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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Feb 10, 2018

1) Friday's word count, hopefully another 5k to come on Saturday:Word count 35k

2) My 20Books Top 10:

- I found ‘my people’ ie people who are in the same zone as me

- I got great tips on writing & promotion

- I met fab writers and made brilliant connections

- Got pix & guests for podcast

- I felt part of something much bigger than me

- I found out that people listen to - like and value my podcast

- I had a great time

- I realised that these crazy successful authors are just regular people - like me and you - doing the work, day-in, day-out

- Met lots of pals in person ...  Tim Lewis, Meg Jolly, Alison Ingleby, Adam Nichols, Gurbir Singh, John Hindmarsh, Joanna Penn, Clare Sager, Dan Wilcox, Julie Cordiner, Jay Tinsiano, Jon Cronshaw, Clare Lydon, Euan Lawson as well as new pal Sam Livy who’s very involved in supporting 20Books ...  Mandy Marshall, Barry Hutchison, Debbie Young, Alison Morton (great conversation about swearing in books) Wendy Jones, Felicity Douglas and MANY MORE!

- It made me determined to keep on keeping on

[caption id="attachment_4662" align="aligncenter" width="600"]20BooksTo50k [L-R] Debbie Young, Wendy Jones and Felicity Douglas ... they're laughing because I just told them I want to be a best-selling author :-)[/caption]

3) Crime and Publishment:

4) Crime Fest:

5) Buck Books:

Bargain Booksy:

6) Sarah Hardy's blog:

Feb 5, 2018

Rhoda writes contemporary romances about smart women and the men who love them - but with no alpha males.

She believes that clever is the new sexy!

Her romantic comedies have been shortlisted for a number of awards, including the Romantic Novel of The Year.

Apart from writing books, Rhoda has been a microbiologist.

She is also a member of the UK Romantic Novelists' Association and the Society of Authors.

Find Out More:

1) Writing website:

2) Facebook page:

3) Twitter feed:

4) Amazon author page:

5) Goodreads page:

6) Choc Lit listings:

7) Romantic Novelist's Association:

8) BookBub:

9) InstaFreebie:

Interview Talking Points:

1) UK Romantic Novelists' Association:

2) Society of Authors:

3) Rhodobacter sphaeroides - the inspiration for Rhoda's author name:

4) Choc Lit:

5) Vellum:

6) BookBub:

7) InstaFreebie:

Feb 3, 2018

1) This week's word count:

Word count

2) Oh look, it's another Goodreads giveaway!

3) This is what my Kindle Nation Daily ad looked like:

4) My first promo ran from May 4th:

4th: $37.39
5th: $46.30
6th: $57.47
7th: $35.64
8th: $26.40
9th: $41.59

=  $244.79

Here are the numbers from last week’s promo ... I thought the numbers were worse, but they’re actually much better:
25th: $106.45
26th: $103.26
27th: $71.56
28th: $43.40
29th: $102.30
30th: $74.27

= $501.24

5) My new style email:

28% open rate

Subject line: Why I'm the world's worst email writer ...

12% open rate

Subject line: I've changed my ways and this is the result ...

6) Lori Puma article:

7) Staunch Book Prize

Jan 29, 2018

Carissa Andrews is a Minnesota-based genre bending author who writes a combination of science fiction, fantasy, and dystopia.

Her first novel, Pendomus, was the first of a three-part series and was published in 2013.

Four years later, Polarities (Book 2) of the Pendomus Chronicles was released and Revolutions (Book 3) was released at the end of 2017.

Carissa is also a freelance graphic designer, writer and content creator, social media manager, and marketing professional.

She writes consistently on topics of science, technology, art, writing, photography, graphic design, health, self improvement, and more.

Find Out More:

1) Writing website:

2) Facebook page:

3) Twitter feed:

4) Amazon author page:

5) Goodreads page:

6) LinkedIn:

7) InstaFreebie:

8) Carissa's Upwork page:

Jan 27, 2018

1) Here are the results from my final 'old-style' Goodreads Giveaway:

Amazon stats

2) Words written this week:

Word count

Word count

3)  The last-minute book promotion which I added to my list was from The Books Machine:

4) My book promo listing sites:


Kindle Nation Daily:

Many Books:

e-Book Soda:

Fussy Librarian:

Buck Books:

This Week’s Self-Publishing News

The Alliance of Independent Authors news update:

Jan 22, 2018

Tim Wakeling is an entrepreneur and marketer living in the middle of nowhere in rural Cumbria, my home county.

