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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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Sep 18, 2017

Laura Read has worked in publishing for over seven years, as a designer for a journal and its award-winning website.

She is now an author and freelance designer.

Her poetry has been published in two anthologies.

Her debut novel is called Deadly Sins – an exploration of the sexism that can permeate families and how sin can influence us all.

Laura's follow-up novel - Caught in a Lie - is a tale of sex, politics and betrayal.

Find Out More:

1) Laura's website: http://laurareadauthor.com/

2) Laura's Amazon author page: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Laura-Read/e/B06Y193Y6P/

3) Laura on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4756022.Laura_Read

4) Laura on Twitter: https://twitter.com/laurareadauthor

5) Laura's Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/laurareadauthor

Interview Talking Points:

1) Recommended way to build a website with WordPress: https://wordpress.org/

Don't know how to use Worpdress? I've written a book on that: https://www.createspace.com/7131886

2) Divi theme for WordPress: https://www.elegantthemes.com/gallery/divi/

3) I use Thrive Themes at https://paulteague.com/Thrive and Optimizepress at https://paulteague.com/optimize [Both affiliate links]

4) Wix websites: https://www.wix.com/ [Very simple, but not recommended as a long term solution]

5) MailerLite is what I use for email marketing: https://paulteague.com/ML [My affiliate link]

Mailchimp is another alternative: https://mailchimp.com/

Don't know how to use Mailchimp? I've written a book about that too: https://www.createspace.com/7379643

6) InstaFreebie is great for building a mailing list: https://paulteague.com/IF [My affiliate link]

7) Mark Dawson's Self-Publishing 101 course: https://selfpublishingformula.com/101

8) Laura's book cover design services page: http://laurareadauthor.com/book-cover-design-services/

Sep 16, 2017

1) This week's writing progress – I should finish draft 1 of One Fatal Error on Saturday:

One Fatal Error

2) My 3d box set covers:

Paul Teague thriller trilogy

I got these done via this Fiverr account: https://www.fiverr.com/dhananjayaeffec

3) Here's a sneak peek at my Amazon ads account – look at those $1200 budgets! You never actually spend those amounts 

4) I forgot to mention this in the diary, but bursaries are available to attend the Society of Authors event in November: http://mailchi.mp/1e9be1a902a8/4fmx32ig59-2559521?e=d6b5f14af9

5) My book promotion this week.

Weds = 1252 books 95.1% US store
Thurs = 505 books 86% from US store

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

ManyBooks: http://manybooks.net/

Fussy Librarian: http://www.thefussylibrarian.com/

6) 20BooksLondon:

Book for the event now: http://20bookslondon.com/

Sep 11, 2017

Dave Chesson is best known for his Kindlepreneur blog and website.

He's is an 11 year veteran of the US Navy, but started a side hustle learning about online marketing.

He created niche websites, learnt about SEO and affiliate income, then made the move into self-publishing.

He now supports indie authors via his Kindlepreneur blog and service and also self-publishes books under a range of pen names.

Of particular note to new authors are Dave's free Amazon Ads course and his KDP Rocket web tool.

Find Out More:

Website: https://kindlepreneur.com/

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

Twitter: https://twitter.com/DaveChesson

Dave's KDP Rocket service: https://kdprocket.com/

Dave's YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC-s3Pb8uIBm0QN8MVaulJKA

Dave's free Amazon ads course: https://courses.kindlepreneur.com/courses/AMS

Interview Talking Points:

1) Clickbank is an online marketplace [My affiliate link]

2) SiteBuildIt - keyword based websites: http://www.sitesell.com/websiteacademy.html [My affiliate link]

3) Best book promotion sites article: https://kindlepreneur.com/list-sites-promote-free-amazon-books/

4) Quora: https://www.quora.com/

5) Infusionsoft: https://www.infusionsoft.com/ [Also known as 'confusionsoft']

6) GetResponse: https://paulteague.com/getresponse [This is my affiliate link, it's a great service and the one that Dave uses}

7) MailerLite: https://self-publishing-journeys.com/ML [My affiliate link, this is what I'm currently using]

8) I used to recommend https://www.hostgator.com but I fell out of love with that service a couple of years ago, and now use/recommend Siteground at https://paulteague.com/SG [My affiliate link]

9) 20BooksTo50k UK: http://20bookslondon.com/ This is a highly recommended UK event

Sep 9, 2017

1) This week's writing progress - 5k words for One Fatal Error:

