Wednesday Wing – Self-Publishing Part 2 by @AlisonW_Editor #wwwblogs #amwriting

Here on Wednesday Wing we try to pass on useful information for readers and writers.

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Today Alison Williams continues with more advice on Self-Publishing.

Alison Williams

Self-publishing – essential information

Contrary to popular opinion, self-publishing isn’t just a case of uploading your manuscript and spending the royalties. There are some technical and legal issues that you need to be aware of – issues that can have a real impact on royalties, marketing and sales.


An ISBN is the International Standard Book Number. It’s a ten (pre-2007) or thirteen (post-2007) digit number that identifies a particular book. The ISBN is used by publishers, booksellers, libraries, internet retailers and others in the supply chain for ordering, listing, sales records and stock control. You do not need an ISBN to publish an eBook through Amazon’s KDP. When you upload your book, it will be assigned a unique ASIN (Amazon Standard Identification Number). If you publish a paperback version of your book through CreateSpace, you can buy an ISBN that you can use for any distributor, or you can use a free ISBN.

If you publish through Smashwords, they will assign a free ISBN as long as your manuscript meets the standards required to be included in its Premium Catalogue – details here. Although you can technically publish without one, an ISBN means Smashwords can distribute to more retailers.

Front and back matter

When you’ve finally finished your book, it’s natural to want to thank everyone who’s been involved, to dedicate the work to someone special and to tell the readers something about yourself. However, to be brutally honest, most readers won’t really care about this – they will want to get on and read the story. So if you’ve included information about your website, details of where to buy other books etc. in the front matter, the chances are the reader won’t look at these details. It’s far better to include your social media links, website details, information about other books etc. at the back. This means that if someone has read and liked your book and wants to know more about you and your publications, they will then have the opportunity to straight away find out more information. If you’re publishing an eBook, add links to everywhere a reader can find you and connect with you.

Add a note at the back asking readers to leave a review on Amazon etc. if they have enjoyed the book. If you decide to also publish through Smashwords, then don’t ask readers to review on Amazon in the back pages of what you upload to their site, or mention that any future books are available through anywhere other than Smashwords, as this will prevent you being included in their premium catalogue.


When you publish an eBook, you can choose to have the content protected by DRM (Digital Rights Management). It’s simply a case of checking a box when you publish. The purpose is to inhibit unauthorised copying or access to your book – pirating. Once you choose to have DRM for a publication, you are stuck with it, you can’t ‘un-choose’ it. While you are protected from potential pirating, selecting DRM means a reader who buys the eBook can’t then share it with other readers and they can’t transfer it to another device. It also means that the reader, the owner of your book, can only access it on the device they bought it for. This puts some people off buying books that have DRM.

It is a contentious issue and the decision is yours. My personal feeling is that I borrow paperbacks from other people all the time and pass on books I love to other people to enjoy. I would be flattered if a reader liked my book so much that they wanted to share it with someone else. That someone might buy my next book.

Tax (for non US authors)

If you publish with KDP, CreateSpace   or Smashwords, there are tax issues to bear in mind as you will be technically earning money from an overseas country. This used to cause a bit of a headache but it’s much simpler now. All the information you need is here.


You can find lots and lots more information about all these issues on both the KDP and Smashwords sites.

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Guest Author Lily Bishop

Today our guest is Lily Bishop author of yesterday’s book review “No Strings Attached” check out the review here;


Let’s find out more about Lily and her writing;

1) Where is your home town?

I grew up in Northeast Georgia (USA) in a small town with a population of around 600 at the time I lived there. Since then, I think it’s ballooned to 900. The town is near Athens, which is a college town, and about an hour northeast of Atlanta.

2) How long have you been writing?

I wrote soap opera vignettes for my classmates as early as elementary school, and remember telling everyone when I was in seventh grade that I would grow up to be an author. I wrote my first novel in high school, my second in college, and my third after I got married, before the kids came along. No Strings Attached is the first that I have chosen to publish.

3) Have you always written romance?

