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Jane Isaac

6. Where the Real Work Starts

So, you’ve written a novel, worked through cover art, edits, proofing, publication; had an awesome party to launch it into the world. Job done, right? Wrong.

This is where the work really starts. You may have written the best book in the world, enjoyed thoroughly by friends and family, but unless it is supported by an ongoing promotional campaign, you won’t sell more than a couple of hundred copies at best.

Whichever route you take to publish your work, it will require a great deal of elbow grease to get out there and publicise … Read more

5. Publication Day

The twelve months since I signed with Legend Press seemed to pass by quickly and very soon, April arrived.

I didn’t have a launch party with my first novel. Scratch that. I didn’t have an ‘official’ launch party. What I did have was a dinner party hosted by my dear neighbours and friends with a cake and a reading which was very special. However, this time, I thought I’d go all the way. This is a precarious business, right? You never know where you will be this time next year. So …


My publisher helped me to … Read more

4. The Stages of Publication

We all know that there are several steps that books go through to transform them from a pile of paper into the glossy paperback you see on the shelves of your local bookstore. There’s blurb, cover art, edits, proofing. This was my second time around, I should know what to expect. But what I did find interesting were the little differences in how publishers approach this process.

First time around, I wrote my own blurb. I wrote and re-wrote, never quite sure whether I was hitting the mark, but generally happy with the final effect. … Read more

3. Deciphering Book Contracts

I think it’s wonderful that there are so many routes to publishing these days, but if we are unable to snag an agent and benefit from their wealth of experience, how do we know if we are getting a fair offer?

Truth be told, I was so delighted to receive the contract for my first book from Rainstorm Press that I read it through quickly and signed on the dotted line. However with my new publisher, Legend Press, I was more circumspect. How did I know whether the offer was competitive and the contract fair? Answer: … Read more

2. Choosing the Route to Publication

I’ve already mentioned that my first book was published by an American publishing house. I’ll always be grateful to Rainstorm Press for picking up my debut and giving it a chance. However, apart from the copies that I brought over and supplied to local stores myself, it was only distributed in the UK via Amazon which restricted the number of local events I could do. So, in order to improve distribution with my second, I had to examine my options.

Option One – The Agent

The benefits of a good literary agent are well … Read more

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