Word count

2) Brian Meeks' Amazon Ads book:

[amazon_link asins='1942810156' template='ProductCarousel' store='author-pt-21' marketplace='UK' link_id='ed89fde3-9499-11e7-9781-01729003d3f9']

3) Sci-Fi & Fantasy Giveaway - I'm taking part in this InstaFreebie Giveaway next week: http://sffbookbonanza.com/freebooks/

I recommend MailerLite for email marketing: https://self-publishing-journeys.com/ML [My affiliate link]

This book giveaway is using InstaFreebie: https://self-publishing-journeys.com/IF [My affiliate link]

4) The Grid 1: Fall of Justice has been shortlisted in the Kindle Book Awards - hurrah!

More info at https://wp.me/P2H01p-amQSemi-finalist/Kindle Book Review

5) One Fatal Error is now on pre-sale:

6) Burden of Guilt is on sale next week:

7) Marie-Claire Allington who listens to the podcast whilst riding - pictured here with Rufus the pony: http://www.marie-claireallington.com/

Marie-Claire Allington

 8) From Twitter this week - bunny rabbits!

Sep 4, 2017

Emily Benet is an author, journalist and award-winning blogger.

She writes contemporary fiction.

Her titles include the blog-to-book retail comedy, Shop Girl Diaries, the quirky romantic comedy, The Temp, and a novel about social media addiction, #PleaseRetweet.

Her fourth novel, The Hen Party, is a fun, fast-paced reality TV saga set in the island of Mallorca.

Tired of the lack of support that she got with her traditionally published books, Emily decided to go it alone with her most recent book, opting for self-publication.

Find Out More:

Website: http://www.emilybenet.com

Amazon Author Page: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Emily-Benet/e/B008OGBRPO/

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

Twitter: https://twitter.com/EmilyBenet

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/3436559.Emily_Benet

Emily on Wattpad: https://www.wattpad.com/user/emilybenet

Interview Talking Points:

1) Emily's Harper Collins page: https://www.harpercollins.co.uk/cr-108875/emily-benet

Harper Impulse: http://www.harperimpulseromance.com/

2) Emily's ALLi article on why she swapped traditional publishing for indie: https://selfpublishingadvice.org/opinion-why-i-swapped-the-traditional-publishing-dream-to-self-publish/

3) Emily's Wattpad experiences: http://www.publishingtalk.eu/case-studies/emily-benet-wattpad-success-story/

4) Emily on Wikiepedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emily_Benet

5) Salt Publishing: https://www.saltpublishing.com/

6) The Creative Penn podcast: https://www.thecreativepenn.com/ [Highly recommended]

7) The Alliance of Independent Authors: https://self-publishing-journeys.com/ALLi [My affiliate link]

8) Paperback publishing on https://www.createspace.com/ and http://www.ingramspark.com/

9) Use Vellum to format your books at https://vellum.pub/ and Calibre is a cheaper alternative: https://calibre-ebook.com/

Sep 2, 2017

1) Some good Createspace royalties coming my way, I've been selling decent numbers of paperbacks recently, mainly non-fictions and in particular, my Mailchimp book. I've received net earnings of Earnings of £380.30 this month, with zero promotion, and although I want it to be much more, this seems to be a reasonable amount:
Createspace Royalties

2) I wanted to get back to exercising over summer and I exceeded my two-times-per-week target and managed three times each week over the 6-week holiday period:

Exercise stats

3) I've been linking my paperbacks with my Kindle versions - it's important to do this! Just drop the KDP helpdesk an email:KDP

4) I formatted my first paperback with Vellum and it's fabulous - a huge cost-saving and it took no time at all:Vellum formatting

Non-Mac users check out my How To Use Vellum On A PC: https://paulteague.com/how-to-use-vellum-on-a-pc/

5) Winter is coming with Wordpress! This is important and worrying info for Wordpress users: https://the-digital-reader.com/2017/08/30/attention-authors-wordpress-5-0-will-change-everything-know-wordpress/amp/

6) Check out the new group giveaways feature on Instafreebie: https://self-publishing-journeys.com/IF [My affiliate link]

Aug 28, 2017

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

It's the second time on the podcast for Jon – we met at Carlisle's Bordlerlines Book Festival last year 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'd also been writing lots of short stories for the Ray Bradbury Challenge and he'd done his homework about the best strategies to use for launch and promotion.

