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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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Jul 24, 2017

Steven A. McKay's first book, "Wolf's Head", came out in 2013 and was an Amazon UK top 20 bestseller.

It has an incredible 389+ reviews on Amazon.co.uk ... if you've ever tried to get reviews, that's an astonishing number.

"Blood of the Wolf" is the fourth and final book in the Forest Lord series which has over 95,000 sales so far.

As a historical fiction author, Steven is currently working on a brand new tale - tentatively titled "The Druid" set in post-Roman Britain.

Find Out More:

1) Steven's website: https://stevenamckay.com/

2) Follow Steven on Twitter: https://twitter.com/SA_McKay

3) Follow Steven on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/steven.mckay.355

4) Steven's Goodreads page: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7161617.Steven_A_McKay

5) Steven's Amazon Author page: https://www.amazon.com/Steven-A.-McKay/e/B00DS0TRH6/

Interview Talking Points:

1) How I sold 90,000* ebooks - blog post: https://stevenamckay.com/2016/07/11/how-i-sold-90000-ebooks-some-tips/

2) Amazon Academy event write-up: https://stevenamckay.com/2017/05/26/amazon-academy-kdp-event-eicc/

3) Gordon Doherty: http://www.gordondoherty.co.uk/

4) Simon Turney: http://www.sjaturney.co.uk/

5) Ben Kane: http://www.benkane.net/

6) FreeBooksy: https://www.freebooksy.com/

7) BookLemur: https://www.booklemur.com/

8) InstaFreebie: https://self-publishing-journeys.com/IF [My affiliate link]

9) BookBub: https://partners.bookbub.com/

10) BookTracker: https://book-tracker.com/

11) Book Report: https://www.getbookreport.com/

12) Amazon ACX: http://www.acx.com/

13) AudioBookBoom: https://audiobookboom.com/

Jul 22, 2017

1) This week's writing progress:

10 k writing progress

One Fatal Error 15k words

2) 20BooksTo50k in London: http://20bookslondon.com/

I originally booked through Booking.com so I could cancel my rooms if I needed to (which I did!) [My referral link btw]

Eventually I booked my room at the Travelodge in Egham which is just a short walk up the High Street to the venue and considerably cheaper: https://www.travelodge.co.uk/hotels/588/Egham-hotel

3) MailerLite - my current, preferred email marketing service: https://self-publishing-journeys.com/ML [My affiliate link]

4) Thrive Themes - great plugins for use with Wordpress websites: https://self-publishing-journeys.com/Thrive [My affiliate link]

5) Authors XP promotion website - well worth a try: https://self-publishing-journeys.com/Promos  [My affiliate link]

6) InstaFreebie: https://self-publishing-journeys.com/IF [My affiliate link]

Jul 17, 2017

Alison Ingleby is a freelance writer who provides blogging and copywriting services to businesses all over the world who are connected to travel or the great outdoors.

Alison is planning to use this freelance business business to bootstrap her self-publishing efforts.

She has just written her first book, which will form part of a dystopian trilogy.

I asked Alison to join me on the podcast because I'm keen to capture the experiences and progress of a brand new indie author.

Essential links

1) Alison's website: https://alisoningleby.com/

2) Alison's Windswept Writing website: http://www.windsweptwriting.com/

3) Follow Alison on Twitter: https://twitter.com/ARIngleby

4) Alison's Windswept Writing Twitter account: https://twitter.com/windsweptwords

5) Connect with Alison on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/alison-ingleby-b74ba226/

Talking Points

1) NaNoWriMo http://nanowrimo.org/ [Recommended for brand new and existing writers]

2) Scrivener: https://paulteague.com/scrivener [My affiliate link]

3) Jon Cronshaw, another new author who I'm following on this podcast: https://joncronshaw.com/

4) The Creative Penn podcast: https://www.thecreativepenn.com/

5) 20BooksTo50k Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/781495321956934/ [Highly recommended!]

