Self Publishing: the Untold Story

The  last few weeks have been hectic. Days have been spent on ” silly stuff”. I’ve been thousand of miles from home and still working on my books.  I published the 6 instalments of BEGINNINGS in its serialized version. They were uploaded to Amazon and all that went pretty easily (see below) until I wanted to do some slight updating to the text of one of them … and that proved problematic.  I still haven’t sorted out what went wrong. Perhaps its not Amazon’s fault but something to do with the creation of zipped files that I have not yet mastered (but Amazon’s “help” people were not that helpful) …. very frustrating.  At least, uploading the ePub, mobi and .pdf files created through Calibre to LeLivroBeta has run more smoothly.

Then, given the predictably underwhelming lack of interest in my serialized version of BEGINNINGS, I thought I’d upload the full 450 page novel to IBooks and Smashwords. Well, IBooks was reasonably smooth-going – got the account and all that created after a reasonable amount of messing around – until it turned out that I couldn’t upload from an IPad but had to upload from a Mac I didn’t have (see below) .. so more urgently, I set about uploading to Smashwords to get into all the retail outlets.  That went well until their inhouse conversion tool “Meatgrinder” started spitting up errors that hadn’t appeared when I created the Amazon Kindle versions   …. so a whole lot of reformatting – limited fonts are acceptable –  was needed and especially a re-doing of the Table of Contents as that is a serious source of errors for the ePub (Ipad etc) version.

It still has not all been sorted out and I am awaiting Smashwords’ confirmation that I’m in their Premium Catalogue (which if you are not, it seems, you should pretty well give up.

Well, very many hours and days have been taken up with all this adminstrative and technical stuff … and you’re right .. I’d much rather have been writing than figuring out all this. Now maybe you could pay someone else do do this soul-destroying stuff but I’m not yet so confident that I’d sell enough to cover costs – the most critical issue in self-publishing; at least in my mind.

Now maybe others have had easier paths through these systems. Please let me know if you have.


Serialized Version of “BEGINNINGS” now available – First Instalment FREE HERE

The serialized version of             BEGINNINGS: Where A Life Begins  …. Tales of Survival and Revenge ….      is now available on AMAZON and on LeLivroBeta   in 6 (six) instalments.                                                  EACH INSTALMENT IS A STAND-ALONE SHORT NOVEL.

Click here to GET THE FIRST INSTALMENT FREE !!!!!    from LelivroBeta.    So only if you like it do you move on to the next instalments!!!

BEGINNINGS : Where A Life Begins …………………..An epic action-packed novel set around the escape of a talented but troubled young mother and her unusually perceptive daughter from the violence of fascist Spain at the end of its bloody civil war and their struggle to make a new life in southwest France. The next two decades bring war, Nazi occupation, political unrest, the birth of the Basque terrorist movement and the appearance of an undercover Franco military officer seeking revenge for millennia-old grievance. Exploring a vast historical sweep of thousands of years down to the present , it is filled to the brim with powerful characters, violence, romance, true historical detail, multi-layered themes of love, hate, murder, revenge and political intrigue as well as a dose of science, myth and mystery.

A FREE copy of the First Instalment ..  I. GENESIS and REVENGE is now available.  It is the story of violence, heartbreak and the genesis of a bitter cycle of murder and revenge around the Basque country in Spain.  EACH INSTALMENT IS A STAND-ALONE SHORT NOVEL.

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In this FIRST instalment, “I. GENESIS and RESURRECTION”, the story begins with Maria – alone, heavily pregnant and with her baby son in her arms – desperately fleeing the persecution inflicted on her people by the Fascist dictator Franco at the end of the Spanish civil war. On her escape into France, her infant son is the victim of a callous border guard but she and her unborn daughter are saved by an unknown assassin; both actions echoing past and future violence and vengeance. The trauma sends the unborn child’s mind deep into the past where a horrible crime against her ancestors in prehistoric times hints at the genesis of otherwise inexplicable hatred and violence that have often re-surfaced down through the centuries. Back in Bayonne, Maria buries her infant son in a world of self-recriminations. It is only through communion with her unborn child and a new friend that she begins to face life again, but unaware of just how dangerous the birth of her new child may turn out to be.