It’s been a while since I last featured a self published author case study so I’m delighted to have Isabella Muir share her journey with me today.
Thanks for joining me, Isabella, could you introduce yourself and tell us when your journey began?
I am Isabella Muir and my writing journey began in earnest about four years ago when I completed my MA in Professional Writing
Tell us about where you are on your self-publishing journey right now in terms of books published, where you publish, etc.
Towards the end of last year, I published two novels and I have just completed the first draft of the third in the same series. My novels are in the crime/mystery genre, set in the last 1960s in Sussex.
Why did you choose to self-publish?
I love the independence it gives you.
What’s the best thing about self-publishing?
As an indie author I get to determine my own timescale for publication, my cover design, title and author name and price. I can also decide which routes I take to market – e.g., eBook, print, audio, etc
And the worst?
The hardest part for me is the marketing! I love to write but am not very good at telling everyone about my books, which means there are bound to be readers out there who would like my books, but who don’t know about them.
What do you know now that you wish you’d known before you published your first book?
This is a tricky one to answer! I see my writing journey as an apprenticeship. I think that with each novel I write I am honing my style.
If you could change one thing about your self-publishing journey, what would it be and why?
I’ve loved it all so far, so I don’t think there is much I would change, except maybe to have free access to some excellent marketing guru!
Do you have any advice for those who might be looking in to self-publishing?
Create a support network. This might be one or two close writing buddies, or a larger group of writers. It’s great to have at least one person to share with as writing can be an isolating pursuit. And keep reading! That might be novels in the same genre, or other genres. Also, there is a mass of great advice on the internet for the indie author – writing tips, blog posts, podcasts – reading about other people’s experiences will help you avoid some of the pitfalls early on.
You can keep up with Isabel’s news by following her social media accounts:
My website is at: http://www.isabellamuir.com
My Amazon author profile is at: https://www.amazon.com/Isabella-Muir/e/B074F18ZSY/ref=ntt_dp_epwbk_0
I am also on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/isabel.muir.96
And on Twitter at: @SussexMysteries
The Tapestry Bag is the first in her new #SussexCrimeMysteries series featuring mobile librarian, Janie Juke … Here’s the blurb …
A young woman, Zara, goes missing, one year to the day that her boyfriend, Joel, was killed in a hit and run. Is Zara in danger? Is she still alive? What really happened to Joel and who is to blame?
In the quiet seaside town of Tamarisk Bay, the police appear to be doing little to find Zara. Her friend Janie decides to make it her mission to track her down. It’s the ‘swinging sixties’ and Janie fears that Zara may be mixed up with drugs, alcohol, or worse. As Janie explores the strange circumstances of Zara’s disappearance, she starts to question the truth about Joel’s death.
Janie runs the mobile library and has a passion for crime fiction, especially Agatha Christie. Can Poirot help Janie solve the mystery of Zara’s disappearance?
As she looks for clues she comes across some unsavoury characters who each have a reason for wanting Joel dead. Can Janie untangle the web of lies and find out the truth?
I LOVE the sound of this one! If you do too, pop over to Amazon and grab your copy, it’s ONLY 99p!!!
Thanks so much for sharing your journey with me today, Isabella, I wish you all the success in the future and I’ll be keeping my eye on this series!
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About Isabella …
Isabella Muir is the author of Janie Juke series of crime mysteries – all set in Sussex. ‘The Tapestry Bag’ is the first in the series, followed by ‘Lost Property’. Now – ‘The Invisible Case’ – the latest in the series is available for pre-order from Amazon. The ‘Janie Juke mysteries’ are set in Sussex in the sixties and seventies and feature a young librarian with a passion for Agatha Christie. All that Janie has learned from her hero, Hercule Poirot, she is able to put into action as she sets off to solve a series of crimes and mysteries. Isabella has also published ‘Ivory Vellum’ – a collection of short stories. She has been surrounded by books her whole life and – after working for twenty years as a technical editor and having successfully completed her MA in Professional Writing – she was inspired to focus on fiction writing. Aside from books, Isabella has a love of all things caravan-like. She has spent many winters caravanning in Europe and now, together with her husband, she runs a small caravan site in Sussex. They are ably assisted by their much-loved Scottie, Hamish.