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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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:

Russell’s Reedsy profile:

Pixel Tweaks Publications on Facebook:

Connect with Russell on LinkedIn:

Pixel Tweaks on Twitter:

Bone-anchored hearing aid/BAHA:

Russell’s book:

Zamzar file convertor:

Lightning Source:

Ingram Spark:


Nielson ISBN orders:

Widows & Orphans explanation:

Russell’s Reedsy page:

Feb 25, 2017

1) This week's writing progress = 5201 words, taking The Murder Place up to over 36k words now.

The first draft should be written by 17th March now, if I can turn around editing fast enough, I hope to release this book on 3rd May.

Paul's writing progress

2) New subscribers since February 1st, all due to my use of InstaFreebie:

Getresponse subscribers

Get InstaFreebie: [My affiliate link]

My Instafreebie promo page for my 6-12 March event - don't share yet please :-)

3) The Alli Author Fringe (online) event:

Alliance of Independent Authors: [My affiliate link]

4) My book pre-sales book listings on Amazon:

Don't Tell Meg:

The Murder Place:

5) Kindle Scout:

Email response from Kindle Scout:

Kindle Scout

6) I highly recommend Vellum for formatting your ebooks:

If you use a PC, here is how you can access Vellum without a MAC:

7) I've decided to have a go at getting my thrillers formatted for Createspace - I'm taking out for a spin ... I'll let you know how it goes :-)

This Week’s Self-Publishing News

The Alliance of Independent Authors news update:

Feb 20, 2017

Falsely accused of arson and manslaughter and thrown in a Spanish jail, David P Perlmutter turned real life drama into a full-time writing career following the success of his debut novel ‘Wrong Place Wrong Time’.

After the success of this novel David decided to share with other indie self-published authors his guide to getting his novel to the #1 spot in True Crime on Amazon’s USA Chart.

David has since gone on to write two more ‘My Way’ books ‘My Way Too’ and ‘My Way Free – Trending on Twitter.’

He recently signed a publishing contract with Austin Macaulay which offers a hybrid publishing model.

Find Out More:

David's website:





Amazon Author Page:

Interview with David at IndieAuthorLand:

Interview Talking Points:

David's LinkedIn articles:

David's Waterstone's page:

David's Austin Macauley page:

Feb 18, 2017

1) This week's writing is being done on Saturday - I'll post my progress image here once it's done :-)

2) My InstaFreebie book links:

This is the InstaFreebie giveaway that I'm taking part in:

I'm using Pretty Link for my tracking links [My affiliate link]

I have added over 350 new subscribers into just two of my lists in the past 7 days:

New subscribers

Get InstaFreebie: [My affiliate link]

My promo page - don't share yet please :-)

InstaFreebie promo

3) The Alli Author Fringe (online) event:

Alliance of Independent Authors: [My affiliate link]

4) The Author School event on 13th March:

5) The Self-Publishing Conference in Leicester on Saturday 22nd April:

6) Iain Rob Wright, who I'm interviewing next week:

Feb 13, 2017

David Penny is the author of the Thomas Berrington Historical Mystery series set in Southern Spain during the final tumultuous years of Moorish rule.

Three books are currently available in that series with a fourth, The Incubus, being released in early 2017.

When not writing or conducting research trips in Andalusia, David is Technical Manager for ALLi – The Alliance of Independent Authors.

He is also part of the team that runs the Indie Author Fringe events three times a year.

David's website:

Follow David on Twitter:

David's Facebook page:

David's Amazon Author page:

David's Goodreads profile:

Talking points:

David's interview with The Alliance of Independent Authors:

David's case study on Joanna Penn's blog explaining his Facebook advertising strategy:

David's cover designer, Jessica Bell:

Damonza book covers:

See David's 1970's sci-fi books:

The Harrogate Crime Festival:

Amazon ACX for audiobooks:

Joanne Penn: [Recommended source of indie author guidance]


Mark Dawson's Facebook Advertising For Authors course: [I have paid for this course and found it extremely beneficial]

The Alliance of Independent Authors: [My affiliate link, highly recommended!]

Feb 11, 2017

1) This week's writing progress - I'm now 50% of the way through Dead of Night :-)

2) My InstaFreebie book links:

The Grid 1 on InstaFreebie:

The Secret Bunker 1 on InstaFreebie:

Get InstaFreebie: [My affiliate link]

A couple of things that I forgot to mention!

Author cross-promotion site (for InstaFreebie):

The Grid 1 listing (for InstaFreebie promos):

The Secret Bunker 1 listing (for InstaFreebie promos):

Mark Dawson's Facebook Genre Groups:

3) My Goodreads author page: [My affiliate link]

4) Quickbooks Self-Employed - recommended tool for UK self-employed authors:

5) Carlisle's Borderlines Book Festival:

6) My self-publishing training site:

7) Alliance of Independent Authors: [My affiliate link]

8) GoToWebinar - the best webinar tool:

Feb 6, 2017

Keith Dixon has been writing since he was thirteen years old in a number of different genres: thriller, espionage, science fiction, literary.

He’s the author of seven novels in the Sam Dyke Investigations series and two other non-crime works, as well as two collections of blog posts on the craft of writing.

His most recent book, the crime thriller Storey, was published in October 2016.

The first of his crime novels, Altered Life, is currently available in Portuguese and shortly in Spanish.

The second, The Private Lie, is now available in Italian and soon in Portuguese.

The book Actress is available in Chinese, Spanish and Italian. and was also number 1 in the Women’s Fiction free download section.

Feb 4, 2017

1) This week's writing progress - 5092 words written with a 21,076 total to date:

Dead of Night progress

This is the book that I'm writing:

Dead of Night

2) My rejection this week was from Moth books:

3) Instafreebie: [My affiliate link]

4) Zapier (used for moving leads from Mailchimp to GetResponse):

5) Mailchimp: [My affiliate link]

I use this for training purposes, it's great for beginners but as you build your list you'll probably want to progress to another tool.

GetResponse: [My affiliate link]

This is the email marketing service that I've used for several years.

6) ACX for audiobooks:

7) Vellum:

My article about using Vellum on a PC rather than a Mac:

8) Alliance of Independent Authors - highly recommended for all indie authors! [My affiliate link]

9) Another tax update sorted, with 0% retention in the USA:

Tax update

This Week’s Self-Publishing News

The Alliance of Independent Authors news update: