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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 10, 2018

Edwin Downward is a Canadian writer who describes himself as a 'writer of Science Fiction Adventures'.

His debut novel is called 'Synergy of Hopes' and it was published in 2015.

The second novel - 'Into The Crucible' - was published earlier this year.

Edwin has also written 'One's World' which is a teaser into his science fiction Worlds Together Universe.

We've been exchanging messages for some years now on social media, so I thought it high time that we got together on the podcast to discuss sci-fi and self-publishing.

Find Out More:

1) Writing website: https://edwindownward.com/

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

3) Twitter page: https://twitter.com/edwindownward

3) Amazon author page: https://www.amazon.com/Edwin-Downward/e/B01AH8W03O/

4) Goodreads page: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/14418662.Edwin_Downward

Dec 3, 2018

Alissa Grosso is the author of the YA novels Popular, Ferocity Summer and Shallow Pond as well as the nonfiction book How To Make Money Selling Vintage Items on Etsy.

She's also written a couple of thrillers - Girl Most Likely To Succeed and In The Bag.

Alissa shares her writing adventures on her weekly 'Awkward Author' vlog and podcast and her reselling adventures on the Planet Alissa channel.

In the past Alissa has worked as a newspaper editor, a children’s librarian, a book distributor sales rep and a long, long time ago as a tavern wench complete with Colonial style costume.

Her writing has appeared in a number of newspapers, magazines and websites, and she is a monthly contributor to YA Outside the Lines.

Find Out More:

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

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

3) Twitter page: https://twitter.com/alissagrosso

3) Amazon author page: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Alissa-Grosso/e/B004GBMPLQ

4) Goodreads page: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/3351600.Alissa_Grosso

 

This Week's Talking Points

1) Alissa's 'Awkward Author' YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCCsbyw8sS6GFJ6FuZKnVGJw

2) Alissa is a member of  The Class of 2K11The KidLit Authors Club, and The Elevensies.

3) Alissa is a monthly contributor to YA Outside the Lines.

4) Flux publishing: https://www.fluxnow.com/

5) Vellum formatting software: https://vellum.pub/

6) Scrivener writing software: https://www.literatureandlatte.com/scrivener/overview

7) ALLi: https://www.allianceindependentauthors.org/

8) FBA Fulfillment by Amazon: https://services.amazon.co.uk/services/fulfilment-by-amazon/features-benefits.html

9) Profit Bandit: https://sellerengine.com/profit-bandit/

Nov 26, 2018

Clare Lydon is a London-based writer of contemporary lesbian romance and the host of the Lesbian Bookclub Podcast.

She’s a No.1 best-seller on lesbian fiction charts around the globe.

Clare now has six books in the All I Want series, five in the London Romance series and a selection standalones.

We originally spoke on the podcast almost two years ago, but when met in person at the 20BooksLondon event earlier this year, Clare told me that she's made lots of breakthroughs since that first interview.

Nov 19, 2018

Tim Lewis is a self-published author from London who, this year, made the change from writing fiction to non-fiction.

Previously he's written in the science fiction and fantasy genres, and to date has produced three books in the Timeshock series and two books in the 'Magpies & Magic' series.

His first non-fiction title is called Social Media Networking: How to Use Social Media to Get the Job You Want, Find Love, Get Business Success and Boost Your Travel Experience.

Tim is also the host of the Begin Self-Publishing Podcast and having interviewed many guests about marketing best-practice, he put many of those lessons into action with his latest book launch.

Find Out More:

Stoneham Press: https://www.stonehampress.com/

Begin Self-Publishing on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BSPPodcast/

Begin Self-Publishing online: https://beginselfpublishing.com

Begin Self-Publishing onTwitter: https://twitter.com/BeginSPPodcast

Tim Lewis on LinkedIn: https://uk.linkedin.com/in/timothylewis

Tim's fiction books on Amazon: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Timothy-Michael-Lewis/e/B00L66WQHM/

This Week's Talking Points

1) ScheduleOnce scheduling tool: https://www.scheduleonce.com/

2) K-lytics: http://k-lytics.com/

3) The One Thing - recommended book here 

4) The Slight Edge here

5) See The Compound Effect here

6) Tim's social media event: https://cambridgesocial.media/agenda/

7) Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/

8) PublishDrive - my referral link here.

9) Kobo Writing Life (for authors): https://writinglife.kobobooks.com/

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

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

12) Scrivener software: https://www.literatureandlatte.com/scrivener/overview

13) Creating box sets in Vellum: https://help.vellum.pub/box-sets/

14) Tim's podcast episode talking about his book launch: https://beginselfpublishing.com/social-media-networking-book-release/

Nov 12, 2018

Shaun Stevens, a fantasy author who writes as S.P. Stevens.

Before turning to writing, Shaun followed a passion for music at first, writing and performing House and Techno in the 1990s.

