Book Publishing 101: Interview with Fantasy Author Kraig Dafoe

As a reader of this blog, The Writer's Life, I would hope the reason why you love us so much - ahem - is that you are drinking up all the wisdom you can to find out how to get your book published.  We have a great author here with us today to give his side of the story in the hopes that it will help you on your own road to publication.  We welcome, Kraig Dafoe, author of the fantasy adventure novel, Search for the Lost Realm.

Thank you for your time in answering our questions, Kraig.  Let’s begin by having you explain to us why you decided to write a book?
I have always wanted to entertain others and I found this to be an easy way to do so. I have a vivid imagination that I would like to share with the world.
Is this your first book?
This is my first title but I have more on the way.
Can you tell us a little about your publishing journey?
The road to publishing is a long and difficult journey; at least it was for me. I tried the conventional route of getting an agent, which soured me on the idea of ever trying again and then I went directly to the publishers. After a certain amount of time I just threw the gloves off and did it myself. If you have no patience, I don’t recommend this but when there are no alternatives, you do what you have to.
What lessons do you feel you learned about the publishing industry?
It’s tuff and seemingly unfair. The publishers don’t want to take the chance on an unknown author yet they complain when that author goes to companies like Amazon. The industry can’t have things both ways and it needs to take a step back, assess the situation, and welcome new blood to the mix.
If you had the chance to change something regarding how you got published, what would you change?
I would go with a traditional publisher. Publishing is hard work. You might think writing is hard but once the writing is over, you still have six months to a year worth of work just to get the book out and then you spend another six months trying to promote so people know it’s out there.
Did you credit any person or organization with helping you get published?
Nope. This is the road I traveled alone. If this book becomes a success I will credit the people like you who helped me promote it, but the publishing road itself was a long lonely journey.
What’s the best advice you can give to aspiring authors?
I’ve said this before, I’ll say it again and again. Never give up. If you have a story worth reading, do whatever you have to do to get it read.

About the Author:

Kraig Dafoe was born in Potsdam, New York and grew up in Canton. He played high school football and joined the United States Army Reserves at the age of seventeen.

Kraig married at the age of nineteen and moved to Virginia Beach, Virginia where he worked as a Private Security officer for The Christian Broadcasting Network and also attended the Tidewater Community College for business.

After five years as a security officer, he became a Deputy Sheriff for the city of Chesapeake Virginia.
Kraig left the Sheriff’s office after nine years of service and pursued a couple of different business opportunities before he went on to publishing his debut novel.

Kraig is the father of five children and he currently resides in Kansas, raising his youngest son.
His latest book is the fantasy/adventure, Search for the Lost Realm.

Visit his website at

About Search for the Lost  Realm:

Search for the Lost Realm is an epic journey in which a young man named Varan wants to find a power which has been missing from the world of Kantania for thousands of years.

Varan sets out but soon discovers his true mission is to save the worlds creator from a spiritual bond placed upon him by the powerful demon, Eldrok.

From demons to dragons and sorcerers to soldiers, battles erupt and Varan must hurry or the world could be lost to darkness forever.

This story does not consist of action alone as Varan faces dilemmas of the heart, struggles of the flesh and complex issues of the mind.



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