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Self-publishing and the challenge of ‘marketing yourself’

One of the hardest things about writing is that it inevitably leads you to bare some small part of your soul to the world. This is particularly true of fiction as the world you create is wholly your own. If someone doesn’t like your characters, then they don’t like the characters you created. Similarly, if they have a problem with the politics, or the themes of your work, then again, they have a problem with your politics, and your themes. This is quite different from other types of writing where more often than not you will be working to a set of guidelines that may constrain your work, for in this case, the work you produce is all down to you, and there is simply no place to hide.

This challenge becomes even more difficult when it comes to self-publishing. Unlike regular publishing, where you might have an editor and production team working with you to oversee the process, when it comes to self-publishing, the power is wholly in your hands. This can be a remarkably liberating step, and certainly has a number of advantages; however, it can also pose great challenges when it comes to marketing and self-promotion. On the one hand, naturally, you want to sell your work, and put it out there, but at the same time, there is a sense that absolutely everything to do rests on your shoulders, and if someone doesn’t like it, then it’s completely down to you.

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The trials and tribulations of book formatting

Formatting is one of the most laborious, frustrating parts of the publishing process. When I self-published a trilogy of books back in 2010, I had to format the whole thing myself, manually by hand, which took hours of labour and fast sucked away any love I had for the project.[1] While the end-product turned out ok, I’m grateful that this time round I don’t have to have anything to do with this arduous process! Continue reading »

A return to self-publishing

I like creating things. In 2010 I self-published a book trilogy I wrote in my late teens and early twenties (2003–2007). The process was a complicated one, and beset by several major problems. In the end, I lost a lot of money, and if I’m honest, the final product didn’t look quite as good as I’d hoped.

However, a lot of time has passed since 2010, and self-publishing services have come on a long way.

For the last year or so now I’ve been toying with the idea of trying self-publishing again, to see if I can produce something I’m happier with and can be more proud of. Back in 2009 I wrote a follow-up young adult (YA) novel, that’s been sitting gathering dust for many years. I’ve re-read it several times now, and it’s certainly a lot better than my original trilogy – it’s more ‘self-contained’ and at just under 50,000 words it’s also a lot more accessible.[1]

So, dear readers, I’ve decided I’m going to embark on the self-publishing journey once more. I’ve been working especially hard recently to save up money for life after my PhD, and I’ve just about got enough to invest in a new project. Yes, it’s a risk, but ultimately I’m not in it to make money – I’d like to have something to show for all my efforts over the years and something that (if I’m lucky) people might actually read.[2] Continue reading »