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Welcome to the 'Introduction to Self-Publishing' video course community feedback group!

This group is specifically for members of Jericho Writers who are taking the 'Introduction to Self-Publishing' video course. Post your completed exercises here for peer feedback - remembering the Community rules: 

  • Be kind and considerate to others. 
  • Be constructive with any feedback you give. 
  • Be generous with your time.

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Hello all,

After a lot of work (a lot!), my middle grade mystery is out today. Feel free to pass it on to any young people you think might like it:

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Mystery-Palace-Westminster-Mysteries-Book-ebook/dp/B0B2BT4841/ref=sr_1_2?crid=RXSG8IF9DY8H&keywords=mystery+in+the+palace+of+westminster&qid=1653581570&s=books&sprefix=%2Cstripbooks%2C47&sr=1-2

Heartfelt thanks to Gwyn and the team at Jericho. Couldn't have done it without the help from the course.

Sarah

And here's draft blurb for Kindle unlimited:

False Transfer by Pete BR Brown

Museum staff spend their working lives in the presence of extraordinary buildings, rare objects and exquisite artworks. It’s no wonder that heads are sometimes turned. 

Investigator, Joe Bosisto, knows that someone at the Russell Museum is secretly selling off the collection. Then a repatriation demand arrives from Java. Threatened with exposure, how far will the thief go to save their skin? 

Joe works for an arts funding agency as a Grants Officer and is a trained magician and escapologist. As a teenager he served two years for manslaughter for killing a man in a pub brawl. 

A false transfer is a trick where a conjurer uses sleight of hand to create the illusion that an object has moved from one place to another.   

Any feedback welcome, Pete

I've just watched module 5 about author brand and website and am wondering whether it's all too early to set this up when I only have one novel that isn't even published yet. Is it worth starting the process with just one book or is it better to wait until you have more books ready to release?  

Hi everyone. Here is my attempt at a cover brief. Any feedback welcome!

FALSE TRANSFER 

A mystery with a crime at its heart

Someone at the Russell Museum is secretly selling off the collection. Then a repatriation demand arrives.

It’s my debut novel but could potentially be the first of a series involving investigator, Joe Bosisto.

Joe works for an arts funding agency as a Grants Officer and is a trained magician and escapologist. As a teenager he served two years for manslaughter for killing a man in a pub brawl. 

The story is set in a prominent regional museum and involves conspiracy to commit fraud, theft, attempted murder and suicide. The action moves from Manchester and the Peak District of England, to Cambridge, London and Java, Indonesia. 

A false transfer is a trick where the magician uses sleight of hand to create the illusion that an object has moved from one place to another.   

Blurb:

A lot of coveting and worshipping of false idols goes on in museums. Behind the door that says STAFF ONLY you’ll also find sloth, greed, envy and pride – just like any other workplace – but museum people are faced with additional temptations: they spend their working lives in the presence of extraordinary buildings, rare objects and exquisite artworks. It’s no wonder that heads are sometimes turned. 

I found the exercise for Module 2 really interesting. It was quite tricky to place my book because it's a crime mystery with a kind of accidental investigator and that isn't one of the categories. I went with crime/mystery/independent investigator and came up with a list of 10. The other thing is, I wouldn't class my story as 'cosy' but it isn't full on thriller either, so again, maybe a bit difficult to place accurately from the point of view of readers' taste. Maybe I've written the wrong book!!  

OK. I've just watched the first video, so here goes… I really enjoy writing and believe I’m pretty good at it, although my inner critic often disagrees with me. I’ve written my first novel and I paid for editorial feedback from a Jericho ‘book doctor’, which helped me to redraft and improve the manuscript. I felt that the book was worthy of publication (certainly as well written as many I’ve read and better than some) so a few months ago, I sent submissions out to 11 agents selected from the Jericho list. I’ve had seven rejections, which were all polite and constructive, but am not holding my breath waiting to hear from the other four.

I’m considering self-publishing partly because I’m not sure where to go with “not for me” type feedback, having chosen agents I thought would be most interested in my book. I’ve also been self-employed for much of my working life so am used to going it alone. However, as an introvert, I do find self-promotion very challenging. I’d call myself a professional extrovert – I can do it, but it doesn’t come naturally and I find it takes a lot of energy. I am willing to invest in this game – I'm a Jericho member after all and am signed up for the Festival, so I must have a bit of that determination that Harry talks about.         

