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message 225: by Erica (new)

Erica Pike (EricaPike) | 3 comments Hi, I'm Erica Pike. I decided to self-publish my series of short stories after one of my publishers quit. They still owe me over a year's worth in royalties (and those titles sold well!), but that's not exactly why I decided to self-publish. After I got the rights back, I contacted some publishers, and they were interested, but I've been toying with the idea of self-publishing for over two years now. I'm pretty tech-savvy, so I was looking forward to learning about formatting and such. I also have an undergrad degree in business and marketing, so I figured that could help (and it has, with my traditionally published titles).

Anyway, I've only been self-published for a little over a week now, with five titles out (nine, if we include the free ones). I've been working with an editor and a cover artist for about a month and a half, so it's been a process. I formatted all the books myself and I'm currently in the process of putting together a couple of anthologies for print via Createspace. Next up is the task of tackling the Smashwords formatting monster. Bring it on!

So, yeah, I'll probably keep my novels with traditional publishers, but self-publish the shorter titles.

Anyway, I write M/M (erotic) romance and here's my website:

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Michael McGuire (MichaelMcGuire) | 1 comments Hello all. My name is Michael McGuire and I recently published my first novel solely as an ebook via BookBaby across the major outlets. (Book info below). I'm hopeful this group will provide some insight as to some of the experiences/challenges other authors have faced with respect to epublishing and promoting novels. Thank you!

Michael McGuire's debut novel, A Harrowing Education, is now available for $2.99 via the major e-reader sites (Apple, Kindle, Nook) as well as various smaller outlets. Direct links as well as a summary are below. This is the first novel in a multi-book series, The Way of the Redeemer.

Andrew Masterson has quietly spent his eighteen years in the tiny town of Skenny. But his world is quickly changed by a series of life-altering events in the span of one fateful week. Andrew will question all he has known about his family, life, and the Great Provider's teachings and protections. After the sudden emergence of remarkable ability, Andrew is forced into a journey that will take him far from Skenny. Shepherded by a seemingly menacing guide, he will meet the Great Provider and make his way through the dark, ominous wood known as The Harrowing. At the end of this journey lies the Tainted Isle and the unknown fate that awaits Andrew there…

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Jillian Peery (jillianpeery) | 1 comments Hi all! I'm Jillian Peery, author of PineLight and TigerLily. I'm also the founder of Book Motion City, a company dedicated to getting your book noticed! Our company just launched our website and we are looking for authors to interview! Every week we email publishers and other authors, introducing them to our services. We strive to build great relationships with publishing houses and authors, so if you'd like to jump on board, let me know! Interviews are free and painless and help you gain a wider audience! Shoot me an email if your interested!

Request an interview directly by emailing:

Also, if you are a reviewer, send an email to see how you can get on our list of recommended reviewers!

Happy reading and writing everyone!

Jillian Peery

message 222: by Sandra (last edited Apr 16, 2013 01:01PM) (new)

Sandra | 1 comments Hi, let me introduce myself to the group. I am Sandra Kay. My book, Heart of Stone, is published with The Wild Rose Press, a traditional house. I am considering obtaining the rights to my book, and republishing myself through Smashwords or something similar. I thought this group would be a great way to learn what is going on in the self-publishing world.

I also have an editing business, Absolute Editing and Proofreading. It's very important to get your ms edited prior to publishing, and my rates are competitive. Check out rates and referrals at my website:

message 221: by Andrew (new)

Andrew | 1 comments Hello everyone!

I'm Andrew and I joined Goodreads just a few days ago after self-publishing my first e-book, The Policeman of Secrets.

Having waited too long for agents to (not) reply, I thought I would try publishing it myself, and I've been delighted with the results. It's a brave new world, and I still have a lot to learn about self-publishing, marketing, etc., but it's been very exciting so far.

Goodreads seems to have a lot to offer, and I'm really impressed by the quality of writing and the friendliness of people here. I'm looking forward to exploring it and making new friends.

