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Why I Chose to Self-Publish My Novels #SelfPublishSeries | Amy McLean

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My novels: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Amy-McLean/e/B00LM2Y9EI/ref=dp_byline_cont_book_1
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I decided to start this series after receiving frequent questions about self-publishing, whether or not I would recommend it, and why I personally chose to return to self-publishing. This video explains a little about why I prefer to publish my own novels just now, and provides a introduction to the rest of the series.

If there is anything specific you would like me to cover, please let me know, and I will endeavour to address it as soon as possible. Please bear in mind that I do not claim to be a professional; I am simply very willing to share the tips that I have picked up along the way, from one artist writer to another.

I use CreateSpace (www.createspace.com) to publish my paperbacks and distribute them across Amazon.

I publish my eBooks through Amazon Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP), which I will discuss in a later video.

The following links are for Amazon.co.uk, but the novels can also be found on various other sites.

WALK ON (September 2013): https://www.amazon.co.uk/Walk-Amy-McLean/dp/1491201908

HALLOW BE THY NAME (February 2016): https://www.amazon.co.uk/Hallow-Thy-Name-Amy-McLean/dp/1517436397/ref=pd_sim_14_1?ie=UTF8&psc=1&refRID=GWKWHSV79Z2RBE0R0GYC

YOURS IN SISTERHOOD by Eileen McCabe, edited and published by me (June 2016): https://www.amazon.co.uk/Yours-Sisterhood-Eileen-McCabe/dp/1533121834/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1473360513&sr=1-1&keywords=Yours+in+Sisterhood

CELESTIAL LAND AND SEA was published by Open Books in February 2015. You can find it on Amazon and on their website:
Amazon: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Celestial-Land-Sea-Amy-McLean/dp/0692389997/ref=pd_sim_14_2?ie=UTF8&psc=1&refRID=GWKWHSV79Z2RBE0R0GYC
Open Books: http://www.open-bks.com/library/moderns/celestiallandandsea/about-author.html

I have used Creative Covers (http://ccovers.co.uk/) for my latest two covers. I cannot recommend their services enough!

If you’re just beginning your self-publishing journey, I wish you all the best. It’s great fun, very rewarding, and the ultimate personal experience that can then be shared with others.

Amy x

MY NOVEL BLURBS

WALK ON
As Maggie walked down the aisle she thought she was entering a happy marriage. Over the years though, Peter’s violence towards his wife has escalated. As Maggie escapes into the four walls of her mind her guardian angel steps in to help her find the right path. Angel Ariana calls upon the past life of Balgownie’s Fiona McGonnell to assist Maggie. Will it be enough to guide her though, or will Maggie’s life continue to be at risk until it’s too late?

CELESTIAL LAND AND SEA (abridged description)
Nine years after moving from Belfast to London, Grace Byrne wonders whether or not she made the right decision. She finds little satisfaction in working for the Anchor news team, and the eternal bitterness of her boss doesn’t make it any easier. […] When Grace returns home exhausted on a particularly blustery evening, she discovers a door in her home that she’s certain she has never seen before. Rife with curiosity, she opens the door, takes one tentative step, and falls into an abyss, leaving behind her home in Hampstead and landing inside a pirate ship on Clare Island, Mayo.

As Grace begins to unravel what has happened to her, she learns that she must now walk in the boots of Gráinne O’Malley, the notorious sixteenth-century female Irish pirate. At first, the reasons for this trans-migration and identity exchange are not clear, but Grace accepts her mission to follow in Gráinne’s footsteps.

Cast into the drama of a revolt against Queen Elizabeth I…

HALLOW BE THY NAME
It has been two years since Lucy Hallow first saw the spirit of her deceased nephew, and, having come to terms with her role as Spiritual Messenger, it is time for her to step up to the next level. Assisted by her spirit guide Naiche, the son of a Chiricahua Apache Chief, and clairvoyant Audrey Maurice, she must open up her gift to help others. During the spiritual evenings held at Hallow House, Lucy’s coffee shop in Hampstead, she meets Jennifer Healy, a young woman who has recently lost her fiancé in a road accident.

When Lucy is introduced to a Victorian spirit named Serafina DuPont, she realises that there is a strong connection between the two lives. To discover this link, however, she must closely observe the stories that unfold around her, as not everybody is as innocent as they seem. Tales from 1890 and the present day become one in this journey of mysticism, betrayal, and the dead.

Comments

Bookish at Heart says:

At first, years ago, the thought of self publishing seemed like not such a good idea and not something I wanted to do, but the more I hear about it and see others self publishing, it makes me feel like that is what I want too!
The cover for Hallow Be Thy Name looks great! :)

Amy McLean - Author and Film Vlogger says:

The second part in this series will be up next week!

AwesomeSauce says:

Hey Amy right now this is the first video from you im watching and i'm trying to guess from where your from based on your accent. My guess is your Scottish

Amanda Ripsam says:

I would love to self publish thats awesome glad I found you

Brionna Paige Books says:

I use createspace to self publish! And for the same reason, I love having control over my book, my story. It's the way I want it, the way I imagine it. That's why I love to self publish my books. c:

LuAnne's Channel says:

Thank you for sharing your experience.

Hollae Luci says:

Amazingly informative video 🙂 love it. Can I ask where you got the top you're wearing in this one? It's beautiful :)

h193013 says:

I'm with you Amy, I'm an artist not a business person, I may self-publish one of my books (once I finish one that is) but my only concern is self-publish the book then discovering I made some typos or errors, I just want to know the book is absolutely perfect before I publish it

Sir Butthurt says:

Your books look really well done and professional. How did you get that made? I'm an aspiring author in Sweden, and I will try the ordinary way first, but I have a dream of starting my own publishing house one day, or more concrete, when I have an ordinary work as a librarian. You must have money to pay the bills you know. ;)

NerdWriterGirl1984 says:

I published my first novella in March and did all the free service stuff with CreateSpace as well. I wish I had saved the money to do a professional cover but I'll certainly check out the design service you linked. Maybe I can change the cover and then go forward with the rest of the series using them. (I like when series covers coordinate. It pulls it together and it looks pretty on the shelf, too.) Good luck in your continued writing journey! And, looking forward to more self-pub videos.

CuriosityRocks says:

I'm so proud of you

ghostsoup1313 says:

Great video. Informative. Would you mind covering the topic of how you market your books. Thanks and I look forward to future videos.

Lindsey Reid says:

I'd love to read your books! What kind of themes would you say your books are? x

Dylan A. Kent says:

This video is so very informative and inspiring! I am so grateful that you are so honest about your experience.

Have you thought about attending any conventions or meetups where potential fans of your genre might be? Do you write on a strict schedule – so many hours per week or does it all come out in one great big rush of words?

re: your first novel that was self published You said that you would like to change things around now that you have more technical knowledge. Isn't it possible in createspace to go back in and change the page color and the cover being that it is print on demand? Can't you simply put out a second edition with a cover that is more to your liking?

I look forward to more videos on this topic!

Kamrin Hermanns says:

You are amazing! Oneday I will read all your books !! ??❤️?

Evie Taylor says:

Hi, thank you so much for starting this series. I was just wondering how much it costs to self publish and any tips you have? xx

Philippe Parle Peu says:

Having my novels published is my biggest dream. I don't want to go the self-publishing route until I've exhausted the "traditional" options, but the french publishing industry is pretty unique, so my situation is probably not comparable. Still, I admire what you've accomplished and I'll definitely check out your works! :-)

Wizard Whispers says:

You're so talented my dear friend!

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