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It’s Not Always Easy Going Indie But The Rewards Are Great by Pam LeckyMake Your Submission to Writing & Me
I will freely admit to being a bit of a control freak, so in some ways going the self-publishing route with my debut novel, The Bowes Inheritance, was perfect for me. I know I would find it difficult to let go of decisions around choosing an editor, book cover and blurb, or even what to include in a book trailer. Actually, all of those were great fun and I met some great people along the way.
Then the fun stopped.
Now I had published, I had to market, promote, persuade … and I was not comfortable in that space. A marketing virgin, I felt as though I was being thrown to the wolves. After my initial panic, I turned to my trusty tome of wisdom – Catherine Ryan Howard’s book “Self-Printed: The Sane Person’s Guide to Self-Publishing”. As a reference guide, Catherine’s pearls of wisdom had gently led me through the horrors of formatting for Kindle and Createspace, setting up a blog, sorting out US tax and even how to use Twitter (yes – you guessed – I was a Twitter novice as well!).
So, you are thinking, I had a lovely marketing plan ready to rock the world. Eh, no. Looking back I can see where I went wrong and I won’t bore you with the details. Next time, I will have one and it will be shiny and lovely and a book promoter’s dream!
So, four months down the road from publication, I am starting to reap the rewards. There are people crazy enough to follow my blog, follow my nonsense on Twitter and even like the book’s Facebook page. I am networking with other authors, particularly those in my genre (historical fiction), and have been utterly humbled by their support for a newbie like me. Family and friends have been amazingly supportive and sales are starting to build.
There have been some lovely moments. A total stranger emailed me to tell me how much she enjoyed the book; authors I did not know read and reviewed my book in glowing terms; and now the icing on the cake – the Historical Novel Society (US & UK) reviewed my book, made it an Editor’s Choice and the book has now been long-listed for the HNS 2016 Indie Award.
And I don’t think you can get much better than that!
(c) Pam Lecky
Click here for the HNS Review: The Bowes InheritanceMake Your Submission to Writing & Me
About The Bowes Inheritance:
Editor's Choice in the Historical Novel Society Review and nominated for the HNS 2016 Indie Award.
Historical Romance with a Dash of Rebellion
Dublin 1882: When determined but impoverished Louisa Campbell inherits a large estate in the north of England, from an uncle she didn't even know existed, it appears to be the answer to her prayers. Her younger sister, Eleanor, is gravely ill, and believing that the country air will benefit her, they decide to take up residence at Bowes Farm, situated on the Cumberland coast. However, they soon realise that all they have inherited is trouble. Their uncle had managed to alienate almost everyone in the area and worst of all, was suspected of being a Fenian activist. His reputation leaves Louisa and Eleanor battling to gain acceptance in polite society, especially with Nicholas Maxwell, their handsome neighbour and local magistrate. His father was cheated out of the farm during a card game fifteen years before and he is determined to get the property back. Louisa unearths secrets from their family’s past that threaten their future while the spectre of their mysterious benefactor overshadows everything. When a Fenian bombing campaign comes close to home, Louisa finds herself a chief suspect and must fight to clear her name. She must dig deep to find the courage to solve the mysteries that Bowes Farm holds before their lives are destroyed.
And most importantly of all, will she be able to finally trust and love the man who is surely her sworn enemy?