Behind every writer there needs to be an editor

After making the decision to self-publish my first novel, A Class Apart, this year (if you missed that announcement, you can read all about it here), I compiled a very long list of all the things I will need to do to achieve that goal. It covers everything from learning how to keep basic financial accounts to working out book marketing strategies, but top of the list was choosing an editor.

I’ll be honest and admit that, due to the cost of it, I had originally hoped to sidestep it altogether. I pride myself on being a really good proofreader (the six readers of my recently-completed second novel, A Class Entwined, returned one typo from over 88,000 words) and I had the temerity to believe I had moulded A Class Apart into a pretty decent shape, maybe even a shape decent enough to sell to the public. But then I came to my senses. I’m Continue reading

Time for a terrifying announcement

This is it. After much deliberating, some dithering, a dash of doubt, and a dollop of determination, I have come to a daring decision.

I am going to self-publish my historical fiction series, A Matter of Class.

I’m choosing not to look at this as a last resort, even though it might seem that way! True, I have not had any concrete success so far in submitting to agents and publishers the traditional way, but I do still have Continue reading

Never Judge A Book By Its Cover – But You Always Do!

In May and June this year, I had the very interesting experience of getting a book cover designed.

Why did I decide to do this? Well, at the time I had almost completely made up my mind to go down the self-publishing route and I knew that, if I was going to put any money into that venture, it had to go on the book cover. The cover is the first thing a reader sees and, regardless of the old adage, it matters a whole lot:

1) If a book’s cover looks cheap or poorly produced, that will turn the reader off from the outset, leading them to think that Continue reading

Is Self-Publishing The Way To Go?

Up to this point of my writing ‘career’ (maybe that’s a laughable term but I’ll use it with a measure of dignity anyway), I have solely focused my efforts on getting published the traditional way: through an agent and a print publisher. Recently, however, I’ve started considering other options – specifically, going down the route of self-publishing. With this in mind, I decided to sign up to the Self-Publishing Day hosted by the Irish Writers’ Centre, which took place on Saturday 31st January.

This was definitely a good decision. There was such Continue reading