|Posted by Tom Chalmers on October 12, 2016 at 8:10 AM|
While the internet is full of self-publishing groups and forums, writing by its nature can be a solitary business. Never mind writing a bestseller, I have great respect for anyone who has had the dedication and persistence to sit and write by themselves an entire novel! It is not something I think I would be capable of.
However, while there is much information out there now which helps self-published authors choose their options carefully and receive advice and tips from writing to sales and marketing, there is nothing like face-to-face meetings for authors wherever possible. The most useful information, rather than from pre-conceived questions, can be gained through conversations with those that have gone through part or all of the experience themselves.
Furthermore, all writers need a confidence boost to keep them writing through those solitary hours and there is no better way to receive one than to share stories with those that are or have been on the same writing quest. As a result, I would recommend all self-published authors take every opportunity to meet with other writers, self- or traditionally published, whenever possible.
And for those in the UK, such an opportunity can be found at New Generation Publishing’s annual Self-Publishing Summit at King’s College London on 12th November. As part of the Legend Tmes Group, I am always delighted to see a range of big industry names from the traditional and self-publishing sectors mix with authors with a wide-range of experience and backgrounds for an informative, positive and fascinating day. For details of the Self-Publishing Summit see: http://www.newgeneration-publishing.com/home/self-publishing-summit-2016/
The Summit will provide a wealth of information, suggestions, tips and guidance and, maybe as importantly, it will provide a chance for industry professionals and writers to meet and share experiences with each other.
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