Today, indie author, L.T. Marshall, joins me to share her self-publishing journey.
Who are you and when did your journey begin?
L.T. Marshall, I published my first book on 22nd Dec 2016
Tell us about where you are on your self-publishing journey right now in terms of books published, where you publish, etc.
I now have 6 novels and 2 bonus books published, amazon exclusively. I am negotiating an audio book deal on my book one with a respected publishing house and building a fan following.
Why did you choose to self-publish?
It was a suggestion from a friend, something to try out while sending my first novel to publishing companies. I never knew much about it and figured I would give it a go.
What’s the best thing about self-publishing?
Being in full control of all aspects. I love that I get creative control on covers and blurbs. Every single detail from promo, to booking events, and making the executive decisions.
And the worst?
Not having the contacts or funds for the kind of marketing that publishing houses have. Instead of being able to throw books into the limelight the way they can, I am slowly growing a following and exposure.
What do you know now that you wish you’d known before you published your first book?
I know the importance of having skilled people to help you. Editors, Experts in software for covers. Contacts in the book world. If there is something you cannot do, then there are people who can help you on every step if you need it. I knew none of that when I started.
If you could change one thing about your self-publishing journey, what would it be and why?
I would go back to day one and scrimp and save for an editor. It’s the one place where my books have suffered slightly and even though it’s now being rectified, it’s a regret I still have.
Do you have any advice for those who might be looking in to self-publishing?
Don’t be afraid. It’s not as huge a mountain to climb as you think. Take small steps, break down the process and know, that no one hurdle is anywhere close to your own nerves about making your work public. Overcome that fear and you will sail through. Reach out for support and join writing groups and help blogs. The writing community is full of really supportive people who are willing to help.
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Thank you so much for sharing this with us, Leanne. It seems to be a theme running through these case studies: use an editor!
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Emma Anderson has everything in her life worked out; the perfect job in a Manhattan empire allowing her to live a quiet and safe existence. Until a promotion whisks her up the ladder, working for handsome playboy billionaire, Jake Carrero. Knee deep in insecurities with a dark past, Jake is everything she is not: impulsive, confident, laid back, and fun. Can Jake break through her frosty exterior, and enable her to finally feel the love she’s always craved.
Contains some mature, adult content and language.
About the author …
Born and raised in Scotland, Leanne has lived in both the central belt and the highlands. A mum to two children, she has been with her fiancée for twelve years and currently resides in West Lothian. A mum, artist and business owner she also has an online store under the name Liana Marcel. You can find her across social media as either her author name or artist name, Youtube, Facebook, Pinterest, and twitter. She has been writing romance since her teens and had an early stint at journalism back in high school. She has many books under her belt going through the editing process right now. The first being The Carrero Effect, part one of a trilogy in which it follows Emma Anderson on a path to self-growth. A girl with a troubled past whose finally healed by falling in love with the most unsuitable man on the planet. Book two is due for release in the next month or so and three shortly after. She also has a book called Just Rose on the verge of release, a stand-alone contemporary romance about a girl moving to the highlands of Scotland. A place close to Leanne’s heart. My Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/LTMarshallauthor/ Follow her blog for Character updates, giveaways and more, or sign up to her mailing list.