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Interviews on self-publishing

In our series of interviews with self-publishing experts, find out how these indie authors hit the bestseller lists with their books, why they chose to self-publish, and their advice for writers looking to do the same.


Interview with Barbara Freethy

In the next interview in our series on self-publishing, we talk to Barbara Freethy - a writer who has made a successful career out of both traditional and self-publishing.


Have you always felt driven to write? Are there are specific authors or books that you find particularly inspiring?

I came to …

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Interview with Colleen Hoover

In the latest installment of our interviews with self-published authors, Colleen Hoover discusses her writing inspiration, why she decided to self-publish and how she topped the bestseller lists.

What or whom inspires you to write?

I’ve always wanted to write, I just never thought it would be …

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Interview With Hugh Howey

You've probably heard of Hugh Howey by now - and if you haven't, then you've probably noticed his novel WOOL on your weekly shop at Sainsburys.

However, what you may not have known is that WOOL started out as a self-published novel on Amazon. Since then, Howey has pretty much become the poster boy …

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Interview With James Hankins

The next interview in our self-publishing series is with crime and thriller writer James Hankins - on how he went from would-be film-maker, to lawyer, to best-selling author.


What or who inspires you to write?

I’m driven by a desire to tell stories. Quite simply, I’m happy when I write and less …

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Interview With James Oswald

Next up in our series of interviews with self-published authors is Penguin's 'next big thing' James Oswald - author of Natural Causes, the first in the Detective McLean crime novels.


So, how does it feel to be hailed as Penguin’s ‘next big thing’?

In a word, strange. I’ve been writing for …

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Interview with Jane Dystel

Jane Dystel, of Dystel & Goderich Literary Management, talks to us about her views on the changing publishing industry - and what the rise and rise of self-publishing means for literary agents.


Firstly, can you tell us more about your job (what you tend to do on a day-to-day basis etc) and your …

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Interview with Karen Inglis

Karen Inglis

In this installment of our interviews with self-published authors, editor Cressida Downing talks to children's author Karen Inglis about her journey.


Tell me about your writing journey

I’d dabbled for years in writing - I had pen friends and wrote endless diaries as a child, and short stories as a …

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Interview with Katy Evans


Katy Evans is the latest in our series of interviews with self-published authors, after the success of her New York Times and USA Today bestselling debut novel.  Find out what inspires her to write, why she chose self-publishing and her advice for writers considering the self-publishing …

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Interview with Kerry Wilkinson

For the next interview in our self-publishing series, we talk to Kerry Wilkinson, the bestselling author of the Jessica Daniel series.


Talk us through the time between having that very first idea for Locked In (the first book in the Jessica Daniel series which went on to become a No.1 Amazon Kindle …

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Interview with Leighann Dobbs

Leighann Dobbs

The latest installment in our self-published author interview series sees us talk to Leighann Dobbs, about how she went from software engineer to bestselling author.


What or whom inspires you to write? You were a software engineer for twenty years: what made you pick up the pen and start writing?

As …

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Interview with Louise Voss & Mark Edwards

Mark Edwards & Louise Voss

In this installment of our series on self-publishing interviews, we've got a slightly different take on the self-publishing success story - find out how crime writers Louise Voss & Mark Edwards co-authored their books, turned them into bestsellers & secured a traditional publishing deal …

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Interview with Marko Kloos

In the latest in our series of interviews with self-published authors, we talk to military science-fiction writer and bestselling Amazon author Marko Kloos.


For those who are unfamiliar, can you tell us about your book?

Terms of Enlistment is a military science fiction novel. The protagonist, Andrew …

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Interview With Paige Weaver

Promise Me Darkness - Paige Weaver

Continuing on in our series of interviews with self-published authors, this week we have New York Times & USA Today bestselling author Paige Weaver. Find out what inspires her to write, how she found self-publishing success & her tips for writers thinking of going down the …

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Interview with Paul Pilkington

Paul Pilkington author

In the latest interview in our self-publishing series, author of suspense mysteries Paul Pilkington tells us how he secured a traditional publishing deal with Hodder & Stoughton, after hitting the bestseller lists as a self-published author.


What or whom inspires you to write? 

I’ve …

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Interview With Rachel Van Dyken

In the latest in our series on self-publishing, New York Times, USA Today and Wall Street Journal bestselling author Rachel Van Dyken discusses why she decided to self-publish and how her writing life has changed since hitting the bestseller lists.


Have you always felt driven to write? Are there …

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Interview With Violet Fenn

In the next interview in our series on self-publishing, Cressida Downing takes a look at other side of the argument; she asks why published author Violet Fenn decided to avoid the self-publishing route.


Violet Fenn has been writing for many years, but she never expected to be published in the genre …

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Selling Books Before They Are Books

Iceland, Defrosted

A case study of crowd-funding by a new author. Includes descriptions of eating key lime pie whilst semi-dressed.


I never really thought about crowd-funding. It had taken me the best part of six years to write what would become Iceland, Defrosted, and now that the time was here, I had the naive idea …

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The Rise of Mel Sherratt

Open your Sunday newspaper or click through the culture section of your favourite news site and like us, you’ll have realized that self-publishing in the digital age has gone past being a fad and way further than a phenomenon; quite simply, it’s here to stay. 

With this in mind, Writers …

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