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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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May 22, 2017

Mike Bodnar is a former continuity announcer, regional newsreader and TV & radio presenter.

Mike's latest book – Against the Current – is the story of how he and his wife left New Zealand for the UK, choosing instead to take a year-long detour through France, living and travelling on a boat.

He has just recorded it in audio format, but he did all of the voice work himself.

That seemed like a great opportunity to catch up with Mike and find out about the good, the bad and the ugly of recording your own audiobooks.

Mike Bodnar in the studio

Talking points:

Check out Mike's audiobook on Scribl (cheapest price) https://scribl.com/books/E8G1A/against-the-current

Blog post 1: http://www.againstthecurrent.uk/single-post/2016/11/22/Books-Aloud

Blog post 2: http://www.againstthecurrent.uk/single-post/2017/01/27/My-Woof-was-Very-Upset

List your audiobook on Amazon ACX http://www.acx.com/

List your audiobook on Author's Republic https://www.authorsrepublic.com/

List your audiobook on Scribl https://www.scribl.com/

Auphonic https://auphonic.com/

Promote your audiobook via AudioBookBoom: https://audiobookboom.com/

ACX bounty program https://www.acx.com/help/50-bounty-program/201556680

May 20, 2017

1) This week's writing progress - this was Saturday's effort:

Burden of Guilt word count

This was Friday's tally:

Dead of Night at 30k words

2) Having spent the previous weekend pulling out all the stops to get Don't Tell Meg to number 1 in the UK, Dead of Night just got there of its own accord with zero promos from me - I was just using up my remaining promo days :-)

 

Dead of Night

3) I recorded my Instafreebie Leads Explosion video for the next ALLi Author Fringe event which is taking place on Saturday 3rd June: http://selfpublishingadvice.org/will-you-help-us-spread-the-word-about-indieauthorfringe/

4) My Facebook non-fiction book, newly republished! https://books2read.com/FB

5) The membership criteria for the Society of Authors: http://www.societyofauthors.org/Join/Eligibility

6) Mark Dawson's interview in The Guardian: https://www.theguardian.com/books/2017/may/15/self-published-authors-hollywood-andy-weir-the-martian-el-james (Read the comments!)

7) This was the Instafreebie blog promo that they ran this week: http://blog.instafreebie.com/see-it-first-paul-teague-kellie-mcallen-nj-lindquist/

These were the leads that I'd added when I took my Friday afternoon screenshot:

Mailchimp stats

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

10) 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/

May 15, 2017

Justin Sloan is a video game writer, novelist, and screenwriter.

He studied writing at the Johns Hopkins University 'MA in Writing' program and at the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television's Professional Program in Screenwriting.

Additionally, he has published short fiction and poetry.

Justin was in the Marines for five years and has lived in Japan, Korea, and Italy.

He recently gave up his day-job to go full-time as an author.

Find Out More:

1) Justin's website: http://www.justinsloanauthor.com/

2) Follow Justin on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/JustinSloanAuthor

3) Follow Justin on Twitter: https://twitter.com/justinmsloan

4) Justin's Goodreads profile: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/9772692.Justin_Sloan

5) Justin's Amazon Author page: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Justin-Sloan/e/B00OJPAM0K

6) The Creative Writing Career website: http://creativewritingcareer.com/

7) Justin's YouTube Channel 'The Sloan Zone': https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC7-f7OkD-MudUjBLINdRdIw

8) Justin's podcast: http://creativewritingcareer.com/

Talking points:

1) Justin's work with military veterans: https://creativewritingcareer.wordpress.com/category/military-veterans/

2) Brandon Sanderson is one of Justin's favourite authors https://www.amazon.co.uk/Brandon-Sanderson/e/B001IGFHW6/

3) Book promo sites:

Book Barbarian http://bookbarbarian.com/

FreeBooksy https://www.freebooksy.com/

Booksends http://booksends.com/advertise.php

4) Story beats explained https://timstout.wordpress.com/story-structure/blake-snyders-beat-sheet/

5) Michael Anderle, one of Justin's writing partners https://www.amazon.co.uk/Michael-Anderle/e/B017J2WANQ

May 13, 2017

1) Over 14000 unique clicks were generated in my Crime/Thriller Giveaway at https://freebie-books.com/crime-thrillers-may2017/

Ian Sutherland was the top promoter, sending 3500+ unique clicks, many of those directly via his Twitter accounts.

