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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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Sep 12, 2016

Griselda Heppel was born in Vienna and grew up in England and Germany.

After reading English at Cambridge, Griselda worked in publishing before a move to Oxford with her husband to bring up their 4 children put her career on hold.

She took up writing seriously 10 years ago. Her first book, Ante's Inferno, won the Children's People's Book Prize, a Silver Wishing Shelf Award and was runner-up in Writing Magazine's Self-Publishing competition.

Griselda's latest book, The Tragickall History of Henry Fowst, is a dark tale of magic, mystery, demons and Faustian pacts as an Elizabethan diary comes to life.

Sep 10, 2016

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Sep 5, 2016

Maggie James is a British author who lives in Bristol and writes psychological suspense novels.

Before turning her hand to writing, Maggie worked mainly as an accountant, with a diversion into practising as a nutritional therapist.

She's best known for her thrillers, but also writes about non-fiction topics, in particular nutrition, but she has also written a book about writing, called Write Your Novel! From Getting Started to First Draft.

Recently she accepted a publishing deal with Amazon's Lake Union imprint, which will involve the republication of her first novel, His Kidnapper's Shoes.

In addition, Lake Union will publish Maggie's sixth fiction title, Burning Obsession, which is currently undergoing editing and revision.

Sep 3, 2016

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Aug 29, 2016

Peter O'Connor is the book cover designer who created all three covers for my Secret Bunker Trilogy.

Peter runs his business via the website bespokebookcovers.com alongside his wife, Caroline.

If you go to look at the website I don't think that I've ever seen such a compelling collection of audio testimonials praising Peter's work and support through the design process.

I've experienced it first hand, and indeed left Peter a testimonial myself, so I was very happy to get the opportunity to see what goes on behind the scenes when a new cover is created.

In this interview, Peter discusses the factors which help to create a fabulous book cover and advises on the things to do if you want to avoid some common mistakes with book covers.

Aug 29, 2016

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Aug 22, 2016

A quick pre-podcast warning about the content in this week's show.

We are going to be discussing the writing of erotic fiction, so we will be using several words of a sexual nature.

We'll also be making references to pornography and the depiction of sexual scenes.

There's nothing rude or offensive in there, it's a sensible discussion about the topic from an author's point of view.

However, if you are easily offended, please skip this episode and join us again next week if you think that this one might offend you.

Coming up then - a discussion about writing sex scenes in fiction and erotic fiction.

If you're happy to proceed, enjoy the show!

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Ashley Lister is a prolific writer of erotic fiction, having written more than two dozen full length erotic novels and over a hundred short stories.

Aside from regularly blogging about writing erotica, Ashley also teaches creative writing.

He has hosted a creative writing workshop at Eroticon, the annual conference for sex bloggers and erotica writers and presents a weekly internet radio show for poets on Fylde Coast Community Radio.

Ashley has written under several pseudonyms, he has co-written book and has appeared in numerous anthologies.

He is the author of the book How to Write Erotic Fiction and has just published his first horror novel, Raven and Skull.

Aug 22, 2016

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Aug 15, 2016

Molly Looby is the author of ZA and many other unpublished works that haven’t yet seen the light of day.

She self-published the Immorality of Immortality trilogy between 2011-2015 and that series is made up of Playing with Reality, Gambling a Fairytale, and Chancing the Truth.

Molly lives in Essex in the UK and spends almost all of her time hunkered down at the desk under her stairs which is currently sufficing as her study.

Her writing achievements include a stunning 315,000+ total NaNoWriMo word count, achieved over five years of taking part in the annual event.

She has also launched her own company, Molten Publishing, which is hybrid publisher – somewhere between indie and self-publishing- sand they specialise in YA fiction.

Aug 15, 2016

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Aug 8, 2016

Michael Robertson is a writer from the UK with several publications to his name, both online and in print.

He writes dystopian, sci-fi, and apocalyptic fiction, though predominantly science fiction with a darker edge to it.

