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FREE EBOOK: Ditch the Publisher
40 Indie Authors on their Unique Self-Publishing Journeys
Thinking of self-publishing? Who better to advise you than 40 writers who have been there, done that and, well, written the book?
Once upon a dark age, self-publishing authors were those who couldn’t get published, had huge bags of cash to hand over to the vanity sharks and enough space around their houses to store the hundreds of copies of their masterpiece, forever to remain unread. Back then, if you were a musician, dragging your little rock band around the pubs and clubs was the only way to get noticed, but for writers, going it alone was a badge of shame, a tattoo on the forehead saying ‘Reject’, a one-way ticket to obscurity.
But then came the Internet and the opportunities for new writers exploded. We could go indie too, develop a fan-base and even become a bestseller (heard of Fifty Shades of Grey?!) without ever having to jump through unpredictable, elitist, publishing hoops. It’s a revolution and it’s still changing. In fact, more and more traditionally published authors are looking over the fence at the colour of our grass, choosing the increased freedom and royalties over the perceived kudos and security of traditional routes.
These are exciting times, but to succeed on an ever-changing playing field, information is power and you’ve come to the right place. The contributors of this book occupy a sizable percentage of the space on the Kindle, Smashwords, Lulu and other indie-book providers, with experiences that span a wide range of genres, routes and success levels. We have bestsellers and newbies, all with something important to say on the subject, from writing the book, formatting it and finding it a home, to the all-important circus of marketing of which you must become the ringmaster.
Contributors include… Michael J. Sullivan, David Jay Ramsden, Beth Orsoff, Terri Reid, L.J Sellers, Diana Mylek, Lexi Revellian, Scott Nicholson, Joseph Lallo, C.S. Marks, Aliyah Burke, T.M. Nielsen, Gerard O’Keefe, Sybil Nelson, Lindsay Burouker, Dean Wesley Smith and Russell Blake. We are also treated to contributions by Arnold R. Beckhardt who published his first book at the age of 85 and German Alcala who published at just 13.
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A Rather Odd Novel by Hayley Sherman
Time travel as a cure for depression, the Mods and Rockers on the West Pier, a vengeful Sat Nav lady, a seagull-stalked Frank Sinatra and Daizepam for sale...
Emma used to be happy; now she looks as if life has fallen on her from a twelfth-floor window and she forgot to put out her arms to catch it. She used to be creative but now she can barely imagine a sunny day in the rain. She is young, beautiful and engulfed in the creative vibes of Brighton, but she divides her time between sitting on her own private pebble indentation on the beach and watching the dregs of afternoon TV – chewing gum for the mind.
With her doctor refusing to offer her a prescription for anything other than condescension, she is offered an unusual cure for her depression from a man who promises to help her wear life like a pair of loosely fitting loungey pants. And so begins her bizarre journey into a past that belongs to someone else and a present that she wishes didn’t belong to her. And the future? If only she could get off the merry-go-round and start again it might just be okay.
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