His 'day job' is running The Helpful Book Company, which publishes books and videos that help people learn how to use computers, tablets and the like.

He sells directly to the customer, so uses lots of email and direct mail to keep in touch and make sure people know what books he's bringing out.

I first heard about Tim via a previous podcast guest - Russell Holden - who piqued my interest in Tim's business model.

Find Out More:

1) Main website:

2) Facebook page:

3) Twitter feed:

4) Tim's Tech Inner Circle site:

5) Tim's personal; blog:

Interview Talking Points:

1) Saga Magazine:

2) The Oldie Magazine:

3) CGP educational books:

4) Listen to Russell Holden's podcast interview:

5) Commonsense Direct and Digital Marketing by Drayton Bird:

Jan 20, 2018

1) Goodreads Giveaway results:

The Grid

2)Writing progress

Word count

3) Authors XP = 693 new leads = $45 = 0.06 cents per lead ... about 400 new subscribers added

4)  Big promo next week ... Freebooksy, Fussy Librarian, My Book Cave, Kindle Nation Daily, eBook Soda, ManyBooks

5) AuthorsXP for book promotion - my affiliate link here

6) This Is Us - TV series on Amazon:

Jan 15, 2018

Carol Rivers' writing life began with short stories for women’s magazines, then novellas and eventually, sagas written for Simon & Schuster.

She writes East End of London sagas which are set between the two World Wars, with gritty issues and feisty heroines and quite a bit of mischief.

Carol's pen name is Parker Dee and her new series of self-published books are contemporary romances set in the tranquil British countryside, often with doctors and nurses as central characters, under the title under the title of Dishy Doc Series.

Carol is turning all her published hard copy work into eBook form and now pursuing an indie author career alongside her husband, Chris, as they enjoy the exciting venture of independent publishing with their new line of contemporary romances.

Find Out More:

1) Writing website:

2) Facebook page:

3) Twitter feed:

4) Amazon author page for Carol Rivers:

5) Amazon author page for Parker Dee:

Interview Talking Points:

1) Ashley Lister writes (among other things) erotic fiction.

Check out his interview here:

2) Mills & Boon:

3) Simon & Schuster:

4) Bloodhound Books:

5) Vellum software:

6) Pixelmaror Pro software:

7) BookBub promos:

8) Canva:

Jan 13, 2018

1) This week's writing progress:

Writing output

My work in progress:

Who To Trust

2) My interview with Tim Lewis on the Begin Self-Publishing podcast:

3) My award for being 59 out of 71 listed in the Top 100 self-publishing podcasts

4) This info graphic is amusing but also bang on the money!

5) This is a view of the My Book Cave listings criteria:

My Book Cave

This Week’s Self-Publishing News

Jan 8, 2018

Ron Vitale caught my attention on Twitter at the beginning of 2017 because of an excellent post that he made on his blog outlining in great detail his indie-author outgoings and income.

Few authors dare to share this information, but Ron broke it all down in great detail holding back nothing in the process.

When Ron got in touch with me to share the details of his latest book launch – revealing every detail of costs, what worked and what didn't – I couldn't resist catching up with him to find out how it had gone.

Unfortunately, the launch failed to ignite for Ron – but he walked away with some great learning points to fuel his future career as an indie author.

