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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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My Writing Journey – 72 Hours To Novella

April 13th, 2018

I’ve wanted to write a book for as long as I can remember. As a child, in the pre-Harry Potter days, I read adult books with lots of pages like Jeffrey Archer and Maeve Binchy, and longed to write like them. Unfortunately, life got in the way and for one reason or other my ambitions were shelved.  However, I never forgot my dream, but just earning a living and paying the bills meant there was never enough time for writing.  Years later, I enrolled on the Writer’s Bureau course in 2016 after I saw an advertisement that piqued my interest, and I found the course materials and the tutor to be second to none. I had a period of illness, which led to a long period of absence from work, and I found the coursework therapeutic. I thought to myself, maybe this is my time to follow my dream.

Six months after I started the course, I heard about a writing competition that takes place on the American holiday, Labour Day weekend every year, which involves writing a complete novel in just three days. I didn’t have much time to prepare but I was determined to enter. My husband was out of the house that weekend on a short break so it was a perfect opportunity. Read the rest of this entry »




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