Check out Ian's Author Platform Sidekick service: https://self-publishing-journeys.com/APS [Affiliate link]

3) My Dead of Night proof copy arrived - I have 10 x fiction paperback books now:

4) I've now put Self-Publishing Journeys on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/SelfPublishingJourneys/

5) Avril McDonald's new book:

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6) Sarah Painter's Worried Writer podcast (highly recommended!) at http://www.worriedwriter.com/ and her first self-published book:

[amazon_link asins='B06Y6GXFY6' template='ProductAd' store='author-pt-21' marketplace='UK' link_id='310ce1bb-373d-11e7-9308-2f2c71aeabd0']

7) Books2Read service https://www.books2read.com/ (highly recommended!)

8) My crappy Amazon review - note the anonymity of the reviewer who simultaneously gets to screw up my chances of shifting the book and remain hidden in the shadows!

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

10) 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/

May 8, 2017

Jason Blacker writes mystery fiction and literary fiction as well as poetry and daily haikus at his haiku blog.

Jason's stories range from Adventure to Zombies, though he's best known for his Lady Marmalade cozy mysteries and his Anthony Carrick hardboiled mysteries.

Jason received an incredible 300 rejections from traditional publishers before turning to self-publishing, here he deploys lots of online marketing techniques to promote his work.

Find Out More:

Jason's Amazon Author page: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Jason-Blacker/e/B0051QUDA0

Jason's website: http://jasonblacker.com/

Jason Blacker on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/2156914.Jason_Blacker

Follow Jason on Twitter: https://twitter.com/jasonblacker

Jason Blacker on Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/jasonblacker

Jason's Haiku website: http://haiqueue.com/

Talking Points:

1) More about the Pomodoro technique http://www.lifehack.org/articles/productivity/the-pomodoro-technique-is-it-right-for-you.html

2) Scrivener https://self-publishing-academy.com/SC [My affiliate link]

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

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

4) ConvertKit website https://convertkit.com/

I use GetResponse https://paulteague.com/getresponse [My affiliate link]

I'm currently moving over to MailerLite https://paulteague.com/ML [My affiliate link]

5) My sci-fi/dystopian Instafreebie Giveaway https://freebie-books.com/

My Crime/Thriller Giveaway https://freebie-books.com/crime-thrillers/

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

May 6, 2017

1) This week's writing progress - 5125 words:

Dead of Night 20k words

2) This is my PayPal HERE card reader - it links to my phone via Bluetooth and allows me to take book payments at training events:

3) My current InstaFreebie Giveaway: https://freebie-books.com/crime-thrillers-may2017/

Giveaway graphic

4) My appearance on Begin Self-Publishing podcast here

Podcast promo

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) Sarah Painter's Worried Writer podcast: http://www.worriedwriter.com/

9) Self-Publishing Formula recommended interview with TS Paul https://selfpublishingformula.com/episode-62/

This Week’s Self-Publishing News

The Alliance of Independent Authors news update: http://selfpublishingadvice.org/self-publishing-news-ebooks-are-not-in-crisis/

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May 1, 2017

Mark Edwards writes psychological thrillers in which scary things happen to ordinary people and is inspired by writers such as Stephen King, Ira Levin, Ruth Rendell and Linwood Barclay.

His first solo novel, The Magpies reached the No.1 spot on Amazon UK and has sold 300,000 copies to date.

This was followed by What You Wish For (2014), Because She Loves Me (2014; also a No.1 bestseller in the UK) and Follow You Home (2015).

Mark started writing in his twenties while working in a number of dead-end jobs.

He lived in Tokyo for a year before returning to the UK and starting a career in marketing - he now writes full-time.

Find Out More:

Mark's Amazon Author page: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Mark-Edwards/e/B004PP3WV0

Mark's website: http://www.markedwardsauthor.com/

Louise Voss & Mark Edwards: http://vossandedwards.com/

Mark Edwards on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5267328.Mark_Edwards

Follow Mark on Twitter: https://twitter.com/mredwards

Mark Edwards & Louise Voss on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/vossandedwards/

Mark Edwards on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/markedwardsbooks/

Mark Edwards in The Guardian - Trad vs Self-Publishing: https://www.theguardian.com/books/2013/jun/25/self-publishing-mark-edwards

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:

 

 

 

Mar 27, 2017

Angela Marsons discovered her love of writing at Primary School.

She began to enter short story competitions in Writer’s News resulting in a win and three short listed entries.

Angela self-published two of her earlier works before concentrating on her true passion – Crime.

After many, many submissions she signed an 8 book deal with Bookouture as their first crime author.

Find Out More:

Angela's website: http://angelamarsons-books.com/

Angela's Amazon Author page: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Angela-Marsons/e/B00J6D3914

Angela's Goodreads page: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7942666.Angela_Marsons

Follow Angela on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AngelaMarsonsAuthor/

Angela's Twitter account: https://twitter.com/WriteAngie

Talking points:

Bookouture article announcing that Angela has sold over 2 million books: http://www.bookouture.com/2017/01/30/angela-marsons-sells-two-million-books/

The People's Friend: https://www.thepeoplesfriend.co.uk/

Kindle Direct Publishing: https://kdp.amazon.com/

Bonnier Publishing: https://bonnierpublishing.com/

Lorella Belli Literary Agency: http://www.lorellabelliagency.com/

The Festival of Writing is hosted by Writers' Workshop: http://www.writersworkshop.co.uk/events.html

Mar 25, 2017

1) I got my trilogy formatted at http://www.frostbitepublishing.com/

2) This is a preview for my InstaFreebie webinar on 5th April – I'll share the registration link for this from Monday 27th March:

InstaFreebie Leads Explosion

3) My next InstaFreebie Crime/Thriller Giveaway event which starts on 27th March https://freebie-books.com/crime-thrillers/

4) Amazon Academy event in Manchester on Friday 31st March http://selfpublishingadvice.org/amazon-academy-manchester/

Visiting speakers:

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/

Darren Wearmouth https://www.amazon.co.uk/Darren-Wearmouth/e/B00EBIGIZI/

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

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

7) Bookbub book promotions https://www.bookbub.com/home/

Mar 20, 2017

Avril McDonald grew up in New Zealand, trained as a primary school teacher then become a Managing Director of a Digital Entertainment Company in London.

A desire to create beautiful characters and stories that help kids manage tough emotions and feel brave led her to develop www.feelbrave.com

This project also has a charitable arm at www.friendsoffeelbrave.com which has the vision ‘To give all children access to tools to help them manage tough emotions and reach their true potential’.

Avril has signed her first deal with Crown House Publishing for a series of six children’s books (five children’s books and a teacher’s accompanying book) to help tackle personal, social and emotional development in children.

Find Out More:

Avril's website: http://www.feelbrave.com/

The charitable arm of Avril's project: http://www.friendsoffeelbrave.com/

Avril on the Waterstones website: https://www.waterstones.com/author/avril-mcdonald/142272

Connect with Avril on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/avrilmcdonald28745

Avril's page on The Bell Lomax Moreton Agency website: http://belllomaxmoreton.co.uk/childrens/avril-mcdonald/

Avril's Amazon author page: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Avril-McDonald/e/B015TJWKX6

The Feel Brave books on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/FeelBraveLtd

The Feel Brave books on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/feelbrave/

Avril's pins on Pinterest: https://uk.pinterest.com/crownhousepub/feel-brave-series-childrens-books/

Talking points:

Tony Robbins' Morning Ritual: http://sourcesofinsight.com/start-your-day-like-tony-robbins/

PeoplePerHour outsourcing site: http://www.paulteague.com/pph [My affiliate link]

BookBaby self-publishing: https://www.bookbaby.com

Wix websites: http://www.wix.com/

Crown House Publishing: https://www.crownhouse.co.uk/

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

Avril's press page: http://www.feelbrave.com/press-

Avril's Kickstarter campaign: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1639726590/feel-brave-stories-to-help-children-manage-tough-e

Avril's social enterprise work: http://www.friendsoffeelbrave.com/

Mar 18, 2017

1) The Crime & Publishment event that I attended last Friday http://www.crimeandpublishment.co.uk/

2) The ALLi Author Fringe is this Saturday - find out more about the event at http://selfpublishingadvice.org/lbf-indie-author-fringe-2017-speakers/

Link to my presentation page http://selfpublishingadvice.org/speaker/paul-teague-lbf2017/

3) My next InstaFreebie Crime/Thriller Giveaway eventcan be viewed here https://freebie-books.com/crime-thrillers/

4) The Amazon Academy event in Manchester is on Friday 31st March http://selfpublishingadvice.org/amazon-academy-manchester/

5) My trilogy is all ready to go:

Don't Tell Meg trilogy

6) Amazon is nagging me about being ready in time :-)

Amazon nag message

7) My exploration of a lorry cab - for authorial purposes!

 

Mar 13, 2017

Merita King’s stories are inspired by watching Star Trek – with William Shatner – and Blakes 7, which was really popular in the UK in the 70s.

Merita is the creator of The Lilean Chronicles, The Sinclair V-Logs series and several standalone stories.

She is a self-published author and regular blogger who also provides some excellent and helpful ‘how to’ articles on her website.

Merita began writing in 2011 and has a back list of twelve books to her name.

Merita’s website: https://meritaking.com/

Merita on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MeritaKingNovelist/

Follow Merita on Twitter: https://twitter.com/meritaking

Merita’s Goodreads page: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5762816.Merita_King

Merita’s Amazon Author page: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Merita-King/e/B0062NEATG

Merita’s Google+ page: https://plus.google.com/103300817631297019460

Merita on Authorgraph: https://www.authorgraph.com/authors/MeritaKing

Talking points:

Blake’s Seven: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blake’s_7

Mailchimp for email marketing: http://www.paulteague.com/mailchimp-ar [Affiliate link]

InstaFreebie: http://www.paulteague.com/IF [Affiliate link]

Hootsuite: http://www.paulteague.com/hootsuite [Affiliate link]

Merita’s article on EIN numbers and USA tax: https://meritaking.com/tag/tax-code/

Merita’s compelling description of her self-publishing journey:

Since June 2011, I have been writing novels and short stories and now have a backlist of twelve books, with another finished to first draft and yet another half written. All have failed to sell and still nobody is interested in my work. I have tried doing free giveaways, one facebook release event I arranged garnered the impressive attendance of just 2. I am now experiencing the painful trauma of realising that I am wasting my time publishing and probably should not bother doing so again. When I say painful, I mean it. Failing at this is the most painful thing of my entire life so far. I cannot adequately explain how much I want to be a successful novelist, and to fail so spectacularly is a burden that is too much to bear.

Merita’s writing for readers blog post: https://meritaking.com/2014/02/11/write-for-readers-dont-write-for-writers/

Merita’s romance novel: https://www.amazon.co.uk/W-O-L-Merita-King-ebook/dp/B00J9V9VCE/

Arthur C. Clarke novel ‘Childhood’s End’: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Childhood’s_End

Mar 11, 2017

1) Details of the Crime & Publishment event that I'm attending this week: http://www.crimeandpublishment.co.uk/

The ALLi Author Fringe is next Saturday!

Find out more about the event on Saturday 18th March: http://selfpublishingadvice.org/lbf-indie-author-fringe-2017-speakers/

2) My InstaFreebie Giveaway event - update.

My Giveaway page: https://freebie-books.com/

The leaderboard: https://freebie-books.com/leaderboard/

Promo images that I have made available to participants: https://freebie-books.com/giveaway-promotional-images/

I am considering offering a paid-for Instafreebie service via a Wordpress multisite - users would get a cloned version of my Giveaway, done-for-you Google Forms and built-in training videos.

The Giveaway pages would be re-usable.

Find out more about Wordpress Multisite https://codex.wordpress.org/Create_A_Network

This is what the template would look like: https://freebie-books.com/template/

They'd get a leaderboard and promos page too.

Any thoughts on this? What would that service be worth to you?

Please drop me a line at paul@paulteague.com

3) Mark Edwards on Amazon https://www.amazon.co.uk/Mark-Edwards/e/B004PP3WV0/

Linwood Barclay on Amazon https://www.amazon.co.uk/Linwood-Barclay/e/B001IGONCG/

Harlan Coben on Amazon https://www.amazon.co.uk/Harlan-Coben/e/B000APCH7Y/

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

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

5) My holding book covers for future projects - I know that Backpacker looks like a hiking book at the moment, but I couldn't find a decent image to get the ball rolling!

BackpackerGatedLeft for Dead

6) Helen Fazal does my editing work, here is her podcast interview link https://self-publishing-journeys.com/episode-13-helen-fazal/

Katja L. Kayne is the creator of The Novel Factory software https://self-publishing-journeys.com/episode-10-katja-l-kaine/

7) StartUp is on Amazon Prime, not Netflix (oops, sorry about that!) but it's well worth a look if you like thrillers https://www.amazon.co.uk/Startup-Season-1/dp/B01M5DOUUW

7) This week's writing progress:

[I'll add my accountability screen shots once the writing is done!]

