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THIS WEEK - 

-          What made a New York Times bestselling author take a leap into the unknown

-          How ‘wattpad.com’ is helping with Work in Progress issues

-          And tickets selling fast for the screenwriting festival in London in October

-          Plus the first look at my next title – a compendium including two short stories and a novel.

It’s the question that stirs traditionally published authors to become hybrids – self-publishing their own works as well – namely, why take a smaller piece of the pie? See ‘other news’ below for Eileen Goudge’s reasons, and she was a best selling New York Times author who got left behind by a big publisher. What would you do?

It’s interesting since I’ve come at it totally from the opposite end. I’ve never known that kind of trad deal, I’ve only sold via self-publishing, or ‘indie’ publishing. Yet what goes now is not the same as in the height of the self-pub wave a year or so ago. Half the sales, at best guess, because of increased choice, and back lists being added every day. It’s the norm now, to see a full-length novel being sold on eBook for £1.99 or £1.50 or even 99p. So volume is the key to making it pay, at least to cover the costs of employing a professional cover designer and editor/proof reader, like most semi-pro indie authors now do. Also read this account from Claire Cook, also guesting on Jane Friedman’s excellent blog for authors.

I’m aiming for volume, as I’ve explained previously, considering the schedule of titles so far released this year, and more to follow. Initially at least. It's certainly keeping my beta readers and editors busy! In fact, the pic above is of another title I'll be releasing – read below for more. Meanwhile, here’s some more feedback that makes my heart smile when I read it on Amazon -

Hawaiian Retreat – 5*reviewsclick here to see my most recent steamy romance on Amazon -

“Have now read the trilogy and thoroughly enjoyed them. I was really engrossed with the story and characters and was sorry to come to the end of the series. Thanks for some great reading.”

 Dawn G, Amazon review

 

Book of the Week More on my QVC main Friday Blog, with a book of the week by Paulo Coehlo entitled ‘Adultery’ – ooer! Go here to find out more.

 

Other news –

-          The London Screenwriters’ Festival Is Nearly Three Quarters Sold Out – the annual film fest in October is a hot ticket – go here to find out more and to book the weekend workshops.

-          The Wattpad Difference – courtesy of the Writers Union of Canada, an interesting account of how using Wattpad keeps those works in progress going. Read more here.

-          Self-Publish or Perish: Why I Made the Leap by Eileen Goudge – as discussed above, it’s a massive trend and it’s not going to go away. Find out why NY Times best selling author Eileen did it, here. And make sure you read all the interesting comments afterwards too.

-          Sneaky Peek – at an early draft of a new compendium of three of my titles, allowing the two short stories to be purchased in paperback for the first time! News of how to get it later in the year… See the pic at the top – if you like it, let me know! You can leave a comment below or email me on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

 

Beginners’ Guide And if you’re a complete beginner and want to self-publish, remember my basic guide published on here in the archives – click here for beginner's tips for self-publishing -  a summary of info, sites and links to help you on your way.

Archives Don’t forget to check out the other archives (to the left) for even more fabulous hints, tips, links and blogs. Plus - see below for my own list of books now available in paperback or eBook on Amazon!

Have an alchemistic week!

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MY BOOKS

As usual, here’s the round up of my own titles! Do give me feedback by tweeting or facebooking or just email me This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Otherwise I’d appreciate a review on Amazon (go here) and Goodreads (go here)! Enjoy! x

 

eBooks  - all available on Amazon – paperback or eBook (kindle or kindle app or kindle on PC or Mac)

paperbacks – five titles all available in paperback – via Amazon – see below.

HAWAIIAN TRILOGY (2013/4) – romantic fiction in either steamy or PG options!

Book 1 Hawaiian Escape Steamy or Hawaiian Escape PG, the prequel to Hawaiian Affair - is now available on Amazon in eBook or paperback in both PG original and steamy (just released last week!).

Book 2 Hawaiian Affair Steamy or Hawaiian Affair PG versions are both available on Amazon in either eBook or paperback.

Book 3 Hawaiian Retreat - Helen's Story is now out - Just click this link to see steamy version. Paperback soon, PG version coming end August

DIARY OF A WANNABE SHOPPING CHANNEL PRESENTER – see above – click here to buy Ebook on amazon, and click here to buy paperback.

 

SHORT STORIES

‘When Dreams Return’ (2014) – spooky romantic short story – when Chelle’s pal Sara gets her to conjure up her ideal man with a full moon magic spell, she gets more than she bargained for…

The Valentine’s Surprise (2010) is a short story proving it’s never too late to find your Sir Galahad!

And coming for Xmas, a compendium in paperback of Dairy of a Wannabe plus the two short stories in one volume.

 

NON-FICTION

Till the Fat Lady Slims is my 2002 weight loss book all about eating like slim people do, following Food Freedom technique. As used and recommended on our Back to You QVC Facebook group! NB – Brand new revised version coming Autumn 2014!

 

OTHER WORK IN PROGRESS (see my new Work In Progress tab for updates!)

