Today I welcome author, Lorraine Swoboda to discuss her self-publishing journey.
Tell us about where you are on your self-publishing journey right now in terms of books published, where you publish etc.
I have one book out, self-published through Amazon KDP/Createspace, another in the process of being written, and another that’s lurking, waving occasionally so that I know it’s still there.
Why did you choose to self-publish?
I’m not a good supplicant for crumbs – waiting for an agent or publisher when my book could be out there while I write the next one appealed to me. Plus the chance of anyone getting an agent for my genre (Regency character-led romance) was slim.
What’s best thing about self-publishing?
Control. You choose when and how.
What’s the worst thing about self-publishing?
Ignorance of all the possible glitches, and the difference between Amazon and Ingram Sparks and so forth. Finding ways to publicise one book, when that is (for now) all you’ve got to sell.
What do you know now that you wish you’d known before you published your first book?
Never use an Amazon barcode! The indie bookshop where I would sell well – in the small town where the book is set – refuses to touch it because Amazon are the opposition, and they say their computer won’t read Amazon barcodes.
If you could change one thing about your self-publishing journey, what would it be and why?
The barcode (see above).
Do you have any advice for those who might be looking in to self-publishing?
Do it. Unless you have friends in publishing, or know an agent, you have nothing to lose. BUT – this is essential: get yourself a good editor. You cannot edit your own work; you become blind to what you’ve written, and see only what you hear in your head. An editor is not just an outsider, who will read the book in a way you haven’t heard it, though that’s vital; s/he is there to pick up all the grammar and spelling glitches that you can’t spot if you don’t know they’re glitches, and all the typos. S/he will spot the holes in your plot and that fact that someone gets out of bed twice without getting back into it. Essential.
Anything else you’d like to share?
There are a million authors out there all wanting to sell their books. Some are good, some aren’t. It’s down to you to make sure that your book is the best it can possibly be, so that when a reader buys a copy (and you go mad with delight!) they are getting something polished and fully worked, and something that you can be proud of. It’s taken you months or years to write: don’t let it down at the last minute.
Some fantastic advice here from Lorraine! Editing seems to be the main piece of advice offered by the self-published authors in the study and here’s my thoughts on why that is: Why Pay For Editing Services
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here’s the blurb and buying link for Lorraine’s debut novel, Mrs Calcott’s Army …
Dorset, 1817: Lydia Calcott, making her lonely way home from market, is accosted and savagely attacked. She is rescued from drowning by Major Mark Roper, a stranger to the area, who takes her back to his temporary quarters at Brockhill Manor. Hearing her story, Mark vows to protect her until the would-be murderer is taken up. How to find one unknown man before he can come back to finish her off is a challenge to which Mark rises with the aid of his brother, his batman, and some old army friends. During her enforced convalescence at the Manor, and with new friends to support her, Lydia discovers the strength and the determination to fight for herself; but there is more than one enemy waiting for her to fail, and past secrets which could shatter all her hopes. This is a novel to curl up with on a rainy afternoon; traditional Regency romance at its best.
About the author …
Lorraine Swoboda has been, amongst other things, a TV news researcher and an agony aunt. She lives in France with her husband, where she writes while he renovates around her. They both agree that it’s best that way round.