A Self Publisher ...
Developing the hide of a Rhino!
POSTED BY VIVIENNE DOCKERTY ON 02/08/2018 @ 8:00AM
Since coming back to the UK from Australia, I have found a big difference in people's attitudes towards self published authors. As there are not many mainstream publishers in Australia, the trend is for writers to publish their own books...
a self publisher's product is not inferior, we just haven't had the breaks
Most writers are able to make a living from their book sales, usually via independent bookstores, literary events and belonging to author forums such as the SA Writers Club.
I have had such a hard time since I began promoting my books back in Blighty, that at one point I was on the verge of giving up. Just because the mainstream publishers here tend to want to stick with their ready-made tried and tested author circle, doesn't mean that the self-published have an inferior product - it's just that they haven't had the breaks. Indeed, there are a few authors from the Troubador/Matador Publishers who have had their work picked up, but - unfortunately - not me.
When I was trying to fix up a few book signings for my new book "Shattered Dreams". Emails went unanswered by the majority of the high Street bookstores and two managers who I approached in person were quite scathing in their attitude towards me. It appears that they wouldn't be able to make enough profit from an unknown self-published author, who probably wouldn't achieve many book sales anyway. Laughable in my case, as I do very well from bookstores online!
Next up is the attitude of the local newspapers. Again, no reply to my request for a little publicity - a returning Pom who has a book to sell. Or a request that I might book sign at a local library; other writers have had the privilege, but - it seems - not me.
And finally, I am reminded of the case of Jesus of Nazareth. No one in his village believed in Him. I was made to feel worthless by a member of my extended family, as she extolled the virtue of a writer that she knew. This author has a display in a well-known department store, has an agent, gets an advance on her sales and gives away free copies to her fans, whereas I must pay for all my copies so my relative doesn't get one free from me!
So to sum up, it looks as if I'll have to develop the hide of a rhino, emulate John Grisham and sell my books from the boot of my car!
Since I started publishing my books in 2010, I have sold nearly 7,000 paperbacks and ebooks and had two reprints of A Woman Undefeated and become popular at author talks and other events. So not bad for a self-published author with low self-esteem.
Would you like to read my books? Visit my online bookstore for paperbacks or my Amazon author page for Kindle versions.
Until next time ...
Since arriving back in the U.K I have enjoyed meeting lots of people at the Author Talks and book signing events that I have been invited to. It has been great connecting with my roots again and listening to other people's stories whilst I have been doing research for my next book.
A big thank you to all the readers who have posted Amazon reviews after they have finished one of my books.