This week's round up of my own self-publishing news.
Children’s author Abiloa Bello, wrote her debut novel ‘Emily Knight I AM’ at the age of 12!
The book was independently published via Trafford Publishing and is the first book in a planned series, with book 2 in the pipeline.
Abiola is one of the few authors to self publish a book and then sign to a literary agent and she’ll be telling us all about that journey is our chat today.
She also co-founded The Author School with Helen Lewis.
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 first book – Every Shade of Blue – which is her debut, erotic fiction novel.
The novel has been published through Matador, the self-publishing imprint of The Troubador Publishing Group.
Sarah Taylor is the Group Marketing Manager at Troubador Publishing.
That means Sarah works with Matador, which is the company’s self-publishing imprint and The Book Guild, which is their mainstream and partnership publishing company.
Sarah is a great person to speak to on the podcast because she’s very involved with the company’s Self-Publishing Conference (this year’s is on Saturday 7th May) and their Self-Publishing Experience Days.
Nina Ratcliffe has written and self-published a children’s book called ‘Dublin and Friends’.
She has another children’s story in production and there is a further book on an equine theme pencilled in for later this year.
She has also has the book ‘A New Home’ available on Amazon in Kindle format.
Nina has used some excellent marketing techniques to sell her print books to a local audience as well as some innovative Facebook strategies to build her audience.
Helen Lewis set up Literally PR which specialises in ‘creative, innovative and cost-effective PR solutions’ for authors.
Not only is she a public relations expert, Helen also runs The Author School, a training initiative for all authors to get them ‘from manuscript to book launch’.
One of the first disappointments that newly self-published authors experience is in finally publishing their book, then finding that nobody buys it.
There’s often a feeling that the biggest hurdle is in writing and publishing a book – but the real work begins after that, when it’s time to start making some sales.
That’s where Helen comes in!
Michael Holley describes himself on his blog as an indie author – a publishing consultant – a blogger and a speaker. He writes and self-publishes fiction and non-fiction titles.
Publishing as ‘Michael J Holley’, his books include The Dead Man’s Curse, The Beginner’s Guide to Self-Publishing A Book on Amazon Kindle, iBooks & Kobo, The Great Corporate Escape and Cast in the Summer of Love.
Meg Cowley has self-published a number of books including two young-adult ‘sword and sorcery’ novels and two illustrated children’s books.
She’s an artist too, and has recently experienced breakthrough success with her range of adult colouring books.
Meg is immersed in all aspects of self-publishing, including cover design, illustration, writing and layout.
Annie Weir’s debut, self-published novel is the psychological page turner ‘Judith Wants To Be Your Friend’.
The inspiration for the story came during a workshop taken as part of Annie’s MA, and after some time sitting on her computer hard drive, Annie decided the get the book published through Matador, the self-publishing imprint of The Troubador Publishing Group.
Annie is also the owner and manager of her own training company – IVITA Learning – so she’s also managed to balance her writing with a day-job.
Ruth has written and published the ‘Between The Mountains And The Sea’ trilogy of historical novels.
Most recently she published her first crime thriller – Cruel Tide – which was released at the end of 2015.
Ruth wrote her first novel after she was 60 and gave up on trying to find a publisher for her work – opting to go it alone and publish her books to a commercial standard
In this preview episode of Self Publishing Journeys, show host Paul Teague gives a brief introduction about what to expect in the weeks ahead.
The podcast launches with an initial five episodes, packed with great guests who have many tips to share.
Paul will outline his own self-publishing journey to date and give a demonstration of the format of the show.