THE JOURNEY TO PUBLICATION
Why I decided to self-publish and how I got there
My first post on this Blog just has to deal with getting published for the first time. I have given some descriptions of my early attempts at publication in the pages on Angus Logie and The Creator’s Egg. These simply indicate what a ball-breaker getting published, the traditional way, really is. By the end of my second attempt at it, I’d all but given up hope of ever getting published.
When it was decided that I should embark on the BIG DATA project, I had to rethink the publication problem. I couldn’t contemplate a traditional publishing process. Bear in mind that, in preparation for trying to publish the first twice, I’d read at least half a dozen books on writing, submissions for publication, where are the agents and publishers and how do you contact them and a bunch of other stuff that I needed to help me plan my campaign. Then I tried the remote route – sending submissions with sample chapters to all and sundry. This was a dismal failure so I decided to be more direct. That in a trip to London when I walked the streets and knocked on doors. Another failure – not dismal because I got some very constructive feedback – but a failure nevertheless.
Then I had a stroke of luck. Somehow, (I don’t remember exactly how) I found an on-line course on UDEMY.
The course is called “How to Become a Bestselling Author on Amazon Kindle”. And it changed my whole outlook on becoming a writer. In the course, the course leader, Tom Corson-Knowles, explained the following topics:
- Writing for Kindle
- Formatting to allow the Kindle up-load
- Publishing for Kindle
- Marketing your E books
- Advanced Marketing techniques
Tom’s style is relaxed and very informative. He laces good factual content with stories of his own experiences that clarify and help your memory to retain the knowledge he imparts. He also explained how to get book jackets designed, advised and gave links on Editing and had a bonus section where he interviewed a number of Best-Selling Kindle authors to learn from them also. Tom is a best-selling Kindle author in his own right so he speaks from a wealth of experience. To find out more about Tom go to his Amazon Author Page or go to the website of Tom’s publishing company. Make sure also to watch the free training videos for authors at EbookPublishingSchool.com
I did the course in April/May 2015 and it inspired me enough to tackle my Big Data project in the sure and certain knowledge that books would be published. It also inspired me to think further and resurrect my other works. My first two books had lain dormant for thirteen years or more. Now I could see a way forward for them. The Angus Logie Story will be published before mid 2016 and the Egg books by Mid 2017 at the latest.
So for anybody out there who wants to write, I’d say do the course and then get on with it. You CAN write a book! AND you can publish it yourself. So there is a lot of hard work but there are no insurmountable obstacles. Whether you do or whether you don’t is entirely up to you.
All you need is a topic you like and are interested in that you believe others are also interested in and away you go.
Good Luck and I wish you all of the best.