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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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Apr 29, 2017

1) This week's writing progress:

Burden of Guilt 15k

2) My paperback books, which were formatted by http://www.frostbitepublishing.com/

 

Don't Tell Meg Trilogy

These books are being sold via Createspace at https://www.createspace.com/

Don't Tell Meg Trilogy

3) My thriller trilogy listed on Kobo at https://writinglife.kobobooks.com/ebooks

The books are also loaded and ready to release on Draft2Digital at https://www.draft2digital.com

 

4) My forthcoming Crime Giveaway: https://freebie-books.com/crime-thrillers-may2017/

My two books will not be accessed via InstaFreebie, Don't Tell Meg will be free, Dead of Night will be 99p - this is an exercise in driving traffic!

5) Reminder! Amazon Academy event in Edinburgh on 23rd May http://selfpublishingadvice.org/amazon-academy/

6) Reminder! The Newcastle Writing Conference on Saturday 20th May http://newwritingnorth.com/projects/newcastle-writing-conference/ [Waiting list only]

7) Reminder! ALLi Indie Author Fringe event on June 3rd http://selfpublishingadvice.org/6-weeks-until-bookexpo-indie-author-fringe-2017-are-you-ready-to-sell-more-books/

8) Tim Lewis and The Begin Self-Publishing Podcast http://beginselfpublishing.com/

9) Future podcast guest Robert Scott-Norton http://robertscottnorton.net/

This Week’s Self-Publishing News

The Alliance of Independent Authors news update: http://selfpublishingadvice.org/self-publishing-news-amazon-in-australia/

Apr 24, 2017

An avid fan of crime fiction since being given one of Enid Blyton’s Famous Five books at the age of eight, Graham Smith has also been a regular reviewer for the well respected review site Crimesquad.com for over two years.

As well as reviewing for Crimesquad.com Graham has also interviewed such stellar names as David Baldacci, Jeffrey Deaver, Dennis Lehane, Lee Child, Matt Hilton, current CWA Chair Peter James, Mark Billingham and many others.

After (what Graham describes) a few terrible drafts littered with amateurish mistakes, he managed to write a book good enough secure a publishing contract with Caffeine Nights for his debut novel.

He is the author of four books featuring DI harry Evans and the Cumbrian Major Crimes Team.

Graham's latest book - Watching The Bodies - is released the day after this episode goes live :-)

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

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

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

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

CrimeSquad: http://crimesquad.com/

Apr 22, 2017

1) My forthcoming Crime Giveaway: https://freebie-books.com/crime-thrillers-may2017/

My two books will not be accessed via InstaFreebie, Don't Tell Meg will be free, Dead of Night will be 99p - this is an exercise in driving traffic!

2) These are the promo sites that I have listed on:

Book Gorilla http://www.bookgorilla.com/

Freebooksy https://www.freebooksy.com/

The Books Machine http://www.thebooksmachine.com/deals/dealspromote.html

eBookSoda http://www.ebooksoda.com/

3) Crime Book Junkie https://crimebookjunkie.co.uk/

4) Amazon Academy event in Edinburgh http://selfpublishingadvice.org/amazon-academy/

5) Reminder! The Newcastle Writing Conference on Saturday 20th May http://newwritingnorth.com/projects/newcastle-writing-conference/

This Week’s Self-Publishing News

The Alliance of Independent Authors news update: http://selfpublishingadvice.org/self-publishing-news-where-are-the-young-british-indies/

Apr 17, 2017

Adam Croft is a British author, principally of crime fiction, best known for the Kempston Hardwick Mysteries and his Knight & Culverhouse thrillers.

In 2015, Her Last Tomorrow quickly became one of the biggest-selling self-published books of the year.

Adam regularly takes part in discussions and panels on publishing and the future of books, and was featured by the Guardian in 2016 as a top-selling self-published author.

His work has won him critical acclaim as well as four Amazon bestsellers, with his Kempston Hardwick Mysteries being adapted into audio plays starring some of the biggest names in British TV.

Find Out More:

Adam's website http://adamcroft.net/

Follow Adam on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/adamcroftbooks/

Follow Adam on Twitter https://twitter.com/adamcroft

Adam's Amazon Author page https://www.amazon.co.uk/Adam-Croft/e/B004RBG2TQ

Adam's Goodreads Author page https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4594443.Adam_Croft

Self-publishing tips from Adam via Reedsy https://blog.reedsy.com/self-publishing-tips-adam-croft

Adam featured in his local newspaper http://www.bedfordshire-news.co.uk/author-adam-committing-perfect-crime-soaring/story-28769581-detail/story.html

Adam featured in The Guardian https://www.theguardian.com/books/2016/jun/02/adam-croft-self-published-her-last-tomorow-story

Adam featured in The Bookseller http://www.thebookseller.com/news/biggest-selling-self-published-book-2016-lands-amazon-deal-331089

Adam on BBC Look East, June 2016:

Adam on BBC Look East, Feb 2017:

Apr 15, 2017

) Thursday's writing progress was 5008 words:

Writing progress

The book is now called Burden of Guilt ... but I may yet change it to So Many Lies :-)

1) Current working title and cover for my work-in-progress - Burden of Guilt:

  1. Burden of Guilt by Paul J.Teague

2) Podhero: http://www.podhero.io

3) Interview recorded with Justin Sloane: http://www.justinsloanauthor.com/

4) Reminder! The Self-Publishing Conference in Leicester on Saturday 22nd April https://selfpublishingconference.org.uk/

5) Reminder! The Newcastle Writing Conference on Saturday 20th May http://newwritingnorth.com/projects/newcastle-writing-conference/

