Never Judge A Book By Its Cover – But You Always Do!

In May and June this year, I had the very interesting experience of getting a book cover designed.

Why did I decide to do this? Well, at the time I had almost completely made up my mind to go down the self-publishing route and I knew that, if I was going to put any money into that venture, it had to go on the book cover. The cover is the first thing a reader sees and, regardless of the old adage, it matters a whole lot:

1) If a book’s cover looks cheap or poorly produced, that will turn the reader off from the outset, leading them to think that Continue reading

Is Self-Publishing The Way To Go?

Up to this point of my writing ‘career’ (maybe that’s a laughable term but I’ll use it with a measure of dignity anyway), I have solely focused my efforts on getting published the traditional way: through an agent and a print publisher. Recently, however, I’ve started considering other options – specifically, going down the route of self-publishing. With this in mind, I decided to sign up to the Self-Publishing Day hosted by the Irish Writers’ Centre, which took place on Saturday 31st January.

This was definitely a good decision. There was such Continue reading