6) Microsoft OneNote: https://www.onenote.com/

7) Mark Dawson: https://www.facebook.com/markdawsonauthor/

8) The Wishing Shelf Awards: http://www.thewsa.co.uk/

9) Wattpad: https://www.wattpad.com/

10) Tablo: https://tablo.io/

11) Upwork: https://www.upwork.com/

12) Quickbooks self-employed: https://www.quickbooks.co.uk/oa/accounting-software/self-employed/

13) Wordpress Avada theme: https://avada.theme-fusion.com/

14) How To Build A Pro Author Website With Wordpress: http://selfpublishingadvice.org/how-to-set-up-a-pro-author-website-in-an-hour-using-wordpress-paul-teague/

15) Alliance of Independent Authors: https://paulteague.com/alli [My affiliate link]

16) Hemingway Wordpress theme: https://en-gb.wordpress.org/themes/hemingway/

17) Thrive Themes for Wordpress: https://paulteague.com/Thrive [My affiliate link]

18) Optimizepress: https://paulteague.com/optimize [My affiliate link]

Jul 15, 2017

1) This week's writing progress - 5036 words written on Friday and I'll write another 5k on Saturday:

Writing progress week 1

2) This is the location of my new thriller - I needed somewhere that a millionaire might own in the UK, but somewhere claustrophobic too: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/travel/travel_news/article-3072342/What-s-REALLY-like-stay-night-Victorian-fort-middle-sea.html

My book will feature a fictional version of one of these forts.

3) I got the cover for my email marketing book this week, the old design is shown below - I'm still not sure!

Email Marketing book

4) Training Your Dragon course: http://training-your-dragon.teachable.com/

The courses go live on July 17, 2017 – be one of the first to sign up now and receive a massive $100 discount. This offer will not be repeated and pricing will revert to $297 at course launch.

5) Get your website mobile friendly and get an SSL certificate on your site ASAP ... SiteGround gives this to you free, head for https://paulteague.com/SG [My affiliate link]

6) Once again, my latest novel was plotted out in The Novel Factory, which remains my preferred software for this purpose.

It allows me to outline plot structure, characters and locations and save web links and research notes: https://www.novel-software.com/

7) I'm taking part in this list-building activity for The Grid 1 this week - more info at https://self-publishing-journeys.com/Promos [My affiliate link]

Sci-Fi Giveaway

 

This Week’s Self-Publishing News

The Alliance of Independent Authors news update: https://selfpublishingadvice.org/self-publishing-news-audio-still-leading-the-way/

Jul 10, 2017

 

Noelle Holten is a professional book reviewer with many years experience as a Senior Probation Officer.

She's just joined Bookouture as Publicity and Social Media Manager and recently completed her first crime novel.

Noelle has reviewed for Caffeine Nights Publishing Crime Club and Carina Crime Club and has even been fortunate enough to be put on a few publishers' reviewing lists.

Never one to catch a breath, Noelle runs the award-winning CrimeBookJunkie blog.

1)  Noelle's crime book review website: https://crimebookjunkie.co.uk/

2) Follow Noelle on Twitter: https://twitter.com/nholten40

3) Interview with Noelle: Noelle Holten – Blogger in the Spotlight: https://portobellobookblog.com/2015/11/20/noelle-holton-blogger-in-the-spotlight/

4) Interview with Noelle: Getting To Know…Noelle Holten: http://lifeofanerdishmum.blogspot.co.uk/2016/08/getting-to-knownoelle-holten.html

5) Interview with Crime Book Junkie, Noelle Holten: http://marktilbury.com/interview-with-crime-book-junkie-noelle-holten/

Talking points

1) Crime & Publishment event: http://www.crimeandpublishment.co.uk/ [Recommended!]

2) Bookouture: http://www.bookouture.com/

3) Best Crime Books & More website from  http://www.bestcrimebooksandmore.co.uk/

4) I Love Reading: http://ilovereading1.weebly.com/

5) Graham Smith: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Graham-Smith/e/B006FTIBBU/

[You can listen to Graham's podcast interview at https://self-publishing-journeys.com/episode-60-graham-smith/]

6) Caffeine Nights: http://www.caffeinenights.com/

7) Britain's Next Bestseller: http://www.bnbsbooks.co.uk/

8) Sarah Hardy's By The Letter Book Reviews https://bytheletterbookreviews.com/

Jul 8, 2017

1) Scotland's Secret Bunker in Fife: http://www.secretbunker.co.uk/

2) I have booked my ticket for Feb 3-4, 2018 Runnymede-on-Thames 20BookLondon.

I booked via Booking.com for free cancellation up to 1st Feb [My referral link] and this is the location.

This is the event website: http://20bookslondon.com/

The 20BooksTo50k Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/781495321956934/ [Highly recommended!]

