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Self Publishing Journeys

The Self Publishing Journeys podcast is a weekly show for all indie authors. Show host Paul Teague interviews self- published authors about their writing journeys, passing on hints, tips and tricks along the way. He'll also chat to experts in related fields - proofreaders, development editors, cover designers, PR specialists, author platform creators - and they'll be offering their best advice and strategies.
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Jul 2, 2018

Wendy H. Jones lives in Scotland, and her police procedural series featuring Detective Inspector Shona McKenzie, is set in Dundee.

Wendy's love for adventure led to her joining the Royal Navy to undertake nurse training.

After six years in the Navy she joined the Army where she served as an Officer for a further 17 years.

This took her all over the world including Europe, the Middle East and the Far East.

As well as nursing Wendy also worked for many years in Academia and this led to publication in academic textbooks and journals.

Killer's Countdown is her first novel and was the first book in the Shona McKenzie Mystery series.

Jun 18, 2018

Barry Hutchison is a children's author, screenwriter, and director from Scotland.

He has now published 80 books ... and counting!

Many of these books were aimed at children or teenagers.

He's written for publishers such as Penguin Random House, Nosy Crow, Egmont, Stripes and Little, Brown.

He's written 30+ episodes of children’s comedy for CITV, and regularly contributes to comics like The Beano.

He's been invited to speak at schools and festivals all over the UK and beyond.

In 2016, he started publishing books for adults.

His main series is Space Team, a comedy sci-fi adventure space opera, and he's recently expanded the universe to include the Dan Deadman Space Detective series.

Find Out More:

1) Writing website: http://barryjhutchison.com/

2) Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/barryjohnhutchison

3) Twitter feed: https://twitter.com/barryhutchison

4) Amazon author page: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Barry-Hutchison/e/B003C6RNSG

5) Goodreads page: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/15108092.Barry_J_Hutchison

Paul Teague & Barry Hutchison

Interview Talking Points:

1) Barry's Wikipedia page: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Barry_Hutchison

2) Barry's Scottish Book Trust page: http://www.scottishbooktrust.com/profile-author/36144

3) Barry's Nosy Crow page: https://nosycrow.com/contributors/barry-hutchison/

4) Barry's TES page: https://www.tes.com/news/barry-hutchison

5) Barry featured in The Bookseller: https://www.thebookseller.com/news/i-felt-interloper-sneaking-through-friends-house-478201

Jun 4, 2018

Miles Hudson was a secondary school physics teacher for more than 20 years and has been writing physics textbooks for more than 15 years.

He also invented - and now sells from his website - the Best Fit Line Ruler which he created for science and maths education.

By his own admission, text book writing is quite uninspiring work, so Miles also writes fiction to feed his creativity.

Hi first novel was a whodunit, The Cricketer's Corpse, but his latest story - 2089 - is much more of a real piece of literature and was crowdfunded via Unbound.

I met Miles through a digital project which was being run by New Writing North.

Find Out More:

1) Writing website [coming soon!]: https://mileshudson.co.uk

2) Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/miles.hudson.14

3) Amazon author page: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Miles-Hudson/e/B005FKP8UM

4) Goodreads page: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7242686.Miles_Hudson

5) LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/miles-hudson-3081a527/

Interview Talking Points:

1) Best Fit Line Ruler web page: http://my.bestfitlineruler.com/

2) Miles' Unbound page: https://unbound.com/books/2089/

3) The Cricketer's Corpse website: http://cricketerscorpse.com/wp/

4) New Writing North Digi Transform project: http://newwritingnorth.com/projects/digital-literature-programme/digi_transform-programme/

May 14, 2018

Clare Sager is a lifelong fantasy reader, former English teacher, and corsetiere.

Her fate was set the day her father gave her a DragonLance graphic novel – after that, there was no hope for her to be anything other than a speculative fiction author.

When she’s not writing, she can be found reading, role-playing, gaming, or laughing at cats or photos of cats.

She lives in Nottingham, Robin Hood country, so it’s no surprise she writes about a character who robs from the rich to give to the poor.

