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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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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/

Apr 4, 2018

2nd anniversaryEpisode 110, release date Wednesday 4th April, 2018

This podcast is now 2 years old.

24 months ago I launched this show with episode 1 interviewing local author Ruth Sutton and - I'm not quite sure how - but I'm still going strong.

This podcast has been a revelation to me ... I've connected with so many wonderful authors over the past 24 months and it's been an absolute joy, I've never done anything online which has worked so well.

So a big thankyou to you if you've supported this podcast by downloading it every week, if you've ever been a guest, if you support the production of the show on Patreon and if you've left me a review of shared an episode on social media.

In this 2 year anniversary episode I've asked five former guests to turn the tables on me and ask me questions about my author career ... so get ready to hear Alison Ingleby, Jon Cronshaw, Meg Cowley, Sarah Hardy and Rachel Amphlett asking ME the questions ...

Birthday cake

This week's special guests

Special guests

From left-to-right:

Rachel Amphlett: https://self-publishing-journeys.com/episode-104-rachel-amphlett/

Jon Cronshaw: https://self-publishing-journeys.com/episode-78-jon-cronshaw-take-2/

Alison Ingleby: https://self-publishing-journeys.com/episode-103-alison-ingleby/

Sarah Hardy: https://self-publishing-journeys.com/episode-106-sarah-hardy/

Meg Cowley: https://self-publishing-journeys.com/episode-74-meg-cowley-take-2/

Apr 2, 2018

Jon Cronshaw is a self-published sci-fi and dystopian author.

It's the third time on the podcast for Jon - we met at Carlisle's Borderlines Book Festival in 2016 and at that time, Jon was about to self-publish his first book.

When I first spoke to Jon in January 2017, he'd just got the first book written.

He's now got ten books listed on Amazon in various configurations, including short stories, box-sets and audio books.

He's also started to collaborate with other authors now and is building up his appearances at live events.

Find Out More:

Jon's blog: https://joncronshaw.com/

Follow Jon on Twitter: https://twitter.com/JLCronshaw

Jon's Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/joncronshawauthor/

Jon's Short Science Fiction Review podcast: https://twitter.com/ShortSFReview

Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/248839295552288/

Talking points:

Janet Murray: https://www.janetmurray.co.uk/

Book Barbarian: http://bookbarbarian.com/

Jon's author diary podcast: https://joncronshaw.com/category/author-diary/

InstaFreebie: https://www.paulteague.com/IF [My affiliate link]

20BooksTo50k Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/781495321956934/ [Highly recommended!]

Ray Bradbury Challenge: https://raybradburychallenge.blogspot.co.uk/

Freebooksy: https://www.freebooksy.com/for-the-authors/

Morecambe Steampunk Festival: http://asplendiddayout.com/

Mar 31, 2018

My Quarter 1, 2018 planning board:

My planning board

Mar 26, 2018

Martha Carr is a bestselling author from Austin, Texas who spends most of her time dreaming of Elves, Witches, Wizards and other magical worlds.

Her work has been published in internationally respected publications such as The Washington Post, The New York Times, USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, The Chicago Tribune and Newsweek.

She had a publishing career prior to teaming up with Michael Anderle of 20BooksTo50k fame, but since they started collaborating together, Martha has released a steady flow of Teen & Young Adult and Urban Fantasy best-sellers in the bestselling series, The Leira Chronicles.

Find Out More:

1) Writing websites: http://www.oriceran.com/ and http://www.marthacarr.com/

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

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

4) Amazon author page: https://www.amazon.com/Martha-Carr/e/B001JP4SW6/

5) Goodreads page: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/318719.Martha_R_Carr

6) Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/lmbpn/pins/

1) 20BooksTo50k: https://www.facebook.com/groups/781495321956934/

2) Pictured with Martha at the 20BooksTo50k London event:

Paul Teague & Martha Carr

3) Martha's Wired book: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Wired-Martha-Carr-ebook/dp/B0051BO30Q/

4) Martha's Place To Call Home book: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Place-Call-Home-Amazing-Orphanages/dp/1591025109/

5) Michael Anderle's talk ‘How one author went from $0 to selling $40k a month on Amazon': https://youtu.be/NHgcy3dVZVM

Mar 24, 2018

The Essential Weekly Podcast For New And Aspiring Indie Authors Paul's Podcast Diary Feature

Mar 19, 2018

Craig Lea Gordon is a science fiction writer from Whitley Bay in the United Kingdom.

