Today I’m joined by indie author, Chloe Hammond to talk about her self-publishing journey.
Who are you and when did your journey begin?
Chloe Hammond. I finally started writing properly in winter 2013.
Tell us about where you are on your self-publishing journey right now in terms of books published, where you publish, etc.
I self-published my first book on Halloween 2015. I’ve almost finished writing book 2. Trying to learn about promotion and marketing has taken up a lot of my writing time. I work full time, so my time to dedicate to my books is limited.
Why did you choose to self-publish?
So I could have complete artistic control of my content and cover.
What’s the best thing about self-publishing?
Artistic control and the friends you make in the community.
And the worst?
Being alone with difficult things to learn. I prefer being shown.
What do you know now that you wish you’d known before you published your first book?
Nothing. If I’d tried to learn everything before I did it, I would have been completely overwhelmed. I’ve learned each thing as I’ve had the head space to grasp it.
If you could change one thing about your self-publishing journey, what would it be and why?
Nothing really- I’d love to be madly successful immediately, but I’m happy to take the tortoise route. As long as I get there eventually. I believe in my writing.
Do you have any advice for those who might be looking in to self-publishing?
Don’t rush, don’t overwhelm yourself. Enjoy the process and view every mistake as an opportunity to learn. Join groups & clubs & ask questions. It’s a very friendly community and everyone is happy to help you.
Anything else you’d like to share?
Don’t compare your own journey with other people’s. They are only sharing the good on their social media. Don’t get dispirited from their successes. You’ll have yours too.
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Chloe’s first novel, Darkly Dreaming, is out now, here’s the blurb …
Have you ever longed to leave your life behind? Sever all ties and disappear?
Even for just one second? What if it wasn’t a choice anymore?
Darkly Dreaming is a literary exploration into a sinister world where vampires lurk in our shadows.
As interested in our heroines’ emotional changes as their physical transformations, the story leads you through their infection, transformation, and difficult adaption to their strange new life. We experience their hopes and compromises, heartbreaks and rage as deeply as they do.
A modern gothic, these vampires aren’t the undead, they have been infected by a virus and undergone physical changes as radical as a butterfly during metamorphosis.
These vampires are as beguiling, cruel and fatal as cats, and just as irresistible.
About the author …
Chloe Hammond is an Aquarius, very Aquarius. Born in Liverpool in 1975, she grew up in West Wales, but now lives in Barry in South Wales, with her husband and rescue cats and dogs. She always wanted to write, but life got in the way. Last year she was diagnosed with extreme anxiety and depression, which caused nightmares and sleepless nights. In her typically contrary way she used this to her advantage and the nightmares became this novel, and the sleeplessness nights were when she found time to write it. She has a lovely sea view from her desk, which she gazes at to still her mind so her characters can burst forth and have their say. Chloe frequently submits poetry and short stories to Cake and Quill’s charity Anthologies.