Today I’m joined by indie author, Julie Stock who is sharing 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 self-published two novels so far, and I plan to self-publish two novellas and hopefully, another novel next year. I self-published my first novel in February 2015.
Why did you choose to self-publish?
I started writing in my late forties and wanted to publish my first book before I turned 50 – I didn’t want to hang about waiting for agents and/or publishers!
What’s the best thing about self-publishing?
Being in control of everything.
And the worst?
Ditto! There’s so much to do that sometimes, it feels like you’re never doing anything really well.
What do you know now that you wish you’d known before you published your first book?
I wish I’d known about writing a prequel novella to help me build my email list with a perma free book. Before publishing my first book, I couldn’t even see that far ahead!
If you could change one thing about your self-publishing journey, what would it be and why?
I wouldn’t have wasted a whole year submitting my second book to agents and publishers.
Do you have any advice for those who might be looking in to self-publishing?
Believe you can do it, and you will! It really is possible for anyone to master self-publishing and to make a decent income from it if they write good books.
Anything else you’d like to share?
If you write a little every day, you will end up with a book, but you have to commit to doing that first. Then, if you publish and start making money from your sales, it becomes a business not a hobby, which is so important for your mindset and for your confidence.
Thanks for allowing me to take part!
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Julie’s first book, From Here to Nashville is available now, here’s the blurb …
Can Music Really Bring People Together?
Rachel Hardy dreams of being a successful country music singer in Nashville’s Music City, four thousand miles away from her lonely life in Dorset.
When Jackson Phillips, an independent record label owner, encourages her band to audition for a nationwide ‘Open Mic’ competition, she decides they have nothing to lose.
But when she starts to fall in love with Jackson, the stakes suddenly get higher and she finds herself with a great big dilemma on her hands. Should she abandon her dream and take the easy way out or should she leave the life she has always known behind and take a gamble on a man who has personal demons of his own?
Follow Rachel and Jackson as they learn to trust in love again and to see whether music really can bring them together.
About the author …
Julie Stock is an author of contemporary romance novels, novellas and short stories. She’s also a proud member of the Romantic Novelists’ Association. She blogs about her path to publication on her website, ‘My Writing Life’ http://www.julie-stock.co.uk You can also connect with her on Twitter, Goodreads and via her Facebook Author Page. If you would like to be the first to hear about her new releases and other news, you can also sign up to receive her occasional newsletters via her website. When she is not writing, she works part-time for a charity. She is married with two teenage daughters and lives with her family in Bedfordshire in the UK.