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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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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/

Sep 3, 2018

Peter Mortimer is a poet, playwright, journalist and publisher who has lived in the North East for more than forty years.

Many of his books and plays have been published and performed in the region.

Peter is used to writing about difficult places: against Foreign Office advice he wandered round Yemen; he set up a children's theatre group in a Palestinian refugee camp in Lebanon and, over one summer, walked the length of Britain with one dog and no money, dependent on the kindness of strangers to provide accommodation and food.

He is the founder and editor of IRON Press, the independent press which has championed new quality writing since 1973.

We met as part of the New Writing North digital project that I was involved with in May of this year and Peter is such an interesting character, i had to interview him for the podcast.

Find Out More:

1) Writing website: http://www.petermortimer.co.uk/

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

3) Twitter feed: https://twitter.com/Cloud9Theatre

4) Amazon author page: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Peter-Mortimer/e/B001K88XKA/

5) Goodreads page: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/328906.Peter_Mortimer

Interview Talking Points:

1) Praise from Melvyn Bragg: http://www.thejournal.co.uk/news/north-east-news/melvyn-bragg-pays-tribute-cullercoats-4392924<

2) Morden Tower: http://www.mordentower.org/https://cryptonewspodcast.com/episode-040-saturday-16th-june-2018/

3) Iron Press website: http://www.ironpress.co.uk/

4) Cloud Nine Theatre Company: http://www.cloudninetheatre.co.uk/

5) The Exchange Theatre: http://www.attheexchange.info/

6) New Writing North: http://newwritingnorth.com/

Aug 6, 2018

Debbie Young will be best known by many readers through her work for The Alliance of Independent Authors.

She writes warm, witty, feel-good contemporary fiction inspired by life in the English village where she lives.

The fifth in the series of her Sophie Sayers Village Mystery series will launch in September 2018.

Debbie also writes short stories, and has published three themed collections, “Marry in Haste”, “Quick Change”, and “Stocking Fillers”.

There is some non-fiction in her writing repertoire too.

Aug 4, 2018

Everything you need to know about my BookBub promo - the good, the bad, the ugly and the completely intriguing!

Show notes: https://self-publishing-journeys.com/podcast-diary-04-08-2018/

Jul 2, 2018

Wendy H. Jones lives in Scotland, and her police procedural series featuring Detective Inspector Shona McKenzie, is set in Dundee.

Wendy's love for adventure led to her joining the Royal Navy to undertake nurse training.

After six years in the Navy she joined the Army where she served as an Officer for a further 17 years.

This took her all over the world including Europe, the Middle East and the Far East.

As well as nursing Wendy also worked for many years in Academia and this led to publication in academic textbooks and journals.

Killer's Countdown is her first novel and was the first book in the Shona McKenzie Mystery series.

Jun 18, 2018

Barry Hutchison is a children's author, screenwriter, and director from Scotland.

He has now published 80 books ... and counting!

Many of these books were aimed at children or teenagers.

He's written for publishers such as Penguin Random House, Nosy Crow, Egmont, Stripes and Little, Brown.

He's written 30+ episodes of children’s comedy for CITV, and regularly contributes to comics like The Beano.

He's been invited to speak at schools and festivals all over the UK and beyond.

In 2016, he started publishing books for adults.

His main series is Space Team, a comedy sci-fi adventure space opera, and he's recently expanded the universe to include the Dan Deadman Space Detective series.

Find Out More:

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

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

3) Twitter feed: https://twitter.com/barryhutchison

4) Amazon author page: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Barry-Hutchison/e/B003C6RNSG

5) Goodreads page: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/15108092.Barry_J_Hutchison

Paul Teague & Barry Hutchison

Interview Talking Points:

1) Barry's Wikipedia page: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Barry_Hutchison

2) Barry's Scottish Book Trust page: http://www.scottishbooktrust.com/profile-author/36144

3) Barry's Nosy Crow page: https://nosycrow.com/contributors/barry-hutchison/

4) Barry's TES page: https://www.tes.com/news/barry-hutchison

5) Barry featured in The Bookseller: https://www.thebookseller.com/news/i-felt-interloper-sneaking-through-friends-house-478201

Jun 4, 2018

Miles Hudson was a secondary school physics teacher for more than 20 years and has been writing physics textbooks for more than 15 years.

He also invented - and now sells from his website - the Best Fit Line Ruler which he created for science and maths education.

By his own admission, text book writing is quite uninspiring work, so Miles also writes fiction to feed his creativity.

Hi first novel was a whodunit, The Cricketer's Corpse, but his latest story - 2089 - is much more of a real piece of literature and was crowdfunded via Unbound.

I met Miles through a digital project which was being run by New Writing North.

Find Out More:

1) Writing website [coming soon!]: https://mileshudson.co.uk

2) Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/miles.hudson.14

3) Amazon author page: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Miles-Hudson/e/B005FKP8UM

4) Goodreads page: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7242686.Miles_Hudson

5) LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/miles-hudson-3081a527/

Interview Talking Points:

1) Best Fit Line Ruler web page: http://my.bestfitlineruler.com/

2) Miles' Unbound page: https://unbound.com/books/2089/

3) The Cricketer's Corpse website: http://cricketerscorpse.com/wp/

4) New Writing North Digi Transform project: http://newwritingnorth.com/projects/digital-literature-programme/digi_transform-programme/

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