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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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:

Angela's Amazon Author page:

Angela's Goodreads page:

Follow Angela on Facebook:

Angela's Twitter account:

Talking points:

Bookouture article announcing that Angela has sold over 2 million books:

The People's Friend:

Kindle Direct Publishing:

Bonnier Publishing:

Lorella Belli Literary Agency:

The Festival of Writing is hosted by Writers' Workshop:

Mar 25, 2017

1) I got my trilogy formatted at

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

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

Visiting speakers:

Tracy Bloom

Keith Houghton

Joseph Alexander

Darren Wearmouth

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

6) The Newcastle Writing Conference on Saturday 20th May

7) Bookbub book promotions

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

This project also has a charitable arm at 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:

The charitable arm of Avril's project:

Avril on the Waterstones website:

Connect with Avril on LinkedIn:

Avril's page on The Bell Lomax Moreton Agency website:

Avril's Amazon author page:

The Feel Brave books on Facebook:

The Feel Brave books on Instagram:

Avril's pins on Pinterest:

Talking points:

Tony Robbins' Morning Ritual:

PeoplePerHour outsourcing site: [My affiliate link]

BookBaby self-publishing:

Wix websites:

Crown House Publishing:


Avril's press page:

Avril's Kickstarter campaign:

Avril's social enterprise work:

Mar 18, 2017

1) The Crime & Publishment event that I attended last Friday

2) The ALLi Author Fringe is this Saturday - find out more about the event at

Link to my presentation page

3) My next InstaFreebie Crime/Thriller Giveaway eventcan be viewed here

4) The Amazon Academy event in Manchester is on Friday 31st March

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:

Merita on Facebook:

Follow Merita on Twitter:

Merita’s Goodreads page:

Merita’s Amazon Author page:

Merita’s Google+ page:

Merita on Authorgraph:

Talking points:

Blake’s Seven:’s_7

Mailchimp for email marketing: [Affiliate link]

InstaFreebie: [Affiliate link]

Hootsuite: [Affiliate link]

Merita’s article on EIN numbers and USA tax:

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:

Merita’s romance novel:

Arthur C. Clarke novel ‘Childhood’s End’:’s_End

Mar 11, 2017

1) Details of the Crime & Publishment event that I'm attending this week:

The ALLi Author Fringe is next Saturday!

Find out more about the event on Saturday 18th March:

2) My InstaFreebie Giveaway event - update.

My Giveaway page:

The leaderboard:

Promo images that I have made available to participants:

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

This is what the template would look like:

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

3) Mark Edwards on Amazon

Linwood Barclay on Amazon

Harlan Coben on Amazon

4) Vellum formatting software

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

Katja L. Kayne is the creator of The Novel Factory software

7) StartUp is on Amazon Prime, not Netflix (oops, sorry about that!) but it's well worth a look if you like thrillers

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:

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:

Follow Wendy on Twitter:

Connect with Wendy on LinkedIn:

Wendy's Facebook page:

Wendy's Hieroglyph website:

Wendy's WJ Scott website:

Wendy's YouTube channel:

Talking points:

WEA in Australia:


The Wishing Shelf Awards: (listen to my interview with the creator of The Wishing Shelf Awards, Edward Trayer, here:

Readers' Favorite Award:

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: [My affiliate link]

Mailchimp for email marketing: for audiobook creation and slaes:

Mar 4, 2017

1) ALLi Author Fringe promos have begun now.

Find out more about the event on Saturday 18th March:

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:

The leaderboard:

Promo images that I have made available to participants:

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

4) My new Amazon Author page for the thrillers:

5) Details of the Crime & Publishment event that I'm attending next week:

6) Frostbite Publishing which I'm trying out as a formatting service for my 3 x thrillers:

7) This week's writing progress:

Dead of Night 40k words

This Week’s Self-Publishing News

The Alliance of Independent Authors news update: