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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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:

2) Facebook page:

3) Twitter feed:

4) Amazon author page:

5) Goodreads page:

6) Patreon page:

7) Instagram:

8) Pinterest:

Interview Talking Points:

Read Worthy Fiction


Harry Dewulf:

Reddit subreddits for promo (saturdays only)


Writing a Novel (Teach Yourself - General)

8 Point Story Arc

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

Book Cave

Mar 17, 2018

This Week's Talking Points

1) Crime & Publishment:

2) Book Barbarian promo site:

3) Book adrenaline promo- site:

4) Free Booksy promo site:

5) Pete Blyth's blog post:

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:

2) Facebook page:

3) Twitter feed:

4) LinkedIn:

Interview Talking Points:

1) Sarah interviewed for Reader Spot:

2) Sarah Interviewed for Behind the Bloggers:

3) Sarah interviewed for Blogger in the Spotlight:

4) Sarah Arrow was the author whose book helped Sarah to create her blog:

5) Sarah Hardy with the rest of the Bloodhound Books team:

6) Annual Bloggers' Bash:

7) NetGalley website:

8) Harrogate Crime Festival:

Mar 10, 2018

1) Saturdays's writing progress - 5566 words:

Word count

2) Crime and Publishment event:

3) Martha Carr, future guest:

4) Graham Smith, future guest:

5) Jon Cronshaw, future guest:

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:

2) Facebook page:

3) Twitter:

4) Amazon author page:

5) Goodreads page:

Interview Talking Points:

1) Alli – Alliance of Independent Authors:

2) Quercus Books:

3) Peter Cave's ‘Chopper' book:

4) The Society of Authors:

Mar 3, 2018

1) Friday's writing progress – 5431 words:

Who To Trust wtiting progress

2) Crime and Publishment event:

3) Martha Carr, future guest:

4) Craig Lea Gordon, future guest:

5) Vellum:

My video guide:

6) Novel Factory overview:

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:

Follow Rachel on Twitter:

Rachel's Goodreads page:

Rachel's Facebook page:

Rachel on Kobo:

Rachel on iTunes:

Rachel's UK Amazon page:

Interview Talking Points:

1) James Bond film extra:

2) Bouchercon:

3) CrimeFest:

4) Filmora software:

Feb 24, 2018

1) Phase 6 is now on pre-sale:

2) Crime and Publishment event:

3) Sarah Hardy's review blog:

Feb 19, 2018

This interview is one of my 'Take 2' chats, where I catch up with one of the authors that I've spoken to before.

Alison Ingleby is newly published writer of sci-fo and dystopian fiction - when we first spoke she'd just received some bruising edits on her first book.

I met Alison at an Amazon event in Manchester last year and was keen to chart her journey from the publication of that first book and beyond.

We've now ended up co-presenting a new, non-writing podcast together - it's amazing where a bit of networking can end up!

Essential links

1) Alison's website:

2) Alison's Windswept Writing website:

3) Follow Alison on Twitter:

4) Alison's Windswept Writing Twitter account:

5) Connect with Alison on LinkedIn:

Talking Points

1) 20BooksTo50k Facebook group: [Highly recommended!]

2) The Crypto News Podcast, which I co-present with Alison:

3) Beta reader FB group 1:

4) Beta reader FB group 2:

5) Dragon Dictation software:

6) The Healthy Writer:

7) Alison's blog post on writing lessons learned:

Feb 17, 2018

1) I got my extra writing day in on Saturday – another 5169 words:

40k words

2) Featured on the Hawk and Cleaver podcast this week (Episode 46):

3) You can now take Crypto payments on your author website!

4) Sarah Hardy's review of The Forgotten Children:

No dash cam but listened to @PaulTeagueUK on my way to do some writing at this lake.

Feb 12, 2018

Euan Lawson is an experienced general practitioner and a fellow of the Royal College of General Practitioners (FRCGP).

He's the Deputy Editor of the British Journal of General Practice and BJGP Open.

Euan writes non-fiction and fiction across a whole range of topics and genres.

Most recently, he's co-authored How To Be A Healthy Writer with indie author Joanna Penn.

Find Out More:

1) Writing website:

2) Facebook page:

3) Twitter feed:

4) Amazon author page:

5) LinkedIn:

Interview Talking Points:

1) The Healthy Writer:

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2) Joanna Penn's interview with Euan:

3) Joanna Penn's Curl Up Press:

4) Euan reviews on this site:

His reviewer name is Mal McEwan:

Feb 10, 2018

1) Friday's word count, hopefully another 5k to come on Saturday:Word count 35k

2) My 20Books Top 10:

- I found ‘my people’ ie people who are in the same zone as me

- I got great tips on writing & promotion

- I met fab writers and made brilliant connections

- Got pix & guests for podcast

- I felt part of something much bigger than me

- I found out that people listen to - like and value my podcast

- I had a great time

- I realised that these crazy successful authors are just regular people - like me and you - doing the work, day-in, day-out

- Met lots of pals in person ...  Tim Lewis, Meg Jolly, Alison Ingleby, Adam Nichols, Gurbir Singh, John Hindmarsh, Joanna Penn, Clare Sager, Dan Wilcox, Julie Cordiner, Jay Tinsiano, Jon Cronshaw, Clare Lydon, Euan Lawson as well as new pal Sam Livy who’s very involved in supporting 20Books ...  Mandy Marshall, Barry Hutchison, Debbie Young, Alison Morton (great conversation about swearing in books) Wendy Jones, Felicity Douglas and MANY MORE!

- It made me determined to keep on keeping on

[caption id="attachment_4662" align="aligncenter" width="600"]20BooksTo50k [L-R] Debbie Young, Wendy Jones and Felicity Douglas ... they're laughing because I just told them I want to be a best-selling author :-)[/caption]

3) Crime and Publishment:

4) Crime Fest:

5) Buck Books:

Bargain Booksy:

6) Sarah Hardy's blog:

Feb 5, 2018

Rhoda writes contemporary romances about smart women and the men who love them - but with no alpha males.

She believes that clever is the new sexy!

Her romantic comedies have been shortlisted for a number of awards, including the Romantic Novel of The Year.

Apart from writing books, Rhoda has been a microbiologist.

She is also a member of the UK Romantic Novelists' Association and the Society of Authors.

Find Out More:

1) Writing website:

2) Facebook page:

3) Twitter feed:

4) Amazon author page:

5) Goodreads page:

6) Choc Lit listings:

7) Romantic Novelist's Association:

8) BookBub:

9) InstaFreebie:

Interview Talking Points:

1) UK Romantic Novelists' Association:

2) Society of Authors:

3) Rhodobacter sphaeroides - the inspiration for Rhoda's author name:

4) Choc Lit:

5) Vellum:

6) BookBub:

7) InstaFreebie:

Feb 3, 2018

1) This week's word count:

Word count

2) Oh look, it's another Goodreads giveaway!

3) This is what my Kindle Nation Daily ad looked like:

4) My first promo ran from May 4th:

4th: $37.39
5th: $46.30
6th: $57.47
7th: $35.64
8th: $26.40
9th: $41.59

=  $244.79

Here are the numbers from last week’s promo ... I thought the numbers were worse, but they’re actually much better:
25th: $106.45
26th: $103.26
27th: $71.56
28th: $43.40
29th: $102.30
30th: $74.27

= $501.24

5) My new style email:

28% open rate

Subject line: Why I'm the world's worst email writer ...

12% open rate

Subject line: I've changed my ways and this is the result ...

6) Lori Puma article:

7) Staunch Book Prize

Jan 29, 2018

Carissa Andrews is a Minnesota-based genre bending author who writes a combination of science fiction, fantasy, and dystopia.

Her first novel, Pendomus, was the first of a three-part series and was published in 2013.

Four years later, Polarities (Book 2) of the Pendomus Chronicles was released and Revolutions (Book 3) was released at the end of 2017.

Carissa is also a freelance graphic designer, writer and content creator, social media manager, and marketing professional.

She writes consistently on topics of science, technology, art, writing, photography, graphic design, health, self improvement, and more.

Find Out More:

1) Writing website:

2) Facebook page:

3) Twitter feed:

4) Amazon author page:

5) Goodreads page:

6) LinkedIn:

7) InstaFreebie:

8) Carissa's Upwork page:

Jan 27, 2018

1) Here are the results from my final 'old-style' Goodreads Giveaway:

Amazon stats

2) Words written this week:

Word count

Word count

3)  The last-minute book promotion which I added to my list was from The Books Machine:

4) My book promo listing sites:


Kindle Nation Daily:

Many Books:

e-Book Soda:

Fussy Librarian:

Buck Books:

This Week’s Self-Publishing News

The Alliance of Independent Authors news update:

Jan 22, 2018

Tim Wakeling is an entrepreneur and marketer living in the middle of nowhere in rural Cumbria, my home county.

His 'day job' is running The Helpful Book Company, which publishes books and videos that help people learn how to use computers, tablets and the like.

