shadows on a field.We writers are living in exciting times. There are lots of opportunities out there and we are enjoying a measure of control we never had before.

Successful self-publication now means writers can receive the larger share of the profits rather than the smallest.

We are also able to control our own writing, editorial decisions, cover designs, publishing choices, marketing and just about everything else.

However, with all this control and opportunity comes added work and responsibility. We either do all the work ourselves, or employ people to do it for us. At the end of the day we are responsible for our own success or lack of it!

Personally I love this. I have experienced being published by a traditional company as well as commissioned for television and radio and much as I enjoyed that at the time this new way of working makes me feel so much more secure and I have far more homes for my writing than I did before.

There is also the matter of competition. This expansion of the market means there is also far more books out there and although much of these are rubbish thrown up in the hope of making quick buck there is also a lot more good stuff available too.


Writers who want get into self-publishing and put their own genuine and original eBook out there need to work smart to differentiate themselves from the rubbish. How?

Well first of all you need to do the obvious, that is, to write the best story you can write. Then you need to go through the process of editing your eBook. There are also other tasks; covers, marketing etc. The same processes that apply to conventional publishing also apply to self-publishing.

However, if you are a beginning writer, I suggest that you focus your energy on one step at a time. As I said above, the first step is to write the story and for some practical tips and information to get you going, read my post on how to be a writer.

If this all seems daunting, then don’t worry – that’s a waste of valuable writing time. I have self published several books at this stage and yes it is a lot of work but it is certainly worth it in the end.


All the best of luck with your writing.


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