Greylands Release Party!

I’m learning all sorts of new things in the self-publishing process. I learned that it’s tricky to have official release dates; that tax forms can be very specific; that LLC means Limited Liability Company (which I am not); and that having a supportive network of friends and family is a huge boon.

As this was my first ever self-pub (and, as previously noted, my first time with my name on the cover [yay!]), I decided to celebrate it. Raise my glass to years of dedication, hard work, frustration, throwing things, sobbing uncontrollably, laughing maniacally, and generally enjoying every minute of it.

But as this was a team effort, I wanted to share the limelight! As four of the Greylands authors are local, I decided to round them up, invite a whole slew of people, and stick them in a pub. The result was a lot of fun! A really great turnout, lots of copies sold, and one of my good friends made a peanut butter chocolate cake that topped the evening.

The cake was worth the work of the book. Yum.

The cake was worth the work of the book. Yum.

I’m just beginning, and I know I have a lot to learn, but so far I think I’m off to a pretty great start!

Authors: What were some fun tips that you’ve learned about self-pubbing?

Readers: What sort of things would interest you at a book release party?



  1. So very cool that you were able to get together with some of the other authors. Wish I could have been there! My self-pub tip: Retain your sense of humor at all costs.

      1. Hmm…I’m thinking I should have sent one of the FMs to do a little spy work.

        Remember, even a dry, sarcastic sense of humor still counts. At least, that’s what I tell myself.

  2. I published my debut novel in September. As it’s selling slowly, I’m learning to be patient but also persistent in promoting it. I wish you all the best with your work. If you work hard at it, you deserve the rewards. πŸ™‚

    1. Congratulations on the book, Elaine!!!
      Where do you find you do most of your promoting? In person? Social media? So far I’m finding talking to people and offering print copies is working best.

      1. Thanks Krista. Well at the moment I do the vast majority of my promoting on social media. But it’s interesting what you say that you’re talking to people about it. I have let friends, family and colleagues know that I’ve written a book but that’s about it. The rest is done via my blog and Twitter etc.

        I had a free promotion of ‘The Inheritance’ (my novel) a few weeks ago and I had nearly 9500 downloads so I was happy. It did involve a lot of work though in applying to free promo sites. Sales since have been better in the US but less good here in the UK. But overall it’s slow going with the sales. I’m doing all I can but it’s not easy. As my mum says there are just so many books out there I’m competing with. I wish you every success with your work. πŸ™‚


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