Michael has written stories of all kinds since his late teens and finally started publishing in 2013 after having a short story accepted by HarperCollins.

He’s also had his first three books in the Alpha Plague series produced by Podium – who put together Andy Weir’s The Martian – and we all know how well that turned out!

He has an active presence online – you’ll find him on YouTube, Facebook, Twitter and on his own website – and he’s the most prolific writer that we’ve spoken to on the podcast to date.

Aug 8, 2016

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Aug 1, 2016

Janet Murray knows a thing or two about what makes a great media story – and what doesn’t!

She has 15 years’ experience writing and editing for national newspapers and magazines including the Guardian, Telegraph, Independent, Times, Sun and Daily Mail.

Janet now teaches people how to create incredible PR opportunities – with minimal time and resources.

I invited her onto the podcast because she’s just written and released her first ever book.

It’s non-fiction and called Your Press Release Is Breaking My Heart: A Totally Unconventional Guide To Selling Your Story In The Media.

Not only did Janet apply her own considerable skills to market the book, she also wrote it extremely fast, in just one month.

Aug 1, 2016

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Jul 25, 2016

It takes many writers years and years to finally set pen to paper.

Author David Robertson has possibly had a more rocky ride than most.

David is a former engineer who got his first book published after three shattering life events.

This is in spite of being told 10 years ago that he should get an agent for a sci-fi fantasy novel that he started in 2006.

David is a lover of dogs too, and he uses his interest as the inspiration for his writing.

Jul 25, 2016

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Jul 18, 2016

Having worked as a journalist, in a large international publishing company and at a prestigious literary agency, my guest on today’s show has accrued a lot of experience in the publishing industry.

However, Leila Dewji is now bringing all of that knowledge to the world of self-publishing, having set up the both Acorn Independent Press and I_AM Self-Publishing with her brother, Ali.

Acorn was launched in 2010 and offers a bespoke consultancy for self-publishing projects for authors, agents and media companies who have special/complicated projects.

Whereas I_AM self-Publishing was launched in 2015 offering good-value off-the-shelf self-publishing services and marketing tools to authors.

Jul 18, 2016

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Jul 11, 2016

Most people know Richard Madeley for his work with his wife, Judy Finnigan on TV and as part of The Richard & Judy Book Club.

He is also the best-selling author of four books.

He began his writing career with Fathers and Sons, then followed that up with Some Day I’ll Find You and The Way You Look Tonight.

His new book is called The Night Book, a thriller which is set in the Lake District in the long, hot summer of 1976.

I caught up with Richard for a conversation about writing whilst he was on his promotional book tour during July 2016.

Jul 11, 2016

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Jul 4, 2016

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

He joined Radio New Zealand as an announcer in 1978, then moved into television in the early 80s.

His early explorations of publishing were a companion guide to the New Zealand Road Code for new drivers and a co-authored guide to personal security.

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.

The book is an adapted compilation of blog posts written during that adventure and now, self-published through Matador.

Jul 4, 2016

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Jun 27, 2016

Tim Lewis (writing as Timothy Michael Lewis) is a self-published author from London in the UK.

He spent 18 years working as a computer programmer and IT manager in the world of financial IT.

After the death of his wife, following a long illness, Tim reassessed his life goals and decided that he wanted to write stories.

He writes in the science fiction and fantasy genres, and to date has produced three books in the Timeshop series and two books in the ‘Magpies & Magic’ series. Tim is also the host of the Begin Self-Publishing Podcast.

Jun 27, 2016

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Jun 20, 2016

Philippa Donovan is an editor who established her business – Smart Quill – in 2011.

Since then she has worked with around 300 authors and recommends to a stable of 50 literary agents based in the UK, Australia, and the US.

In 2014 she was named Publishing Rising Star and is Editorial Consultant for the Authors’ Club at Soho House West Hollywood.

Particularly exciting is Philippa’s recent move to LA will herald great opportunities for authors; connecting up selected manuscripts with literary agents, film and TV producers via an online platform, The Smart Quill Boutique.

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