I cut my teeth on Harlequin and Silhouette back in the 80’s, when alpha males were truly alpha males. I re-read some of those now, and my first thought is what a jerk!!  Of the books I mentioned above, the third was women’s fiction. Mostly I stick with romance, but I toy with the idea of a straight mystery or suspense, without any bedroom scenes.

4) In “No Strings Attached” Laura and Fox meet at a conference in Las  Vegas, can you briefly tell the readers why they are both there?

Fox and Laura are both attending a conference for a hotel association. Fox is a long-time member as a consultant, and Laura also works for a hotel consulting company. She has been promised a promotion from administrative assistant job to a consultant position, and she is doing a presentation at the conference. However, early we learn that her promotion has been delayed, and may not happen at all.

5) When Fox first meets Laura it is at the Black Jack gambling tables.  What is the system that Laura is using to win money? It sounds tempting, would it really work?
Laura is using a modified card counting strategy that I purposefully kept vague. Her sister is a math wiz who developed the strategy, but Laura keeps screwing it up because she is so distracted by the hunky guy at her table. Her sister wins more than Laura does with the strategy.
6) Your book includes private jets, a yacht and luxury living, do you think it’s a winning formula for the romance genre?

I have mixed emotions about the whole “billionaire” trend in romances. Originally I was targeting this book for a “millionaire” line for a publisher, but that didn’t work out. It was fun researching some of the high-roller suites in Las Vegas for people who stay in suites larger than my house. We’ll learn later in the series that the money isn’t all it’s cracked up to be, but for now, it is what it is. I think the whole trend towards wealthy main characters plays into the fantasy-aspect of romance.

7) I loved Fox’s Mum Bonnie, will we be seeing more of her in the next book?

Yes, Bonnie will be making an appearance. Most of the main characters will be back, and we will see Fox and Laura’s wedding. We’ll spend time in Atlanta and return to the Bahamas, which figures prominently in the first book. Bonnie loves Laura, but she may not be as supportive of Lee’s budding romance. We’ll have to see.

8) What made you decide to self publish?

I developed this book originally for an e-book publisher, but they requested a revision. In my opinion, their revision request was vague, and I wasn’t sure what to do at that point. It took me a year to re-write it, but at that point I had decided I was re-writing it for me. The terms of their contract included no advance and a very small royalty percentage, and I decided I could do better on my own. I also knew that if they requested another revision I couldn’t go through with it. So I hired a free-lance editor and cover designer and away I went. Writing was my dream, and when I turned 44, I decided I would be published before I turned 45, one way or another. I released this book three months before I turned 45 and I haven’t looked back.

9) I for one can’t wait to read the next books in the series, do you have titles for them yet?

I struggle with titles. My second book is Lee’s story, and we learn more about Lee’s desire to start his own security company. He becomes a bodyguard for a politician, and it’s called Under His Protection – Book 2 in the City Lights Series. Book 3 right now is about Lindsey, and I’m not sure of the title yet. Lindsey is young and finishing her Master’s in the second book, and she doesn’t always do exactly what her sister wants. The third book may be No Stone Unturned, although I’m not committed to that yet. Sometimes the title comes when I get the cover in place. Originally I wanted all the books to start with “No”, but that didn’t work. I decided to tie the series together using the lights that are in the background of the first cover, and naming the series “City Lights”. I’ll use that same background for all three covers.

10)  Which one will you release first? Do you have an expected publication date for the clamouring fans?

I talked to my editor and plan to start sending her chapters of Under His Protection next week, so I am hoping for an early January release. Fingers crossed!! Revising and editing always takes longer than it should. I have a draft cover already, and it’s very exciting! Under His Protection is a bit more suspenseful/darker than the first, and the third may be even darker yet. My biggest concerns is that people will read them out of order. Although the stories stand alone, if you read the second you will know who the bad guy was in the first, and if the third comes together like I believe it will, there will be even more reveals that may spoil elements of the first two.

Thank you for inviting me to stop by your blog. I love your questions. Readers can find me on my blog at, at, and on Twitter @bishoplily.
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Thanks Lily, I’m so glad we met and we were able to have this opportunity to find out more about yourself and your writing.

Guest Author Phil Miles

Today’s blog guest is Phil Miles, author of Passion United a football fan book which I reviewed yesterday here on the blog. Here is the link

Phil Miles

Let’s find out more about Phil;

1) Where is your home town?

I live in a village called Holybourne, which is almost a suburb of Alton, a market town in North Hampshire. I have lived here for eight years and enjoy the fact that I am close to a town and its amenities, yet a stone’s throw from dozens of footpaths through beautiful rolling countryside.

2) How long have you been writing?

In a sense, all of my life.  I loved English at school and excelled in essays. Even outside of school I would write short stories and illustrate them. I wish I had kept hold of them now to compare. During my teenage years I didn’t write, but was an avid reader.  The lure of girls, socialising and in particular football put a dent in my creative aspirations.

Following college I took up IT as my main career, more by accident than design. However, I took every opportunity on offer to write and loved writing any work related documentation, such as user guides, technical documents and even sales proposals in later years!

In my late twenties I applied for and was offered a job as a junior reporter at the Portsmouth News.  I really wanted it, but at the time I had a young daughter, a new mortgage and simply could not afford a large cut in salary

3) How long did it take to get all the content of “Passion United” together?

In terms of the poetry and narrative, it was around 4 months, plus a couple of weeks for proof reading and final editing. At first it started as a collection of original poems, inspired by a friend (an ex professional footballer from the 60s) who died of a long term lung condition in January 2012. I then decided that poetry on its own would not appeal to a wide enough audience so I embarked on selecting various aspects to research and write narrative about, aspects of the game that I know are often discussed and debated by fans across the land. I spent around 200 hours to research the factual elements of the book.

I also spent the best part of a month selecting photos used in the book. This would have been done in under a week, but I realised after researching copyright that I would infringe copyright issues, so I had to rethink and find suitable photo replacements and seek permission for their use from the various contributors. This basically delayed the book going to print in early August, my original target date.

4) You have an interesting mix of information, stories and poems, how would you describe your book to a potential reader?

Without being derogatory to my work, it could be described as a “toilet” book.  It is not a novel with an end to end plot or complex characters, so can be picked up, read for a bit, put down and picked up again later.

However, I believe it is a book that will appeal to just about any football fan or followers of any age, no matter who they support. My memoirs are built on my personal, but vivid experiences of the subjects covered.  I have tried to put the reader in my situation at the time, so they can visualise and relate it to their own similar experiences when following their club. Many of the poems are intended to add a tongue in cheek angle on some of the subject matter covered, particularly fan “traits”.

In terms of genre, I have previously used the phrase that it’s a “concept” book, as I have not come across any others that utilise the same mix of poetry, narrative, fact and humour.

 5) Your book looks at the many changes in football and its supporters over the years, which was your favourite era and why?

This is a hard one to answer.  In terms of the game from a neutral aspect, then the early to late seventies, as this was the period I could start going to matches with my friends.  Couple that with the fact that you could see your schoolboy heroes of the time up close, and without the elitism and prima donna tendencies of the top players today, it was both enchanting and nostalgic.

From a more personal aspect (in following my chosen team) then the first five years we had in the top flight, culminating in winning the FA Cup in 2010 and going to watch ‘my’ team at the new Wembley 5 times in just over two years. That was a fantastic experience.

6) Once anyone has written a book, the next step is selling it, tell us briefly about your own journey in self publishing.

When I decided that I was going to write a book in February 2012 I knew nothing about self publishing; I assumed you needed a literary agent and try to secure a publishing contract. I read a lot about the pitfalls of going down this route, mainly the time it could take (if ever at all).

I soon found out about self publishing and through a little research I chose to go with an established UK self-publishing house. This means I had to pay them to set the original manuscript for print and for the print costs of the first 500 copies.

Through my contact with established “indies” since, I now realise there are even more independent ways and options to achieve your goal, that only cost a fraction of what I paid.

However, without traditional literary agent or publisher, you are left to deal with all promotional aspects. No one is going to magically appear to help promote or sell the book for you.

