Today I am joined by crime thriller author, Stephen Enger, who is sharing his self-publishing journey with me.
Who are you and when did your journey begin?
My name is Stephen Edger, and I wrote my first crime thriller in 2010. Having tried unsuccessfully to secure an agent, I decided to self-publish the book through Amazon’s KDP. I continued to write two books a year, not seeking a traditional publishing deal until my seventh book Crosshairs, which I submitted to independent publisher Endeavour Press. They also published my eighth book Complicit, but I was disappointed with the support I received from them and returned to independent publishing.
Tell us about where you are on your self-publishing journey right now in terms of books publish, where you publish etc.
I was lucky enough to be offered a contract by Bookouture in February 2017, for three books in a new series. So far, they have published Dead to Me, and Dying Day, and the third novel Cold Heart is available on pre-order. I am currently submitting a new series idea to them, which I’m hoping to write soon.
Why did you choose to self-publish?
I’d put so much time and energy into writing that first novel that I didn’t want to see it wasted. I found Amazon’s KDP easy to use, and it was easier than dealing with rejection letters.
What’s the best thing about self-publishing?
I love designing my own covers (and tweaking as required), and self-publishing gives writers that full control.
And the worst?
Its reputation. There is still stigma attached that those who self-publish are failed writers somehow. Even though I’d been published by Endeavour Press, it was MY choice to return to self-publishing, not because I’d failed, but because I wanted greater control again.
What do you know now that you wish you’d known before you published your first book?
I wish I’d had more belief in myself, and wish I’d spent more time seeking professional editing support for those early books. The stories are good, but the quality of writing is not as strong as it perhaps could have been.
If you could change one thing about your self-publishing journey, what would it be and why?
I would start sooner. I wish I’d known before 2010 that I wanted to write and that I COULD do it.
Do you have any advice for those who might be looking in to self-publishing?
Make sure your book is as tight as it can be. There are so many resources (editing, cover design, formatting) out there to support those on the self-publishing journey. Don’t publish something that you aren’t 100% happy about. If you need more time, then take it.
Anything else you’d like to share?
My latest book Cold Heart is available for pre-order now and will be published on 12 March 2018.
A missing girl. A killer with a deadly message…
It has been a week since anyone last saw fifteen-year-old Daisy, after she left her best friend’s house and started her short walk home. Detective Kate Matthews and her team have been looking for her ever since.
When a tip-off leads Kate to a disused gymnasium building at Daisy’s school, she is devastated to find no sign of the missing girl, but, as she investigates further, what she does find amongst the dusty benches and broken lockers shakes her to the core: a side-room covered in plastic and a small severed foot. Kate doesn’t know whether to be relived or horrified when the DNA results show the foot does not belong to Daisy.
Working all hours to find the link between both cases, Kate’s blood runs cold when a gift-wrapped box containing a human heart is delivered to her at the station. A twisted killer wants the attention of the victims’ families, but why send pieces of them back?
As Daisy’s last known movements are gradually retraced, suspicion falls on members of her family and activity on her Facebook account makes Kate hopeful she is still alive. Will Daisy be the killer’s next victim? Or is Kate prepared to risk life and limb to stop another innocent life from being taken?
This utterly unputdownable serial-killer thriller will have fans of Angela Marsons, Peter James and Helen Fields biting their nails long after the final twist has sunk in.
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