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Paul FitzSimons

This week, we’re looking at the much talked-about subject of self-publishing  and a wee bit at e-books as well. Laura Pepper Wu always has interesting stuff going on at and her interview with self-published novelist Mark Edwards really jumped out in my scan of the interweb this week. give us what they consider to be the main advantages of going the self-publishing route while Terry Giuliano talks about how the the world is finally sitting up and taking notice of self-publishing as a proper industry. But despite this change, self-publisher Talli Roland looks forward to when she’s no-longer branded as ‘Indie’, just as a novelist.

Self-Publishing might just be the start.

In an interview with’s Laura Pepper Wu, novelist Mark Edwards talks about how self-publishing E-books transformed 2 novels into publishing phenomenons.

“Mark Edwards and his writing partner Louise Voss were the first British indie authors to hit #1 & #2 on the charts with Killing Cupid & Catch Your Death. But their journey to that point wasn’t exactly plain sailing.”

Hear the interview at


Some of the reasons it makes sense to do-it-yourself.

There are, of course, downsides to self-publishing, but here are some of the benefits.

“The digital book — or eBook — is now the preferred choice for millions of readers. Today you can publish your eBook for a fraction of the cost and time it once took to bring a book “to market.”.”

Read more about these benefits at


It’s a good time to be self-publishing!

Self-published writer Terri Giuliano talks about how self-publishing is gaining momentum and respect.

“I self-published my debut novel, not out of a burning desire to be an indie author, but in the hope of attracting a “real” publisher for my novel-in-progress.”

Read more from Terri at


Ebooks are taking off in Europe.

Despite slow start, E-books gain ground in Europe.

“Electronic books, which have sparked excited chatter for several years in the publishing world, are now gaining momentum among European readers, despite a late start.”

Read the full article at!hash=54f124ade31fffcaea359db776f65a62


Don’t call me an Indie!

Writer Talli Roland doesn’t want to be branded as an ‘Indie Author’, and explains all in this article.

“Some of us wear our indie-author badge with pride. Others think self-publishing is for shmucks. Both stances are equally  irrelevant to what really matters.”

Read Talli’s piece at







About the author

(c) Paul FitzSimons

Paul FitzSimons has been a writer for seven years and has written the novel ‘Burning Matches’  and the start of two others. He has worked as a storyline writer on RTE’s ‘Fair City’ and has developed a number of TV dramas. His short stories are published in ‘Who Brought The Biscuits’ by The Naas Harbour Writers.

Paul likes crime thrillers, good coffee and Cadbury’s chocolate. He does not like country-and-western music or people who don’t know how to indicate on roundabouts.

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