My main line of attack was to offer the book for review to high profile individuals in the football industry, i.e. a well known media broadcasters and high profile players or ex-players.  However, I was unsuccessful despite sending more than 40 copies with a personal cover letter to various high profile individuals, but alas, no reviews.  It depressed me for a while leading up to Christmas, but I battled on and sold more than 300 copies in wind, rain and hail (mostly outside of Fratton Park). 

I also distributed around 60 copies to Waterstones, local bookshops and even pubs, all provided with self designed promotional posters. However, the sales did not reflect my efforts or costs.

My promotional efforts will be very different next time round and started a lot earlier. I also think, through having previous experience and a book already published, it will help my credibility.


 7) How have you dealt with the ever changing facts and results in football since you first published your work?

Since publishing, not too much has changed on the whole, although some references to specific situations I discuss in the book have moved on. I have been updating the original manuscript to cater with this and will consider a subsequent edition, with added narrative and a few new poems.  The plan is to have it ready before the kick off of the 2014/2015 football season (before in Kindle format).

8) Your football passion shines through in your writing, tell us about “The Footy Poet”

Basically, I am a very ordinary, down to earth person, who has a passion for both writing and football. Therefore, the choice to write my first book using football as a subject was a no brainer. Outside of writing and following Portsmouth FC, I operate as a sole trader to help small businesses with all areas of design and print for marketing and promotional impact, including brochures, banners and web site design and build.

When not working or watching football I enjoy walking in the countryside around me, gathering creative thoughts. I also enjoy playing pool whenever I can at my local, and an occasional game of golf.

9) For all our overseas readers, I know you are a fan of Portsmouth Football Club, many sports clubs have nicknames, what is the history of Portsmouth’s?

Another difficult question to fully answer as the real origins of “Pompey”, a nickname for both the city and the football club, has never been truly established. There have been various theories and explanations put forward, some believable, others more far-fetched, but nothing has been definitively accepted as the real reason.

The only thing I can safely assume is that the nickname was given to the city before the football club and that its origins are most probably related to Portsmouth’s naval connection.

10) I believe you have plans for more books, tell us what you hope to write about next.

I have a number of projects planned, including two full “autofictional” type books about someone with Alzheimer’s disease and another with Schizophrenia respectively.  However, as these are likely to take up a huge chuck of time, I aim to publish a collection of (non-football related) poems and a couple of short children’s stories, set to illustrations.

I also need to establish a habit of writing at least one blog a week to promote my work and awareness of Phil Miles, the author.


Passion United Passion United

Author web site:

Author Bio:

My Poetry Blog posts:

Twitter @TheFootyPoet

Thanks Phil, and good luck with the writing.

Guest Writer Dave Landry (Nov 12th)

Today my guest is Dave Landry, Dave contacted me a few weeks ago and asked to be considered as a guest on the blog, here’s how Dave introduced himself; “I’ve ghost written dozens of articles and am just venturing out as a freelancer. I would love this opportunity to gain exposure for my work. I specialize in finance and debt management but can cover a wide variety of issues.” Not the usual subject matter we have here on the blog, but after a few discussions we came up with a plan and Dave has written a piece for us. Let us know what you think.

Dave Landry

        Is Self-Publishing in the UK Difficult?

The internet has become a revolutionary resource for authors around the world; allowing them to bypass traditional publishing houses and self-publish their own material in the form of e-books or affordable book printing companies. This is a very liberating advantage to an author, giving them total control of their work and the empowerment to publish their own effort in a variety of forms, without having to adhere to strict guidelines from publishing houses.

However, the process can be difficult in the United Kingdom. Amazon is one of the key sites that authors use to self-publish e-books but it is becoming complicated and rife with policies that make it hard to publish, gain royalties, and gift books to friends and reviewers. Along with that, one of Amazon’s e-book competitors in the United Kingdom have recently ceased self-publishing activity.

Here are some of the basic problems in regards to self-publishing in the UK, along with some alternatives:

Advantages and Issues with Amazon


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Amazon is the largest site for independent authors self-publishing their work into ebook format through the Kindle. However, there are many problems with Amazon that make it difficult for an author to self-publish their work.

