some nice coverage in the local newspaper, which led to radio interviews.
Where can readers find your book for sale?
Both books are available on Amazon. Here’s a link: https://www.amazon.com/Kirk-Millson/e/B00HOFGK8U
Thanks Kirk, I hope that your books go from strength to strength.
It is always a pleasure to hear about other authors lives. Wouldn't it be great if every day was World book day!