I am delighted to welcome Val Portelli to Creating Perfection today as she shares her self-publishing journey with us all …
Who are you and when did your journey begin?
Hello everyone. I’m Val Portelli, also known as Voinks. I live in London UK, and my journey began about five or six years ago. Although I’ve always loved writing, life got in the way until an accident left me housebound and put a stop to my normal manic life. The calamity turned into a rainbow, as it gave me time to start chasing the pot of gold and become an author.
Tell us about where you are on your self-publishing journey right now in terms of books publish, where you publish etc.
With two published novels behind me, I felt I had learnt enough to attempt self-publishing my third. Inspired by an Amazon competition I entered and met the deadline. (I didn’t win.) With the contracts on my first two books expiring, I’m hoping to self-publish them later this year, under my own publishing imprint. It’s a bit scary writing that, but with the ambition now in public view, it’s also motivation for me to get on and do it! I plan to self-publish my fourth novel by the spring and collaborate in a joint venture for a compilation of short stories, to be released in the early summer.
Why did you choose to self-publish?
I realised that the publishing industry was changing drastically, and it was an opportunity to be pursued. Rather than wasting time waiting for rejection letters, I could concentrate on writing and actually making my books available. It was also a reason to resign from the ‘Procrastinators are us’ club.
What’s the best thing about self-publishing?
The support of other Indie authors, bloggers and the camaraderie of the community.
And the worst?
Marketing. Many writers are by definition introverts, so to have to shout to strangers ‘Look at my books, aren’t they wonderful?’ is quite a culture shock. Having said that, I now realise that even with traditional publishing, authors are expected to do a lot of their own marketing.
What do you know now that you wish you’d known before you published your first book?
The amount of help, advice, and information actually available from blog sites, social media writers’ groups, and the Internet generally. I knew nothing when I first started out, but it’s a constantly changing market so it’s good to try and keep up to date.
If you could change one thing about your self-publishing journey, what would it be and why?
I would have been better prepared, but then I might never have taken those first steps.
Do you have any advice for those who might be looking in to self-publishing?
Don’t be put off by how much is involved, but don’t type The End and think it’s done. That’s just the start of your journey. In some ways you will be an ambassador for self-published authors, so try to ensure your manuscript isn’t full of errors and grammatical mistakes. Everyone has their strengths and weaknesses; learn yours and take help and advice when it’s needed. Join the groups, ask the ‘daft’ questions, read up all you can, but don’t let it stop you writing.
Anything else you’d like to share?
Read everything you can, both in and out of your own genre and natural comfort zone. It can help you identify what fans of your own work will enjoy or find irritating. Build up relationships with fellow authors you trust and ask for their honest feedback. Buy plenty of tissues for the knock-back days, enjoy your own successes, however small, and help celebrate the achievements of others. Never give up; leave the spiders to design their cobwebs if your writing is flowing. Like you, their time will come. Most of all, enjoy the experience!
Thank you for sharing your journey with my followers, Val! Some fantastic advice here!
You can keep up with all Voinks’ news by following their social media accounts:
Amazon author link and author profile www.amazon.co.uk/Val-Portelli/e/B01MVB8WNC
Facebook author page http://www.facebook.com/Voinks.writer.author
Web site https://Voinks.Wordpress.com
Contact e-mail for paperback availability, questions, and suggestions Voinks@hotmail.co.uk
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Voinks’ latest book, Spirit of Technology is out now, here’s the blurb …
A message from a stranger.
A modern day woman responds to an e-mail from an unknown contact. Against her better judgement she continues the correspondence with a man who tells her he was born in the 19th century.
Despite feeling an initial attraction, her concerns grow when he reveals secret details of her personal life.
Undecided whether it’s a friend winding her up, and worried it could be a stalker, the truth is the last thing she expects.
About the author …
The author’s pen name Voinks began many years ago. It started as a joke when a friend bought a holiday home abroad, then gradually spread through the family, so it was an obvious choice when her first book was published.
Despite receiving her first rejection letter aged nine from some lovely people at a well-known Women’s magazine, she continued writing intermittently until a freak accident left her housebound and going stir crazy.
To save her sanity she completed and had published her first full length novel. This was followed by a second traditionally published book before deciding self-publishing was the way to go. In between writing her longest novel to date at over 100,000 words, she publishes weekly stories for her Facebook author page and web site.
She writes in various genres, although her short stories normally include her trademark twist of ‘Quirky.’ From having too many hours in the day, she is now actively seeking out a planet with forty-eight-hour days, to have time to fit in all the stories waiting to be told.
She is always delighted to receive reviews, as they help pay for food for the Unicorns she breeds in her spare time.