Producing an e-book on the site has many advantages including global distribution, 5-minute publishing times, a “70% royalty,” the option to make changes to your book at any time, and publishing to Kindle devices and free Kindle apps. These benefits make Amazon the lead network for self-publishing on the e-book format in the United Kingdom, a format where over 11% of the sales are from self-published authors.

There are a number of disadvantages though making it harder for authors to publish and to share their works. One of the major issues with independent authors publishing books for Amazon’s Kindle site is with the alleged “seventy percent royalty.” This applies solely for books with a cover price between £1.98 and £6.60 ($2.99 to $9.99). If the price of the book is above or below that amount, authors only receive 35% of the royalties. This rule is apparently made so authors can keep their price down but as The Telegraph pointed out this prevents authors from making a modest income. Another problem with royalties is that an author has to clear £10.00 of royalty sales before the site deposits them their profits (in Australia, Amazon doesn’t offer direct deposit and will only send checks after $100 of sales have been made). Royalties are only paid out after 60 days have passed since the calendar month the sales were made in. So after a £10 minimum is reached, the author must wait 60 days to receive the royalties. This applies to each site, making marketing internationally difficult for the authors.

On top of this is the issue with taxing. All royalties are taxed doubly: authors are taxed from their local tax offices based on any income from sales, on top of a 30% tax from Amazon (since Amazon is an American company, all authors are taxed through the IRS as a foreign entity). This decreases the income an author receives greatly.  The second Taxation in the US can be avoided by an arduous process involving calling the IRS to obtain an EIN, as author David Gaughran explains here.

Lastly there is disadvantage in regards to the “gifting” option. Gifting allows an author to share their work with reviewers or friends. However for, you cannot simply “gift” the book to another user. There is no option for this. Instead, users can create a customized gift card with the name and cover photo of the book. While, this is a way around the gifting option it is not as convenient, especially since gift certificates from and are not interchangeable.

The Self-Publishing Shutdown

Since there are so many disadvantages with Amazon, perhaps self-publishing an ebook from another site would be the best option. However, Amazon’s UK ebook competitors such as Kobo and their site WH Smith, have recently gone offline due to complaints on the content from some self-publishers as reported by The Guardian. With censorship becoming an issue in the United Kingdom in regards to e-books, burgeoning self-publishing platforms are now on hold while site managers are reviewing content.

Some Alternatives;               

Yet there are some alternatives for self-publishing in the UK, if Amazon’s policies and issues with WH Smith are not welcoming to independent authors. There is Smashwords, which is a global distributor of e-books. Through the site, an author can sell their works on a variety of other sites like Amazon or Barnes and Nobles with minimal legwork. Smashwords also offers easy to use codes to “gift” free books to readers but their taxing policies are the same as Amazon’s.


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Another option is self-publishing physical copies of books through companies like Lulu. These sites offer discounted rates for bulk copies of a self-published work. At a minimal price and available in 15 different sizes and a variety of paper quality, Lulu seems to be an interesting alternative for the self-publisher, especially since it does offer the ability to publish e-books, or sell your physical copies on sites like Barnes and Noble and Amazon.

The ability to self-publish in itself is very liberating but it does seem that in order to have this opportunity, authors in the United Kingdom must abide by a variety of rules and regulations in order to get their work published without having to go through the tenuous task of finding a publishing house that would publish their work.

Thank you Dave,

Dave Landry is a financial adviser who frequently contributes to National Debt Relief to provide support to anyone going through bankruptcy or a financially difficult time. Dave is also an aspiring writer located in the US who has recently taken to researching self-publication and e-books in order to get his content out on the market faster and was appalled by some of the policies he found in the UK, hence the basis for this article. He wishes you luck in your publishing endeavours and hopes that this article helps you in some way!

Romancing September author – Cheryl Koevoet (Day 8)

Day 8 of the Romancing September World Blog Tour and today we meet author Cheryl Koevoet. Then in a few hours time you can go over to Georgia to Stephanie Hurt’s blog and meet Cheryl again for a discussion on writing romance in today’s society.

