If you’re self-publishing your first book, chances are you’ll concentrate on the e-version first and foremost and worry about the print version later. If you format your file yourself (rather than using a company to do it for you) it’s obviously much more complicated and time-consuming (although to be honest, you still have to proof the file, so using a company is not the complete shortcut you might imagine). I’ve laid down a beginner’s guide of things to consider about the file itself.
I think that self-pubbed authors are often so desperate to get reviews that we can be a bit brash in how we ask for them. In the excitement of our mission to get our books out there, we often forget how much time it takes to read and review them.
As I’d been asking hundreds of people to review my book recently, I decided it was only fair to review a few others myself. The problem was that I was left a bit irritated by most of these encounters; the emails that I exchanged with other authors felt like they were doing me the favour and not the other way round. I know they’re giving away a free book but they were terse and demanding (“when would I be leaving that review?, not if“) and I was left with a bit of a sour taste in my mouth.
I love listening to music when I write and even more so when I read. So it made sense to put together a playlist of songs to go with my new book, The Sham. These are songs that I listened to as I was writing but they also go with major events in the book. More to the point, they’re just tip top tunes!