Find out more about Ron:

1) Ron's website:

2) Follow Ron on Facebook:

3) Follow Ron on Twitter:

4) Ron's Amazon Author page:

5) Ron's LinkedIn profile:

6) Follow Ron on Goodreads:

7) Ron's post on Digital Book World Indie 2017:

Talking points:

1) Ron's blog post outlining all the details of his book launch:

2) Business Musings: Writing to Market by Kristine Kathryn Rusch:

3) Brian Cohen's Best Page Forward service:

4) Jim Kukral's Happy Book Reviews service:

5) Book promo sites:

Robin Reads:



6) GenreCrave:

Jan 6, 2018

1) Pip Reid sent in this useful article called Bookbub Deconstraucted:

2) My Q1 goals:

Q4 goals

Q1 goals

3) I was a runner-up in the London Book Festival:

London Book Awards

4) Alliance of Independent Authors excellent guide to author competitions:

5) My book promo listing sites:


Kindle Nation Daily:

Many Books:

e-Book Soda:

Fussy Librarian:

Buck Books:

6) Stuart Bache book covers:

Jan 1, 2018

Michael Anderle is best known as the creator of The Kurtherian Gambit series and the wonderful 20BooksTo50k Facebook group.

He published his first book, Death Becomes Her on November 2nd, 2015 and earned $6.00.

He wrote and published two more books in November and generated Amazon royalties of $427 for the month.

Between December and January he published two more books then went on to generate Amazon royalties of over $10,000, using Facebook ads to get things going.

The rest is the stuff of legend - Michael now collabroates with multiple authors and earns them - and him - multiple thosands of dollars from book sales in the process.

Find Out More:

1) Writing website:

2) Facebook page:

3) Twitter feed:

4) Amazon author page:

Interview Talking Points:

1) An excellent episode of The Author Biz featuring Michael talking about his early writing:

2) 90 Days to $10k document provided by Michael for The Author Biz:

3) 20BooksLondon event:

4) 20BooksTo50k Facebook group:

Dec 30, 2017

1) My sci-fi book ‘Deleted’ has had a change of title!

It’s now called ‘Phase 6’ after the World Health Organisation’s 6-tier ranking for the stages of a pandemic ... Phase 6 is the worst  and means the world is in big trouble!

A new cover has been purchased from

2) £1000+ earned in December 2017 ... now well over £5500 earned since the BookBub promo, £4.5k+ earned between Oct 30th - Nov 30th.

3) My Q4 goals:

Q4 goals

4) My marketing targets:

Marketing targets

5) 20BooksTo50k podcast: [Waiting list only]

6) Owen Zupp's 'Top 5 Podcasts' post:

Dec 25, 2017

Patrick Sherriff worked in newspapers in the US, UK and Japan for 13 years.

He is currently working on his third Hana Walker novel in between writing and illustrating textbooks for non-native speakers of English.

Patrick lives in Japan with his wife and two daughters where

He has even produced an adult colouring book celebrating the triumph of Leicester City Football club in winning the English Premiership.

Patrick edited two anthologies about the Japan earthquake, tsunami and nuclear meltdown and has written a diary of a Japanese general election.

Find Out More:

1) Writing website:

2) Facebook page:

3) Twitter feed: Also see

4) Amazon author page:

5) Goodreads author page:

6) A ‘cut-and-paste' from Patrick's newsletter … there's lots of great links in here:

  1. I published a couple of books last month, though you'd be forgiven for not noticing. There's the micro-niche At the Dentist's: 100 English phrases for dental assistants, hygienists and patientsblog post here, and a little more inclusive textbook for first year Japanese junior high school learners of English, details here. I'm doing nothing more marketing-wise than just the odd blog post or YouTube video until the books have had all the kinks worked out of them through classroom use, and until I have a complete series to offer teachers.
  2. You want access to 213,000 Japanese woodblock prints for free, dontcha? It's here.
  3. I'm going to attend my first ever literary hoo-hah, the 2017 Japan Writers Conference from October 8th and 9th in Ikebukuro. Looks a bit heavy on trad publishing for my tastes (more about pleasing the gatekeepers than readers), but I'm hoping to bag an interview with the odd writer (they are all odd, ed.) Come along and say hi if you are in Tokyo.
  4. This podcast episode of Criminal, recommended by newsletter Gold Star Deputy Mark Williams, was a fantastic interview with the cantankerous septuagenerian NYT reviewer of crime fiction.
  5. Bored with Haruki Murakami? Discover real Japanese sureality with this great Peter Tasker article on Yasutaka Tsutsui.
  6. Here's me blathening on about self-publishing on YouTube, using my dentist book as an example of a, er, hole to fill in the market.
  7. Here's last month's interviewee, Kaori Shoji, writing about a tearjerker of a film adaptation of a Keigo Higashino novel.
  8. I was chuffed with this reader's review of my first Hana Walker novel, Half Life.
  9. I didn't get my ducks in a row this month to do an interview with an author, but you might get as much as I did from reading this WaPo article about children's author and illustrator Sandra Boynton. Between her interview and this one in The Atlantic with Celeste Ng on the value of Goodnight Moon, I'm ready to write and illustrate my first picture story books for really little kids. In amongst the other stuff on plate of course …Standalones
    Children of the Tsunami
    The Short GoodbyeHana Walker novels:
    Half Life
    Year of the Talking DogHana Walker short stories for EFL students:
    Hana Walker and the Dead Flowers
    Hana Walker and the Shogi Champion
    Hana Walker and the New President
    Hana Walker and the Lunchbox Thief
    EFL textbooks:
    Tower Talk Kinder 1
    Tower Talk Kinder 2
    Tower Talk Kinder 3
    Tower Talk Junior High 1
    Tower Talk Junior High 2100 English Phrases
    For Dental Assistants, Hygienists and PatientsMore details at