3) The Glasgow Gathering, online marketers' event: http://glasgowgathering.com/details/

4) John Hindmarsh's podcast interview: https://self-publishing-journeys.com/episode-70-john-hindmarsh/

Jul 3, 2017

John Hindmarsh writes thrillers and science fiction – sometimes with a crossover between the two.

He is originally from Australia, he's spent time in England and now lives in California where he writes full time.

Raised as a farmer, John studied for and qualified as a Certified Public Accountant, then transitioned into an IT consultant.

He has self-published several novels, writes short stories and is a serious photographer.

Find out more

John's website: http://johnhindmarsh.com/

John's Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/JohnHindmarshAuthor/

John's Amazon Author page: https://www.amazon.co.uk/John-Hindmarsh/e/B005309ASK

John's Goodreads author page: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7337086.John_Hindmarsh

Talking Points

John's Broken Glass cover art: http://mjb-graphics.co.uk/broken-glass/

Thrilling Reads interview with John Hindmarsh: http://get.thrillingreads.com/mtta-42-john-hindmarsh/

Bookbub: https://www.bookbub.com/partners

InstaFreebie: https://self-publishing-journeys.com/IF [My affiliate link]

Vellum formatting software: https://vellum.pub/ [Recommended!]

 

Jul 1, 2017

1) My Q3 (July-Sept) goals (personal financial goals hidden as are family visits):

https://self-publishing-journeys.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/q3-goals-819x1024.jpg

2) Sell More Books Show: http://sellmorebooksshow.com/

3) MailerLite is my current recommended writing tool: https://self-publishing-journeys.com/ML

4) My courses on Teachable:

How To Use Vellum On A PC: http://self-publishing-academy.teachable.com/p/how-to-use-vellum-on-a-pc/

Self-Publishing Academy: http://self-publishing-academy.teachable.com/p/self-publishing-academy/

5) 20BooksTo50k Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/781495321956934/ [Highly recoemmended!]

6) Burden of Gult on pre-release: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Burden-Guilt-Paul-J-Teague-ebook/dp/B071XJKZMM/

7) Caledonian Sleeper: https://www.sleeper.scot/

8) WebinarJam: https://www.webinarjam.com/

9) BookFunnel: https://bookfunnel.com/

10) InstaFreebie: https://self-publishing-journeys.com/IF [My affiliate link] 

 

Jun 26, 2017

Rachel Abbott spent most of her working life as the Managing Director of an interactive media company.

After her company was sold in 2000, it took until November 2011 for Rachel to launch her first novel Only the Innocent.

The book was self-published in the UK through the Kindle Direct Publishing programme on Amazon, and reached the number 1 spot in the Kindle store just over three months later.

In August 2015, Amazon confirmed that Rachel is the UK's bestselling independent author over the last five years.

She is also listed at number 14 in the list of bestselling authors – both traditionally and independently published – over the same five year period.

Rachel now splits her time between homes in Italy and Alderney, where she writes full time and has just published her sixth novel, The Sixth Window.

Episode 69, release date Monday 26th June, 2017

1) Rachel's website: http://www.rachel-abbott.com/

2) Rachel's Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/RachelAbbott1Writer/

3) Follow Rachel on Twitter: https://twitter.com/RachelAbbott

4) Rachel's YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/c/RachelAbbott

5) Follow Rachel on Pinterest: https://uk.pinterest.com/rachelabbott1/

6) Rachel's Amazon author page: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Rachel-Abbott/e/B0068FBVCW/

7) Rachel's Goodreads author page: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5349971.Rachel_Abbott

Talking Points

1) Rachel uses Scrivener for writing her books: https://www.literatureandlatte.com/scrivener.php

2) Rachel plots her books with Scrapple: https://www.literatureandlatte.com/scapple.php

3) Createspace: https://www.createspace.com/

4) Ingram Spark: http://www.ingramspark.com/

5) New Writing North (which hosted Rachel's talk in Newcastle): http://newwritingnorth.com/

6) The AIDA marketing model: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/AIDA_(marketing)

7) The Writer's Workshop: http://www.writersworkshop.co.uk/

Jun 24, 2017

The Essential Weekly Podcast For New And Aspiring Indie Authors Paul's Podcast Diary Feature

1) My planning board for Quarter 2 (April – June):

My Q2 planning board

2) The Facebook page for this podcast: https://www.facebook.com/SelfPublishingJourneys/

3) My Patreon page: https://www.patreon.com/PaulTeague

4) Self-Publishing Academy on Teachable: http://self-publishing-academy.teachable.com/p/self-publishing-academy/

5) How To Use Vellum On A PC on Teachable: http://self-publishing-academy.teachable.com/p/how-to-use-vellum-on-a-pc/

 

Jun 19, 2017

Jackson Dean Chase is a Pacific Northwest author and poet who specializes in “Bold Visions of Dark Places.”

