Vivienne Dockerty

Author of Historical Fiction

Why I Consider Myself To Be A Successful Self-Publisher

I've just sent off my eighth book ...


I have recently sent off my new book to the publisher. Yes, it's another historical saga, but a little different than my usual tales. Someone asked me recently, why did I send it to the same publisher?

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It's a good question. Why not let the new manuscript do the rounds, as there are a lot of book publishers out there? I thought about my reasons for a little while, and my answer was that I don't need a different publisher.

"I am happy to be a self-published author!"

Because of this, I can make my own decisions. I don't like being told what I can and can't do when it is me who has taken the time and effort to craft the story. I also get to keep a larger amount of the money from my sales, which is always a good thing isn't it?

It isn't cheap to have your book published by a company like Matador, but I am the type of person who doesn't spend her income on fripperies. I don't buy perfume, the latest fashion, or new shoes and I don't have much in the way of jewelry.

Because writing is my passion, I like to tuck myself into a corner, switch on the computer and live in a different world for a few hours each day. I like it there as my characters are my friends and I feel very close to them.

However, my books go through the same process as you would get with a traditional publisher. It is written, edited, proofread, and a book cover is chosen then an eBook version is created. Only then is it published.

When you work it out, if you don't go daft and spend all your money on an all singing, all dancing package and do a lot of the marketing yourself, one day you will break even; you'll maybe even start making a little profit!

Your alternative is cooling your heels and possibly getting a lot of rejection, just as people like Catherine Cookson, J.K.Rowling and John Grisham did.

Of course, if you are a celebrity it's not a problem. We all know of a certain somebody who had a book published and the company never made a penny from the story! And once you've gone down the self-publishing route, not many traditional publishers will want to look at your book.

However, I have heard of people who have used the services of Matador go on to great and wonderful things. Two authors this year have been offered contracts and yes, probably an advance as well, which is a significant event in their lives.

I was once offered a contract by a small publisher who was trying to get a foot in the door and I wasn't best pleased with the contract, even if their attentions did help me feel wanted at the time. I would have only got 10% of the sale price and only ten 'author copies' per year, which is no good to me.

"I love going to author talks, book signings
and public events!"

It is here that I get to connect with my readers face-to-face. As I've just sent off my eighth book to Matador, and lots of people are buying them from both me and online, I must be doing something right!

All in all, I would say that I am pretty happy with the way things stand and will continue on the path I've chosen until the final chapter of my life.

If you'd like to read any of my books, visit my Amazon author page. My books are available in both printed and Kindle format.

Until next time ...


More about Vivienne Dockerty ...

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.


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