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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.

No such luck! I was informed that if I wanted to see the money rolling in, I was going to have to earn it. As if writing the whole thing was not enough, I was going to have to be prepared to market both the book and myself. That meant getting out and letting me, and the book, be known. No-one was going to do that for me, even if, like my protagonist, I was confined to a wheelchair. With that in mind, I then completed the ‘How to Market Your Book’ course with the Writers Bureau too.

With the help of Writing Magazine, I found York Publishing Services. They guided me through the minefield that is self-publishing, thus avoiding any more rejection letters. However, as I found, it was expensive. Rather than getting paid for my work, I was going to have to pay the publishing company to guide me whilst I did the publishing myself. There was not going to be the ‘pot of gold’ at the end of the rainbow as I had hoped, after all. But at least I would be published.

Now my first book ‘Vengeance is Mine’ has just been released, available in paperback at £9.99, and in both E-book and Kindle formats at £3.99 each. It’s a mystery set in a picturesque village known as Saxon Glade, and it tells the story of a series of tragic events which occurred in the village during the summer months of the previous year.

As I write this, I am still slowly, but surely, getting the job done; but it is tricky. My mobility problems mean that I have to sometimes rely on goodwill from others which is not always forthcoming when I need it, but much later.

The best advice that I can give anyone brave enough (or daft enough) to take the task on, would be to take it slowly. Alright, you want your hard work noticed, and the book to sell, and you want it yesterday. But if you start to panic and rush, which is going to happen every now and then, you will only end up going backwards. Good luck if you decide to go for it, and here’s to the future!

I am available for interview and can be found at www. marittajayne.co.uk  and on Facebook @MarittaJayne.

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