For a writer whether poetry , non- fiction or fiction it is an ambition to be read . Not just read but appreciated for the communication of information or feelings. Publication becomes the holy grail for some writers.
Just over a year ago I finished writing Silverlinings the story of my first eight years with Parkinson’s. In October last year a colleague and I produced an illustrated children’s book Sweet Dream’s for Jago. I have been seeking publishers for both of them. Submitting for publishing is another writing skill. For this you need to be able to write a marketing plan varying it for each company. Although I have had some nice feedback I have had no publishing deal. I am still looking to get publishers for those books but I still felt it was time to explore self publishing.
I chose a German company with an English and a German website. I had used the English one for printing books and was happy with their quality and the upfront fee was minimal. After uploading files having sample books sent to me I pressed ahead. Six or seven ago I self-published a collection of poetry called Hope and Inspiration. I waited for this to appear in the UK and US listings on Amazon. It never happened the German company decided to close their English side of the operation but did not say upfront. Instead they put the book through their German processes and it appeared on the German Amazon but only the German one.
Elation became deflation but I was not defeated. I trawled other websites and decided to use Amazons own and yesterday it appeared on the Amazon UK website at
and in the US at
I believe it can also be found in the French, German, Spanish, Italian and Japanese Amazon sites.
So please have a look and if it appeals then pleases buy it .