Join me today for the cover reveal of ‘Untouchable’ by S. A. Starcevic, published by Forever More Publishing.
He’s allowing us to get a sneaky peek at his awesome cover a whole 18 days before the book’s release. I do hope you get on board and share this post around. Read all about the book and its author below…
Ethan Elliot is no stranger to secret identities. As an LGBT teen, he’s dealt with secrets all his life. Nevertheless, when his powers kick in and he’s whisked away to join a team of superheroes, he dons a mask of a different kind – one that sees him battling supervillains and testing his limits.
However, there’s more going on behind the scenes than capes and costumes. At the headquarters of the Protectorate, he makes unlikely friends with Gravity Girl and Element Boy. Except Element Boy might turn out to be more than just a friend, and Gravity Girl is battling demons of her own.
Ethan will discover what it means to be a hero, and must learn that even superheroes aren’t untouchable.
AVAILABLE JUNE 19th
- Can you tell us a little bit about your latest project? When did it begin and what inspired you?
UNTOUCHABLE had been swirling around for a while before I actually started writing it. Don’t ask how, but I immediately knew it was something special. I just had that writer’s feeling. It was different to everything else I’d written. It was quality.
- What do you do when you are not writing?
What? You mean there’s a world outside writing? *panics*
- When did you first start writing and when did you finish your first book? Was it any good?
There’s a story behind that, actually. The first book I ever finished wasn’t that long ago. I decided to sub it way before I was ready, and amid the – many, many – rejections came an acceptance. I turned it down for reasons outlined here. I’m glad I did. UNTOUCHABLE deserves to hog the spotlight.
- Where do you get your ideas?
The fiction factory. I pay a monthly fee and in return they mail a brochure.
- Do you ever experience writer’s block?
I think writer’s block is just a great big misconception. People who haven’t properly plotted their story will find themselves stuck at some point. That’s a fact. However, people who plot too much will get stuck too, because they will have wasted all of their enthusiasm. I try to strike a balance – I write out short, choppy sentences summarizing what needs to happen to move the plot along, but I leave the rest to figure out as I go. It’s worked fine thus far.
- Can you tell us about your challenges in getting your first book published?
UNTOUCHABLE was always going to be a pain to query. It’s a YA superhero story which clocks in at an awkward word count (novellas rarely make it to print, but eBook publishers love them) with an LGBT protagonist in his teens. I had a few nibbles, including a full request from a really prestigious publisher, but ultimately decided to sign with Forever More Publishing thanks to their wicked-fast turnaround and backlist of awesome books with great covers.
- If you had to go back and do it all over, is there any aspect of your novel or getting it published that you would change?
Nope. I’m happy with FMP. The cover is more than I ever could have asked for (thanks April) and working with the editor has already been really enlightening.
- How do you market your work? What avenues have you found to work best for your genre? Which don’t work at all?
Social media is the greatest tool in a writer’s arsenal. Seriously. Everyone uses social media. It’s just a matter of finding the right audience for your book. I’m having some success with Tumblr, because UNTOUCHABLE is skewed for teens and most people on Tumblr identify with Gen Y, even the ones who aren’t in their teens.
I briefly interned for an author who has thousands of followers on there, and she’s been able to interact with a really enthusiastic readership. I also participated in a cover reveal with an author who has tens of thousands of followers on WordPress, which she promotes on her Facebook and Instagram. (Be wary, though: Facebook seems to have become rather commercialized lately.) It’s just about finding the right mix of different social media avenues.
- Do you have any advice to give to aspiring writers?
Just write it. Seriously. Do it. You’ll thank yourself later.
- Is there anything that you would like to say to your readers and fans?
The idea that I even have readers and fans is crazy. Um, thanks for existing.
QUICK SNAP Q&A
- Sweet or sour?
- Peace or noise?
Depends on the situation. Peace while writing, definitely.
- Classic or modern?
- Horror or comedy?
I’ll never understand why people find graphic depictions of human cruelty entertaining. Comedy.
- Rock or Pop?
I love covers of 80’s music, but I also listen to the Top 40. Both.
- Zombies or Vampires?
The word ‘vampire’ is such a turn-off these days due to overuse, but zombies are icky. Vampires.
- Print or Electronic?
Electronic. Then again, I’m probably biased since UNTOUCHABLE is an eBook.
- Indie or Traditional?
Traditional for the most part. I want to experiment with self-publishing in the future, though.
- Plotter or Panster?
- House proud or scruff-bag?
I like certain areas to be neat, but others look like Ground Zero. I’m kind of an OCD pack rat.