In March 2015 Chindi members Jeremy Good and Jill King were delighted to be invited to give a talk to The Society of Women’s Writers and Journalists at their biennial meeting in Chichester. The group are all published writers and get together twice a year to exchange information and listen to invited speakers.
The talk began with a brief description of self-publishing and a summary of the two main routes for writers to publish their own work – using an IT platform or working with an author support company. Jeremy and Jill had each taken one of these different approaches and they shared the lessons they had learnt with the group.
Jeremy described how he had grown up writing stories and had successfully published his first novel ‘The Butcher’s Son‘ on Createspace, the Amazon self-publishing platform. The experience had been easier than he had imagined and he was very pleased with the quality of his published book. He made particular reference to the importance of a book cover, and explained how he had worked with a graphic designer to create a high impact image that worked well as a thumbnail as well as on the shelf.
Jill had studied literature at University and always loved reading. She had had a 30 year career in the City of London before retiring to pursue a second career as a writer. She had chosen to work with Matador, a self-publishing company to produce and distribute her book. She explained that this was in part because her book ‘Aitch: A Life in Colour’ is a biography and has a colour photo section as well as text. Matador had proved to be a highly professional company, and Jill had learnt a lot from them during the publishing and marketing phases of her book launch.
Jeremy, a co-founder of Chindi, went on to explain how the group worked and the benefits that members gained from swapping information, sharing resources and promoting each other’s books. Finally there was a lively question and answer session and both authors signed copies of their books.
Chindi talk to The Society of Women’s Writers and Journalists