A Champagne Moment – indie author turns traditional?

Most of the regular readers of this blog will know me as an indie author – ie self published. I have spoken at length about my fantastic and exciting experiences over the last twelve months or so, and written about more or less everything that I have learned. Well, today is another landmark in the journey – because my first novel, Only the Innocent, is today being published in paperback and audio formats as well as the original Kindle format in the US and Canada. This is my first ever traditional publishing deal, and it is so very interesting to compare the experiences.

Goodreads Giveaway – Only the Innocent

I am delighted to be able to report that next week sees the long awaited launch of Only the Innocent in paperback and audio formats in the US. And to celebrate that fact, 25 copies are being given away in the Goodreads Giveaway. A brand new cover has been designed by my publishers, Thomas and Mercer, and I think it really does the trick. It creates exactly the right atmosphere, and those who have read the book will know what I’m talking about. As those of you who follow my blog know, I write mainly about marketing with the aim of sharing some of my experiences of getting to the top of the UK charts with Only the Innocent. So I’m going to be following this giveaway with interest, to see if it does actually impact upon the early sales of the book. And I’ll report back. If you fancy trying to bag

What next? A year in the life of a self-published author – Part VII

This is the final post in my series this week about all that has happened in the last year. I really hope that it has encouraged those of you who are just starting on the journey. It has been an astonishing year, if something of a roller-coaster ride for me. And as this is the last of my birthday posts, I can’t resist this loudest graphic of them all (should just be one candle, but still…). I started the year with neither hope nor expectation of everything that has happened subsequently. From thinking that I would be spending my time writing a cookery book for fun (which was to be my next project), I have ended up spending the year glued to my computer screen, marketing for the first five or six months, and then editing Only the Innocent and starting (and almost finishing) book 2 – name to be

A change of lifestyle: A year in the life of a self-published author – Part VI

You will notice that I am trying to find the loudest birthday graphics possible! This one is perhaps slightly more tasteful than most – but I can’t resist the glitter! In one of my earlier birthday posts this week, I talked about the whole work ethic, and how it was necessary for me to work twelve hours a day for months after month. None of this would have been possible without a decent support system in place. After all, we still had to eat!

What a difference an agent makes! A year in the life of a self-published author – Part V

Just a reminder to those coming to this series of posts for the first time, I am celebrating the fact that Only the Innocent was launched just one year ago, and I thought I would use the opportunity to describe the highs and lows of the last year. (And yes – the graphics are getting sillier!) In my last post, I talked about the amazing amount of hard work that it took to market Only the Innocent to the number 1 spot on Amazon UK. It was relentless, but I was like a dog with a bone. Once I had decided that I wasn’t going to settle for just a few sales a day, I had to go for it. The benefits of that success were far greater than just the financial ones and the amazing sense of achievement on the day that I got to number one. Mind you,

Work, work, work – and get fat! : A year in the life of a self-published author-Part IV

In the previous post in this series to celebrate the first anniversary of the launch of Only the Innocent, I talked about the marketing plan. But it’s one thing to write a plan. It’s a whole other thing to deliver it! The one thing I learned in my previous career was that any sort of business plan is absolutely useless if it doesn’t have clearly defined objectives and a way of measuring them. They are often referred to as SMART objectives: Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant, Time-bound.  As with all business planning tools, there are always newer, more up to date versions and explanations, but for my purposes, SMART works just fine.

Marketing in a nutshell : A year in the life of a self-published author – Part III

This is the third in the series of blog posts to celebrate the first year anniversary of the launch of Only the Innocent, and today I’m going to talk about the Marketing Plan. Yes – I know that I’ve done several posts on this already, and you can find them here and here – but I couldn’t talk about the last twelve months without talking about the marketing plan, and even in this short time, I would change my approach to marketing. Those of you who have followed these blog posts in the past will be aware that I didn’t actually have any plan at all at the launch of my book. That was a very significant mistake, because I had taken no time at all to build a sales platform and could only rely on friends and family to buy in the initial stages. (A sales platform can be

A year in the life of a self-published author: Part II – Preparing the book for launch

In the second part of this blog series to celebrate a year since the launch of Only the Innocent, I want to talk about everything that happened between the decision to publish, and the actual launch date. I will touch on the things that I did, and more importantly the things that I should have done – the lessons that I have learned. In the world of technology, things move at a remarkable rate. When I was preparing Only the Innocent for the Kindle, the process I went through to convert my file from a Word document to a mobi file was very long-winded. I couldn’t find any really good converters, and there were plenty of warnings about bad output from Amazon’s own system, so the first thing that I had to do was spend time considering how best to format my book.

A year in the life of a self-published author: Part I – How things change!

It will be one year this week (today, to be precise) since Only the Innocent was published as an ebook on Amazon (and shortly afterwards in other ebook formats) – and what an incredible twelve months it has been. I thought I would take the opportunity to share with you my experiences over the last year – the good, the bad, and the frankly quite unpleasant (but very little of that, I’m pleased to say). I have learned a lot, and it has been one of the most exciting and exhilarating experiences in my (very eventful) life. And one thing is absolutely certain – I don’t regret for one minute deciding to self-publish my first book.