He's now got six books listed on Amazon and has another in the works – not bad for a year's work!

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:

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

MailChimp: https://www.paulteague.com/mailchimp-ar [My affiliate link]

MailerLite – great MailChimp alternative: https://paulteague.com/ML [My affiliate link]

Kindle Scout: https://kindlescout.amazon.com/

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

Recommended indie author event in 2018: http://20bookslondon.com/

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

ACX (for audiobook production): https://www.acx.com/

Bargain Booksy: https://www.bargainbooksy.com/

The Fussy Librarian: http://www.thefussylibrarian.com/for-authors/

EdgeLit: http://www.derbyquad.co.uk/special-event/edge-lit-5.aspx

The Story Grid: http://www.storygrid.com/ [Recommended!]

Aug 26, 2017

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

Aug 21, 2017

Based in Northamptonshire, England, ‘Morgen with an e' is the author of numerous short story collections, a chick-lit novel (with crime and mystery novels in the works), a series of writer's block workbooks, articles, and she dabbles with poetry.

As well as being a freelance editor (who offers a free 1,000-word sample), she is a creative writing tutor for Northamptonshire County Council's Adult Learning (10-week evening and one-day Saturday classes). Morgen is also speaker of anything writing-related, panel moderator, and event tutor, and will be running a two-hour editing course at the 2017 Crime & Publishment weekend, alongside Lin Anderson and Martina Cole!

Morgen is also a writing-related blogger who ‘spotlights' authors, agents, editors, illustrators and publishers.

Other content includes guest posts, flash fiction, poetry, and reviews (crime / chick lit novels, short stories and writing guides).

Find Out More:

1) Morgen's website: http://morgenbailey.com

2) Follow Morgen on Twitter: @morgenwriteruk

3) Follow Morgen on Facebook: Facebook profile

4) Connect with Morgen on LinkedIn: http://uk.linkedin.com/pub/morgen-bailey/26/933/866

5) Morgen's Amazon author page: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Morgen-Bailey/e/B007SNIBF8/

Interview Talking Points:

1) Sally Spedding, who taught Morgen at that first session: http://www.sallyspedding.com/biography.html

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

3) NaNoWriMo: http://nanowrimo.org/

4) Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/

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

6) Bailey's Writing Tips: https://itunes.apple.com/gb/podcast/baileys-writing-tips/id389840707?mt=2 [Now closed]

7) I should be writing podcast: http://murverse.com/subscribe-to-podcasts/podcasts/

8) Bloodhound books: http://www.bloodhoundbooks.com/

9) Morgen's ‘Writer For Hire' page: https://morgenbailey.wordpress.com/writer-for-hire/

Aug 19, 2017

1) This week's writing progress - 5123 words written, in spite of A level and UCAS interruptions :-)

3) Joanna Penn's podcast: https://www.thecreativepenn.com/podcasts/ [Recommended]

Aug 14, 2017

Joseph Alexander has been a guitarist and expert music tutor for over 20 years.

His tuition books are published in four languages and have sold over thousands of copies to widespread critical acclaim.

Recently his books passed £1,000,000 in revenue and he is currently writing a guide book to self-publishing for authors.

Joseph travels constantly and has lived in many countries, choosing to build a location-free online business.

Find Out More:

Website: hhttp://www.fundamental-changes.com/

Amazon Author Page: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Joseph-Alexander/e/B008VW6Q0M

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

Twitter: https://twitter.com/guitar_joseph

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/guitarcheshire

Interview Talking Points:

1) Mailchimp - email marketing software: https://mailchimp.com/

2) Ian Sutherland's Author Platform Sidekick service: https://self-publishing-journeys.com/APS

3) Joseph's (possibly) forthcoming Self-Publishing guide: http://www.self-published.co.uk/

4) It's a tiny picture, but this image shows the dominance of Joseph's books on Amazon ... the majority of those titles belong to him!

Aug 12, 2017

1) This week's writing progress - 5044 words written on Saturday 5th August, bringing my running total to about

2) Bookfunnel: https://bookfunnel.com/

3) Author's XP book promotion site: https://www.authorsxp.com [My affiliate link]

4) InstaFreebie: https://self-publishing-journeys.com/IF [My affiliate link]

5) Wattpad: https://www.wattpad.com/

6) My next book to be released is Burden of Guilt: https://books2read.com/Guilt

7) The Creative Penn podcast: https://www.thecreativepenn.com/ [Recommended podcast!]

