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There is so much help and advice out there – for free – plus endless books online about writing, structuring, plotting, dialogue, characterisation, then editing, designing, formatting, publishing your finished work. I’m frequently asked about where to begin. I do hope the following info helps! Good luck!



Ps I’m not able to advise individually at the moment since all my spare time is taken up with my deadlines for my own titles. But there’s tons of info here – good luck! Go here to see my back list on Amazon and my Work in Progress.


This is a summary of the info I've found useful since early 2013 when I first got interested in self-publishing. With the help of this advice my own book sales have kick started, (at time of writing, early May 2014, over 9500 units across all my titles, across my three novels, a novella and a short story as well as my weight loss book all on Amazon.)

Contents -

- Where do I start?

Writers' Workshop - how to get published - free online guide - excellent basics for Beginners! click here for more.

The Creative Penn Doyenne of self-publishing/marketing Joanna Penn gives you a complete breakdown of what to do if you go here – download her free doc Author 2.0 by subscribing here - and you can also read coming up for 200 fabulous podcasts on various self-publishing & marketing topics – immerse yourself in the Creative Penn site for a couple of days and you’ll have a superb general idea of self-publishing and the more advanced aspects too. Go here for The Creative Penn introduction to self-publishing. And look out for her marketing workshops – highly recommended.

Jane Friedman’s  writing advice website – packed with info. Start here – with her ‘how to get a book published’ and try her useful page ‘how to publish an ebook – useful resources and links’ including getting started; sales, marketing and promotions; creating eBooks; where to publish them; and some brilliant blogs to follow.

This site and Joanna’s site are the most amazing info-packed resources you could hope for – anyone just embarking on their self publishing journey should find all they need here.

-          First steps to self-publish the team who run the annual York Festival have put together a fab first stop for new writers helping navigate the self-pub maze – go here.


 Also – 100 Best Websites for Writersclick here.


- Deb's archives

Each week on Read it Write it Sell it, I try to include a few links to interesting topics of use to authors and self-publishers. Check out the archives to the left and bottom of this page. Popular topics include –

-          Hugh Howey’s Author Earnings Report and the ongoing furore surrounding it.

-          Liz Harris’ round up of the enlightening LBF 2014 session with top selling self publishers, their advice on how to make it big.

-          A guest blog I did in April ’14 for Joanna Penn, top tips for self publishers to promote your first book.

-          Making your novel into an audiobook incl a fab feature on writing volume – the key to self publishing success.

-          A guide to cover reveals, a la Goodreads

-          Tumblr For Writers: A Picture-Perfect Marketing And Promotional Tool - Web Design Relief They’re always thinking of new ways for authors to connect to readers – this seems a sensible next move, given how ubituitous facebook and twitter are nowadays… click here.


Courses and conferences

Ones I have personally been on and can recommend –

Writers’ Workshop – York Festival of Writing – annual weekend packed with workshops and how-to’s and invaluable ten minute 1-2-1 sessions with agents and publishers. Click here. Also includes online writers’ courses

Cornerstones  - a literary consultancy – I went on one of their courses and use their editing service. Click here.

Arvon Foundation – something for everyone – year round, UK-wide, residential courses, some tutored, some not, on virtually every aspect of writing. Click here.

Verulum Writers’ Circle annual Get Writing day in St Albans – some fab speakers and opportunities for one to ones. Click here.

Julie Cohen – my ultimate mentor – for my romance writing – former Mills & Boon author, now Richard & Judy listed author (‘Dear Thing’, May 2014) – her website is here – she runs intermediate and advanced novel writing workshops and residential courses.

Self-Publishing seminar – Guardian masterclasses – start here.

Watermill at Posara – where my romance writing began! Jessica Hart’s workshop in Tuscany inspired a million love stories. Well, three – all set in Hawaii, and Tuscany! Different authors run the workshops and the week is all about the surroundings, the food and the company as much as the writing! Click here. It’s not cheap, but it’s a wonderful holiday of a lifetime.



Robert McKee, ‘Story’ weekend seminar – in London – fabulous for beginners to script writing. Click here. An intensive four day intensive crash course – be prepared for long hours and harsh reality!

London Festival of Screenwriting – Chris Jones and team also run workshops on various topics. Click here.



Hope you had a lovely Easter! Just in case you're checking here as our QVC blog server was down, yes my latest novel Diary of a Wannabe Shopping Channel Presenter has been on sale over the weekend, and it hit the heady heights of No. 5 in the books/fiction/humour chart - whoop! and Number One in the Movie Tie Ins chart (er... don't ask me! Amazon do some weird things sometimes! I guess this was allocated to my book after I put it in the 'media tie ins' category, with tag words 'shopping channel' etc. Well at least it means I'm officially a best seller! Albeit briefly! hehe! Go here to get it on eBook

Paperback  - and if you're waiting to buy an actual book, it should be up on Amazon in paperback within the week! Will keep you informed if so.

Guest Blog - First Time Self-Pub tips. I was v proud today to be one of the talented Joanna Penn's final guest blogs on her hugely popular site 'the creative'. She asked me to guest blog, with 7 Tips on Helping to Promote Your First Self-Published Book - click here to read it. I do hope it's helpful to some of you. I've found the facebook boost post' paid promotion tool especially useful. More fab writing tips each Friday on my 'RiWiSi' page!

Anyway this was just a little extra post - am off for ten days now - about to write Hawaiian Retreat! Due out end Of June! Have a lovely week - let's hope the fine weather comes back, wherever you are!

Best wishes



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