Archive for September, 2011

Part 3: Can a self-published author (of fiction) succeed?

Posted by on Thursday, September 15th, 2011 in Marketing, Self-Publishing

Yes, we made mistakes … I have only just begun this new blog format on my own website which has been around for many years. I seem to feel a need to share with you my 13+ years worth of experiences, yes, including our mistakes! If this introduces more people to our books in the […]

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Part 2: Can a self-published author (of fiction) succeed?

Posted by on Tuesday, September 13th, 2011 in Marketing, Self-Publishing

Publishing our first book, Lizzie: Lethal Innocence Our first book was ‘Lizzie‘ and the print run was 500 copies (Dec 1998). This was the recommended ‘test’ print run in those days (pre POD) and was the only printing we have ever had to borrow money for … and it was our own!!  “Part 1” explained […]

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Part 1: Can a self-published author (of fiction) succeed?

Posted by on Tuesday, September 13th, 2011 in Self-Publishing

Certainly they can and, my husband, J. Robert Whittle, who writes all these popular, bestselling and award-winning novels that I edit, publish, brag about, and in recently years co-author, is a perfect example.  Because we are a couple (yes, married too, although I kept my very historical Scottish surname), this means we are ‘self-published.’ What […]

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What is Historical Fiction?

Posted by on Tuesday, September 13th, 2011 in Self-Publishing

We are constantly amazed when people ask, “What is a historical novel? Is it non-fiction?” The easy/quick reply is: A novel is always fiction, but a historical novel always contains some component of history.” According to Wikipedia … “Historical fiction tells a story that is set in the past. That setting is usually real and […]

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Who says authors get rich?

Posted by on Friday, September 9th, 2011 in Self-Publishing

(from Sept 4, 2005 but even more pertinent today) It’s been another good week at the Bastion Square Market in Downtown Victoria, BC Canada where my husband, J. Robert Whittle, sells his historical novels – 3 of them now bestsellers. Amazing because many of the American tourists have gone home and I can’t blame them […]

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Starting out … publishing is not complicated

Posted by on Friday, September 9th, 2011 in Joyce's Blog, Self-Publishing

Updated November 28, 2013: I assume, as you are reading this because of the title, that you’re a writer, a wannabe or already a self-published author and you think I might have some valuable information you can use to help you produce and/or market your book(s). I suppose this is true because I have learned […]

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Marketing Tips for the Frugal Self-Publisher

Posted by on Thursday, September 8th, 2011 in Marketing, Self-Publishing

The role of a writer/author in this 21st century is one of hard work and fabulous rewards–not necessarily monetary rewards unless you are exceedingly fortunate, but your life will change as you attend meetings, readings, conferences etc., and meet hundreds, perhaps thousands of people who are in awe of you for even completing a book. […]

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Family Novels by J. Robert Whittle

Posted by on Tuesday, September 6th, 2011 in Joyce's Blog

If this is the first time you’ve discovered our numerous (10) novels, you may be pleasantly surprised to hear that they are amazingly read by all ages. Now, you might say that is a rather unique idea … novels that can be read by old and young alike, when did that last happen? Well, there […]

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Google, RSS, SEO, Keywords …

Posted by on Tuesday, September 6th, 2011 in Self-Publishing

Thanks to everyone for your support, nice comments and suggestions, I know some of the (suggestions) posts can be classed as spam and I deleted them but not before copying so I can remember them while not inflicting them on the rest of you 🙂  Google Adwords, I don’t think I’m going to touch (been […]

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‘Leprechaun Magic’ gets a new cover

Posted by on Sunday, September 4th, 2011 in Our Books, Self-Publishing

I decided in my wisdom to update the Leprechaun Magic cover for the next printing. We have sold a couple thousand copies and I felt it needed a new more modern look, especially as I considered my crude moonbeam just that rather crude! So, the new print run arrived early this summer just in time […]

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