As well as running this website and my events website What’s On Where UK, I also run a digital quarterly magazine called Merryn Magazine. Over at Merryn, we love to champion independent retailers, unsigned music artists, charities, community groups and events. We also love to champion self-published authors, so every Wednesday, we will be bringing you a different self-published UK author! Take a look here for more information 🙂
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So, exciting news from us with regards to our next project. Michelle will start research for the next book in the zombie series in the new year. Again it will tell the story of what happened after the zombie outbreak happened and will cover Asia.
You can buy the first two books in paperback or as a Kindle e-book:
The Undead: Book One, Overview
What might life be like in a world beset by billions of human zombies? The Undead: Book One, Overview is an introduction to a nightmarish world in which the last few million humans are living in the shadow of a terrible and incurable virus that is drowning the species under a wave of billions of zombies. Book one focuses on how a British government would react to the crisis of suddenly finding that more than 58 million of its people had become highly infectious zombies and that the survivors are all infected with an incurable condition that will turn them into zombies upon death. The worldwide Infection Event occurred in 2020 and the dwindling human race has been struggling to survive in a poisoned world ever since.
The Undead: Book Two, North America
The sequel to The Undead: Book One, Overview looks at the worldwide RVS2 zombie pandemic as it happened in continental North America. Focusing on the emotional reality of life in the Crisis and the conditions on the ground of the new nation, United America, Book Two details the continuing survival of the Western superpower, even as it stares slow, inexorable oblivion in the face.
Find out how to buy these books at our webshop.
I have just realised that I’d mentioned previously that I was creating a new webshop where lovely customers would be able to buy one of our paperback books. Well, it’s finally live and ready to go!
I built it using Wix and I have to say that of all of the internet platforms I’ve used to build websites before, it’s the easiest site I’ve used! It’s so user friendly and I picked it up so quickly. I probably don’t use all of its functionality, but I’m really pleased with the website I ended up with!
I’m so proud of Michael; he hasn’t let his brain injury hold him back and he inspires me every single day.
So, take a peek and please let other readers know that we’re there 🙂
“Our process is simple: authors pitch, readers pre-order, and we publish. Any author can submit a proposal for a book. Once the project goes live, readers support the project by pre-ordering copies of the book. Readers are charged only when books hit their goal. Once the pre-order threshold is hit, we start publishing: we assign authors an editor, a designer, and we handle all aspects of printing, distribution, and marketing once the manuscript is finished.”
Their stats page is pretty interesting; as of 2:48am on Sunday 30th August 2015:
COPIES ORDERED: 57,558
BOOK PROJECTS: 2,650
FUNDED TITLES: 50
AUTHOR ROYALTIES: $115,879
That’s a lot of author royalties! It seems that a lot of Inkshares’ readers come from Facebook, which I was really surprised at. There are loads of projects I’d love to back but especially “Slothlove“: an inspirational sloth photobook: beautiful sloth photos, inspirational stories and interesting sloth facts. A 100-page art-and-photography book 🙂
Take a look at Inkshares’ website for more information 🙂
An interesting article.
When a self-published author contacts someone in the collection development department at my library, we let out a collective groan. Inevitably, our answer to the request to add their book to our collection will feel personal, which is awkward. It will definitely mean more work for us no matter what, and for acquisitions and cataloging staff as well if we do accept the book as a donation or decide to purchase it.
Librarians don’t want to buy your self-published book, but not for the reasons you think.
I’ve been thinking about self-published books and their place in libraries a lot recently, as my library has been updating our collection development policy and brainstorming ways to streamline how we deal with requests from authors to include their self-published materials in our collection and how our collection development work complements our strategic goal of supporting content creation in our community.
Then, this weekend…
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I currently have the week off work, which enables me to catch up with my admin surrounding our books. Yesterday, I had the fun task of completing our tax return for 2014/2015, but I’m glad that it’s done now. I know that it’s not due until January 2016, but I like to tick tasks off lists 😀
This week I have also been working on a new webshop to enable people to buy the paperback books. We’ve tried various webshops in the past, with varying degrees of success, but I really like the one I’m building now, and it seems really easy to use. I will let you all know when it’s live, so that you can marvel over my handiwork, and buy books if you like 😀
I have been using BookBarista to advertise our books for some time now. I originally found out about them from a Tweet I saw recommending them on Twitter. One of the things I like about advertising on their site is that you receive an email from them the day before your advert is due to expire, reminding you to renew your advert, but they also include in the email a really useful link to click on and follow to take you straight to your book’s page, which saves you having to log in and looking for the correct webpage.
Their about me on their website says that they are “a site dedicated to books, eBooks and reading! It doesn’t matter if you are a reader, a self-published author, a popular, commercial author, or someone offering a book related service. BookBarista is the place to advertise your book related items, new or used, that may be for sale or for free. We also have a BLOG where site users can get news and updates about what’s going on here or there in the big, competitive writing world.”
I highly recommend checking them out 🙂
Their website is http://www.bookbarista.com/
If you’re a self-publishing author, you should take a look at Publishing Talk’s website. I love their magazine, Publishing Talk Magazine, which is free to download as a PDF. They have recently released issue 7, and it is packed full of helpful articles and tips. I especially liked Ben Galley’s article, How to Get Started on #SocialMedia, which was so useful.
You can sign up to receive the magazine in your inbox, which I did, so I wouldn’t miss out on the latest issues.
You can find out more here: http://www.publishingtalk.eu/magazine/