The Future of Piu Piu

ARTEBY Author Interviews 2016

What’s next for Piu Piu?

Finally, we’re releasing Part 10/10 of the Author Interview on Magical Realism and other questions we asked the author of the new South African novel The Immortal Life of Piu Piu’ , conducted by Arteby Publishing (AP) on 17th January, 2016, based on a series of 10 main questions. Please follow the transcript below. The Interviews will be loaded to YouTube in due time. Here is  Author Interview 9. Just in case you have missed it. Please take note that this is Book 1 in a series called ‘Dance Between Worlds’.

AP: We’re coming to our final question after covering many relevant and wildly interesting aspects of your magical realism novel “The Immortal Life of Piu Piu” – including the genre, location, characters, main theme, style, background, target market and even the message, without giving too much away . . .

What we’d all like to know now is: what’s next for Piu Piu?

BG: Oh, a lot of overwhelm due to having to wear too many hats!!! As a writer, you just want to write. But today – whether you’re a traditionally publisher author, or an indie author, or a hybrid author dancing on both weddings, the marketing is up to us. This has dramatically changed over the last 10 years, and while there are a number of drawbacks for authors in my view, there are more opportunities now than ever before – and that’s just as time-consuming as it is exciting. More on that in a minute.

Piu Piu – The German Version

First of all, ‘The Immortal Life of Piu Piu’ – the printed paperback version – will soon be published through a large distributor, meaning it will be available everywhere in the world, be it in shops, libraries, Barnes & Noble, iKobo, Apple, etc. I’m a bit behind here as there’s been quite some demand for a German version, so that the German translation of the English original has become a priority and will be the main objective over the next few months. It is a fascinating process for me and allows me to overthink the hooks for the next book within my series  ‘Dance Between Worlds’, where we will meet our friends again, although in a different constellation! The basic scenario is already there . . . so at some stage I will disappear and just write.

Piu Piu – The Audiobook

As you may have read on my website, the Audiobook has been planned since a while and will definitely come out in 2016, but I’m not yet sure when exactly.

You see, for South African authors it was impossible to create their Audiobook for Audible.com – Amazon’s Audiobook extension. At this time, they only admit authors for the US and the UK, with Canada opening soon – so they say. I did find another way, but it did not convince me from a technical point-of-view. Remember, I have a background as a filmmaker, I’d like this to be classy and professional.

Meanwhile, however, it looks like I’ve found a wonderful solution, one that reminds me of the many hours and days and weeks spent in studios recording and editing voices in the past! It’s something I love. I love spoken words – and I love the voices behind them. The whole process of getting a tone, an expression right . . . it’s not that different from singing. I really enjoy this very much, especially with professional actors.

I don’t want to go into detail yet, but let’s say . . . it’s still incubation time, but the audiobook is mentally on the way. I’m actually quite excited about it . . . imagine all the different characters and voices! Of course, many authors read their books themselves – and I actually love this as then you add another dimension, namely that of the creator of the story itself. You get to know the person who wrote the book . . . that’s very special in my view. On the other hand, working with an array of different voices can also be great fun. This will be quite a decision to be made. But it’s something I’m really looking forward to.

Piu Piu Marketing

All authors today, especially those who aren’t yet a household name – but even the bestselling stars aren’t really an exception as insider reports show – we all have to invest time, effort and money in marketing our books, whether we like it or not. It’s like wearing a different hat. The publisher’s hat, that is. See . . . even if you wrote the finest book in the world, if no one knows about it, and no one reads it . . . what’s the sense. Except that it’s very sad.

Of course, there are many great services out there and I’m all for outsourcing work I don’t want to do or don’t have the time for – but think of our current exchange rate to the U$ – a whopping 1:16 . . . these days. So we’ve got to plan our steps very carefully. It’s easy to get lost in the hungry, buzzing, never sleeping internet jungle out there!

But, yes, what I want to do is get the next book out there as soon as possible, so everyone has a ball trying to track the different characters they know so well from ‘The Immortal Life of Piu Piu’ in a totally different world! So, yes, the heroes will be back but in a different constellation. They’ve already embarked on a new journey filled with mystery and suspense. The tension between Anata and Charlot has been playing itself out over many lives. Will there be another tragedy . . . or a happy ending?

I’m not sure . . . but we’ll find out one day!

AP: Well, we’re all looking forward to that! Thank you for being so open and genuine – our readers will appreciate this! This Interview has been a journey and we at Arteby Publishing loved it. For anyone interested in finding out more about ‘The Immortal Life of Piu Piu’ and the author, Bianca Gubalke, please CLICK HERE.

Thank you – I’m sure we’ll speak again in the not too far future!

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