Find Out More:

1) Writing website: http://www.claresager.com/

2) Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/claresagerauthor/

3) Twitter feed: https://twitter.com/ClareSAuthor

4) A Thief & A Gentlewoman sample: https://claims.instafreebie.com/free/YvQ1N

5) LinkedIn profile: https://www.linkedin.com/in/clare-sager-449a2549/

6) Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/claresager/

7) This will be Clare's podcast page when it goes live: http://www.claresager.com/confessions

Interview Talking Points:

1) Clare's podcast listening:

The Worried Writer: http://www.worriedwriter.com/

Self-Publishing Formula: https://selfpublishingformula.com/

The Creative Penn: https://www.thecreativepenn.com/

2) SPF101 course: https://selfpublishingformula.com/courses/

3) Lulu self-publishing: https://www.lulu.com/

4) Stuart Bache covers: http://stuartbache.co.uk/

5) 20BooksTo50k: https://www.facebook.com/groups/781495321956934/

May 12, 2018

1) This week's writing progress:

15k words

2) The paperback proof for Who To Trust has arrived:

Who To Trust

May 9, 2018

Podcast Announcement

Apr 30, 2018

Gurbir Singh is the publisher of www.astrotalkuk.org and the author of Yuri Gagarin in London and Manchester published in 2011 to mark the 50th anniversary of humanity’s first journey into space.
A former college lecturer, he is now working in the information security sector.

Gurbir has a science and an arts degree and – once keen on flying – he holds a private pilot’s license for the UK, US and Australia.

He was one of the 13,000 unsuccessful applicants responding to the 1989 advert “Astronaut wanted. No experience necessary” to become the first British astronaut, for which Helen Sharman was eventually selected and flew on the Soviet space station MIR in 1991.

Born in India, Gurbir has been living in the UK since 1966 except for one year in Australia.

Find Out More:

1) Writing website: https://astrotalkuk.org/

2) Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/gurbirsinghauthor

3) Twitter feed: https://twitter.com/GurbirSingh

4) LinkedIn profile: https://www.linkedin.com/in/gurbirsinghinfosec/

5) YouTube: https://vimeo.com/user3791838/videos/sort:plays

6) Access Gurbir's podcast: https://astrotalkuk.org/tag/podcast/

Paul Teague & Gurbir Singh

Interview Talking Points:

1) PR Newswire press release: https://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/new-book-the-indian-space-programme-details-indias-incredible-journey-from-the-third-world-towards-the-first-300534621.html

2) Jutoh editing software: http://www.jutoh.com/

3) Hemmingway editing software: http://www.hemingwayapp.com/

4) Grammarly editing software: https://www.grammarly.com

5) Ingram Spark: https://myaccount.ingramspark.com

6) 20BooksTo50k Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/781495321956934/

7) BookFunnel service: https://bookfunnel.com/

Apr 28, 2018

1) Self-Publishing Formula community for forthcoming GDPR guidance: https://www.facebook.com/groups/SPFsecretgroup/permalink/2117265515224006/

2) Book Barbarian promo site: http://bookbarbarian.com/

3) Freebooksy book promo site: https://www.freebooksy.com/

4) Deviant Minds competition: https://atlantic-books.co.uk/2018/02/16/corvus-m-heath-launch-deviant-minds-competition/

Apr 23, 2018

Julie Cordiner is a former Assistant Director of Learning & Skills and now an independent consultant with over 30 years experience specialising in school funding and education finance.

She has put her 30 years of experience into co-writing two, non-fiction text books – School Budget Mastery and Leading A School Budget Review, as well as planning several online courses on related school finance and funding topics.

Julie's author journey started in 2012 when she wrote a parish history to raise funds for her local church.

For NaNoWriMo 2013 Julie wrote her first historical fiction novel and that was followed by pantsing a women's fiction novel in NaNoWriMo 2014.

Julie has also attended 20BooksLondon and is preparing a solid base for her indie author career.

