Frequently Asked Questions
Who are you?
- I write under the name Will Zeilinger
I was born in Omaha Nebraska. Oldest of three boys. When I was nine my father's work took us to Turkey for five years. We moved to Huntington Beach, California soon after our return. I received my Bachelor's degree in Graphic Design and have been a professional graphic designer, illustrator, cartoonist, and photographer for more than 35 years. The only writing I did was advertising copy and cartoon captions.Twelve years ago I began writing novels and soon discovered that I had no idea what I was doing. I took novel writing classes and joined writer’s groups, but what has helps me most are my friends who are published authors that mentor, encourage, critique and listen to me while I continue to learn my craft. Finding time to write while life happens is a challenge but I find a way to work in writing at least one or two hours a day..
- What time of day do you write best?
I have found that for me – 6 or 7 am is the time for me to write at least one hour (two if I can swing it) every morning – and I mean every morning. It is so easy to get out of a routine. Your writing has to be part of your everyday – just like brushing your teeth or eating breakfast.
- Where can we find your books?
All my novels are available on Amazon.com for Kindle, Barnes and Noble.com for the Nook, iTunes for Apple iPads and iPhones, at Kobo.com for that device, and at smashwords.com for all other Ereaders in EPub, pdf, rtf and various other formats.
- Do you have any upcoming projects?
Currently (2014) I am co-writing a 1950's detective mystery set in southern California with my wife Janet Elizabeth Lynn (author of seven novels). Also, I am working on two other mystery novels that I hope to release in the next year or two.
- Why did you choose to self-publish?
For years I have been going the traditional route of sending out queries, sample chapters and complete manuscripts to agents and editors, but in the months and years it takes to get responses (and rejections) my novels could be on the market.
With changes in technology and the rapid decline in traditional books and bookstores, E-publishing and specifically self-publishing is the only viable choice.
- Would you do it again?
Yes I will. Even several published authors I know are converting or offering their latest works as Ebooks. They also find it advantageous to put their backlist (books no longer on store shelves) online as Ebooks. This avenue gives them more control over their properties. Some are abandoning traditional print books altogether.
- Please share some advice to help future authors.
Self-publishing requires the same diligence and care that traditional publishing does. There are no shortcuts to a great story. Be brutally honest with yourself and accept criticism of your work.