He sells directly to the customer, so uses lots of email and direct mail to keep in touch and make sure people know what books he's bringing out.

I first heard about Tim via a previous podcast guest - Russell Holden - who piqued my interest in Tim's business model.

Find Out More:

1) Main website:

2) Facebook page:

3) Twitter feed:

4) Tim's Tech Inner Circle site:

5) Tim's personal; blog:

Interview Talking Points:

1) Saga Magazine:

2) The Oldie Magazine:

3) CGP educational books:

4) Listen to Russell Holden's podcast interview:

5) Commonsense Direct and Digital Marketing by Drayton Bird:

Jan 20, 2018

1) Goodreads Giveaway results:

The Grid

2)Writing progress

Word count

3) Authors XP = 693 new leads = $45 = 0.06 cents per lead ... about 400 new subscribers added

4)  Big promo next week ... Freebooksy, Fussy Librarian, My Book Cave, Kindle Nation Daily, eBook Soda, ManyBooks

5) AuthorsXP for book promotion - my affiliate link here

6) This Is Us - TV series on Amazon:

Jan 15, 2018

Carol Rivers' writing life began with short stories for women’s magazines, then novellas and eventually, sagas written for Simon & Schuster.

She writes East End of London sagas which are set between the two World Wars, with gritty issues and feisty heroines and quite a bit of mischief.

Carol's pen name is Parker Dee and her new series of self-published books are contemporary romances set in the tranquil British countryside, often with doctors and nurses as central characters, under the title under the title of Dishy Doc Series.

Carol is turning all her published hard copy work into eBook form and now pursuing an indie author career alongside her husband, Chris, as they enjoy the exciting venture of independent publishing with their new line of contemporary romances.

Find Out More:

1) Writing website:

2) Facebook page:

3) Twitter feed:

4) Amazon author page for Carol Rivers:

5) Amazon author page for Parker Dee:

Interview Talking Points:

1) Ashley Lister writes (among other things) erotic fiction.

Check out his interview here:

2) Mills & Boon:

3) Simon & Schuster:

4) Bloodhound Books:

5) Vellum software:

6) Pixelmaror Pro software:

7) BookBub promos:

8) Canva:

Jan 13, 2018

1) This week's writing progress:

Writing output

My work in progress:

Who To Trust

2) My interview with Tim Lewis on the Begin Self-Publishing podcast:

3) My award for being 59 out of 71 listed in the Top 100 self-publishing podcasts

4) This info graphic is amusing but also bang on the money!

5) This is a view of the My Book Cave listings criteria:

My Book Cave

This Week’s Self-Publishing News

Jan 8, 2018

Ron Vitale caught my attention on Twitter at the beginning of 2017 because of an excellent post that he made on his blog outlining in great detail his indie-author outgoings and income.

Few authors dare to share this information, but Ron broke it all down in great detail holding back nothing in the process.

When Ron got in touch with me to share the details of his latest book launch – revealing every detail of costs, what worked and what didn't – I couldn't resist catching up with him to find out how it had gone.

Unfortunately, the launch failed to ignite for Ron – but he walked away with some great learning points to fuel his future career as an indie author.

Find out more about Ron:

1) Ron's website:

2) Follow Ron on Facebook:

3) Follow Ron on Twitter:

4) Ron's Amazon Author page:

5) Ron's LinkedIn profile:

6) Follow Ron on Goodreads:

7) Ron's post on Digital Book World Indie 2017:

Talking points:

1) Ron's blog post outlining all the details of his book launch:

2) Business Musings: Writing to Market by Kristine Kathryn Rusch:

3) Brian Cohen's Best Page Forward service:

4) Jim Kukral's Happy Book Reviews service:

5) Book promo sites:

Robin Reads:



6) GenreCrave:

Jan 6, 2018

1) Pip Reid sent in this useful article called Bookbub Deconstraucted:

2) My Q1 goals:

Q4 goals

Q1 goals

3) I was a runner-up in the London Book Festival:

London Book Awards

4) Alliance of Independent Authors excellent guide to author competitions:

5) My book promo listing sites:


Kindle Nation Daily:

Many Books:

e-Book Soda:

Fussy Librarian:

Buck Books:

6) Stuart Bache book covers:

Jan 1, 2018

Michael Anderle is best known as the creator of The Kurtherian Gambit series and the wonderful 20BooksTo50k Facebook group.

He published his first book, Death Becomes Her on November 2nd, 2015 and earned $6.00.

He wrote and published two more books in November and generated Amazon royalties of $427 for the month.