1) Non-fiction/business website: https://schoolfinancialsuccess.com

2) Consultancy website: http://juliecordiner.com/

3) Author website (WIP!): http://juliecordinerauthor.com/

4) Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/SchoolFinancialSuccess/

5) School Financial Success Twitter feed: https://twitter.com/juliecordiner

6) Writing Twitter feed: https://twitter.com/Julie_Cordiner

7) Amazon author page: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Julie-Cordiner/e/B012B0XMF6/

Interview Talking Points:

1) Momentum planners: https://www.productiveflourishing.com/momentum-planners/

2) York Festival of Writers: https://jerichowriters.com/bazaar/festival-of-writing-2018/

3) Udemy courses: https://www.udemy.com/

4) Teachable courses: https://teachable.com/

5) All about InMails: https://www.linkedin.com/help/linkedin/answer/1584/inmail-overview?lang=en

6) Self-editing course: https://jerichowriters.com/bazaar/self-editing-novel-online-course/

7) Julie's favourite podcasts:

The Creative Penn: https://www.thecreativepenn.com/

The Worried Writer: http://www.worriedwriter.com/

Self-Publishing Formula: https://selfpublishingformula.com/

Apr 16, 2018

Meg Cowley is the USA Today best-selling author of the Books of Caledan, the Relic Guardians and the Morgana Chronicles.

This is the third time I've interviewed Meg for the podcast, and if you ever wanted to see a roller coaster author journey, this is it.

When we first spoke, Meg was riding high on the crest of the adult colouring book wave.

The second time we chatted, that market had collapsed and Meg was pivoting her business so that she could survive with the reduced income.

In this interview, I'm delighted to report that Meg just had her best sales month ever.

However, as I was soon to find out, it hasn't all been plain sailing.

Note: Due to reporting errors and a drop in the KENP rate for March, Meg's predicted income is more accurately reported as ‘over $15k in one month' rather than ‘$20k in one month'.

Find Out More:

Website: http://megcowley.com/

Amazon Author Page: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Meg-Cowley/e/B00M6BQ0PA/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/megcowley/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/meg_cowley

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC1NeaBtI2bInpE4NbP-hxAg

Interview Talking Points:

1) Meg's book cover service: https://www.facebook.com/groups/jollybookcovers/ and http://bookcovers.megcowley.com/

2) BookBub for authors: https://www.bookbub.com/partners

3) Amazon Ads: https://advertising.amazon.com/kindle-select-ads

4) 20BooksTo50k: https://www.facebook.com/groups/781495321956934/

5) Martha Carr: https://self-publishing-journeys.com/episode-108-martha-carr/

Apr 14, 2018

1) Stuart Bache book covers website: http://stuartbache.co.uk/

2) New Writing North: http://newwritingnorth.com/

3) Miles Hudson, future guest: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Miles-Hudson/e/B005FKP8UM

4) Book Adrenaline: https://bookadrenaline.com/

5) Dead of Night hit 3 x USA charts as a result of the promo:

6) Freebooksy: https://www.freebooksy.com/

Apr 9, 2018

Graham Smith is the best selling author of the DI Harry Evans series and the Jake Boulder novels.

He publishes his Harry Evans series with Caffeine Nights and the Jake Boulder series with Bloodhound Books.

He's had an amazing year in 2018 and pumping out books left, right and centre at the same time as managing a very busy wedding venue on the Scotland/England border.

Graham is the founder and organiser o the annual Crime and Publishment event which takes place near Gretna every March.

I caught up with Graham on the eve of this year's event, sitting in the bar of the hotel.

Just a warning that you'll hear the f-word in this interview, in the context of a quotation – and there were a couple of blips with the audio quality from my portable recorder, which I'll try to get to the bottom of before I use it next time – however, they only pop up every now and then and don't detract from the interview.

Find Out More:

Graham's website: https://www.grahamsmithauthor.com/

Follow Graham on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/grahamnsmithauthor

Follow Graham on Twitter: https://twitter.com/grahamsmith1972

Graham's Blogspot site: http://grahamsmithwriter.blogspot.co.uk/?zx=2406007d4e2370d6

Graham's Amazon Author page: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Graham-Smith/e/B006FTIBBU

Graham's Goodreads page: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/66851.Graham_Smith

Talking Points:

1) Graham on Bloodhound books: http://www.bloodhoundbooks.com/graham-smith/

2) Graham Smith on Caffeine Nights: http://www.caffeinenights.com/graham-smith

3) Crime and Publishment event: http://www.crimeandpublishment.co.uk/

4) CrimeSquad: http://crimesquad.com/

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