Cheryl Koevoet

Let’s meet Cheryl;
1) Where is your home town?
Good question, but not an easy one to answer! I was born and raised in West Linn, Oregon, U.S.A., (a suburb of Portland) but from the time I married a Dutchman in the early 90’s, I have been living just outside The Hague, The Netherlands for most of my adult life. I consider both cities as being my “hometown.”
2) How long have you been writing?
I have been writing in one form or another since grade school, but mostly just “functional” items such as newsletters, articles, short stories and the occasional poem. I didn’t sit down and actually start writing a novel until 2010.
3) Why did you choose to write a fantasy romance? What inspired you?
I’ve had this epic love story of two star-crossed lovers swirling around in my head for more than twenty years, but have just never had the time to write it down. Then, one day out of the blue, I finally decided that if I didn’t get the story out of my head, it would burst! I was surprised at how fast I was able to churn it out — probably because the story had many years to simmer in my brain before it was finally released onto the page.
4) You’ve published “The Carnelian Legacy” with WestBowPress which specialises in helping authors self-publish, would you recommend this route to others?
Yes and no. I chose the self-publishing route because it fit my needs, but it is much more expensive and time-consuming than traditional publishing. Probably most important of all, one must really believe in the quality of their story enough to put their money where their mouth is. If success is important to you but you’re not willing to spend hours of your life promoting your book and networking in every way imaginable, then you probably shouldn’t be self-publishing.
5) Can you explain how the title of your book relates to the story?
This is one of those books that the reader will only truly understand the significance of the title once he or she has finished the book. At the risk of spoiling the story for those who have not yet read it, let me just say that part of the title will become immediately apparent to the reader, but the other part will only make sense on the very last page! Oh that sounds intriguing!
6) Marisa, our heroine gets sent to an alternative world, does she ever master the skills of swordsmanship?
In The Carnelian Legacy, Marisa is just learning the ropes of survival the futuristic-medieval world of Carnelia and knows nothing about self-defense. However, in book two and three of the trilogy, her knowledge and skills increase exponentially through special lessons she receives (such as history, philosophy, protocol, sword fighting and self-defense). One of the most rewarding things about writing this series is to observe Marisa’s growth from first being a helpless teenager into becoming a strong, independent woman and leader. The transformation doesn’t happen overnight, but she manages to work hard and develop herself into the woman she is meant to be. Believe me, that is so exciting to watch!
7) You’ve also got monsters in the book, tell us about some of them.
The “monsters” in this book were one of my favorite parts to write. Being from the Pacific Northwest, I grew up with the urban legends of Sasquatch (Bigfoot) and re-imagined them for this series. They aren’t the cumbersome, skittish beasts that shy away from humans portrayed in documentaries on TV, but rather, in The Carnelian Saga, they are an incredibly fast-moving, giant-sized, bloodthirsty beast that run in a pack and chase humans as their prey. They’ve been described as a three-way cross between a bear, ape, and wolf, but more deadlier than all three animals combined. You’ll have to read the book to find out more about  them and the other monsters they run up against!
8) Fight scenes can be hard to write so that the reader can follow the action, how hard was it to write fight scenes in your book?
There are action and chase scenes sprinkled throughout the book that thrust the plot forward, and they were so fun to write! Some of the sword fighting scenes were more difficult, but when I close my eyes, I can see it as it happens and then try to describe in words the scene that is playing out before me. And not just visually. I try to infuse as many senses as I can in order to put the reader right into the middle of the action. The metallic clanging of the sword. The scent of sweat dripping from the man’s stubbly chin. The roar of agony when the hero’s sword meets its mark in the beast’s chest.
9) You’ve had some brilliant reviews for “The Carnelian Legacy”. One person said you were a cross between Stephanie Meyer and Johanna Lindsey. What marketing plans have been a success in getting this book out to the readers?
Thankfully, I am a natural-born marketer and have embraced (not repelled) the promotion side of publishing the book. But back when I was still writing, I received some super advice about building a platform before the novel is published. It is so important for a writer to understand that in today’s market, you must establish a platform and build up a network of friends, fellow writers and followers that you can draw from later.
I asked several writer/author friends to help me launch the book and each of them rose to the occasion. It’s very much a give-and-take relationship with other writers, and I have very much enjoyed that process of getting to know them. And I haven’t forgotten those who have helped me along the way. I am always looking for ways to help other authors get their foot in the door. Having said that, I discovered early on that you must stand alone in “branding” yourself as an author. When someone hears your book or name in a conversation, what images or ideas do you want to convey? Your brand is what makes you uniquely you in a sea of voices all screaming to be heard. Be yourself, and be consistent. You owe it to your fans, and you owe it to yourself.
10) Fans can’t wait for the next book in the series have you got a title and release date yet?
Book two of the Carnelian saga is titled: The Carnelian Tyranny: Savino’s Revenge. I am shooting for a late November/early December 2013 release, but the exact date is not yet known. Fans can keep updated with the launch date on the official Facebook fan page at:
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Thank you very much for being my guest today and Good luck with the next book.

