SFFMP 43: Bestseller Joshua Dalzelle Talks Space Opera and Selling Books Without a Website
Tonight we interviewed hugely popular space opera author, Joshua Dalzelle. The guy doesn’t have a website, an Amazon bio, and he’s only recently started a mailing list, but he sure sells books. Here’s some of what we discussed tonight:
- How Joshua got this far without a website, and are websites/social media/mailing lists really needed, or are they overrated?
- The state of space opera right now (is it more popular than ever?)
- What makes space opera space opera? Versus some other type of science fiction?
- Light-hearted sci-fi adventures versus darker, techier sci-fi–is there room for both?
- Cover art that portrays the tone of the book as well as branding the series
- AskDavid.com for getting reviews
- Advertising sites that Joshua hasn’t gotten much mileage out of
- Are multi-author bundles still useful for getting the word out?
- How having multiple series going can help feed the sales of both
- Pricing for novels — is $2.99/$3.99 a good bet or are you leaving money on the table?
- Incentives for readers to get them onto a mailing list–especially if you get started with one late!