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Jeffrey Miller (JeffreyAaronMiller) | 2 comments Hey there, everybody. My name is Jeffrey Miller. I used an indie publisher for my first novel

Mary of the Aether by Jeffrey Aaron Miller

and I will be using it for the sequel as well (which comes out this august). But I've decided to try self publishing for a few of my other novels. Here they be!

Shadows of Tockland by Jeffrey Aaron Miller - a post-apocalyptic adventure story

Bloodstone - Deep Water  Book One by Jeffrey Aaron Miller - an epic fantasy full of magic and battles and a bit o' romance

Please check out the links to my books, maybe even read the free samples, and I'll go check out the various links to your books and blog.

message 219: by Anne (new)

Anne Allen (anne_allen) | 2 comments Kim wrote: "I checked out Anne Allen's web site and I think it is a great model for writers--very clean with a very nice book trailer. I'll have some things to post soon myself."

Thanks for your lovely comment, Kim! Much appreciated. :)

message 218: by Kim (new)

Kim | 2 comments I checked out Anne Allen's web site and I think it is a great model for writers--very clean with a very nice book trailer. I'll have some things to post soon myself.

message 217: by Anne (new)

Anne Allen (anne_allen) | 2 comments hi Everyone! I'm a new self-published writer from the UK and I went the indie route after years of trying to get an agent. It's been hard work but fulfilling and I'm writing a second novel. I can be found here :

message 216: by Jan (new)

Jan Mulligan (jmull) | 3 comments Hello,

Jan Tucker Mulligan here; new writer. Happy Third Day of Spring!

At AuthorHouse I've published "Smuggler's Legacy: A Breton Sailor's Adventure" and "A Square of Apples: The Journey of Daniel Fischer." Both mystery historic fictions, both based loosely on hearsay about family legends. (Good think I like research.)

Currently working on my next.

Smuggler's Legacy  A Breton Sailor's Adventure by Jan Tucker Mulligan A Square of Apples  The Journey of Daniel Fischer by Jan Tucker Mulligan

Best wishes,

message 215: by Mary (new)

Mary Mathews (DanuPress) | 2 comments Hello everyone! I'm not sure how "live" this thread looks like last entries were 2010? anybody still there? I am just entering the self-publishing world. Just sent my manuscript off to the editor, and my eyes are bleary from looking at the computer trying to set up a website & figure out the social media aspect. My leaning 'curve" is straight up! I'm looking forward to listening in on this group.

message 214: by Leah Kaye (new)

Leah Kaye (msleahkaye) | 2 comments Hellloooo I'm Leah, a book junkie, cover artist and graphic designer. I'm joining various groups of personal interest and to connect with authors, publishers, reviewers, fans and other artists.

I believe in supporting creatives so would love to swap likes with anyone on Facebook so we can share the book love!

Goodreads Group:

message 213: by Kent (new)

Kent Johnson (Kentj) | 3 comments Have you ever tried to publish in a magazine or ezine format? There are lots of places to try and you will get some feedback.

message 212: by MJ (last edited Oct 08, 2012 11:06AM) (new)

MJ Nicholls (MJNicholls) Hello, I am MJ. I am a goddamned Goodreads institution.

I have a number of manuscripts piling up on my computer, some of fully finished, polished, edited, proofread, buffed and waxed novels that I have tried to publish, but most of these works are extremely unsellable, unreaderfriendly, and will never see the desk of a proper publisher.

I'm not interested in publishing genre work or a genre series, my focus is on freewheeling comedic avant-garde stuff that only gets published by a handful of small presses. My stuff isn't cerebral enough to be published by any of these places, since I write largely to explore new ideas, exploit new structures/forms/approaches, and to make entertainment from hammering one idea into the ground until it is no longer amusing or charming.

The more I look at the contemporary publishing world, the more it dawns on me I should be utilising this DIY punk-publishing aesthetic and using my creativity to manipulate the technology to my advantage. I hope to pick some of your brains if you are willing.