Then, in 2001, he founded an internet marketing company, finding a home for his writing in the form of technical SEO and copywriting services.

Unable to resist more creative urges, in 2016 he decided to put fingers to keyboard, penning his debut Fantasy novel, Bindcrafter.

In early 2018, work started on a prequel novella in the Bindcrafter series, and Ranker’s Charge was released in August 2018.

Find Out More:

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

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

3) Twitter page: https://twitter.com/spstevenswriter

3) Amazon author page: https://www.amazon.com/S.-P.-Stevens/e/B07F42BLT9/

4) Goodreads page: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/18161374.S_P_Stevens

5) Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/spstevenswriter/

This Week's Talking Points

1) Outline of Wordpress Gutenberg changes: https://wordpress.org/gutenberg/

2) Divi Wordpress theme: https://www.elegantthemes.com/

3) Elementor Wordpress theme: https://elementor.com/

4) Thrive Themes: https://thrivethemes.com/architect/

5) Mailchimp email marketing: https://mailchimp.com/

6) MailerLite email marketing: https://www.mailerlite.com [My affiliate link]

7) SendinBlue email marketing: https://www.sendinblue.com/

8) NaNoWriMo: https://nanowrimo.org/

9) Amazing indie author discovery via Shaun! https://www.scribophile.com/

Nov 5, 2018

Julie Stock only started writing in 2013 when she was in her late forties but she was soon hooked and went on to join the RNA’s New Writers’ Scheme the following year.

She is now an independent author of contemporary romance from around the world, having published her debut novel, From Here to Nashville, in February 2015, followed by her second novel, The Vineyard in Alsace in March 2017.

Over You (Sam's Story) and Finding You (Jenna's Story), her follow-up novellas to From Here to Nashville were published in 2018, making the From Here to You series complete.

Julie is a proud independent member of the Romantic Novelists’ Association and the Society of Authors.

When she is not writing, she works part-time for a charity as a communications officer, and freelance as a proofreader, web designer and supply teacher.

Find Out More:

1) Writing website: https://julie-stock.co.uk/

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

3) Twitter page: https://twitter.com/wood_beez48

3) Amazon author page: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Julie-Stock/e/B00SQERTKG

4) Goodreads page: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/111529.Julie_Stock

5) Romantic Novelists' Association: https://romanticnovelistsassociation.org/rna_author/julie-stock/

This Week's Talking Points

1) FreeBooksy promos: https://www.freebooksy.com/

2) BookBub for authors: https://partners.bookbub.com/

3) NaNoWriMo: https://nanowrimo.org/

4) The Romantic Novelists' Association: https://romanticnovelistsassociation.org/

5) Festival of Romance in Bedford: http://www.literaryfestivals.co.uk/festival_of_romance.html

6) The Society of Authors: https://www.societyofauthors.org/

7) Scrivener writing software: https://www.literatureandlatte.com/scrivener/overview [Recommended!]

8) Alliance of Independent Authors: https://www.allianceindependentauthors.org/

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

10) Rachel Gilbey's review site: http://rachelsrandomreads.blogspot.com/

Nov 3, 2018

Show notes: https://self-publishing-journeys.com/podcast-diary-03-11-2018/

My Path To Publication - 20 things which led to the publication of my first book

1 - Exercise book

2 - Mr Plum & Mr Apple

3 - Letter from Penguin

4 - Letter from Pan

5 - Reading Enid Blyton books at primary school

6 - TV - Flash Gordon/Buck Rogers/6 Million Dollar Man/Space 1999

7 - Writing plays at secondary school - A Christmas Carol - winning house drama on my script

8 - Tealby Newsheet

9 - James Hadley Chase - getting told off in the library [COVER!]

10 - School magazine

11 - English A level

12 - Radio 1 competition

13 - English Degree

14 - Theatre Studies/Crucible

15 - College magazine editor

16 - Teaching - poetry magazines/visiting authors/writing assembies

17 - Radio - writing at speed/constructing a story

18 - Dissertation text - Dempster WillyNilly

19 - IM - PDF books sold with products

20 - Book with Phill

>>> The Secret Bunker visit ... it all began with The Secret Bunker!

Oct 29, 2018

Jon Evans is a UK indie author who always wanted to become a writer and there were many false starts and unfinished projects along the way.

The first three books in a space marine series about the adventures of the Royal Marine Space Commandos – Commando, Guerrilla and Ascendant – were co-written with his brother, James.

Jon has also written Thieftaker which is the first book in a renaissance fantasy series.

There's also The Edrin Loft Mysteries which will be an ongoing series of novels and novellas based in Kalider, once the capital city of what is now known as The Shattered Empire.

Once the series is well underway, there will be an epic fantasy series that deals with events on the macro scale, affecting the whole Shattered Empire.