8) The Sell More books Show: http://sellmorebooksshow.com/ [Recommended podcast!]

9) Dave Chesson's Kindlepreneur website: https://kindlepreneur.com/

10) Caledonian Sleeper train: https://www.sleeper.scot/

Aug 7, 2017

James P. Sumner writes a series of action thrillers about a former soldier-turned-hitman named Adrian Hell.

He's worked in every type of office environment you can think of – insurance, banking, mobile phones, telesales … you name it, he's done it.

In July 2013, he began work on his first novel and eventually self-published his debut thriller, True Conviction, on Amazon, where it has now been downloaded over 300,000 times.

He is a member of the Crime Writers Association, and saw his fifth novel, A Necessary Kill, selected as a winner in the 2015 Kindle Scout Program, winning him a publishing contract with one of Amazon's imprints.

Find Out More:

Website: http://www.jamespsumner.com/

Amazon Author Page: https://www.amazon.co.uk/James-P.-Sumner/e/B00ICL7TIK

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

Twitter: https://twitter.com/thefirsthellion

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7833853.James_P_Sumner

Instafreebie: https://www.instafreebie.com/discover/author/801/james_p_sumner

Interview with James: http://thisiswriting.com/author-interviews-james-p-sumner-and-a-necessary-kill/

Interview Talking Points:

1) Calibre e-book software: https://calibre-ebook.com/

2) Scivener writing software: https://paulteague.com/scrivener [My affiliate link]

3) Nick Stephenson's website: http://www.blog.yourfirst10kreaders.com/

4) Joanna Penn's website: https://www.thecreativepenn.com/

5) Bookfunnel: https://bookfunnel.com/  [Makes it really easy to deliver free e-books to readers]

6) Instafreebie:

7) Jimmy Gibbs on Fiverr.com: https://www.fiverr.com/jimmygibbs [Jimmy designs James' covers]

8) Find out more about Mark Dawson: https://selfpublishingformula.com/

9) The Crime Writer's Association: https://thecwa.co.uk/

10) Kindle Scout: https://kindlescout.amazon.com/

Aug 5, 2017

1) This week's writing progress - 500 words of a short story teaser and writing 5k words on Saturday.

2) I'm now a member of the International Thriller Writers: http://thrillerwriters.org/

I'm also a member of the Society of Authors: http://www.societyofauthors.org/

The 'must-have' membership for indie authors is The Alliance of Independent Authors [My affiliate link]

3) My Mailchimp Unboxed book: https://books2read.com/EMarketing

4) I have entered the Writer's Digest e-book awards: http://www.writersdigest.com/writers-digest-competitions/self-published-ebook-awards

5) My books on Google Play :-)

 

Jul 31, 2017

Meg Cowley was first interviewed in episode 3 of this podcast, in April 2016.

At that time Meg was experiencing her biggest success in self-publishing having created a series aof adult colouring books which were selling very well.

However, the bottom dropped out of that market and Meg had to so a very sharp pivot to set her writing career back on track.

Prior to the breakkthrough with the adult colouring books, Meg had written two young-adult ‘sword and sorcery' novels and two illustrated children's books.

She's now returned to writing fiction but is still using her artistic skills to generate an author income.

Find Out More:

Website: https://www.megcowley.co.uk/

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

1) Me and Meg in Manchester when we attended Amazon Academy:

Meg Cowley & Paul Teague

2) Meg's creative roadmap (Jan-April): http://blog.megcowley.com/2017/05/04/2017-creative-roadmap-january-april-progress/

3) Meg's 2017 creative roadmap http://blog.megcowley.com/blog/2017/01/03/2017-creative-roadmap-my-2017-plans-for-success/

4) Meg's reflection on 2016 http://blog.megcowley.com/blog/2016/12/31/reflections-on-2016/

5) Meg's blog post on quitting her day-job: http://blog.megcowley.com/blog/2016/11/17/quitddj/

6) Meg's 2 year milestone http://blog.megcowley.com/blog/2016/08/04/2yrmilestone/

7) Michael Anderle: http://kurtherianbooks.com/

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

Here are details of the London event:

20BooksTo50k

8) MailerLite: https://self-publishing-journeys.com/ML [Recommended email marketing tool - my affiliate link]

9) Meg's book cover creation service: http://bookcovers.megcowley.com/

Jul 29, 2017

1) This week's writing progress - writing on Sunday and Thursday this week, now half-way through