Anyway, I might be checking in on this group if it is useful. I want to self-publish my first attempt at a serious book, A Postmodern Belch. Thanks for your indulgence.

message 211: by Michael (new)

Michael (MichaelJSullivan) | 1 comments I'm Michael J. Sullivan and I'm a kind of self-publishing evangelist, as it transformed my writing career. For those that don't know me I write fantasy and my Riyria Revelations series has been produced both through self-publishing and also picked up by a big-six.

I've made a couple of notable self-published lists including, The Most Successful Self-Published Sci-Fi and Fantasy Authors as well as Self-Publishing Success Stories (for authors who have sold more than 70,000 books through self-publishing.

I'm hoping to learn and share what has worked with me with others here.

I'm going to be hosting an author Q&A from October 8 - 15 and one of the major areas will be devoted to self-publishing and book marketing. Please feel free to join the group at any time and ask questions, although I'll only be answering them during the official open dates.

Here is the group's link

My self-published books:

My traditionally published books:

message 210: by Michelle (new)

Michelle Swallow (MichelleSwallow) | 1 comments Hello from Yellowknife, Northwest Territories!

Last year I self-published a guide to the Mackenzie River - Canada's Longest River. The book is full of maps, photos, fur trader stories and Dene legends. It has been selling quite well in the North and I am now experimenting with marketing and ads to get some more pick-up in southern Canada and the States. Any advice is welcome!


message 209: by William (new)

William Lavell | 1 comments Hi everyone,

I apologize that I've been here a while now and haven't said hello. My name is Bill Lavell, and so far I've written three novels in the sci-fi genre. I ran into the "big publishing house won't talk to you without an agent, but the agent won't talk to unpublished authors" conundrum. I ended up publishing with CreateSpace because POD seemed like a great idea. I get to keep the rights to my work, the sales and shipping are handled by them, and with print on demand, there's no overstock to deal with.

It was very tricky to get the formatting acceptable for SmashWords, but I like their site as well for ebook distribution. I use them because the Kindle site lets you set a price, but I've found that if you list at under $5, Amazon sometimes raises the price without warning. When you set a price on SmashWords, it stays where you set it.

Okay, that's enough out of me for now. :-)


message 208: by Patrick (new)

Patrick Egan (PatrickE123) | 3 comments Hello! My name is Patrick M. Egan, and I've recently self-published my first novel titled "Get Happy". It's currently only available as an e-book on Amazon, (I signed up for the 90 day KDP program), but it is listed here on Goodreads.

I'm interested in hearing feedback about my book, and discussing various marketing/promotion techniques.

Please feel free to visit the Amazon page where you can browse the first few chapters.

This is an exciting new phase of my life, (despite the currently stagnant sales), and I'm looking forward to talking to others who are also experiencing it, now, or in the past.


message 207: by [deleted user] (new)

My name es Nelly. I am writer and artist.
My two books are available at
"El Sueño del Bacalao"
"Un Regalo Secreto"
Both are in Spanish language
My blog is

message 206: by Natalie (new)

Natalie (nataliekreinert) | 2 comments Hello!

I'm Natalie, an indie convert.

I self-published my first novel, "The Head and Not The Heart," for two reasons: because I couldn't bear to think of anyone else toying with it for commercial appeal's sake, and because I was just plain curious to see if people would respond positively to my work.

I was so pleased that people did! After a steady climb in sales (due to positive reviews from horse bloggers -- it's an equestrian read) I had a big enough jump about ten months in to land on Amazon's top 5 in horse racing and it has stayed there ever since.

I am working on the follow-up, "Other People's Horses," and starting promo for it early, with a Pinterest board dedicated to inspiring pictures of the subject (racehorses; Ocala, FL; Saratoga Springs, NY).

DIY publishing means a lot to me because I'm a huge fan of indie music. I like producing something that isn't edited for prime-time, if you know what I mean. Artists should have control over their artwork, and not have it altered to fit the mainstream as closely as possible.

Natalie Keller Reinert

message 205: by H.L. (new)

H.L. Wampler (HLWampler) | 1 comments Hello everyone.

I'm H. L. Wampler, a newly self-pubbed author. I opted for this route after numerous agents told me that my genre, Urban fantasy, was dying. It was over played, and publishing houses didn't want to see anymore.

