Tuesday, 21 January 2014

Self Publishing - The Aftermath

It’s been a few days since I published my book, and I just thought I’d share a few observations with you now that I'm both older and wiser.  After all, there are tons of blogs out there telling you ‘how to’ do it, whereas I’m contemplating beginning my own series ‘how not to’.

Observation #1. Your non-writery friends will be delighted for you,

“Oh wow, you got a publishing deal!  Congratulations!  You must be so chuffed!  Well done!  Brilliant brilliant brilliant!”

whereas fellow writers snigger up their sleeves because they know full well you’d have never gone down this route if you’d been able to interest a proper publisher.  So

Observation #2.  You will feel like a total fraud.

Observation #3. You will see pound signs ringing up in your ex-spouse’s eyes because the only writers he knows are J.K. Rowling and Ian Rankin, so he’s calculating just how much maintenance you’re going be paying him once those royalties start gushing in.  You’ll decide not to enlighten him to postpone the inevitable having him point out your fraudulent status and decided lack of smarts.

Observation #4. You will wake up in the middle of the night in a sweaty panic having just realised you forgot to include a title or a copyright page.  Furthermore, you will be unable to rectify this since those non-writery friends have already bought first copies ready to cash in when you finally morph into J.K. Rowling, so you have to face up to the fact that yes, when everyone receives their copies of a highly unprofessional looking book, they’re all going to know you are a. an utter fraud, and b. a total numpty for not ordering a preview copy because you thought you were clever and got it right just checking online.

Need I say more?


  1. Sam, truly it's a big moment. We all make mistakes in this game and I made a terrible one in trusting someone with my book who then made a huge mess of it.
    These days, publishing deals are VERY rare and to be picked up that way is slightly less likely than winning the Lottery. It's got little to do with quality of writing and everything to do with having contacts, vast amounts of luck and about having something that instantly brings up the £ signs in the eyes of publishers. These days, it's totally OK to self publish.
    From what I have read so far of your book, it's well written and intriguing. I'm struggling to read anything right now because my illness is making a lot of things much harder including concentrating and short term memory.
    If it's any consolation, I think most of us think the same things when we first let a book loose into the world. It gets easier, but only slowly.
    Much love,

  2. Thank you for your encouragement Viv, and hope you start to feel a lot better soon xxx

  3. I can relate to all you say here, but self publishing is much more respectable than it used to be, some authors are discovered through their self published works and are then taken on by big publishers and it's a book isn't it? Congratulations!

  4. Thanks Juliet, it's lovely to hear from you xxx


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