7) All about QuakeBook:

Dec 23, 2017

Welcome to Paul's Podcast Diary for Saturday 23rd December, 2017.

This diary charts my self-publishing journey – the ups the downs, the successes and the failures.

Everything goes into this diary, week-by-week, but you'll also find it a source of great tips, resources, tools, podcast recommendations and so on.

If I ever miss something out, or you'd like more information, just drop me an email at


This Week's Talking Points

1) 20BooksLondon – get on the waiting list now!

2) Begin Self Publishing podcast:

3) Ron Vitale's original interview for this podcast:

4) Caimh McDonnell who offered email marketing inspiration this week:

Dec 18, 2017

Dan Van Oss is a book cover designer and self-published author.

He started writing during college, where he also penned a weekly column in the school paper under the pseudonym “Fletcher Ford”.

Dan’s had pieces published on, won 2nd place in the Mona Schreiber Prize for Humorous Fiction and Nonfiction, was a semi-finalist in the writing contest.

He was also given an honorable mention in the Soul-Making Keats Literary Competition for Humor.

You can catch his weekly humor column, the “Dubious Knowledge Institute,” at

Find Out More:

1) Writing website:

2) Facebook page:

3) Twitter feed:

4) Amazon author page:

5) Dan featured on Book Reader Magazine:

6) Goodreads:

7) See Dan on CoverMint (book cover designs):

8) Dan's sweet romance website:

The romance structure book I mentioned called “Romancing the Story” by Gwen Hayes:

9) Here is the cover that Dan designed for me:

Interview Talking Points:

1) The romance structure book I mentioned called “Romancing the Story” by Gwen Hayes:

2) The “Stories To Go” project website:

3) Find out more about Dragon Dictation:

4) The Self Publishing Podcast:

5) Authors XP book promotion website: [My affiliate link]

6) Ryan Zee author promotion site:

Dec 16, 2017

1) Here are the numbers to accompany this week's diary - the headings at the top of the page are Earnings - Page Reads - Sales - Free Books:

Sales info

Monthly earnings info:

BookBub numbers

Sales in different territories:

By the end of the podcast recording, this is the number that greeted me :-)

2) Vellum - highly recommended for creating e-books and paperbacks:

One Fatal Error

Dec 11, 2017

James Blatch is a former BBC Defence Reporter and a former BBFC Film Examiner.

He's probably best-known in self-publishing circles as the co-host of the Self-Publishing Formula podcast.

As listeners will already know, James is writing his first book - called The Last Flight - a historical military thriller set in 1966.

James is fully immersed in military matters - he reported for the BBC on the UK military from, among other places, HMS Invincible, Kuwait and the Arctic Circle as well as covering the UK air offensive during the Kosovo Conflict in 1999.

