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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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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!

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