Jackson loves science fiction, fantasy, and horror, but it wasn’t until he combined them with pulp thrillers and noir that he felt that he'd really found his voice as an author.

He aims to leave his fiction readers breathless but ALSO writes non-fiction 'how-to' books for authors giving useful advice on specific elements of writing technique.

As an author with over 30 books to his name, Jackson has tried a lot of different strategies on the path to his indie author breakthrough.

Episode 64, release date Monday 22nd May, 2017

1) Jackson's author website: http://www.jacksondeanchase.com/

2) Jackson's Goodreads profile: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/13450002.Jackson_Dean_Chase

3) Jackson's Amazon Author page: https://www.amazon.com/Jackson-Dean-Chase/e/B00T4BOAGQ

5) Follow Jackson on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/jacksondeanchaseauthor/

6) Follow Jackson on Twitter: https://twitter.com/jackson_d_chase

Talking Points

1) The YAAA Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/YAauthoralliance/

2) Jackson's Tumblr account: http://jacksondeanchase.tumblr.com/

3) Jackson's Wattpad account: https://www.wattpad.com/story/17951564-forever-dark-book-1-of-the-forever-dark-series

4) Book Report for viewing your Amazon sales: https://www.getbookreport.com/

5) InstaFreebie for growing your author mailing list: https://self-publishing-journeys.com/IF [My affiliate link]

6) Mailchimp, email marketing software: https://mailchimp.com/

7) ConvertKit, email marketing software: https://convertkit.com/

8) 20BooksTo50k Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/781495321956934/

Jun 17, 2017

The Essential Weekly Podcast For New And Aspiring Indie Authors Paul's Podcast Diary Feature

1) ManyBooks promo site ... over 350 downloads for $29: http://manybooks.net/promote

2) Self-Publishing Academy on Teachable: http://self-publishing-academy.teachable.com/p/self-publishing-academy

How To Use Vellum On A PC on Teachable: http://self-publishing-academy.teachable.com/p/how-to-use-vellum-on-a-pc

3) Leave a podcast review on iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/self-publishing-journeys/id1086207483

4) The Society of Authors: http://www.societyofauthors.org/

Jun 12, 2017

Ruth Sutton's first novel ‘A Good Liar’ was published in 2012 and two further books that formed the Jessie Whelan trilogy followed in successive years – Forgiven (2013) and ‘Fallout’ (2014)

In 2015 Ruth turned her hand to crime fiction in ‘Cruel Tide’, which was shortlisted for the Lakeland Book of the Year.

The sequel ‘Fatal Reckoning’ came out in 2016.

As a self-published author, Ruth is constantly trying new things – she's just launched a crowd-funding campaign, recently recorded her own audiobook and has signed two books with Fahrenheit Press which is marketing her writing to a much broader audience.

Find Out More:

Website: https://www.ruthsutton.co.uk/

Amazon Author Page: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Ruth-Sutton/e/B001JS1A60

Blog: https://ruthwords.wordpress.com/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/ruthsutton

Interview Talking Points:

1) Fahrenheit Press books: http://www.fahrenheit-press.com/

2) Unbound Publishing: https://unbound.com/

Ruth's crowd-funding page: https://unbound.com/books/burning-secret

Ruth's blog post on her crowd-funding experiences: https://ruthwords.wordpress.com/2017/05/07/almost-there/

3) The Music Farm studio at Egremont: http://www.themusicfarm.co.uk/index.htm

Ruth's blog post on her audiobook recording: https://ruthwords.wordpress.com/2017/04/13/recording-an-audio-book-lessons-learned/

4) Ruth's blog post on writing explicit sex scenes in her books: https://ruthwords.wordpress.com/2016/12/29/explicit-sex-in-the-novel-too-much-information/

5) Ruth's blog post on using an agent: https://ruthwords.wordpress.com/2017/03/04/im-asking-again-do-i-need-an-agent/

Jun 10, 2017

1) Last week's writing progress - this is Saturday and Sunday's writing:

2) Mailchimp 1st automated email 'how-to' video: https://youtu.be/4NXjlTfiYuI

3) My meagre Google Play sales:

Google Play

4) What Makes a $100k Author: 8 Findings Every Author Should Know

Blog post: https://www.writtenwordmedia.com/2017/06/07/100k-author/

ALLi video presentation: http://selfpublishingadvice.org/indie-author-fringe-june-2017-agenda/

5) My Instafreebie Leads Explosion presentation: http://selfpublishingadvice.org/instafreebie-explosion-how-to-add-thousands-of-targeted-readers-to-your-email-list-paul-teague/

Jun 5, 2017

Before writing books, Sarah Painter worked as a freelance magazine journalist, blogger and editor.

Sarah writes contemporary fiction with a touch of magic and her debut novel, The Language of Spells, became a Kindle bestseller.

She presents the Worried Writer podcast, has just self-published her first non-fiction book – Stop Worrying; Start Writing – and recently signed a new book deal with Lake Union.

In spite of all of those achievements, Sarah is a self-proclaimed worrier and procrastinator.

Find out more:

1) Sarah's Amazon author page: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Sarah-Painter/e/B00CWYQ25E/

2) Sarah's Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/sarahpainterbooks/

3) Sarah's blog site: http://www.sarah-painter.com/

4) Sarah's podcast – HIGHLY recommended! http://www.worriedwriter.com/podcasts/

5) My Journey to Publication by Sarah Pianter http://www.carinauk.com/my-journey-to-publication-by-sarah-painter

6) Sarah's Goodreads author page: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7093560.Sarah_Painter

Talking Points:

1) Sarah's InstaFreebie page: https://www.instafreebie.com/author/SarahPainter

2) Sarah referred to a TED talk by Brené Brown called The power of vulnerability.

You can see the video at: https://www.ted.com/talks/brene_brown_on_vulnerability

Sarah also referred to Elizabeth Gilbert who wrote Big Magic: https://www.elizabethgilbert.com/

3) Digital book publisher Carina: http://www.carinauk.com/

4) Sarah now published with Lake Union, an Amazon Imprint: https://www.amazon.com/gp/feature.html?ie=UTF8&docId=1003018741

5) This is the link for the laptop stand that Sarah was describing – it's not the exact model, but this is very similar:
https://uk.backpainhelp.com/posture-stand.html

6) Fancy a garden office? This is where Sarah writes: http://www.boothsgardenstudios.co.uk/

7) Amazon ACX for audiobooks: http://www.acx.com/

8) Rocking Self-Publishing podcast: http://rockingselfpublishing.com/

9) Audiobookboom for audiobook promotion: https://audiobookboom.com/

10) Inspired Cover Designs: http://inspiredcoverdesigns.com/

11) Mark Dawson's courses (recommended): https://selfpublishingformula.com/courses/

Jun 3, 2017

1) This week's writing progress – 5161 words on Friday, another 5k to come on Saturday:

Burden of Guilt word count

2) I forgot to mention that Don't Tell Meg had been longlisted for the Retreat West First Chapter Competition – more info at http://www.retreatwest.co.uk/

3) The ALLi Author Fringe event running all day on June 3rd: http://selfpublishingadvice.org/indie-author-fringe-newcomers-read-this-first/

4) My How To Use Vellum On A PC …

My original blog post: https://paulteague.com/how-to-use-vellum-on-a-pc/

My Teachable course: http://self-publishing-academy.teachable.com/p/how-to-use-vellum-on-a-pc/

View the course as it's sold on Clickbank: https://use-vellum-on-a-pc.com/ [At the time of publishing, still needs work!]

5) My WordPress Unboxed book on Amazon: https://books2read.com/WP

6) I've just moved over to MailerLite for email marketing: https://self-publishing-journeys.com/ML

7) Here's my affiliate link for InstaFreebie – this is a great way to build a mailing list! https://self-publishing-journeys.com/IF

8) My book numbers from the past month – firstly income from my new crime books:

My overall sales and numbers:

This Week’s Self-Publishing News

The Alliance of Independent Authors news update: http://selfpublishingadvice.org/self-publishing-news-indie-breaktrough/

May 29, 2017

Robert Scott-Norton writes high-octane sci-fi thrillers and is the creator of The Tombs Legacy, a universe of fiction.

A lifelong fan of Stephen King and Doctor Who, it was perhaps inevitable that his work would sit somewhere between horror and sci-fi.

Robert’s books all take place in this same story universe – The Tombs Legacy.

His debut sci-fi novel, The Face Stealer, is the first book in a series and sets up this fictional universe.

A second series, set in the future, looks at Southport one hundred years from now as repercussions from The Face Stealer start to be felt.

Find out more:

Robert's books on Amazon https://www.amazon.co.uk/Robert-Scott-Norton/e/B00GGH0GUU

Follow Robert on Goodreads https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7210319.Robert_Scott_Norton

Follow Robert on Twitter https://twitter.com/robscottnorton

Robert's LinkedIn page https://www.linkedin.com/in/robertscottnorton/

Robert's InstaFreebie author page https://www.instafreebie.com/discover/author/3813/robert_scottnorton

Talking points:

1) Terrance Dicks, Dr Who writer https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Terrance_Dicks

2) NaNoWriMo (highly recommended!) http://nanowrimo.org/

3) Killing the Sacred Cows of Publishing by Dean Wesley Smith http://www.deanwesleysmith.com/killing-the-sacred-cows-of-publishing/

4) The Creative Penn podcast (highly recommended!) http://www.thecreativepenn.com/

5) Smashwords https://www.smashwords.com/

The Smashwords style guide https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/52

6) Draft2Digital https://www.draft2digital.com/

Books2Read booking linking service https://books2read.com/

7) Scrivener https://paulteague.com/scrivener [My affiliate link]

8) Chris Fox's 5000 Words Per Hour here [Affiliate link]

9) A Week in The Life of an Indie Author http://robertscottnorton.net/writing/a-week-in-the-life-of-an-indie-author/

10) Time management techniques:

David Allen's Getting Things Done http://gettingthingsdone.com/

Zen Habits https://zenhabits.net/

11) Nick Stephenson's Reader Magnets http://amzn.to/2oVHkTq [Affiliate link]

12) Email marketing services:

Mailchimp https://mailchimp.com/ (I don't really like this!)

MailerLite https://paulteague.com/mailerlite  (I'm moving to this service, this is my affiliate link)

13) InstaFreebie

InstaFreebie https://self-publishing-journeys.com/IF [My affiliate link]

Use Zapier to automate the InstaFreebie process https://zapier.com/

14) Book cover websites:

http://www.nessgraphica.com/

https://bookcoverpedia.com/

http://goonwrite.com/

May 27, 2017

1) This week's writing progress:

Burden of Guilt word count

2) Appearing at Amazon Academy in Edinburgh, representing The Alliance of Independent Authors:

Amazon Academy

3) I did a bit of author research this week! One of the characters in my Don't Tell Meg trilogy is a clairvoyant, Steven Terry.

He's only a minor character, but I like writing him, so I wanted to dig a little deeper!

 

Stephen Holbrook

4) I'm hoping to hit two targets by May 31st.

My first target was to achieve 100k page reads this month - this target has been hit:

Page reads

I am also hoping to break $1000 in book earnings this month - and become a 4-figure author at long last.

Finally, I'm hoping to hit my highest number of podcast downloads in one month by the end of May - I'd like to hit the 3000 downloads mark if I can.

5) My guest blog post for Ingram Spark: http://www.ingramspark.com/blog/email-marketing-for-authors

6) My first author booking for March 2018 is for the Crime & Publishment event: https://www.facebook.com/CrimePublishment/

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

May 22, 2017

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

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.

He has just recorded it in audio format, but he did all of the voice work himself.

That seemed like a great opportunity to catch up with Mike and find out about the good, the bad and the ugly of recording your own audiobooks.

Mike Bodnar in the studio

Talking points:

Check out Mike's audiobook on Scribl (cheapest price) https://scribl.com/books/E8G1A/against-the-current

Blog post 1: http://www.againstthecurrent.uk/single-post/2016/11/22/Books-Aloud

Blog post 2: http://www.againstthecurrent.uk/single-post/2017/01/27/My-Woof-was-Very-Upset

List your audiobook on Amazon ACX http://www.acx.com/

List your audiobook on Author's Republic https://www.authorsrepublic.com/

List your audiobook on Scribl https://www.scribl.com/

Auphonic https://auphonic.com/

Promote your audiobook via AudioBookBoom: https://audiobookboom.com/

ACX bounty program https://www.acx.com/help/50-bounty-program/201556680

May 20, 2017

1) This week's writing progress - this was Saturday's effort:

