Hi – I’m Karen Inglis. I live in London, UK, and I self-published my first children’s book The Secret Lake – a ‘time-slip’ mystery adventure for 8-11 year-olds in September 2011. My second book, ‘Eeek!‘ – about a runaway alien who loves soccer (!) – came out on 29 Feb 2012. Both books are available in print or on Kindle and can be bought online at Amazon and other stores or ordered via Waterstones, Smith’s or any independent UK book shop! You can also buy The Secret Lake eBook on Kobo. I’ve also recently released my first rhyming picture book – Ferdinand Fox’s Big Sleep .
This ‘info blog’ gives an overview of the process I went through to get my books to market on a modest budget – and I hope it will be of use for anyone considering self-publishing fiction (or indeed non-fiction) using the ‘DIY’ method rather than a third party.
The info I provide is deliberately high level and focuses on the choices I made and why. I also provide relevant links relating to each step along the way. There is a slight UK bias to the postings, but 99% will be relevant for all readers.
I do not try to replicate the many fantastic websites and blogs about self-publishing already out there that go into huge amounts of detail, but I do provide links to the ones I found of most use. And I don’t blog regularly – rather I add posts and updates from time to time when something changes or comes up that I think warrants attention – so if you’d like receive an email when I occasionally post something, please use the new WordPress ‘follow’ option, or complete the ‘Sign me up!’ section on the right.
If you have children aged 8-11 (or friends/family with same) please do take the time to pop over to The Secret Lake website. I’d be more than delighted if you were tempted to buy or recommend it for them! You’ll find a lot of 5-star reviews over there! You can buy The Secret Lake online or order via Waterstones in the UK or any local UK bookshop.
Finally, here is Eeek’s website - you’ll also find Eeek in the Kindle Store and on Amazon – as well as other online bookstores. You can also order Eeek from any local UK or US bookshop, including Waterstones in the UK. Eeek is also in stock in selected branches of Waterstones in south west London – and in Solihull when I last checked! And I’m now getting letters from school teachers and children – so I must be doing something right!
I hope you find something of use here.
Updated 6 May 2013