I decided that was not a good enough answer for me, and opted for self-publishing.

It's been a long, hard road, but I love it. I'm anxious to start seeing the fruits of my labor. My 9 months of laboring away late at night.

It's refreshing to know I'm not the only one out there who didn't want to settle for no.

message 204: by Petrea (new)

Petrea Burchard Wow, a great group and I'm glad to be a part. I'm Petrea Burchard, I'm in the process of publishing my first novel, "Camelot & Vine." I've been inspired by the experience of others and I'm excited by this process.

message 203: by D.A. (new)

D.A.  Fletcher (DA_Fletcher) | 4 comments Hello Everyone,

I'm D. a. Fletcher. So excited to be a part of this group. I love to read and currently serving my writing community as VP of FLSinC, former executive officer of college, faculty member and editor of books. Written a few book reviews when not working on A. L. Wright series. Not so good at remembering to add them online. Sucker for a great mystery and anything else engaging.

message 202: by John (new)

John Logan (JohnAALogan) | 34 comments If anyone would like to follow me on Twitter:

Or Facebook:

Currently revising the "quotes" for my Amazon pages and website, current potential update stands at:

Comments about John A. A. Logan’s work:



“Writerly prowess” THE SPECTATOR

“Logan writes in very original terms” SCOTTISH STUDIES REVIEW

“The literary survival of author John Logan” THE NORTHERN TIMES

“Positive new chapter for thriller man” HIGHLAND NEWS

“City author’s e-book breaks into Top 100” THE INVERNESS COURIER

“A blistering, tough book, tempered with tenderness and mystery”
Alan Warner, author of THE STARS IN THE BRIGHT SKY

“He's a great writer. He should be read”
Cally Phillips, author of BRAND LOYALTY

“The storytelling is effortless, the echoes are long lasting.”
Roz Morris, author of MY MEMORIES OF A FUTURE LIFE

“Beautifully written…compelling…literary fiction/tartan noir/thriller/zany black comedy…Logan dances on a literary knife edge…blazing talent”
Linda Gillard, author of A LIFETIME BURNING

“Gripping all the way”

“This is writing and literature at its best. Imagine Stephen King combined with maybe Cormac McCarthy and a bit of Edgar Allen Poe tossed in.”

Other news: 39th review up now on Amazon UK:

24th review up on Amazon US:

message 201: by John (new)

John Logan (JohnAALogan) | 34 comments "The suspense kept on building and that's what held my attention. The characters were well developed and you cared about them until the end - then you cared even more."

Hi, I'm an author from Highlands of Scotland.

My novel, THE SURVIVAL OF THOMAS FORD, has 19 five-star reviews on

30 five-star reviews on Amazon UK:

My latest blog post below:

The Kubrick Model

message 200: by Andrew (new)

Andrew Byrne (AndrewByrne) | 1 comments Letting you know about my first novel - Some Place South of Perfect - published in February and floundering a bit after a promising start.


Thank you.

message 199: by Eric (new)

Eric (E_gerds) | 11 comments Hello everyone, I'm Eric Gerds and me and my wife are writing a new vampire book "Plague of Vampires". We are right now in the middle of the final rewrite and hope to have it out soon.

message 198: by T.D. (new)

T.D. Dewmer (td-dewmer) | 1 comments Hello all. I'm T.D. Dewmer. I have two ebooks out on smashwords, amazon, and pubit. I'm a writer of YA fantasy and contemporary romance.

message 197: by April (new)

April | 2 comments Hello everyone I want to let you know about my new novel called REBUKE.

You only think you know the preacher and his family... a tale of love, lies, betrayal and redemption. Coming Soon in paperback and ebook - REBUKE Read more about it on my website -

message 196: by Jason (new)

Jason James King (JasonKing) | 1 comments Hi,

My name is Jason and I am the self published author of Valcoria Children of the Crystal Star. I am a newbie at all this self-publishing stuff and hope to learn more about how to promote your work through this group!


message 195: by Chris (new)

Chris Parker (ChrisParker) | 27 comments Teasha,
Plenty of people have used createspace around goodreads, I think. I'm afraid my advice to most people would be not to use Authorhouse, they are out to make money from the authors, not from publicising and selling books. I won't use them for my next book.