Find Out More:

1) Writing website:

2) Facebook page:

3)  Twitter feed:

4) Goodreads author page:

5) James on LinkedIn:

Interview Talking Points:

1) James' film examiner page:

2) James' BBC page:

3) Stuart Bache book covers:

4) See the Vulcan Bomber:

5) Interview with Jenny Parrott, James' editor:

6) NaNoWriMo:

Dec 9, 2017

1) The final 8k words of Deleted have been written – we're now into edits:

Deleted word count

2) The final numbers from my recent Goodreads Giveaways:

3) One Fatal Error was published this week – hurrah! Remember that Kindle required your book 3 days before it's released, but they will keep nagging you:

4) 20BooksLondon – booking closes 20th December:

5) Check out Instafreebie at:

Check out BookFunnel at:

My Thriller Giveaway:

Thriller Giveaway

Dec 4, 2017

Rob Sinclair began writing in 2009 following a promise to his wife that he could pen a ‘can’t put down’ thriller.

He worked for nearly 13 years for a global accounting firm, specialising in forensic fraud investigations at both national and international levels.

Rob now writes full time and is the author of the bestselling Enemy series of espionage thrillers featuring embattled agent Carl Logan, with over 250,000 copies sold to date.

Rob's James Ryker series follows on from the Enemy books, with the first novel, The Red Cobra, being released in April 2017 and quickly becoming an Amazon bestseller in the UK, US and Canada.

The second book in the series, The Black Hornet was released in June 2017.

Find Out More:

1) Writing website:

2) Facebook page:

3)  Twitter feed:

4) Amazon author page:

5) Goodreads author page:

6) Bloodhound Books author page:

Dec 2, 2017

1) My forthcoming Thriller promo at InstaFreebie:

2) Goodreads is closing down the free UK book promos :-(


3) I edited my reviews rant out, but here's a review which may amuse you!

4) Authors XP - great list-building site: [That's my affiliate link!]

Nov 27, 2017

Dana Ridenour is a retired FBI agent and the author of two FBI undercover novels - with the third in the pipeline.

She spent most of her career as an FBI undercover operative infiltrating criminal organizations.

Dana's debut novel Behind The Mask was released in April 2016 and was named one of the best indie books of 2016 by Kirkus Reviews.

Her second novel, Beyond The Cabin, was released in August 2017 and, like her previous book, won the Hal Bernard Best Novel Award presented by the Southeastern Writers Association.

Find Out More:

1) Author website:

2) Facebook page:

3) Twitter feed:

4) Amazon Author page:

5) Goodreads Author page:

Interview Talking Points:

1) Huffington Post article:

2) Deeds Publishing:

3) Wishlist TV series lead - Elizabeth Olsen:

4) WiseInk:

Nov 25, 2017

) You can see this week's sci-fi/dystopian promo at

Instafreebie Giveaway

2) This week's writing progress - that's another book almost written!

Deleted writing progress

3) Jon Cronshaw's author diary: [Highly recommended!]

4) Authors XP, recommended promo site - check it out here [My affiliate link]

5) 20BooksTo50k London - book fast!

Nov 20, 2017

Margaret Skea grew up in Ulster at the height of the 'Troubles', but now lives with her husband in the Scottish Borders.

She was awarded the Beryl Bainbridge Award for Best First Time Author 2014 and Historical Fiction Winner in the Harper Collins / Alan Titchmarsh People's Novelist Competition for her debut novel Turn of the Tide.

The sequel - A House Divided - was longlisted for the Historical Novel Society New Novel Award in 2016.

Margaret is passionate about well-researched, authentic historical fiction and providing a 'you are there' experience for the reader.

Find Out More:

1) Author website:

2) Facebook page:

3) Twitter feed:

4) Amazon author page:

5) Goodreads Author page:

Interview Talking Points:

1) Plantation of Ulster:

2) Well of the Seven Heads:

3) Steven A. McKay's interview for this podcast:

4) Woman & Home:

5) Outlander TV series:

6) Vikings on Amazon Prime:

7) The Mainstreet Trading Company (book shop):

8) Historical novel society:

9) Nielson ISBNs:

10) Corazon Books:

11) Vellum formatting software:

Nov 18, 2017

1) My writing progress ... I managed to squeeze in a writing day before heading to Poland:

My word count

2) Look what happened to me this week :-) This means that I have now made sufficient sales to have to pay to use Book Report:


3) My Goodreads giveaways:

Dead of Night at

Mailchimp Unboxed at

4) Sarah Hardy's review:

5) My YouTube channel:


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