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joseph van nydeck


When is your next book coming out?

I have a few things that I am working on at the moment. The goal is to have another book on the shelf and ready for consumption within twelve months of the official release of Tian Zhu. Please sign up for my monthly newsletter to stay abreast of any and all information on my upcoming books. I understand your right to privacy and will not give your email to anyone.

Will Tian Zhu be available in other languages?

Yes. The book is currently in the process of being translated into French, Japanese, and Mandarin Chinese.

Audio books are continuing to gain in popularity. Is your book available in an audio format?

Yes. As many bloggers and industry watchers have pointed out, audio is indeed growing. I have been working on the production process to ensure that Tian Zhu, and all future novels will be available in an audio format. I expect to have Tian Zhu available in an audio format within the next twelve months.

Where did you get the inspiration for the story?

I draw inspiration for my stories from my more than twenty years in Asia. The age of technology that is seeing mankind breakdown all types of barriers and much of it is happening in Asia.

How long did it take to write the book?

I had been thinking about a rough neck, bone crushing CIA type character for about eight years before I wrote the first draft of Tian Zhu. I had also been researching a ton of information about technologies and regional mythologies before I started clacking away on my laptop. After all of that time thinking and researching, the production of the actual first draft took a couple of months. That said, there are also revisions one must consider when scheduling a production timeline.

How did you decide to self-publish?

The three main reasons I decided to self-publish my first novel rather than approaching the traditional publishing establishment were: editorial freedom, royalties, and time to market. I enjoy writing. I enjoy creating personalities and adventures. Therefore, after an enormous amount of time checking and cross checking self-publishing industry facts in chat rooms across the Internet, I found myself on a blog by a guy named, J.A. Konrath. My advice: Read it. Follow it. Learn from it. His analysis of the ever-changing industry landscape along with sales numbers around various formats and platforms confirmed my decision to self-publish. Besides, if you write fascinating stories and build out a strong platform, you will have created a strong case for a traditional publisher to sign you. If, that is the route you wish to take.