2) Booklinker - no longer recommended until they get the SSL sorted out! http://www.booklinker.net/

Books2Read is what I'm now recommending instead: https://books2read.com/

3) This is my updated author website at https://paulteague.net/ built with Optimizepress https://paulteague.com/optimize [My affiliate link]  and Thrive Themes https://paulteague.com/Thrive [My affiliate link]

I recommend using Siteground to simply add SSL certificates to your website: https://paulteague.com/SG [My affiliate link]

4) Wordpress Wordcamp in Manchester: https://2017.manchester.wordcamp.org/

Jul 24, 2017

Steven A. McKay's first book, "Wolf's Head", came out in 2013 and was an Amazon UK top 20 bestseller.

It has an incredible 389+ reviews on Amazon.co.uk ... if you've ever tried to get reviews, that's an astonishing number.

"Blood of the Wolf" is the fourth and final book in the Forest Lord series which has over 95,000 sales so far.

As a historical fiction author, Steven is currently working on a brand new tale - tentatively titled "The Druid" set in post-Roman Britain.

Find Out More:

1) Steven's website: https://stevenamckay.com/

2) Follow Steven on Twitter: https://twitter.com/SA_McKay

3) Follow Steven on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/steven.mckay.355

4) Steven's Goodreads page: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7161617.Steven_A_McKay

5) Steven's Amazon Author page: https://www.amazon.com/Steven-A.-McKay/e/B00DS0TRH6/

Interview Talking Points:

1) How I sold 90,000* ebooks - blog post: https://stevenamckay.com/2016/07/11/how-i-sold-90000-ebooks-some-tips/

2) Amazon Academy event write-up: https://stevenamckay.com/2017/05/26/amazon-academy-kdp-event-eicc/

3) Gordon Doherty: http://www.gordondoherty.co.uk/

4) Simon Turney: http://www.sjaturney.co.uk/

5) Ben Kane: http://www.benkane.net/

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

7) BookLemur: https://www.booklemur.com/

8) InstaFreebie: https://self-publishing-journeys.com/IF [My affiliate link]

9) BookBub: https://partners.bookbub.com/

10) BookTracker: https://book-tracker.com/

11) Book Report: https://www.getbookreport.com/

12) Amazon ACX: http://www.acx.com/

13) AudioBookBoom: https://audiobookboom.com/

Jul 22, 2017

1) This week's writing progress:

10 k writing progress

One Fatal Error 15k words

2) 20BooksTo50k in London: http://20bookslondon.com/

I originally booked through Booking.com so I could cancel my rooms if I needed to (which I did!) [My referral link btw]

Eventually I booked my room at the Travelodge in Egham which is just a short walk up the High Street to the venue and considerably cheaper: https://www.travelodge.co.uk/hotels/588/Egham-hotel

3) MailerLite - my current, preferred email marketing service: https://self-publishing-journeys.com/ML [My affiliate link]

4) Thrive Themes - great plugins for use with Wordpress websites: https://self-publishing-journeys.com/Thrive [My affiliate link]

5) Authors XP promotion website - well worth a try: https://self-publishing-journeys.com/Promos  [My affiliate link]

6) InstaFreebie: https://self-publishing-journeys.com/IF [My affiliate link]

Jul 17, 2017

Alison Ingleby is a freelance writer who provides blogging and copywriting services to businesses all over the world who are connected to travel or the great outdoors.

Alison is planning to use this freelance business business to bootstrap her self-publishing efforts.

She has just written her first book, which will form part of a dystopian trilogy.

I asked Alison to join me on the podcast because I'm keen to capture the experiences and progress of a brand new indie author.

Essential links

1) Alison's website: https://alisoningleby.com/

2) Alison's Windswept Writing website: http://www.windsweptwriting.com/

3) Follow Alison on Twitter: https://twitter.com/ARIngleby

4) Alison's Windswept Writing Twitter account: https://twitter.com/windsweptwords

5) Connect with Alison on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/alison-ingleby-b74ba226/

Talking Points

1) NaNoWriMo http://nanowrimo.org/ [Recommended for brand new and existing writers]

2) Scrivener: https://paulteague.com/scrivener [My affiliate link]

3) Jon Cronshaw, another new author who I'm following on this podcast: https://joncronshaw.com/

4) The Creative Penn podcast: https://www.thecreativepenn.com/

5) 20BooksTo50k Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/781495321956934/ [Highly recommended!]

