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  • Almost ready to publish – should I wait till after the self publishing day

    Posted by william.hadley on 28 February 2020 at 12:41

    By the end of next week I should have finished my edits. The Village Fate has been thought an editor, actually two, one for content and one for grammar and spelling, I’ve splashed out ¬£350 on a cracking cover and spent time creating a great website. You can see it at I have a presence on Facebook and Twitter and when I get time I write blogs too. If there is one thing I don’t have it’s a decent email list and any suggestions on how to go from zero to something would be appreciate.¬†

    I’m booked to attend the self publishing day in London in a couple of weeks. I went two years ago, when I was just thinking about writing a novel and Harry was an inspiration. So do I push the button before then or should I wait and see if there are any extra nuggets of inspiration I can pick up.

    Keith. Dalton replied 3 years, 11 months ago 4 Members · 3 Replies
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  • arabellamurray

    28 February 2020 at 16:01

    For the sake of a couple of weeks, I’d wait. I love the cover. Good luck with it.

  • Rick Yagodich

    28 February 2020 at 16:59

    I would definitely wait. Without a list, and therefore no kickoff sales, the delay isn’t going to make any difference to immediate income from the book. And if you learn something worthwhile on the course, or enough to buld a starter list before publishing, the kick you get from it will accumulate over time (as with anything, there’s a “newness” factor in some people’s purchases – however good your book is, if they see it came out six months ago and they didn’t hear about it, then they’ll assume it wasn’t good enough to get mentioned).

    As a secondary matter, while I appreciate why you like the cover, I find it offputting.

    The reasons are simple enough. Firstly, the cat looks inserted. The scale feels a fraction off, and there’s a halo of brightened bush leaves along the arc of its back. Secondly, the (protagonsist’s) shadow is wrong: it’s anchored to the side instead of the viewer’s feet, it’s not respecting perspective (the shadow was shot agaisnt a wall instead of on the ground), and the very existence of so stark a shadow is at ods with the diffuse lighting of the rest of the scene.

    (If it’s supposed to be a dark ghost of a protagonist entering the scene, rather than a cast shadow, then it’s not to scale.)

  • Keith. Dalton

    3 March 2020 at 14:46

    I would still send it out! What have you got to lose?