Burden of Guilt word count

This was Friday's tally:

Dead of Night at 30k words

2) Having spent the previous weekend pulling out all the stops to get Don't Tell Meg to number 1 in the UK, Dead of Night just got there of its own accord with zero promos from me - I was just using up my remaining promo days :-)

 

Dead of Night

3) I recorded my Instafreebie Leads Explosion video for the next ALLi Author Fringe event which is taking place on Saturday 3rd June: http://selfpublishingadvice.org/will-you-help-us-spread-the-word-about-indieauthorfringe/

4) My Facebook non-fiction book, newly republished! https://books2read.com/FB

5) The membership criteria for the Society of Authors: http://www.societyofauthors.org/Join/Eligibility

6) Mark Dawson's interview in The Guardian: https://www.theguardian.com/books/2017/may/15/self-published-authors-hollywood-andy-weir-the-martian-el-james (Read the comments!)

7) This was the Instafreebie blog promo that they ran this week: http://blog.instafreebie.com/see-it-first-paul-teague-kellie-mcallen-nj-lindquist/

These were the leads that I'd added when I took my Friday afternoon screenshot:

Mailchimp stats

9) Reminder! Amazon Academy event in Edinburgh on 23rd May http://selfpublishingadvice.org/amazon-academy/

10) Reminder! ALLi Indie Author Fringe event on June 3rd http://selfpublishingadvice.org/6-weeks-until-bookexpo-indie-author-fringe-2017-are-you-ready-to-sell-more-books/

May 15, 2017

Justin Sloan is a video game writer, novelist, and screenwriter.

He studied writing at the Johns Hopkins University 'MA in Writing' program and at the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television's Professional Program in Screenwriting.

Additionally, he has published short fiction and poetry.

Justin was in the Marines for five years and has lived in Japan, Korea, and Italy.

He recently gave up his day-job to go full-time as an author.

Find Out More:

1) Justin's website: http://www.justinsloanauthor.com/

2) Follow Justin on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/JustinSloanAuthor

3) Follow Justin on Twitter: https://twitter.com/justinmsloan

4) Justin's Goodreads profile: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/9772692.Justin_Sloan

5) Justin's Amazon Author page: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Justin-Sloan/e/B00OJPAM0K

6) The Creative Writing Career website: http://creativewritingcareer.com/

7) Justin's YouTube Channel 'The Sloan Zone': https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC7-f7OkD-MudUjBLINdRdIw

8) Justin's podcast: http://creativewritingcareer.com/

Talking points:

1) Justin's work with military veterans: https://creativewritingcareer.wordpress.com/category/military-veterans/

2) Brandon Sanderson is one of Justin's favourite authors https://www.amazon.co.uk/Brandon-Sanderson/e/B001IGFHW6/

3) Book promo sites:

Book Barbarian http://bookbarbarian.com/

FreeBooksy https://www.freebooksy.com/

Booksends http://booksends.com/advertise.php

4) Story beats explained https://timstout.wordpress.com/story-structure/blake-snyders-beat-sheet/

5) Michael Anderle, one of Justin's writing partners https://www.amazon.co.uk/Michael-Anderle/e/B017J2WANQ

May 13, 2017

1) Over 14000 unique clicks were generated in my Crime/Thriller Giveaway at https://freebie-books.com/crime-thrillers-may2017/

Ian Sutherland was the top promoter, sending 3500+ unique clicks, many of those directly via his Twitter accounts.

Check out Ian's Author Platform Sidekick service: https://self-publishing-journeys.com/APS [Affiliate link]

3) My Dead of Night proof copy arrived - I have 10 x fiction paperback books now:

4) I've now put Self-Publishing Journeys on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/SelfPublishingJourneys/

5) Avril McDonald's new book:

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6) Sarah Painter's Worried Writer podcast (highly recommended!) at http://www.worriedwriter.com/ and her first self-published book:

[amazon_link asins='B06Y6GXFY6' template='ProductAd' store='author-pt-21' marketplace='UK' link_id='310ce1bb-373d-11e7-9308-2f2c71aeabd0']

7) Books2Read service https://www.books2read.com/ (highly recommended!)

8) My crappy Amazon review - note the anonymity of the reviewer who simultaneously gets to screw up my chances of shifting the book and remain hidden in the shadows!