6) Microsoft OneNote: https://www.onenote.com/

7) Mark Dawson: https://www.facebook.com/markdawsonauthor/

8) The Wishing Shelf Awards: http://www.thewsa.co.uk/

9) Wattpad: https://www.wattpad.com/

10) Tablo: https://tablo.io/

11) Upwork: https://www.upwork.com/

12) Quickbooks self-employed: https://www.quickbooks.co.uk/oa/accounting-software/self-employed/

13) Wordpress Avada theme: https://avada.theme-fusion.com/

14) How To Build A Pro Author Website With Wordpress: http://selfpublishingadvice.org/how-to-set-up-a-pro-author-website-in-an-hour-using-wordpress-paul-teague/

15) Alliance of Independent Authors: https://paulteague.com/alli [My affiliate link]

16) Hemingway Wordpress theme: https://en-gb.wordpress.org/themes/hemingway/

17) Thrive Themes for Wordpress: https://paulteague.com/Thrive [My affiliate link]

18) Optimizepress: https://paulteague.com/optimize [My affiliate link]

Jul 15, 2017

1) This week's writing progress - 5036 words written on Friday and I'll write another 5k on Saturday:

Writing progress week 1

2) This is the location of my new thriller - I needed somewhere that a millionaire might own in the UK, but somewhere claustrophobic too: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/travel/travel_news/article-3072342/What-s-REALLY-like-stay-night-Victorian-fort-middle-sea.html

My book will feature a fictional version of one of these forts.

3) I got the cover for my email marketing book this week, the old design is shown below - I'm still not sure!

Email Marketing book

4) Training Your Dragon course: http://training-your-dragon.teachable.com/

The courses go live on July 17, 2017 – be one of the first to sign up now and receive a massive $100 discount. This offer will not be repeated and pricing will revert to $297 at course launch.

5) Get your website mobile friendly and get an SSL certificate on your site ASAP ... SiteGround gives this to you free, head for https://paulteague.com/SG [My affiliate link]

6) Once again, my latest novel was plotted out in The Novel Factory, which remains my preferred software for this purpose.

It allows me to outline plot structure, characters and locations and save web links and research notes: https://www.novel-software.com/

7) I'm taking part in this list-building activity for The Grid 1 this week - more info at https://self-publishing-journeys.com/Promos [My affiliate link]

Sci-Fi Giveaway

 

This Week’s Self-Publishing News

The Alliance of Independent Authors news update: https://selfpublishingadvice.org/self-publishing-news-audio-still-leading-the-way/

Jul 10, 2017

 

Noelle Holten is a professional book reviewer with many years experience as a Senior Probation Officer.

She's just joined Bookouture as Publicity and Social Media Manager and recently completed her first crime novel.

Noelle has reviewed for Caffeine Nights Publishing Crime Club and Carina Crime Club and has even been fortunate enough to be put on a few publishers' reviewing lists.

Never one to catch a breath, Noelle runs the award-winning CrimeBookJunkie blog.

1)  Noelle's crime book review website: https://crimebookjunkie.co.uk/

2) Follow Noelle on Twitter: https://twitter.com/nholten40

3) Interview with Noelle: Noelle Holten – Blogger in the Spotlight: https://portobellobookblog.com/2015/11/20/noelle-holton-blogger-in-the-spotlight/

4) Interview with Noelle: Getting To Know…Noelle Holten: http://lifeofanerdishmum.blogspot.co.uk/2016/08/getting-to-knownoelle-holten.html

5) Interview with Crime Book Junkie, Noelle Holten: http://marktilbury.com/interview-with-crime-book-junkie-noelle-holten/

Talking points

1) Crime & Publishment event: http://www.crimeandpublishment.co.uk/ [Recommended!]

2) Bookouture: http://www.bookouture.com/

3) Best Crime Books & More website from  http://www.bestcrimebooksandmore.co.uk/

4) I Love Reading: http://ilovereading1.weebly.com/

5) Graham Smith: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Graham-Smith/e/B006FTIBBU/

[You can listen to Graham's podcast interview at https://self-publishing-journeys.com/episode-60-graham-smith/]

6) Caffeine Nights: http://www.caffeinenights.com/

7) Britain's Next Bestseller: http://www.bnbsbooks.co.uk/

8) Sarah Hardy's By The Letter Book Reviews https://bytheletterbookreviews.com/

Jul 8, 2017

1) Scotland's Secret Bunker in Fife: http://www.secretbunker.co.uk/

2) I have booked my ticket for Feb 3-4, 2018 Runnymede-on-Thames 20BookLondon.