He works full-time as a Business Analyst but all his spare time is taken up with writing.

His goal - like that of many other indie authors - is to be able to write full-time.

Technology features heavily in all of Craig's work, and he likes to raise questions about how it will affect our lives, for the better or for the worse.

He has two short works available at the moment - Transmit is available now as a 'thank you' for signing up to his mailing list and Hypercage is now available to download for free across most stores.

Find Out More:

1) Writing website: https://www.craigleagordon.com/

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

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

4) Amazon author page: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Craig-Lea-Gordon/e/B01KQIYFEC

5) Goodreads page: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/15275083.Craig_Lea_Gordon

6) Patreon page: https://www.patreon.com/craigleagordon

7) Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/craigleagordon/

8) Pinterest: https://pinterest.co.uk/craigleagordon

Interview Talking Points:

Read Worthy Fiction

https://www.udemy.com/read-worthy-fiction/learn/v4/overview

Editor

Harry Dewulf: http://harrydewulf.com/

Reddit subreddits for promo

https://www.reddit.com/r/wroteabook

https://www.reddit.com/r/ebooks

https://www.reddit.com/r/FreeEBOOKS

https://www.reddit.com/r/bookdownloads

https://www.reddit.com/r/freebooks

https://www.reddit.com/r/KindleFreebies

https://www.reddit.com/r/scifi (saturdays only)

https://www.reddit.com/r/Kindleunlimitedshare

https://www.reddit.com/r/KindleUnlimited

VMOST

http://bawiki.com/wiki/techniques/vmost-analysis/

Writing a Novel (Teach Yourself - General)

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Writing-Novel-Teach-Yourself-General/dp/0340927291

8 Point Story Arc

https://www.dailywritingtips.com/how-to-structure-a-story-the-eight-point-arc/

There’s also this hand-drawn chart by a redditor which combines every structure he could think of:

http://i.imgur.com/FB46JOs.jpg

Book Cave

https://mybookcave.com/

Mar 17, 2018

This Week's Talking Points

1) Crime & Publishment: http://www.crimeandpublishment.co.uk/

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

3) Book adrenaline promo- site: https://bookadrenaline.com/

4) Free Booksy promo site: https://www.freebooksy.com/

5) Pete Blyth's blog post: http://peteblythwriter.co.uk/2018/03/12/the-seven-podcasts-that-helped-me-the-most-on-my-author-journey/

Mar 12, 2018

Sarah Hardy is a blogger at bytheletterbookreviews and a book publicist for Bloodhound books.

She organises blog tours as well as promoting books on social media.

Recently Sarah read - and reviewed my Don't Tell Meg trilogy.

I was amazed at the community that's based around book blogging and Wanted to find out more about it.

Sarah's reviews were re-posted by an entire network of fellow book bloggers and it all helps to create amazing web traffic and visibility.

Find Out More:

1) Website: https://bytheletterbookreviews.com/

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

3) Twitter feed: https://twitter.com/sarahhardy681

4) LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/sarah-hardy-087652110/

Interview Talking Points:

1) Sarah interviewed for Reader Spot: https://shelleywilsonauthor.com/2016/05/05/reader-spot-meet-book-reviewer-sarah-hardy/

2) Sarah Interviewed for Behind the Bloggers: https://www.compulsivereaders.com/behind-bloggers/behind-the-bloggers-sarah-hardy/

