IndieView with Arnie “Tokyo” Rosenthal, author of Our Last Seder

I found that with indie publishers I could have more control with the final product, the marketing effort, the design, and the retail pricing. About You
  Where did you grow up? I write the same time everyday. It was waiting   over 50 years to be written. Yes I outline but not extensively. Also have time designated to going on the road to promote. My next book, called The College Years – ’69-’73, and a film deal for Our Last Seder. Any advice that you would like to give to other newbies considering becoming Indie authors? Do you listen to music while you write? In Our Last Seder, ten-year-old Arnie tells the true story of his introduction to mortality, the consequences that follow, and how he and his family got through their life-altering tragedy. End of Interview:
For more from Tokyo visit his website and like his Facebook page. Anyone who was a child and has memories. It’s a personal memoir so the story already existed. This is not a part time game. However the inspiration to put it down on paper was from a book called Unstrung Heroes, which was about another ten year old’s perspective, named Franz Lidz, who I grew up with, and who authored that book.   January 2017
How long did it take you to write it? The book is about a family tragedy that happened when I was 10 years old and told from a 10 year old’s perspective. However the inspiration to put it down on paper was from a book called Unstrung Heroes, which was about another ten year old’s perspective, named Franz Lidz, who I grew up with, and who authored that book. About Writing
Do you have a writing process? Are your characters entirely fictitious or have you borrowed from real world people you know? Did you hire a professional editor? I consider the book my full time job. Bruce Springsteen’s recent autobiography influenced my style as well. My publisher submitted some ideas and I chose one of them. Also don’t expect to get rich from this. Everyone and everything is real. I listen to music differently than most people. I create chapters and for the most part write in chronological order as my memory serves me. You’ll have a better chance at success if you lower your expectations. It seems like it’s always another person who goes through the unthinkable, but when Arnie “Tokyo” Rosenthal has to face his own tragedy, what was previously unthinkable becomes reality. Yes, have a marketing plan and a decent budget for it. Was it a particular event or a gradual process? My publisher provided an editor. Do you have a marketing plan for the book or are you just winging it? Get your copy of   Our Last Seder from Amazon US or Amazon UK. Do you edit as you go or wait until you’ve finished? Absolutely have a marketing plan. I edit as I go but I don’t go overboard as I know that a professional will be going over it also.   It’s a personal memoir so the story already existed. About 3 months
  Where did you get the idea from?   We all know how important it is for writers to read. Oddly no
  What came easily? About the book
  What is the book about? Yes, as I mentioned, Franz Lidz inspired this book. When did you start writing the book? Are there any particular authors that have influenced how you write and, if so, how have they influenced you? Do you outline? I drop everything else that’s going on in my life and devote all my time to writing and editing the book. Arnie “Tokyo” Rosenthal – 17 June 2018
The Back Flap
Tragedy always hits when we least expect it. Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window) It’s the same reason that I’m with an indie record label as a singer-songwriter. If so can you please describe it? The entire book just poured out of me.   Were there any parts of the book where you struggled?   Long Island, NY
Where do you live now? Chapel Hill, NC
What would you like readers to know about you? In store signings, reviews, social media, ethnic touring, TV/Radio, and combining presentations with my music performances.   Do you have a target reader? About Publishing
  Did you submit your work to Agents? Basically just the subject of that particular chapter. If so, do you do so extensively or just chapter headings and a couple of sentences? What are you working on now? If yes, what gets the fingers tapping? No, I’m a professional musician and I’d be totally distracted by having music in the background as I write. That I’m an award-winning singer- songwriter. Sometimes
What made you decide to go Indie, whether self-publishing or with an indie publisher? Did you get your book cover professionally done or did you do it yourself?