I booked via Booking.com for free cancellation up to 1st Feb [My referral link] and this is the location.

This is the event website: http://20bookslondon.com/

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

3) The Glasgow Gathering, online marketers' event: http://glasgowgathering.com/details/

4) John Hindmarsh's podcast interview: https://self-publishing-journeys.com/episode-70-john-hindmarsh/

Jul 3, 2017

John Hindmarsh writes thrillers and science fiction – sometimes with a crossover between the two.

He is originally from Australia, he's spent time in England and now lives in California where he writes full time.

Raised as a farmer, John studied for and qualified as a Certified Public Accountant, then transitioned into an IT consultant.

He has self-published several novels, writes short stories and is a serious photographer.

Find out more

John's website: http://johnhindmarsh.com/

John's Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/JohnHindmarshAuthor/

John's Amazon Author page: https://www.amazon.co.uk/John-Hindmarsh/e/B005309ASK

John's Goodreads author page: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7337086.John_Hindmarsh

Talking Points

John's Broken Glass cover art: http://mjb-graphics.co.uk/broken-glass/

Thrilling Reads interview with John Hindmarsh: http://get.thrillingreads.com/mtta-42-john-hindmarsh/

Bookbub: https://www.bookbub.com/partners

InstaFreebie: https://self-publishing-journeys.com/IF [My affiliate link]

Vellum formatting software: https://vellum.pub/ [Recommended!]

 

Jul 1, 2017

1) My Q3 (July-Sept) goals (personal financial goals hidden as are family visits):

https://self-publishing-journeys.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/q3-goals-819x1024.jpg

2) Sell More Books Show: http://sellmorebooksshow.com/

3) MailerLite is my current recommended writing tool: https://self-publishing-journeys.com/ML

4) My courses on Teachable:

How To Use Vellum On A PC: http://self-publishing-academy.teachable.com/p/how-to-use-vellum-on-a-pc/

Self-Publishing Academy: http://self-publishing-academy.teachable.com/p/self-publishing-academy/

5) 20BooksTo50k Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/781495321956934/ [Highly recoemmended!]

6) Burden of Gult on pre-release: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Burden-Guilt-Paul-J-Teague-ebook/dp/B071XJKZMM/

7) Caledonian Sleeper: https://www.sleeper.scot/

8) WebinarJam: https://www.webinarjam.com/

9) BookFunnel: https://bookfunnel.com/

10) InstaFreebie: https://self-publishing-journeys.com/IF [My affiliate link] 

 

Jun 26, 2017

Rachel Abbott spent most of her working life as the Managing Director of an interactive media company.

After her company was sold in 2000, it took until November 2011 for Rachel to launch her first novel Only the Innocent.

The book was self-published in the UK through the Kindle Direct Publishing programme on Amazon, and reached the number 1 spot in the Kindle store just over three months later.

In August 2015, Amazon confirmed that Rachel is the UK's bestselling independent author over the last five years.

She is also listed at number 14 in the list of bestselling authors – both traditionally and independently published – over the same five year period.

Rachel now splits her time between homes in Italy and Alderney, where she writes full time and has just published her sixth novel, The Sixth Window.

Episode 69, release date Monday 26th June, 2017

1) Rachel's website: http://www.rachel-abbott.com/

2) Rachel's Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/RachelAbbott1Writer/

3) Follow Rachel on Twitter: https://twitter.com/RachelAbbott

4) Rachel's YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/c/RachelAbbott

5) Follow Rachel on Pinterest: https://uk.pinterest.com/rachelabbott1/

6) Rachel's Amazon author page: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Rachel-Abbott/e/B0068FBVCW/

7) Rachel's Goodreads author page: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5349971.Rachel_Abbott

Talking Points

1) Rachel uses Scrivener for writing her books: https://www.literatureandlatte.com/scrivener.php

2) Rachel plots her books with Scrapple: https://www.literatureandlatte.com/scapple.php

3) Createspace: https://www.createspace.com/

4) Ingram Spark: http://www.ingramspark.com/

5) New Writing North (which hosted Rachel's talk in Newcastle): http://newwritingnorth.com/

6) The AIDA marketing model: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/AIDA_(marketing)

7) The Writer's Workshop: http://www.writersworkshop.co.uk/

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