Many will already know that I self-published my first book Become the Best You last November, through Amazon’s CreateSpace.
In it I talk about my less than perfect upbringing, which led to me drinking and partying away my teens and early twenties. About enduring two mental breakdowns, and cutting ties with my entire family before hitting rock bottom. I speak about knowing how much I’d screwed up, and working damn hard to turn my life around. Become the Best You takes the reader on my life changing journey to liking myself, and is packed with bite sized chunks of inspiration to help others overcome their challenges.
I’m really proud of what I managed to achieve, considering how little time I’ve had to market the book. I got it into the Amazon self-help charts Top 50 the weekend it was released, and it currently has twenty six 5* reviews. A handful of fellow bloggers have raved about it on their blogs too, some because I sent them a promotional copy, others with absolutely no prompting.
In an interview at Writing Bubble earlier this year I gave some background as to why I decided to self-publish the book, and also said that I wasn’t ruling out getting a larger publisher on-board at some point. Well, in the midst of a truly awful time (possibly my lowest ebb since becoming a mum) an offer landed on my doorstep from Austin Macauley, an independent publishing company. They want to take me on as an author, give Become the Best You a little revamp, and get the book out there on a bigger scale than I could do. They’re even going to pay me an advance in royalties, not a sum I could retire on, but it’s an advance none the less.
“Based in London, Austin Macauley Publishers has established itself as an energetic and imaginative independent trade publisher. Our publications range from historical romances to showbiz memoirs; from illustrated children’s tales to in-depth technical manuals; from hard-hitting thrillers to meditative poetry. Our team at Austin Macauley are optimistic and forward-thinking; we pride ourselves on being able to offer authors both new and previously published the opportunity to become established in the ever-expanding world of books.”
After having a solicitor check out the contract (can’t be too careful) and giving it all very thoughtful consideration, I decided to go for it. I have absolutely nothing to lose and everything to gain. The production team have already been in contact and the ball is rolling on getting the book ready to be launched.
So watch this space.
Exciting times are ahead 🙂