My novel Below The Strandline is published in paperback, ebook and kindle formats. The paperback is available through Amazon and a few local independent bookshops. The eBook can be purchased through global market places including Barnes and Noble, Kobo, Apple iTunes, Google Play and more.
The writing was the fun bit. I only realised after typing the magic words ‘The End’ that the hard work was about to begin. All of the marketing that one might otherwise take for granted naturally falls on to the self-published author. Regardless of that, it was a thrill to see my book uploaded successfully on Amazon store for the first time. A few days later, the doorbell rang and a delivery lady smiled back through her Covid mask. There sitting on my doorstep was a package containing a proof copy of the paperback. I spotted a Kindle download of Below The Strandline in Australia the other day. My book has already travelled to places that I have yet to visit.
My sons all kindly provided editorial comments after I had completed my first draft. “Dad, you can’t write that!”, “Nobody under eighty would say that!” They were harsh but fair. As someone who is more comfortable with a notebook and a 2B pencil sharpened with a penknife, the book production process beyond manuscript stage has been an eye-opener and a steep learning curve. I am in awe of the publishing houses who must be so efficient at this sort of thing. Next time around, I hope to avoid having to design an author website myself in a week, not to mention engaging in the dark arts of ISBN numbers and metadata. To those best selling novelists out there, you don’t know how lucky you are!