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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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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 https://www.covermint.design/

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: http://20bookslondon.com/ [Waiting list only]

6) Owen Zupp's 'Top 5 Podcasts' post: http://www.owenzupp.com/writing-blog/my-top-5-podcasts-for-independent-authors-and-publishers

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: https://patricksherriff.com/

2) Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/patrick.sherriff

3) Twitter feed: https://twitter.com/PatrickSherriff Also see https://twitter.com/ourmaninabiko

4) Amazon author page: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Patrick-Sherriff/e/B00JCUJUQO/

5) Goodreads author page: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6523167.Patrick_Sherriff

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
    www.patricksherriff.com

7) All about QuakeBook: http://quakebook.org/about/

Dec 23, 2017

Welcome to Paul's Podcast Diary for Saturday 23rd December, 2017.

This diary charts my self-publishing journey – the ups the downs, the successes and the failures.

Everything goes into this diary, week-by-week, but you'll also find it a source of great tips, resources, tools, podcast recommendations and so on.

If I ever miss something out, or you'd like more information, just drop me an email at paul@paulteague.com.

 

This Week's Talking Points

1) 20BooksLondon – get on the waiting list now! http://20bookslondon.com/conference-sign-up/

2) Begin Self Publishing podcast: http://beginselfpublishing.com/

3) Ron Vitale's original interview for this podcast: https://self-publishing-journeys.com/episode-47-ron-vitale/

4) Caimh McDonnell who offered email marketing inspiration this week: https://self-publishing-journeys.com/episode-89-caimh-mcdonnell/

Dec 18, 2017

Dan Van Oss is a book cover designer and self-published author.

He started writing during college, where he also penned a weekly column in the school paper under the pseudonym “Fletcher Ford”.

Dan’s had pieces published on humorwriters.org, won 2nd place in the Mona Schreiber Prize for Humorous Fiction and Nonfiction, was a semi-finalist in the humorpress.com writing contest.

He was also given an honorable mention in the Soul-Making Keats Literary Competition for Humor.

You can catch his weekly humor column, the “Dubious Knowledge Institute,” at dubiousknowledge.institute.

Find Out More:

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

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

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

4) Amazon author page: https://www.amazon.com/Dan-Van-Oss/e/B00TYL7I8S

5) Dan featured on Book Reader Magazine: http://bookreadermagazine.com/featured-author-dan-van-oss/

6) Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/13538418.Dan_Van_Oss

7) See Dan on CoverMint (book cover designs): https://www.covermint.design/about/

8) Dan's sweet romance website: www.djvanoss.com

The romance structure book I mentioned called “Romancing the Story” by Gwen Hayes: https://www.amazon.com/Romancing-Beat-Structure-Romance-Kissing-ebook/dp/B01DSJSURY/

9) Here is the cover that Dan designed for me:

Interview Talking Points:

1) The romance structure book I mentioned called “Romancing the Story” by Gwen Hayes: https://www.amazon.com/Romancing-Beat-Structure-Romance-Kissing-ebook/dp/B01DSJSURY/

2) The “Stories To Go” project website: https://storiestogo.io/

3) Find out more about Dragon Dictation: https://learn-dragon-fast.com/

4) The Self Publishing Podcast: https://sterlingandstone.net/series/self-publishing-podcast/

5) Authors XP book promotion website: https://www.authorsxp.com/ [My affiliate link]

6) Ryan Zee author promotion site: http://ryanzee.com/

Dec 16, 2017

1) Here are the numbers to accompany this week's diary - the headings at the top of the page are Earnings - Page Reads - Sales - Free Books:

Sales info

Monthly earnings info:

BookBub numbers

Sales in different territories:

By the end of the podcast recording, this is the number that greeted me :-)

2) Vellum - highly recommended for creating e-books and paperbacks: https://vellum.pub/

One Fatal Error

Dec 11, 2017

James Blatch is a former BBC Defence Reporter and a former BBFC Film Examiner.

He's probably best-known in self-publishing circles as the co-host of the Self-Publishing Formula podcast.

As listeners will already know, James is writing his first book - called The Last Flight - a historical military thriller set in 1966.

James is fully immersed in military matters - he reported for the BBC on the UK military from, among other places, HMS Invincible, Kuwait and the Arctic Circle as well as covering the UK air offensive during the Kosovo Conflict in 1999.

Find Out More:

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

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

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

4) Goodreads author page: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/32927252-the-last-flight

5) James on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/james-blatch-b1535915/

Interview Talking Points:

1) James' film examiner page: https://app.hiive.co.uk/knowledge/ideasmag-archive/james-blatch-film-examiner/4133/

2) James' BBC page: http://www.bbc.co.uk/cambridgeshire/features/auaudiencewith/01/jamesblatch.shtml

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

4) See the Vulcan Bomber: http://www.vulcantothesky.org/

5) Interview with Jenny Parrott, James' editor: https://selfpublishingformula.com/episode-81/

6) NaNoWriMo: https://nanowrimo.org/

Dec 9, 2017

1) The final 8k words of Deleted have been written – we're now into edits:

Deleted word count

2) The final numbers from my recent Goodreads Giveaways:

3) One Fatal Error was published this week – hurrah! Remember that Kindle required your book 3 days before it's released, but they will keep nagging you:

4) 20BooksLondon – booking closes 20th December: http://20bookslondon.com/

5) Check out Instafreebie at: https://self-publishing-journeys.com/IF

Check out BookFunnel at: https://bookfunnel.com/

My Thriller Giveaway: https://freebie-books.com/thriller-giveaway-new/

Thriller Giveaway

Dec 4, 2017

Rob Sinclair began writing in 2009 following a promise to his wife that he could pen a ‘can’t put down’ thriller.

He worked for nearly 13 years for a global accounting firm, specialising in forensic fraud investigations at both national and international levels.

Rob now writes full time and is the author of the bestselling Enemy series of espionage thrillers featuring embattled agent Carl Logan, with over 250,000 copies sold to date.

Rob's James Ryker series follows on from the Enemy books, with the first novel, The Red Cobra, being released in April 2017 and quickly becoming an Amazon bestseller in the UK, US and Canada.

The second book in the series, The Black Hornet was released in June 2017.

Find Out More:

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

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

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

4) Amazon author page: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Rob-Sinclair/e/B00LFXNU76

5) Goodreads author page: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/8389261.Rob_Sinclair

6) Bloodhound Books author page: http://www.bloodhoundbooks.com/rob-sinclair/

Dec 2, 2017

1) My forthcoming Thriller promo at InstaFreebie: https://freebie-books.com/thriller-giveaway-new/

2) Goodreads is closing down the free UK book promos :-(

Goodreads

3) I edited my reviews rant out, but here's a review which may amuse you!

4) Authors XP - great list-building site: https://www.authorsxp.com/?atid=45 [That's my affiliate link!]

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