Chicago, IL – (WiredPRNews.com) – Local author, Bryan W. Alaspa, has been climbing the ladder of literary success since he decided to make writing his full-time job in 2006. Although his books can be found in local and chain bookstores around Chicago for his non-fiction work, Mr. Alaspa has always been very interested in writing fiction. Thanks to the advent of eReaders and, in particular the Amazon Kindle, he has now finally found an audience for his fiction work.
“I have been writing fiction since I sat down at my mother’s electric typewriter back in the third grade,” muses Mr. Alaspa. “So, my first love for writing has always been fiction. I sort of stumbled into writing non-fiction. I love writing it and researching it and learning something new, but I still love making up stories as well.”
However, while his non-fiction work of true crime and historical items, have been published through standard publishers, his fiction work has struggled to find the same acceptance. In the past, he tried using print-on-demand services to reach audiences, which allowed him to get his books on web sites such as Amazon.com. There were problems, however.
“Bookstores do not want to carry those kind of books,” Mr. Alaspa continues. “So, it was always a struggle to find an audience. Then the Kindle came along and because I had already published works for sale on Amazon.com, I was kind of ushered right into the digital world.”
Now, Mr. Alaspa has published several works of fiction exclusively for the Amazon Kindle eReader. As the reader has grown in popularity, so have his works of fiction. It has gotten to the point where Mr. Alaspa says he considers Amazon.com his publisher and almost doesn’t consider trying to send his fiction to standard print publishers.
“For whatever reason the publishing world doesn’t want my fiction work,” Mr. Alaspa says. “They like my non-fiction work, and that’s great. I get to do book signings and readings, but I can publish my novels, short stories and novellas for Kindle and get to compete on the same field as some of the biggest authors on the planet. I think the Kindle is a lot like iTunes was for music. It levels things.”
Mr. Alaspa has released his thriller and horror novels After the Snowfall, Gone, The Vanished Child, Sin-Eater: Part One and RIG for Kindle. He also gets to design the covers and determine the layout and pricing. So far he has not had a break-out hit, but he has sold consistently. He now plans to release his first novella for Kindle.
“My novella Mythos should be out soon,” he states. “I’d like to get it out by Christmas, but the time is fast approaching. I plan for more fiction works to come out in the thriller and horror genres in 2011, as well.”
About Bryan W. Alaspa:
Bryan W. Alaspa is an author from the Chicago area, where he was born and raised. His first novel was Ballad of the Blue Denim Gang. He is the author of numerous works of non-fiction such as: Ghosts of St. Louis: The Lemp Mansion and Other Erie Tales, Chicago Crime Stories: Rich Gone Wrong, Chicago Disasters, Forgotten Tales of Illinois and Silas Jayne: Chicago’s Suburban Gangster. He is the author of the fiction works: Ballad of the Blue Denim Gang, The Vanished Child, Dust, RIG, Gone and Sin-Eater: Part One. He has also compiled a compilation of his humor and opinion articles entitled Why Hockey Sucks! and a collection of short stories called Stories, both available for Kindle.