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To Self publish or not?

Posted in General with tags , , , , , on September 17, 2017 by Kate Jack

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A lot of today’s writers seem to gravitate towards self publishing, rather than going the traditional route. Why is this? Well apart from the hassle of finding a traditional publisher to take you on, there’s also the freedom involved in owning the rights to your work. This means a writer has total control over how, where and when they publish. But what about marketing? Well most writers, self or traditionally published, have to do their own marketing anyway. Unless you’re in the top echelon of writers, publishers seem unwilling to spend any money on getting the word out there on your behalf.

I’ve just tried my hand at self publishing, using Smashwords guide to formatting a manuscript. It was hard work, but I found it satisfying; at last I’d achieved something I’ve wanted to do for a long time. Once the manuscript was formatted, I then browsed the internet for a cover, which I achieved at a good price, for an excellent product. Also, now I know how to do it, it should be relatively straightforward the next time round. 

So, if you haven’t already done so, why not give it a go? 🙂

 

 

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A sense of achievement…

Posted in Book Club with tags , , , , , on August 10, 2017 by Kate Jack

…there’s nothing like it.

Gaining a sense of achievement is, for me, akin to getting a five star review for my books. Since I retired back in May, I’ve achieved more – writing wise – than I’ve done for years. Freeing myself from the shackles of work has indeed given me a better perspective on life.

I’ve even gained achievement in other aspects of my life, such as ridding myself of excess possessions and dispensing them to various charity shops. Having said that, every time I drop off a load of bin bags filled with goodies, I end up buying something else to take their place 😀

However, my greatest achievement to date, is formatting and uploading to various online retailers, my first self published novel, A Pocketful of Stories. Over the years, I’ve watched people self publish with increasing confidence and most self published novels, nowadays, are of the highest standard and quality. So I thought now that  my time is my own, why not have a go? I have to admit I did wonder if I’d bitten off more than I could chew, but I girded my loins, downloaded Smashword’s free guide to formatting and set to.

I can honestly say I’ve never worked so hard in my life! At the beginning of the guide it warned that it would take a few hours to carry out the formatting to the standard required by Smashwords. Hours? Try two days! However, I got there in the end and I have to say I’m very proud of the results. The book cover I commissioned from a site called: Custom e-book covers, for the very reasonable price of £49.99. They guarantee to deliver the goods within 3 days and they did; excellent customer service, as far as I’m concerned. 

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When it came to actually uploading the manuscript, I can tell you I was dreading it. However, I was pleasantly surprised when it uploaded first time and apart from a few spelling errors, which I immediately corrected, it was accepted for Smashwords Premium catalogue. This means they will distribute it more widely than other books that don’t make the grade. I then uploaded it to Amazon and it went without a hitch. 

So, my little chick-a-dees, the moral of this tale is that if a technophobe like me can format and upload to a digital retailer, then anyone can 😀

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Available now…

Posted in Book Club with tags , , , , , , , , , on August 4, 2017 by Kate Jack

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For your delight and delectation – absolutely FREE! 😀

Welcome to a world of faeries, dreamers, history and much more. A Pocketful of Stories contains twelve short fantasy tales, filled with delightful, and not so delightful, characters, plus a bonus free chapter from book I of The Silver Flute Trilogy, Land of Midnight Days. From the dreamer who does not wish to face up to reality, to the shopkeeper and his daughters who yearn for adventure, A Pocketful of Stories will take you through multiple worlds and situations.

 

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