MONDAY MIX – for those at the beginning of the path

OwlI am trying, on Monday Mix, to post a tiny bit of help for those just starting out on the idea of self-publishing.

As I am finding useful information, I shall try to pass it on. As you build up the names of the very good blogs, websites, and articles that are out there – you can build up your own repertoire of self-help and breaking news.

I have read there are on average 900 articles on self-publishing out at any one time – well – I shall simply post anything I find interesting on my journey of learning – and if it guides one person to one new inspiration- then that’s a beginning, for now.

Over the week-end, I read a lovely guide to marketing your book, once it is published. This is jumping ahead a little, or is it? I have found the drive to keep learning – whether it be creating a professional product, or how to harness social media – is all fuelled by the final aim of publishing, and reaching readers.

So many different motivations, but only one way. For all of us; publishing houses and publishers single!

I wonder how the travelling bards of old marketed their tales?


Using an e-mail signature to promote your book


tumblr_mj1q5jmC2w1rqgv0oo1_1280Welcome to the guide, for totally uninitiated authors, who have just realised they have to buy a computer and develop a third writing arm!

I am sure you are all finding absolutely TONS of information from Indie publishers, and also spotting the ones I am beginning to think of as the ‘gurus’ of this exciting new arena. The ones who have worked hard, and learnt fast, and are so passionate to help us – who trail helplessly, mouths open at the sheer volume to be absorbed.

I am learning, and will share all I can, but most of you will be way ahead of me, so perhaps this I am speaking to those of us who have only just put on our trainers, and are jogging, stomachs clenched, on the starting line!


From the beginning of my journey…

There is a certain lady whose book was the very first step in my musings on the possibilities of publishing for myself rather than be buried with my one hundredth draft, and eighty-fifth ‘bag the agent’ day behind me.

Her name is Catherine Ryan Howard, and I like her idea of collecting a few tweets and articles for general consumption. Anything to save us all time so we can recoup writing time seems sensible. Thank you Catherine.

I will try, for anyone who feels as terrified as me by this mountain, to return the favour, and post up a few bits and bobs I come across, that I hope might be of interest.

I would also like to advise, though, that I may not agree with the article – wouldn’t the world be dull if that were so?

So here goes… by three of my favourite gurus – all very different styles:

How to Get Your Book Published


Blogging basics