 

Find Out More:

1) Writing website: https://jonevansbooks.com/

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

3) Amazon author page: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Jon-Evans/e/B074T284JT/

4) Goodreads page: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/17101115.Jon_Evans

5) Jon & James' business website: imaginarybrother.com

6) Imaginary Brother on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ImaginaryBrotherPublishing/

Oct 22, 2018

Jonathan de Montfort's self-publishing story is a little different to most.

He started his career as a hedge fund manager in London, working for companies such as Lehman Brothers and Goldman Sachs, then leaving in 2013 to set up his own hedge fund company.

Jonathan is also a keen writer with an interest in literature and it's taken him four and half years to write his debut novel, ‘Turner’, a supernatural thriller, which was released in October 2018.

It is the first book to be published by De Montfort Literature, the company which Jonathan has set up to work with and develop authors who wish to pursue his new model of publishing.

This has proven to be quite controversial in the publishing world and we do discuss this during the interview.

Q&A from listeners following the interview

Some people have raised concerns over what IP means - particularly, does DML own an author’s characters and worlds?

The answer from Jonathan is 'No', DML only owns plot lines and stories.

Find Out More:

1) Writing website: https://linktr.ee/jonathandemontfort_author

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

3) Twitter page: https://twitter.com/jrdemontfort

3) Amazon author page: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Turner-Jonathan-Montfort/dp/1912770016/

4) Goodreads page: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/18106693.Jonathan_de_Montfort

5) LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jonathan-de-montfort/

This Week's Talking Points

1) The Bookseller's report on De Montfort Literature: https://www.thebookseller.com/news/start-publishing-venture-offer-aspiring-novelists-salary-793601

2) About De Montfort Literature: https://www.demontfortliterature.com/about/

3) About De Montfort Capital: https://www.demontfortcapital.com/

4) Alli blog post on De Montfort Literature: https://selfpublishingadvice.org/watchdog-analysis-de-montfort-literature/

5) Lisa Poisso's website: http://lisapoisso.com/

Oct 15, 2018

Nathan Burrows is a UK indie-author who's based in Norfolk.

His debut novel, Blind Justice, was published in March 2018.

Nathan's latest release is ‘The Butcher’, a dark post-Brexit comedy.

It’s the first in a trilogy of dark comedy thrillers based in Norfolk.

The next in the trilogy – ‘The Baker’ – is slated for release in late Autumn 2018.

As well as being a voracious reader, Nathan runs the occasional marathon – which is how we connected.

Find Out More:

1) Writing website: https://nathanburrows.com/

2) Facebook page:

3) Twitter page: https://twitter.com/nathanburrowsuk

3) Amazon author page: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Nathan-Burrows/e/B079KS96CQ

4) Goodreads page: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/17677687.Nathan_Burrows

5) BookBub: https://www.bookbub.com/authors/nathan-burrows

6) Interview with Nathan: https://www.plaintalkbm.com/nathan-burrows/

This Week's Talking Points

1) Nathan's editor: http://flukyfiction.wixsite.com/publishing

2) The source of Nathan's Blind Justice cover: http://www.thecovercollection.com/

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

4) The Self-Publishing Formula Podcast: https://selfpublishingformula.com/

5) Scrivener: https://www.literatureandlatte.com/scrivener/overview

6) Vellum: https://vellum.pub/

Oct 8, 2018

Show notes at: https://self-publishing-journeys.com/episode-122-linzi-drew-honey-take-2/

Linzi Drew-Honey is a former glamour model and editor of Penthouse magazine.

She has also appeared on Page Three of The Sun.

Linzi has just self-published her second book – Every Shade of Black – which is an erotic fiction novel.

This second novel has also been published through Matador, the self-publishing imprint of The Troubador Publishing Group.

I wanted to catch up with Linzi to find out what she'd learned since writing her first book and why she'd decided to work with Matador for a second time.

Oct 1, 2018

Clare Sager is a first-time fantasy author who released her debut - A Thief and a Gentlewoman - about three weeks prior to recording this podcast interview.

It's Clare's second time on the podcast but I wanted to catch up with her because she's had a great launch and managed to buck the trend experienced by the majority of new authors.

Typically, most of us release our book, sell to a few friends and family members, then it's tumbleweed from that point onward.

For Clare though, following the best advice from groups like 20BooksTo50k - she managed to hit triple figures in her first week, which is a huge achievement.

I wanted to find out how she did it so that I could share her best tips with other indie authors.

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) Clare's podcast page: http://www.claresager.com/confessions

This Week's Talking Points

1) A link to Clare's blurb review spreadsheet - click here

2) Compensating for VAT when pricing books on Amazon: https://kdp.amazon.com/en_US/help/topic/G201645410

3) KDP delivery costs: https://justpublishingadvice.com/amazon-kdp-delivery-costs-can-eat-at-your-royalty/

4) To find out more about InstaFreebie, click here [My referral link]

5) To find out more about BookFunnel, click here

6) Mark Dawson's Self-Publishing formula: https://selfpublishingformula.com/

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

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