Frequently Asked Questions
Who are you?
A short Biography
Will Zeilinger writes novels that range from 1950s hard-boiled mystery to romantic comedy and include; The Final Checkpoint, Something’s Cooking at Dove Acres, and The Naked Groom.
His short stories that have appeared in: Haunted Tales: Stories From Beyond the Grave (Under the House), Murder U.S.A., and most recently, Chicken Soup for The Soul: Dreams And The Unexplainable. (Our Dinner Partner).
He lives in Southern California where he co-writes the Skylar Drake Mystery series with his wife Janet Lynn. Slivers of Glass, Strange Markings, Desert Ice, and Slick Deal.
Will was born in Omaha Nebraska. Oldest of three boys. When he was nine his father's work took them to Turkey for five years. Upon their return, they moved to Huntington Beach, California. He attended California State University, Long Beach and received his Bachelor's degree in Graphic Design. Will worked as a professional graphic designer, illustrator, cartoonist, and photographer for more than 35 years. The only writing he did was advertising copy and cartoon captions. He began writing a novel and soon discovered that he had no idea what he was doing. Will ook novel writing classes and joined writer’s groups, but what has helped him the most are his friends who are the published authors who mentor, encourage, critique and listen to him while he continues to learn his craft. Finding time to write while life happens is a challenge but he finds a way to work at writing at least one or two hours a day.
What time of day do you write best?
Will writes from 6 or 7 am for at least one hour (two if he can swing it) every morning – and that means every morning. It is so easy to get out of a routine. 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 in print and for Kindle, at 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. If you live in the Long Beach California area, Will's books are also available at Gatsby Books and at the Signal Hill Public Library.
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 would. 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.