INTERVIEW WITH WENDY CARTWRIGHT AUTHOR OF ‘TO YOU THE STARS’

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Last week, the Indie Publishing Experiment reached its long-awaited climax with the publication of ‘To You the Stars’ by Wendy Cartwright, now available via Amazon. Wendy and I finally had the chance to sit down together and talk about the whole process… Jan:  Can you explain how you came to write what is in fact, a very unusual book? Wendy: That’s quite hard to explain!  TO YOU THE STARS is an […]

HOW NOT TO GO ABOUT DESIGNING A BOOK JACKET

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After many months of editorial to-ing and fro-ing, we have our final draft of TO YOU THE STARS.  It has been proof-read.  It has been formatted.  We can’t wait to upload it to Amazon and start spreading the word.  We’ve bought our domain name.  We have our Promotional Video, ready for You Tube.  But there’s a problem.  We still haven’t got a design for the front cover. HOW CAN ANYTHING […]

IS MAKING A BOOK TRAILER A ‘MUST’ OR A STEP TOO FAR?

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Last Saturday, we got up at the crack of dawn and headed to Oxford.  The car boot was crammed with props, costumes, bottles of water, a box of tea-bags, gaffer tape and bin liners. The sky was blue, the sun was shining, our lead actor’s train had arrived on time and the car-park at the back of Tescos was empty – the gods were on our side.   It’d had been […]

CAN YOU AFFORD TO HAVE YOUR NOVEL EDITED?  CAN YOU AFFORD NOT TO?

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You only have to look at the Acknowledgements at the end of a novel to see that there are usually a lot of people to thank.  Spouses, children, friends, teachers, agents and of course – editors.   They can be a powerful force, changing the direction of a book and taking it from good to great.  Think of Max Perkins for example, literary editor for F. Scott Fitzgerald, Ernest Hemingway and […]

WHY SELF-PUBLISH?

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THE INDIE PUBLISHING EXPERIMENT: PREPARATION #1  I will never forget dancing around the kitchen after my agent called to tell me that my first book (Dog on a Broomstick, Corgi Pups) was going to be published.  When it came out in 1997 I went into bookshops and gazed at it on the shelves, sneakily pulling it forward or resting it face up in the hope that sales would correspondingly soar.  […]

THE INDIE PUBLISHING EXPERIMENT BEGINS!

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Self-Publishing, Indie Publishing… There’s an awful lot of it about.  You can spend all day every day reading self-published author blogs, visiting self-publishing websites, downloading free guides, buying How To books, or watching interviews and webinars by gurus such as Joanna Penn, Ben Galley or Joel Friedlander.  And that’s before you get round to reading the books all these self-published authors are trying to promote.  I wonder how they ever […]