I know the feeling of outgrowing dancing in public - I did that many years ago, I'm afraid! The public are probably quite relieved.

message 194: by Teasha (new)

Teasha Seitz | 6 comments Chris,

Oh good. I thought so but I wasn't sure. The dance pictures are of my little girl, but they are from a few years back. I didn't want to embarrass her so I only posted ones where you can't see her face. She has out grown being able to dance in public without worrying about what other people think. So have I.

I'm not familiar with Authorhouse. We plan to use CreateSpace and I'd be happy to share how the experience goes.

message 193: by Chris (new)

Chris Parker (ChrisParker) | 27 comments Teasha, relax, I was! Presumably they're not pictures of you, unless you look very young indeed!

message 192: by Teasha (new)

Teasha Seitz | 6 comments Thanks Chris!

Gee, I hope you were talking to me.

message 191: by Chris (new)

Chris Parker (ChrisParker) | 27 comments Love the pictures on your facebook page.

message 190: by Teasha (new)

Teasha Seitz | 6 comments Hello.
My name is Teasha. I am more comfortable with lurking (like a lot of you are doing).

But lurking doesn’t sell books.

So, here I am commenting amongst the other self-promoters. I write children’s picture books.

I’m currently working with a wonderful illustrator to self-publish our debut called “Little Leah Lou and Her Pink Tu”, which will be available on Amazon in Sept. of 2012.

I want to thank those who have posted. It’s been an interesting thread to peruse.

I have my author’s page on facebook here:

message 189: by Jim (new)

Jim Kukral (jimkukral) | 12 comments Hi, I'm Jim Kukral. I have 15-years of Internet marketing behind me, as well as being an author for the past few years. My first book was published by Wiley (traditionally) in August of 2010. Since then, I have published 6 books on my own, with more to come. I write non-fiction in the business/motivation/entrepreneurship category.

I'm the creator of the Author Marketing Club, a free book marketing resource for authors. I'd love for you to join for free at

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Johanna Nield (JohannaNield) | 1 comments Hi

I'm Gail, and I live in the UK. I work for a children's charity and write under the pseudonym Johanna Nield.

I've written three novels to date, two of which I've self-published. The third is undergoing its final edit, and in the meantime I'm actively seeking an agent and a 'real' publishing contract.

I decided to take the self-publishing route with my first novel when I realised that the 'publishing contract' that I'd won in a competition wasn't really worth anything: the independent publisher (who still runs the monthly competition) had 'published' my book via CreateSpace on Amazon. I quickly realised that I could have done that myself, and I felt I'd also be able to do a better job of marketing my book than the 'publisher' had done. The book is still on Amazon, as is the e-book version, but I decided to take matters into my own hands.

I looked into many self-publishing options. A version of my book is on Smashwords, but I've found their system very difficult to understand and am still not happy with the overall finish of the book there. I keep thinking about taking it down, but it's still there!

I eventually decided to self-publish through for several reasons:
a) their instructions are easy to follow!
b) they offer several options in terms of the size and finish of the book;
c) the author has some control over the price;
d) no up-front payment required.

Sales to date have been moderate but steady. I don't believe for a moment that I'll ever be able to give up the day job, but I'm happy that people are reading my books and commenting favourably on them :)

message 187: by Carol (new)

Carol Cassada (CarolCassada) | 8 comments Welcome Jordan,

Glad to have you join. I know the road to getting published is tough, but the reward in the end is what makes it all worth it.

Good luck with your writing and look forward to talking with you.

message 186: by Carol (new)

Carol Cassada (CarolCassada) | 8 comments Hello everyone, my name's Carol and I'm a newcomer to the writing industry. I've learned how tough it is, and even though sometimes it's hard, I'm not giving up and I'm moving forward with my dream.

I released my first book Going Home Again with Romance Divine, but recently I've self-published my Westmore books through Createspace. I admit I prefer self-publishing over vanity because I have control over my books.