Self publishing Pot Holes

Having waited the obligatory 60 days after the qualifying amount of royalties for sales of my book, I’m disappointed that I still haven’t been paid my meagre sum. It is over the £10 lower limit. I have yet to get to the bottom of the problem.

However during investigations I came across an alarming article about sales royalties in if you are a foreigner, like me. Apparently unless I wish to be taxed in America I may have to jump through a series of pot holes including phoning the American tax office. Then fill in a form and send it to America etc. See link below.

Apparently Amazon cannot link your sales from across its sites into one easy payment. There are even horrific tales of a cheque being sent which the British Banks then want to charge you lots of money to cash from dollars to pounds.

I think I need to do a little more investigating and keep you posted!


Millions of people want to write books. I was one of those people, as a child I’d wanted to write books, then it all got lost along the way in education, growing up, families and life. Then I reached a turning point and the chance to write that book returned. For a few short weeks I lived and breathed that book. It flowed from my fingers, the chores and housework were left undone, the characters unfolded and I lived in their world.

When I could edit no more, I got a friend to criticise and edit once more. We checked out copyright, wrote a blurb, had fun creating the cover and agreed the Title. I’m sure it’s not perfect, but it was good enough for me.

My dream was to publish my book and I envisaged that time. We did some research and agreed to try out Amazon’s free self-publishing service. I had no funds to print a book, so to go for a Kindle version was our route. It’s not too hard to achieve but it’s good to have a friend with techno knowhow!

So then in less than 48 hours it was up on-screen and available to buy. My book, my baby, my dream. It’s a great achievement. But then you want more, you want people to buy it. It’s a huge world out there with billions of books for sale. It won’t happen overnight and it needs time and dedication. Get a Facebook page, a blog, a twitter account. Join the Goodreads website. Get social, get noticed. Don’t keep plugging your own book everyday, that gets boring. Start looking for other authors, make comments and post recommendations, create links to yourself.

It also depends where you are on the planet. I’ve published on Amazon UK, but my book can be bought across the fast spreading Amazon network. However all the reviews on Amazon UK don’t show up on Amazon.Com. So it’s hard to get potential sales without reviews. Plus on Amazon, tags about your books content are vital, aswell as likes and people saying a review was helpful.

I’ve been able to write some book reviews for a local magazine which will also mention my book. This will hopefully get local people interested. I’ve made a small sample of cards that I can give out with my book and blog/twitter details. All homemade, but that’s down to my zero budget, and I do drive round with a poster in my car, much to the embarrassment of my kids, but I feel if the car is parked in a car park, it may get views. It’s all about lateral thinking to make a sale. Now I’ve got the bug to write some more, but I’ve also got the bug to sell some more. I give myself a target, like, get 2 more people to follow my blog next week. Or push for one more book sale. I’m realistic in that I need a paying day job too! Fame and prosperity happen to a lucky few. Me I’m going to keep enjoying what I do, I’ve created a job I love doing, so that in itself is worth millions of pounds.