9) Reminder! Amazon Academy event in Edinburgh on 23rd May http://selfpublishingadvice.org/amazon-academy/

10) Reminder! ALLi Indie Author Fringe event on June 3rd http://selfpublishingadvice.org/6-weeks-until-bookexpo-indie-author-fringe-2017-are-you-ready-to-sell-more-books/

May 8, 2017

Jason Blacker writes mystery fiction and literary fiction as well as poetry and daily haikus at his haiku blog.

Jason's stories range from Adventure to Zombies, though he's best known for his Lady Marmalade cozy mysteries and his Anthony Carrick hardboiled mysteries.

Jason received an incredible 300 rejections from traditional publishers before turning to self-publishing, here he deploys lots of online marketing techniques to promote his work.

Find Out More:

Jason's Amazon Author page: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Jason-Blacker/e/B0051QUDA0

Jason's website: http://jasonblacker.com/

Jason Blacker on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/2156914.Jason_Blacker

Follow Jason on Twitter: https://twitter.com/jasonblacker

Jason Blacker on Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/jasonblacker

Jason's Haiku website: http://haiqueue.com/

Talking Points:

1) More about the Pomodoro technique http://www.lifehack.org/articles/productivity/the-pomodoro-technique-is-it-right-for-you.html

2) Scrivener https://self-publishing-academy.com/SC [My affiliate link]

3) Vellum software https://vellum.pub/

How to use Vellum on a PC https://paulteague.com/how-to-use-vellum-on-a-pc/

4) ConvertKit website https://convertkit.com/

I use GetResponse https://paulteague.com/getresponse [My affiliate link]

I'm currently moving over to MailerLite https://paulteague.com/ML [My affiliate link]

5) My sci-fi/dystopian Instafreebie Giveaway https://freebie-books.com/

My Crime/Thriller Giveaway https://freebie-books.com/crime-thrillers/

InstaFreebie https://self-publishing-journeys.com/IF [My affiliate link]

May 6, 2017

1) This week's writing progress - 5125 words:

Dead of Night 20k words

2) This is my PayPal HERE card reader - it links to my phone via Bluetooth and allows me to take book payments at training events:

3) My current InstaFreebie Giveaway: https://freebie-books.com/crime-thrillers-may2017/

Giveaway graphic

4) My appearance on Begin Self-Publishing podcast here

Podcast promo

5) Reminder! Amazon Academy event in Edinburgh on 23rd May http://selfpublishingadvice.org/amazon-academy/

6) Reminder! The Newcastle Writing Conference on Saturday 20th May http://newwritingnorth.com/projects/newcastle-writing-conference/ [Waiting list only]

7) Reminder! ALLi Indie Author Fringe event on June 3rd http://selfpublishingadvice.org/6-weeks-until-bookexpo-indie-author-fringe-2017-are-you-ready-to-sell-more-books/

8) Sarah Painter's Worried Writer podcast: http://www.worriedwriter.com/

9) Self-Publishing Formula recommended interview with TS Paul https://selfpublishingformula.com/episode-62/

This Week’s Self-Publishing News

The Alliance of Independent Authors news update: http://selfpublishingadvice.org/self-publishing-news-ebooks-are-not-in-crisis/

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May 1, 2017

Mark Edwards writes psychological thrillers in which scary things happen to ordinary people and is inspired by writers such as Stephen King, Ira Levin, Ruth Rendell and Linwood Barclay.

His first solo novel, The Magpies reached the No.1 spot on Amazon UK and has sold 300,000 copies to date.

This was followed by What You Wish For (2014), Because She Loves Me (2014; also a No.1 bestseller in the UK) and Follow You Home (2015).

Mark started writing in his twenties while working in a number of dead-end jobs.

He lived in Tokyo for a year before returning to the UK and starting a career in marketing - he now writes full-time.

Find Out More:

Mark's Amazon Author page: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Mark-Edwards/e/B004PP3WV0

Mark's website: http://www.markedwardsauthor.com/

Louise Voss & Mark Edwards: http://vossandedwards.com/

Mark Edwards on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5267328.Mark_Edwards

Follow Mark on Twitter: https://twitter.com/mredwards

Mark Edwards & Louise Voss on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/vossandedwards/

Mark Edwards on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/markedwardsbooks/

Mark Edwards in The Guardian - Trad vs Self-Publishing: https://www.theguardian.com/books/2013/jun/25/self-publishing-mark-edwards

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