I look forward to talking with everyone and trading tips.

message 185: by Chris (new)

Chris Parker (ChrisParker) | 27 comments It is exciting when you first think "I'm an author!", isn't it!?
For a while I started to think I didn't care if no-one ever read my book, it was perfect as it is!!
I think I felt the same way about my babies - no-one wants to have other people point out spelling mistakes or grammatical errors with regards to their babies! If that makes sense...

message 184: by Tania (last edited Dec 22, 2011 01:54PM) (new)

Tania Poli (TaniaPoli) | 4 comments Karen wrote: "Hello! I just joined this group. I'm in the process of preparing to self-publish my first novel. I have another in very rough draft, cooling off, and may write the sequel to the first during NaN..."

Hi Karen,
I've just published my first book and made conversion with professionals. I spent about 2 weeks choosing one and I gotta say it was worth it. Check out Kimberly Hitchens (she's on goodreads too) - she delivers great quality and no stress whatsoever.
As for Itallics it didn't even come up - I did have Itallics, I did have pics, charts, loads of formatting stuff, and they handled it brilliantly! It won't hurt your budget and will save you time - guaranteed.

message 183: by Tania (new)

Tania Poli (TaniaPoli) | 4 comments Anthony wrote: "Hello,

I jumped on Google+ to get a head start on promoting the novel I was working on, and have since dropped that to write a novel in serial fashion on the platform.

I've made 24 posts (of the ..."

I'm working on Google+ now too and thinking - are they gonna be successful? Facebook is still better to my taste:) Are you just adding random people to your circles or it's another network with your friends? If you don't mind sharing your experience of course:)

message 182: by Tania (new)

Tania Poli (TaniaPoli) | 4 comments Hi colleagues,
I'm Tania. I recently published my first book which is extension of my job - I'm a personal shopper:) I was amazed to discover this whole new world of self-publishing, made professional editing, design and conversion to make sure the readers will love it. Hope you'll like it:

message 181: by Ella (new)

Ella (ellarosewood) | 5 comments Hello, I'm Emma. I am about to publish my first book through CreatSpace. I'm very excited to be able to finally consider myself an author.

message 180: by Chris (new)

Chris Parker (ChrisParker) | 27 comments Hi, Chris here.

I just published my first book 'The Vanishing Cyclist' through Authorhouse (yes, I can hear the groans from here!). It got me started but I made a real hash of it and have now chalked it up to experience. Next time I will use a POD supplier but aren't sure which one. Will be asking for advice when I get to that stage.

If I'm asked for a recommendation I say "Do it yourself", but have to admit for my first time, Authorhouse was easy and exciting.

message 179: by Aggie (new)

Aggie Villanueva (myaggie2) | 125 comments Mod
Wow. I'm honored so many of you posted and I can meet you here. I hope you can find help and camaraderie. Let me know if you have any questions.

message 178: by Steven (new)

Steven Collins (stevenwoodcollins) | 2 comments Greetings,

I'm actually having the time of my life, somewhat occasionally of the devil of a kind variety, as an Indie author and publisher. From ground zero as a book publisher, six months later I've succeeded in self-publishing a product I believe that ranks with any on the marketplace.

I recently posted the epub edition on Goodreads you can sample to see what I mean.


Puramore: The Lute of Pythagoras

message 177: by Anthony (new)

Anthony Fox | 6 comments Hello,

I jumped on Google+ to get a head start on promoting the novel I was working on, and have since dropped that to write a novel in serial fashion on the platform.

I've made 24 posts (of the novel) totaling 14000 words so far and received 73 +1's (likes) 12 shares, and a couple dozen comments. I just got a mini-review from a fellow author I met there.

When I finish the book I plan on giving it away on Google+ in the hopes of building the audience for Amazon reviews and the next novel (it will be a series).

message 176: by Simon (new)

Simon | 3 comments I was traditionally-published for four novels, but I've hired a cover artist & editor myself for my latest release. It's a new series, which seemed like a good opportunity to take the plunge.

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