6) ALLi Q&A with Orna Ross on Tuesday: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Il9598LmUxw&feature=youtu.be

7) 20BooksTo50k Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/781495321956934/

8) The Kindling community - this is a paid product and this is my affiliate link: https://self-publishing-academy.com/Kindling

9) This week's InstaFreebie leads added via http://abam.info/instafreebie/

InstaFreebie subscribers

 

 

Apr 10, 2017

1) Kobo: https://www.kobo.com/writinglife

2) Rachel's German translations:

3) Vellum software: https://vellum.pub/

How to use Vellum on a PC: https://paulteague.com/how-to-use-vellum-on-a-pc/

4) Dragon Dictation software: https://self-publishing-journeys.com/DRAGON [My affiliate link]

5) Bookbub: https://www.bookbub.com/home/

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

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

Hot Zippy: http://hotzippy.net/

E-Reader News Today: http://ereadernewstoday.com/

6) Thunderclap: https://www.thunderclap.it/howitworks

7) Crimefest: http://www.crimefest.com/

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

8) Rachel at the Brisbane workshop for writers:

9) Rachel's new book:

General Links:

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 Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/rachelamphlett

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

 

Apr 8, 2017

1) Hurrah! I got writing again this week. 5178 words written, this book has to be 1st draft completed by Friday 16th June. It's working title only at the moment, I need to come up with something much stronger!

I'm using the Novel Factory to plot out my book: https://paulteague.com/how-and-why-i-use-the-novel-factory-to-plot-my-books/

2) I'm co-hosting a live Q&A with Orna Ross from the The Alliance of Independent Authors on Tuesday 11th April - find out more at http://selfpublishingadvice.org/event/ask-alli-member-qa-self-publishing-questions-answered-by-orna-ross-and-paul-teague/

3) I won a Bronze in this year's Wishing Shelf Awards. I'm not really entering awards any more, mainly because most of them are social media 'beauty contests' or outright money-making schemes, however, the Wishing Shelf Awards is highly recommended, because it's judged by real readers and is totally independent. I spoke to the creator of these awards, Edward Trayer, for the podcast, you can listen to the interview here.

4) Reminder! The Self-Publishing Conference in Leicester on Saturday 22nd April https://selfpublishingconference.org.uk/

5) Reminder! The Newcastle Writing Conference on Saturday 20th May http://newwritingnorth.com/projects/newcastle-writing-conference/

6) Link to Instafreebie Leads Explosion webinar replay: https://paulteague.com/instafreebie-leads-explosion/

7) Check out Graham Smith, a future podcast guest: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Graham-Smith/e/B006FTIBBU

7) Check out Jason Blacker, another future podcast guest: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Jason-Blacker/e/B0051QUDA0/

8) QuickBooks for UK-based sole trader accounting: https://paulteague.com/QBooks [this is my referral link]

Apr 3, 2017

Self-Publishing Journeys is 1 year old today!

One year happy birthday

Iain Rob Wright is one of the UK's most successful horror and suspense writers.

Iain worked for many years as a mobile telephone salesman.

After publishing his debut novel, The Final Winter, in 2011 to great success, he quit his job and became a full time writer.

His work is currently being adapted for graphic novels, audio books, and foreign audiences.

He is an active member of the Horror Writer Association and runs his own online training website, azofselfpublishing.com.

Iain Rob WrightEpisode 57, release date Monday 3rd April, 2017

Find Out More:

Iain's website: https://www.iainrobwright.com/

Follow Iain on Twitter: https://twitter.com/iainrobwright

Iain's Amazon author page: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Iain-Rob-Wright/e/B0052WR48C

Iain's Goodreads author profile :https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4888646.Iain_Rob_Wright

Iain's Facebook page :https://www.facebook.com/authoriainrobwright/

Iain's original blogger site: http://iainrobwright.blogspot.co.uk/

Iain's author training website: https://azofselfpublishing.com/

Talking points:

1) Iain's author income blog post: https://azofselfpublishing.com/self-publishing-earnings-2016/

2) Iain's YouTube video, showing his author income since he began self-publishing:

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

4) Write It Now software: http://www.ravensheadservices.com/

5) EasyAzon Wordpress plugin: https://wordpress.org/plugins/easyazon/

Also see Amazon Link plugin: https://en-gb.wordpress.org/plugins/amazon-link/

6) Book Funnel: https://bookfunnel.com/

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

7) Merch by Amazon: https://merch.amazon.com/landing

8) Zippy courses: https://zippycourses.com/

9) Drip email marketing: https://exploring.drip.co/best-marketing-automation/

Apr 1, 2017

1) The benefits of using YouTube - page views grow consistently over time and drive decent web traffic:

YouTube stats

2) This is a preview for my InstaFreebie webinar on Wednesday 5th April - you can register via https://free-book-giveaways.com/webinar/

InstaFreebie Leads Explosion

3) My InstaFreebie Crime/Thriller Giveaway event has gone really well this week https://freebie-books.com/crime-thrillers/

This is what the leaderboard looks like: https://freebie-books.com/leaderboard-mar2017/

4) Amazon Academy event took place in Manchester on Friday 31st March.

Speakers were:

Tracy Bloom https://www.amazon.co.uk/Tracy-Bloom/e/B00BSRA0TA/

Keith Houghton https://www.amazon.co.uk/Keith-Houghton/e/B005UMEUJA/

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

Amazon Academy

5) Reminder! The Self-Publishing Conference in Leicester on Saturday 22nd April https://selfpublishingconference.org.uk/

6) Reminder! The Newcastle Writing Conference on Saturday 20th May http://newwritingnorth.com/projects/newcastle-writing-conference/

7) My Q1/Q2 planning boards:

 

 

 

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