‘TTFLS’ revised version including ‘The When Diet’ – coming Autumn 2014

‘The How to Find a Husband Manual’ – hehe – more info in the late summer. A spin off from the Hawaiian trilogy’s character Kate, Helen’s friend in New York.

‘Diary of a Rookie Shopping Channel Presenter’ – sequel - early 2015

 

More on my QVC main Friday Blog, with a book of the week by Paulo Coehlo entitled ‘Adultery’ – ooer! Go here to find out more.

Other news –

-          The London Screenwriters’ Festival Is Nearly Three Quarters Sold Out – the annual film fest in October is a hot ticket – go here to find out more and to book the weekend workshops.

There is so much help and advice out there – for free – plus endless books online about writing, structuring, plotting, dialogue, characterisation, then editing, designing, formatting, publishing your finished work. I’m frequently asked about where to begin. I do hope the following info helps! Good luck!

Debs

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Ps I’m not able to advise individually at the moment since all my spare time is taken up with my deadlines for my own titles. But there’s tons of info here – good luck! Go here to see my back list on Amazon and my Work in Progress.

 

This is a summary of the info I've found useful since early 2013 when I first got interested in self-publishing. With the help of this advice my own book sales have kick started, (at time of writing, early May 2014, over 9500 units across all my titles, across my three novels, a novella and a short story as well as my weight loss book all on Amazon.)

Contents -

- Where do I start?

Writers' Workshop - how to get published - free online guide - excellent basics for Beginners! click here for more.

The Creative Penn Doyenne of self-publishing/marketing Joanna Penn gives you a complete breakdown of what to do if you go here – download her free doc Author 2.0 by subscribing here - and you can also read coming up for 200 fabulous podcasts on various self-publishing & marketing topics – immerse yourself in the Creative Penn site for a couple of days and you’ll have a superb general idea of self-publishing and the more advanced aspects too. Go here for The Creative Penn introduction to self-publishing. And look out for her marketing workshops – highly recommended.

Jane Friedman’s  writing advice website – packed with info. Start here – with her ‘how to get a book published’ and try her useful page ‘how to publish an ebook – useful resources and links’ including getting started; sales, marketing and promotions; creating eBooks; where to publish them; and some brilliant blogs to follow.

This site and Joanna’s site are the most amazing info-packed resources you could hope for – anyone just embarking on their self publishing journey should find all they need here.

-          First steps to self-publish the team who run the annual York Festival have put together a fab first stop for new writers helping navigate the self-pub maze – go here.

 

 Also – 100 Best Websites for Writersclick here.

 

- Deb's archives

Each week on Read it Write it Sell it, I try to include a few links to interesting topics of use to authors and self-publishers. Check out the archives to the left and bottom of this page. Popular topics include –

-          Hugh Howey’s Author Earnings Report and the ongoing furore surrounding it.

-          Liz Harris’ round up of the enlightening LBF 2014 session with top selling self publishers, their advice on how to make it big.

-          A guest blog I did in April ’14 for Joanna Penn, top tips for self publishers to promote your first book.

-          Making your novel into an audiobook incl a fab feature on writing volume – the key to self publishing success.

-          A guide to cover reveals, a la Goodreads

-          Tumblr For Writers: A Picture-Perfect Marketing And Promotional Tool - Web Design Relief They’re always thinking of new ways for authors to connect to readers – this seems a sensible next move, given how ubituitous facebook and twitter are nowadays… click here.

 

Courses and conferences

Ones I have personally been on and can recommend –

Writers’ Workshop – York Festival of Writing – annual weekend packed with workshops and how-to’s and invaluable ten minute 1-2-1 sessions with agents and publishers. Click here. Also includes online writers’ courses

Cornerstones  - a literary consultancy – I went on one of their courses and use their editing service. Click here.

Arvon Foundation – something for everyone – year round, UK-wide, residential courses, some tutored, some not, on virtually every aspect of writing. Click here.

Verulum Writers’ Circle annual Get Writing day in St Albans – some fab speakers and opportunities for one to ones. Click here.

Julie Cohen – my ultimate mentor – for my romance writing – former Mills & Boon author, now Richard & Judy listed author (‘Dear Thing’, May 2014) – her website is here – she runs intermediate and advanced novel writing workshops and residential courses.

Self-Publishing seminar – Guardian masterclasses – start here.

Watermill at Posara – where my romance writing began! Jessica Hart’s workshop in Tuscany inspired a million love stories. Well, three – all set in Hawaii, and Tuscany! Different authors run the workshops and the week is all about the surroundings, the food and the company as much as the writing! Click here. It’s not cheap, but it’s a wonderful holiday of a lifetime.

 

SCRIPT-WRITING

Robert McKee, ‘Story’ weekend seminar – in London – fabulous for beginners to script writing. Click here. An intensive four day intensive crash course – be prepared for long hours and harsh reality!

London Festival of Screenwriting – Chris Jones and team also run workshops on various topics. Click here.