• www.inkitt.com

Publishing Your Work: 5 Things to Ask Yourself by Sharon Thompson

Writing.ie | Resources | Developing Your Craft
Sharon Thompson Writing.ie Author profile pic

Sharon Thompson

I’m publishing two novels in two months in two separate years with two different publishers.

I am calm. Honestly, I am.

My historical crime novels, The Abandoned (2018) and The Healer (2019) were kindle best-sellers and The Quiet Truth is out now (December 2020) and The Murdering Wives Club is set to be released in January 2021.

Have you’ve always wanted to write a book? – and thought you’d check out my blog post. Welcome.

Since 2012 when the idea of a book hit me and wouldn’t leave, I’ve been learning and gathering knowledge. I’ve found the people want that information and so I set up online writing groups indulgeinwriting.com and a trending tweet-chat #WritersWise. I trawled other blogs, websites and online talks. I attended literary festivals, panel discussions. I even chaired a few. I interviewed authors for my online events, radio shows and promotional articles in leading online magazines.

What have I learned?

Heaps. Here are 5 things to start you off:

What is the purpose of your book?

What control do you want to have?

What time you will give to your book?

Do you have the confidence?

Are you prepared to market it yourself?

What is the purpose of the book?

Deciding on the purpose of your book might seem obvious but it is different to the theme or premise. Why are you writing a book? There is no right answer to this question and each purpose will take you on a different path.

If it is to make money, stop right now. Books rarely make authors a fortune. They can – but they mostly don’t make much money.

Is to compliment your business? Then it’s a time-consuming and expensive element to budget for.

If it is a once-off project for family/friends, this will possibly not interest a main-stream publisher.

If it a charity book please note the money issue. There’s not much return for the work.

Is this to highlight an issue or personal trauma? Be careful and get lots of good advice.

Is it to change careers? Then you will need to build an author brand.

What control do you want to have?

The control you have when your book is finished will depend on what way you get it published.

Publishers will want you to sign contracts. Getting to this stage, you will possibly need an agent. All these things take time and effort. Once a publisher has your book, you may have no say in the pricing, cover or promotion. If having control is important to you, then you need to pick your method of publication and publisher very carefully.

What time will you give this book?

Books have words. Lots of them. Getting them into a printable form (whether fiction or non-fiction) takes work. Lots of it. If your book has a purpose, it will also have a standard word-count. My novels for example range from 70,000 words to 90,000 words. That takes time. Lots of time. Getting an agent or publisher takes patience and hard-work. Lots of it.

Do you have the confidence?

Can you deal with rejection and bad comments or reviews? If the answer is no. Stop. Even, if you just want this book for your family, be prepared for them to avoid reading it. A writer needs nerves of steel and a great deal of patience.

Are you prepared to market it yourself?

Regardless of what way you publish your book, if you want to sell copies, you’ll need to market it yourself. Do you want your photo, words and videos everywhere? Can you face articles in newspapers, live interviews and speaking in public?

Are you still calm? Do you still want to write this novel or book?

Good for you! 2021 will be your year!

If you need help like one-to-one or other guidance – stay in touch. Find me on indulgeinwriting.com sharontwriter.com and @sharontwriter

(c) Sharon Thompson

About The Quiet Truth:

Can love really conquer all?

When Charlie Quinn returns to Northern Ireland, having spent sixty years in Canada, the people he left behind are shocked to see him. They presumed he was dead.

But Charlie has come back for one reason, Ella, the love of his life and a notorious child murderer. She is back in the headlines and Charlie wants the truth to finally emerge.

As he looks back at his life, we learn that nothing is as it seems.

Is Ella really a killer?

Does Charlie know more than it appears?

And can two lost souls get to live happily ever after?

Life isn’t easy. But death is the most challenging thing of all…

Order your copy online here.

About the author

Sharon Thompson is a best-selling, Irish author who writes historical novels, with plenty of criminal elements for Bloodhound Books UK. When she is not plotting gritty manuscripts (like ‘The Aban-doned’ and ‘The Healer’) Sharon enjoys conjuring light-hearted short stories for magazines like Woman’s Way. Living in rural Donegal, Sharon loves binge-watching movies and TV programmes, walking on the beach with her dog, and making time for coffee or a glass of wine with friends. An avid tweeter, Sharon runs a trending tweet-chat #WritersWise, and can be found online, chatting on messenger or typing out a new idea. ‘The Quiet Truth’ is out now and is a best-seller on Kindle. Sha-ron has also signed with Poolbeg Books Ireland. Her historical, crime novel called ‘The Murdering Wives Club’ from the Sinful Roses series will launch in January 2021.

  • allianceindependentauthors.org
  • www.designforwriters.com

Subscribe to our newsletter

Get all of the latest from writing.ie delivered directly to your inbox.

Featured books