Between December and January he published two more books then went on to generate Amazon royalties of over $10,000, using Facebook ads to get things going.

The rest is the stuff of legend - Michael now collabroates with multiple authors and earns them - and him - multiple thosands of dollars from book sales in the process.

Find Out More:

1) Writing website:

2) Facebook page:

3) Twitter feed:

4) Amazon author page:

Interview Talking Points:

1) An excellent episode of The Author Biz featuring Michael talking about his early writing:

2) 90 Days to $10k document provided by Michael for The Author Biz:

3) 20BooksLondon event:

4) 20BooksTo50k Facebook group:

Dec 30, 2017

1) My sci-fi book ‘Deleted’ has had a change of title!

It’s now called ‘Phase 6’ after the World Health Organisation’s 6-tier ranking for the stages of a pandemic ... Phase 6 is the worst  and means the world is in big trouble!

A new cover has been purchased from

2) £1000+ earned in December 2017 ... now well over £5500 earned since the BookBub promo, £4.5k+ earned between Oct 30th - Nov 30th.

3) My Q4 goals:

Q4 goals

4) My marketing targets:

Marketing targets

5) 20BooksTo50k podcast: [Waiting list only]

6) Owen Zupp's 'Top 5 Podcasts' post:

Dec 25, 2017

Patrick Sherriff worked in newspapers in the US, UK and Japan for 13 years.

He is currently working on his third Hana Walker novel in between writing and illustrating textbooks for non-native speakers of English.

Patrick lives in Japan with his wife and two daughters where

He has even produced an adult colouring book celebrating the triumph of Leicester City Football club in winning the English Premiership.

Patrick edited two anthologies about the Japan earthquake, tsunami and nuclear meltdown and has written a diary of a Japanese general election.

Find Out More:

1) Writing website:

2) Facebook page:

3) Twitter feed: Also see

4) Amazon author page:

5) Goodreads author page:

6) A ‘cut-and-paste' from Patrick's newsletter … there's lots of great links in here:

  1. I published a couple of books last month, though you'd be forgiven for not noticing. There's the micro-niche At the Dentist's: 100 English phrases for dental assistants, hygienists and patientsblog post here, and a little more inclusive textbook for first year Japanese junior high school learners of English, details here. I'm doing nothing more marketing-wise than just the odd blog post or YouTube video until the books have had all the kinks worked out of them through classroom use, and until I have a complete series to offer teachers.
  2. You want access to 213,000 Japanese woodblock prints for free, dontcha? It's here.
  3. I'm going to attend my first ever literary hoo-hah, the 2017 Japan Writers Conference from October 8th and 9th in Ikebukuro. Looks a bit heavy on trad publishing for my tastes (more about pleasing the gatekeepers than readers), but I'm hoping to bag an interview with the odd writer (they are all odd, ed.) Come along and say hi if you are in Tokyo.
  4. This podcast episode of Criminal, recommended by newsletter Gold Star Deputy Mark Williams, was a fantastic interview with the cantankerous septuagenerian NYT reviewer of crime fiction.
  5. Bored with Haruki Murakami? Discover real Japanese sureality with this great Peter Tasker article on Yasutaka Tsutsui.
  6. Here's me blathening on about self-publishing on YouTube, using my dentist book as an example of a, er, hole to fill in the market.
  7. Here's last month's interviewee, Kaori Shoji, writing about a tearjerker of a film adaptation of a Keigo Higashino novel.
  8. I was chuffed with this reader's review of my first Hana Walker novel, Half Life.
  9. I didn't get my ducks in a row this month to do an interview with an author, but you might get as much as I did from reading this WaPo article about children's author and illustrator Sandra Boynton. Between her interview and this one in The Atlantic with Celeste Ng on the value of Goodnight Moon, I'm ready to write and illustrate my first picture story books for really little kids. In amongst the other stuff on plate of course …Standalones
    Children of the Tsunami
    The Short GoodbyeHana Walker novels:
    Half Life
    Year of the Talking DogHana Walker short stories for EFL students:
    Hana Walker and the Dead Flowers
    Hana Walker and the Shogi Champion
    Hana Walker and the New President
    Hana Walker and the Lunchbox Thief
    EFL textbooks:
    Tower Talk Kinder 1
    Tower Talk Kinder 2
    Tower Talk Kinder 3
    Tower Talk Junior High 1
    Tower Talk Junior High 2100 English Phrases
    For Dental Assistants, Hygienists and PatientsMore details at

7) All about QuakeBook:

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