Author Profile: A.G. Riddle

by WJ Davies on June 27, 2014

As soon as I started writing, I also started reading about writing and researching publishing methods. I didn’t even know self-publishing on Amazon was an option for me until I’d already written 10,000 words or so. This knowledge sent me to Amazon to browse the sci-fi bestseller lists, and that’s how I discovered books like WOOL and Atopia Chronicles.

In the first couple months, when The Runner was doing crazy well and sneaking into a bunch of top-ten categories on Amazon, one of the books I noticed climbing the charts very quickly was The Atlantis Gene, by A.G. Riddle.

AGhttp://www.agriddle.com/

This was the author’s first novel, and I was amazed at how well it was doing so quickly. I emailed the author to tell him congrats, and he wrote back right away:

Hi WJ, 

Thanks for your note!  Atlantis Gene is my first novel, and I’d love to hear what you think.  
Just checked out your web site.  I use Scrivener too, and I didn’t know about the word count/project target feature; I love that.  I also just bought The Runner — what an outstanding premise.  I thoroughly enjoyed Wool, so I’m very much looking forward to it.
 
Take care, – AG
 
PS: good luck with the Binary Cycle: Disruption launch
Over the next couple months, his book continued to have astounding success, jumping into the top #100 on the Amazon store and pretty much just making itself comfortable and hunkering down indefinitely (it’s still there!). I had already bought the book, but decided I’d better take a peak at it to see what all the fuss was about.
GENE

THIS WAS THE MOMENT EVERYTHING CHANGED FOR ME.

You see, up until then, I firmly believed that success was mostly derived out of marketing, making yourself known as an author, blogging, and being active on all sorts of social media. It turns out that yes, that stuff does help much of the time, but that’s not going to get you into the top #100. It’s not going to sell you a million books. It’s not going to get other people talking about you.

The only thing that will do that is a fantastic book.

Right away, Atlantis Gene struck me as a kind of DaVinci Code for Sci-Fi lovers. It has everything. Science, political intrigue, suspense, alien conspiracy theories, international espionage, action, romance, humor… need I go on? And each chapter is very short, switching between multiple characters and leaving a trail of cliff-hangers to keep the reader guessing. This is a real page turner.

From this, I realized that if you want to have a bestseller (I mean a REAL bestseller), that it doesn’t matter if you have a twitter account, FB page, or author website… not really (And people are going to shoot me for saying so). What matters is that you’ve written an exciting book that people want to read. That’s it.

I’ve made a point of keeping in touch with A.G., not only to learn from him, but also because he’s a really friendly, completely down to earth guy. He’s the sort of guy you’d want to have on your ball team, and I’m glad he’s out there showing people what indie authors are capable of. He gives the rest of us hope, that someday, we can perfect our craft enough to really make a big splash on this new publishing paradigm.

Oh, and congrats is in order! A.G. just sold the film rights to his series to CBS! That now makes THREE authors I know who have sold film rights. When are we gonna start seeing these movies!

Check out A.G.’s series now, you won’t be sorry.

PLAGUEWORLD

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