3) Sarah interviewed for Blogger in the Spotlight: https://portobellobookblog.com/2015/10/23/sarah-hardy-blogger-in-the-spotlight/

4) Sarah Arrow was the author whose book helped Sarah to create her blog: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Sarah-Arrow/e/B005J2UI8I/

5) Sarah Hardy with the rest of the Bloodhound Books team: http://www.bloodhoundbooks.com/meet-the-team/

6) Annual Bloggers' Bash: http://sachablack.co.uk/annual-bloggers-bash/

7) NetGalley website: https://www.netgalley.com/

8) Harrogate Crime Festival: http://harrogateinternationalfestivals.com/crime-writing-festival/

Mar 10, 2018

1) Saturdays's writing progress - 5566 words:

Word count

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

3) Martha Carr, future guest: https://marthacarr.com/

4) Graham Smith, future guest: https://grahamsmithauthor.com/

5) Jon Cronshaw, future guest: https://joncronshaw.com/

Mar 5, 2018

Holly Cave is the self-published author of The Generation, a sci-fi novel set in the year 2052 and dealing with the topical subject of genetics.

She is a freelance writer and who publishes articles and features about science for non-expert audiences, alongside her fiction work.

The Generation was her debut self-published novel, and before that, Holly wrote a number of unpublished works with her father on his typewriter in the 1990s.

I met Holly a couple of years ago at the Alliance of Independent Authors fringe event in London … and since then she's won a contract with Quercus Books, with her first traditionally published novel The Memory Chamber which was released on 22nd February 2018.

Find Out More:

1) Writing website: https://www.hollycave.co.uk/

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

3) Twitter: https://twitter.com/HollyACave

4) Amazon author page: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Holly-Cave/e/B00GFY3232/

5) Goodreads page: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7192336.Holly_Cave

Interview Talking Points:

1) Alli – Alliance of Independent Authors: https://selfpublishingadvice.org/

2) Quercus Books: https://www.quercusbooks.co.uk/

3) Peter Cave's ‘Chopper' book: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Chopper-Peter-Cave/dp/0450008940

4) The Society of Authors: http://www.societyofauthors.org/

Mar 3, 2018

1) Friday's writing progress – 5431 words:

Who To Trust wtiting progress

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

3) Martha Carr, future guest: https://marthacarr.com/

4) Craig Lea Gordon, future guest: https://www.craigleagordon.com/

5) Vellum: https://vellum.pub/

My video guide: https://paulteague.com/how-to-use-vellum-on-a-pc/

6) Novel Factory overview: https://paulteague.com/how-and-why-i-use-the-novel-factory-to-plot-my-books/

Feb 26, 2018

Rachel Amphlett is the author of the Dan Taylor espionage novels and the Detective Kay Hunter series, which now numbers 4 novels - the 5th is out on March 11th.

In 2018 Rachel has already released three books in her new English Spy Mysteries series

After the success of the Detective Kay Hunter series, Rachel was able to leave her part-time job and become a full-time writer, and that gave her the perfect opportunity to go back through some writing ideas that had been fermenting for a while.

This is the third time I've spoken Rachel on this podcast - mainly because she's created some amazing impetus in her career since we first started chatting.

Find Out More:

Rachel's website: https://www.rachelamphlett.com/

Follow Rachel on Twitter: https://twitter.com/RachelAmphlett

Rachel's Goodreads page: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5070038.Rachel_Amphlett

Rachel's Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/rachelamphlett.author/

Rachel on Kobo: https://www.kobo.com/us/en/search?query=Rachel%20Amphlett

Rachel on iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/author/rachel-amphlett/id453265734

Rachel's UK Amazon page: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Rachel-Amphlett/e/B005EK7TRI

Interview Talking Points:

1) James Bond film extra: http://jessicasreadingroom.com/a-conversation-with-rachel-amphlett/

2) Bouchercon: http://bouchercon2017.com/

3) CrimeFest: http://www.crimefest.com/

4) Filmora software: https://filmora.wondershare.com/

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