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Ways To Get Your Book Published

October 8th, 2021

As you will know by now, I have been an author for many years and have had my books published in different ways, including different publishers and self-publishing.

These are the main options you have:

Approach an Agent

Approach a publisher direct

Self-publish

Hybrid Publishing

Ways to get your book published

You have spent months – years even – writing your masterpiece and now you need to get it out there to your adoring public. What are your options? Read the rest of this entry »




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The Perils Of Self-publishing – Part Two!

March 29th, 2019

I write, for no other reason than I like it, under the pseudonym of Maritta Jayne, and I thought that I would carry on from an earlier blog by Cheryl Russell and tell you about my experience as a first time, self-published author too. Beware! This is a cautionary tale.

It was not until 2000 that I decided to try to make a go of my writing. Since then, however, I have completed two courses with the Writers Bureau; the first in 2007 when I completed the ‘Comprehensive Writing Course’.

After almost three years, I decided to write my first book and, at that point, had a bit of a rude awakening. I was just beginning to think that all I had to do was hand it to a publisher, and I could sit back and wait for the money to start rolling in. Read the rest of this entry »




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Spring Inspiration

February 22nd, 2019

First, thanks to Cheryl for last week’s blog. It just goes to show how rewarding perseverance can be but there are times when you really do have to try, try, and try again if you want to achieve your goal, whether it’s finishing your novel or seeing it into print!

Incidentally, if you are interested in self-publishing, then you might want to consider attending the 7th Self-Publishing Conference at Leicester University on Saturday, 27th April.  The organisers say that it’s: “…the perfect day for authors thinking about, or already involved in, self-publishing their work. Whether you are going it alone or using a self-publishing company, this conference offers multiple sessions on a wide variety of topics.” And at £70 including a delegate’s pack, morning coffee, buffet lunch, afternoon tea, a drinks reception and a choice from more than 16 sessions on different aspects of the business it sounds really good value for money. Read the rest of this entry »




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The Perils Of Self-Publishing

February 15th, 2019

My first attempts into the realms of self-publishing were very tentative to say the least. I’m not the best when it comes to technology.

At first I kept going into the KDP (Kindle Direct Publishing) website and just having a look at the process but didn’t do anything about it.

After a few weeks of this I finally plucked up the courage to take action. One step at a time I got through it. To be honest, the kindle edition was straightforward but the paperback was a nightmare. The formatting was the difficulty. I kept going into the help section but didn’t understand. All I saw were loads of figures which blurred and merged into one before my eyes. (I’m not good with figures either.) I got there in the end but was ready to throw my laptop out the window. Tearing my hair out came into the equation as well. Writing the book was easy compared to this. Read the rest of this entry »




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Getting Your Writing Ready to Self-Publish

May 4th, 2018

First, thanks to Jackie for last week’s blog. Self-publishing is turning out to be the preferred option for many writers these days and over the next couple of months we’ll be looking at others who have made this choice, not because they couldn’t get a mainstream publisher, but because they preferred the freedom and control it offers.

But if you are going to publish your own work then you need to employ a first-class proofreader/copy-editor or be very confident that you have the skills needed to do the work properly yourself. There’s nothing puts people off more than buying a book (whether online or a print copy) and finding it full of typos, stilted sentences and inconsistencies. I borrowed a book recently from the library (produced by a reputable publisher). There were lots of typos and someone who had read it before me had marked each one lightly in pencil. I don’t condone defacing books but I could understand the irritation that had prompted the previous reader to action. Read the rest of this entry »




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