This Week’s Self-Publishing News

The Alliance of Independent Authors news update: http://selfpublishingadvice.org/self-publishing-news-on-the-high-street/

Mar 6, 2017

After gaining a New Zealand Certificate in Science, Wendy Scott worked in a variety of different laboratories in New Zealand and Australia in the fields of salt, meat, dairy and wine.

While living in Adelaide, she spotted a course on Novel Writing offered by WEA.

She signed up immediately and made a commitment there and then that she would write a fantasy novel.

Wendy then completed other creative writing courses, joined the South Australia Writers’ Centre and published her first novel - Ferrasium.

Find Out More:

Wendy's website: http://www.wendyjscott.com/

Follow Wendy on Twitter: https://twitter.com/wendyjaynescott

Connect with Wendy on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/wendy-scott-366a6749

Wendy's Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/AuthorWendyScott

Wendy's Hieroglyph website: http://www.hieroglyph.ws/

Wendy's WJ Scott website: https://www.facebook.com/ChildrenAuthorWJScott

Wendy's YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCAGVKpSHYM4zzXcJWoWrcDQ

Talking points:

WEA in Australia: https://www.wea-sa.com.au/

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

The Wishing Shelf Awards: http://www.thewsa.co.uk/ (listen to my interview with the creator of The Wishing Shelf Awards, Edward Trayer, here: http://self-publishing-journeys.com/episode-32-edward-trayer/)

Readers' Favorite Award: https://readersfavorite.com/

This is an example of the star logo that Readers' Favorite gave me for a 5-start review, which you can read here.

5 Star Award

Scrivener, writing software: http://paulteague.com/scrivener [My affiliate link]

Mailchimp for email marketing: https://mailchimp.com/

ACX.com for audiobook creation and slaes: http://www.acx.com/

Mar 4, 2017

1) ALLi Author Fringe promos have begun now.

Find out more about the event on Saturday 18th March: http://selfpublishingadvice.org/lbf-indie-author-fringe-2017-speakers/

2) My Thrillers are now on pre-release, I've received my notifications that the books have to be ready by 19th March even though they're released on 23rd March.

Don't get caught out by this, you can lose the option to use pre-releases for a year if you don't hit the correct deadline date.

Kindles pre-release messages

3) My InstaFreebie Giveaway event - first try!

My Giveaway page: https://freebie-books.com/

The leaderboard: https://freebie-books.com/leaderboard/

Promo images that I have made available to participants: https://freebie-books.com/giveaway-promotional-images/

The clicks are content between 8am on Monday 6th March until 8pm Sunday 12th March.

4) My new Amazon Author page for the thrillers: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Paul-J.-Teague/e/B06XBLSL6Q/

5) Details of the Crime & Publishment event that I'm attending next week: http://www.crimeandpublishment.co.uk/

6) Frostbite Publishing which I'm trying out as a formatting service for my 3 x thrillers: http://www.frostbitepublishing.com/

7) This week's writing progress:

Dead of Night 40k words

This Week’s Self-Publishing News

The Alliance of Independent Authors news update: http://selfpublishingadvice.org/self-publishing-news-indies-on-the-curriculum/

Feb 27, 2017

Russell Holden is a book designer with over 15 years of graphic design experience.

He manages layout, page design, creating covers, interiors and even photo tweaking for all book genres.

Russell’s services are listed on the Reedsy site and he runs his Pixel Tweaks imprint from the Lake District, helping authors to get their pages out out of Word and into printed form.

Russell has also self-published his own book and helped to publish more than 30 other books alongside indie authors.

Find Out More:

The Pixel Tweaks Publications website: http://pixeltweakspublications.com/

Russell’s Reedsy profile: https://reedsy.com/russell-holden

Pixel Tweaks Publications on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pixeltweakspublications

Connect with Russell on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/russellholden

Pixel Tweaks on Twitter: https://twitter.com/pxtwx

Bone-anchored hearing aid/BAHA: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bone-anchored_hearing_aid

Russell’s book: https://www.amazon.co.uk/d/Books/My-Acoustic-Nemesis-Russell-K-Holden/0993467970/

Zamzar file convertor: http://www.zamzar.com/

Lightning Source: http://www.ingramcontent.com/publishers/lp/lightning-source

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

InDesign: http://www.adobe.com/uk/products/indesign.html

Nielson ISBN orders: http://www.isbn.nielsenbook.co.uk/controller.php?page=121

Widows & Orphans explanation: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Widows_and_orphans

Russell’s Reedsy page: https://reedsy.com/russell-holden

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