Pauline Barclay is the author of six books and she is with me today to share her self publishing journey.
So, who are you and when did your journey begin?
I am Pauline Barclay and I published my first book, Magnolia House in 2009
Tell us about where you are on your self-publishing journey right now in terms of books published, where you publish, etc.
I have six books published and slowly, very slowly I am working on number seven. In the early days I published two of my books with Authors on Line, this company does not exist today. I used this type of company as at the time Amazon was nothing like the company it is today and publishing a book as an Indie Author was far more difficult. Today, with the exception of one book, all my books are now published on Amazon platforms.
Why did you choose to self-publish?
After talking with other self-published authors, it seemed a route to consider and I have never regretted making this decision.
What’s the best thing about self-publishing?
Talking full control of every aspect of your work.
And the worst?
One, finding enough hours to promote and keep abreast with all the social media activities I try to work with. Two, there is still a level of snobbery about publishing and being an Indie author is still seen by some traditional authors and organisations as second class! It is changing, but with the mountain of books now published by Indie authors, some very poor, those who work professionally on their MSS are often tarred with the same brush.
What do you know now that you wish you’d known before you published your first book?
I wish I had known my editor and graphic designer in the beginning it would have saved many months of extra work, not that I have any regrets about the re-writes and book cover designs. It was worth the time and I feel privileged to have these professionals with me on my writing journey.
If you could change one thing about your self-publishing journey, what would it be and why?
As I said above, it would have been to have my editor and graphic designer with me from the very beginning.
Do you have any advice for those who might be looking in to self-publishing?
Always use a professional editor never assume you can do it yourself. Book covers are your shop window so make sure they are designed by a graphic designer or someone who knows what they are doing. Never under estimate the time needed to promote your book. Work on building as large a network of followers as possible on all your social media platforms and don’t forget to help these people too, they are in the same boat as you. And, do find time to write your next best seller!
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Web site: http://www.paulinebarclay.co.uk
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Pauline’s latest book, The Wendy House, is out now, here’s the blurb …
When Nicola changes overnight from a bright, happy young child into a sullen, rebellious girl, ceasing to show interest in anything or anyone around her, her parents struggle to understand why. As she develops into a difficult, troubled, hostile teenager they put it down to hormones, believing it will pass. Yet Nicola goes from bad to worse and no matter how much her mother tries to reach out to her, it seems she is hell bent on self-destruction. When she leaves home at seventeen, rushing into the arms of a man ten years her senior and quickly becoming pregnant, her despairing mother almost gives up on her. A decade later, the events that stole Nicola’s childhood and changed the course of her life threaten finally to destroy her. She knows if she is to cling on to her sanity she must tell her mother the dreadful secret she has carried all these years, but her fear that she will be met with disbelief, hostility and branded an evil liar drives her to the edge.
A heart-rending story of betrayal, secrets and gripping fear.
The Wendy House is an indie B.R.A.G. Gold Medallion honouree.
About the author …
My passion is to write about events that happen in life and change everything for those involved as well as those caught up in the maelstrom. I want my characters to sit at your side, steal your attention and sweep you up in their story. Stories that will bring tears to your eyes, have you laughing out loud and sometimes, what they share with you, will stay in your hearts for a very long time.
I am from Yorkshire, UK, but have lived in several different locations including; Suffolk, UK, Surrey, UK and Holland. Today, I live on one of the beautiful volcanic islands of the Canary Isles with my husband and our gorgeous rescue doggie.
Years ago I gained a BA (Hons) degree from the Open University, today I spend my time writing fiction. I have six books published, plus a 20 minute short festive story. I am now busy working on book seven. When not writing I love to run, walk, cook, read, take lots of photographs, play around with my Photoshop and spend time with my family and friends.
I am also the person behind Chill with a Book Awards for Indie authors. http://www.chillwithabook.com