DSCN3409A long, long time ago, I sat down at this computer to start writing a story. The date was Tuesday, April 2nd, 2013 to be precise and fuelled by the TV programme ‘Nashville,’ I’d come up with an idea for my own story. I had no idea whether I would get to the end of the story or not at that point, I just wanted to write it all down before I forgot it! 😉 Today, 642 days later, I’m about done with my story and I’m just a few weeks away from self-publishing my first novel as an ebook in the first instance, followed shortly after by a paperback version.

I have spent a fair bit of time over the holidays (understatement of the year!) wrestling with formatting my novel in Scrivener, accompanied by the brilliant book ‘Scrivener for Dummies’ by Gwen Hernandez. It is now formatted to my satisfaction, I think (eek!) I have also worked my way through my own and my beta readers’ edits and got to the end of them without doing myself an injury. Finally, I contacted my proofreader to see if it would be possible to send it to her a bit earlier than we had planned. Her answer to this was yes and all of this means that I can look at a publication date of sometime during the week of the 16th February, 2015 which will be half-term week for me and therefore, a bit easier to manage. As it can take a few days for your book to upload to Amazon though, I’ll probably aim for a ‘soft’ launch in the week before to deal with any major upsets before the proper publication day.

My next task then is to send out my first newsletter. I have already started designing this and it will include my Cover Reveal and also the Book Trailer I’ve been working on. If you want to see both of these before anyone else, don’t forget to SIGN UP to my newsletter! All you have to do is click on the link. I will be doing a blog post soon about how I made the book trailer as well.

The next major thing to think about is marketing: yes or no? I have taken part in some giveaways myself run by authors and I even tried running one a while ago on my Facebook page but there wasn’t much take up. Similarly, although I have enjoyed ‘attending’ a number of Facebook launch parties, the attendees always seem to be other writers so I’m not sure how useful they are in terms of sales to new readers. Finally, there’s the issue of book blog tours. I know of many lovely people running these but I have no idea how useful they are to writers. Obviously, we all want to make our book stand out in a veritable ocean of others out there. So, if you have any advice on this topic, I’d love to hear from you in the comments. Some of the more experienced self-publishers believe that the best marketing is to get on with your second book and don’t worry, I fully intend to do that! I feel that some other marketing is necessary though and should be fun.

This is where I’m at for the start of 2015 then, folks. Thank you for accompanying me along the path so far. I hope you’ll keep on reading over the next few weeks and holding my hand as I edge closer to publication. Thank you for reading and supporting me with your advice and I look forward to reading your comments 🙂


11 Comments on My Piece of Sky

  1. This is a lovely post, Julie. Full of positiveness. Good luck with the next stage. You’ve already done a lot of marketing, just by posting about your writing process and bringing it to the attention of so many people – they may be mainly other authors at the moment, but they are generous with their help in spreading the word and not only are a lot of them likely to buy the book themselves, they will encourage their own readers to. You also have a couple of book bloggers following you, so you will soon start getting reviews to add fuel to the fire. Exciting times!

    • Thank you, Sally and thanks for taking the time to read my post and to make a comment. I feel very lucky to have made so many new friends on Twitter and elsewhere via social media and I have been amazed at the generosity of spirit shown by all of them. The next stage will be very exciting as you say 🙂

  2. Congratulations, Julie, on everything you have achieved so far. You have worked so hard to bring your dream ever closer to reality. I’m interested in your comments about publicity and the best approach. I agree with Sally – you have already done a huge amount towards publicising ‘Nashville.’ It’s just that it probably didn’t seem like it because you weren’t thinking about publicity at the time. I’m delighted to hear you’re working on a book trailer – I think they can be a terrific hook. Good luck with everything xx

    • Thanks, Susanna. It is starting to feel like it will really happen now, finally! It’s interesting that you make that point about all I’ve done already to publicise my book without shouting it from the rooftops. I read a good post today all about your visibility as an author being a much more successful approach than marketing each separate book in itself so what you said makes a lot of sense. It’s going to be another big learning curve for me whatever happens 🙂

  3. Love the positivity. Really looking forward to cover reveal and publication. It’s getting exciting. X

  4. Ooh, this is so exciting! I’ve only recently stumbled across your blog, looks like I’ve arrived at a good time 🙂 . Congratulations and good luck with it all xx

    • Thank you! It’s lovely to hear such an enthusiastic response 🙂 Stay tuned for the next bit of the roller coaster ride that has been my journey for the last 642 days 😉 Maybe it will inspire you to finish your novel?

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