Challenges and Opportunities

I’m very much enjoying the challenges and opportunities involved in the independent publishing of my second novel.

I decided to go this way to test myself and to learn more about the writing and publishing industries.

It wasn’t an easy decision, but it came to me when I was editing my manuscript for frenzship following feedback from several sources. At that time, I realised that I didn’t need to prove myself again as I was already a published author. Also I very much wanted to control my own project this time and make my own choices about marketing and promotion of the book.

frenzship was released on the 16th of April with the professional advice and support of the Book Reality Experience and it is doing very well. I had feared that without the publicity channels available from traditional publishing that I might struggle to get the book seen, but this has not been the case thanks to my own promotion and marketing team led by Taryn Johnston from FCM media out of the UK.

Furthermore on the back of this, Ian Andrew of Book Reality and I have developed a workshop product entitled, ‘ Democratic Publishing’ to help other authors. We ran this at the Perth Writers Festival and it was incredibly well received. We’re now putting together a schedule of further events.

For those of you who are new to publishing or who are considering writing a book, it’s worth giving thought to the pros and cons of different forms of publishing. They all have strengths and weaknesses. Taking the independent route perhaps takes more effort but ultimately having control & most importantly copyright ownership makes it an option worth considering.