Hi again folks, loving this Gwyn GB video course. I just put together a blurb for my book. Again, please let me know what you think and any constructive criticism would be more than welcome. Thanks!

When Simon starts to question the futility of playing for one of the worst football teams in Ireland, he must decide whether he can survive without football and if football can survive without him. Simon is in a rut. His best mate Larry, a profligate striker and Johnny, a fiery midfield extraordinaire, are really starting to get on his nerves. All Simon wants is to play well for St Brigid’s and to figure out his place in the footballing landscape. However, he comes across an unsettling truth about the team’s suicidal brand of football and develops an unusual enemy in the form of a barman called Mike. A decent run in the cup and the demon drink are the only things keeping him going. However, when Simon works out what a true friend looks like, his life will change forever.

Hi all, it's been several months, but I've finally made it past module five - building my author platform. I've set up my website at www.sarahlustig.com and got my social media profiles going (@sarahlbooks on Instagram and Twitter, feel free to add me). I've only just started posting on socials, so feels like there is a lot to do to get on top of that. I also created my reader magnet, which is going to be the first three chapters of my book, up until it publishes. Then I'll swap it for something else. I didn't plan on using Book Funnel, I think mostly because I forgot about it (!). But I realised late in the game that it would be really good to have an automatic delivery method for the reader magnet. So I've set that up too. It was really easy to do and definitely recommend that to others.

You'll see I've skipped a step - my cover. Big step to miss!! I got delayed early on briefing the designer and then discovered it was going to take a couple of weeks longer than I had scheduled. So it's a bit behind. But I decided just to put up a 'coming soon' blank and get on with social media marketing, rather than delay everything to wait for the cover. Fingers crossed it will be ready in about two weeks and I'll have that to share too.

How is everyone else getting on? Any major progress in your plans?

Hello, I have only just joined JW recently and just watched the first video which I find very encouraging but which also leaves me with a lot of questions... will I be able to do this? Will I find the time? Do I have the confidence?? I'm a teacher and have a longish commute to school 4 times a week so that is quite demanding. I finished thefirstdraftofmyfirst book in English (as a non-native) "A donkey namrd William" last year in November, and I would really love to see it published one way or the other... it's just I'm not sure I can do this. Anyway, great video snd thank you for this  Gwen!

Hmmm, this is my third post (just watched Module 5), and no one else has posted since Ian and I... Are the rest of you done and gone, or busy with NaNoWriMo, or just not chatty? 

I have a quick note to pass along about BLUE HOST... FYI, I already have a website for another business through them, and when I initially signed up, I received an introductory offer that was something like $178 for 36 months. 

That was great... come to this month (3 years later), and the site is up for renewal. IF you don't call them, they will automatically renew in 36 month chunks. IF you call, you can get 24mos. HOWEVER, my biggest YIKES was that they wanted to renew for 3 more years at a rate that was over $900/US!! I'm thinking it was something like $948. 

Fortunately, my Visa expiry needed to be updated, so they couldn't just renew w/o talking to me!!  I called and basically said "WHAT THE HECK??", and they explained the introductory offer price was now going full price. BUT because I complained, they cut that in half. Still a lot, at $450 and change, but that includes ONE year of domain renewal (not a huge savings, as that's only $20, but every bit helps). 

So what I'm saying is, don't just accept the price they send you... if you phone and complain, you may get a better rate. Hopefully they still offer that first 36mo discount, so you'll all enjoy those big savings for the next 3 years!

Well, we're not an overly chatty group! Just watched module 4, after a replay of Harry's Self-Publishing event... so Amazon has been well covered today!

Harry did an actual set up using the Amazon KDP upload page, and it certainly seems simple enough... but you can't get "print on demand" with a KDP ebook... so is there another way to upload to Amazon, rather than using their KDP setup? For instance, they would need a back cover to actually print a book, and that's not part of the KDP form. Maybe this is covered in a later module, and I'm getting ahead of myself...

Personally, I'm liking the idea of an aggregate that disseminates your books over a broader range of services... but I can see how a first book might be test marketed via Amazon and KU, to build your brand ... so much to think about!