1. Alex J. Cavanaugh
    December 3, 2012 @ 3:10 pm

    I would’ve fired that agent as well! Brave to do it yourself, but then, you are an editor and know the process.


  2. Tom Doyal
    December 3, 2012 @ 4:35 pm

    I always learn something when I read Helen Ginger. She gives great advice and is completely candid about her own experience. Thanks for this information!


  3. Susan Gourley
    December 3, 2012 @ 6:45 pm

    You give lots of encouraging advice. It’s always nice to hear it from someone who knows what they’re talking about.


  4. Hilary
    December 4, 2012 @ 4:31 am

    Hi Helen .. me too – I’d have been livid – but perhaps it was a blessing in disguise – good for you for taking the self-publishing route …

    As you’ve done it – we get to see some of the pitfalls and get the tips – great info – cheers Hilary


  5. Cold As Heaven
    December 4, 2012 @ 11:59 am

    Cool post in 3rd person >:)

    I’m aiming for self-publishing myself. The critical thing I’m not able to figure out is how to self publish on Amazon when you live in a small remote country, and not in one of the big countries where amazon.com have their web servers. There are issues with taxing and bank accounts and that kind of stuff.


  6. Ann
    December 4, 2012 @ 7:30 pm

    I found dealing with agents to be a frustrating experience and a big part of why I chose independent publishing. I absolutely love the new cover. Congrats on taking the plunge and getting your novel out there. Can’t wait for the next one.


  7. Helen Ginger
    December 5, 2012 @ 10:40 am

    Hi everyone! Sorry I’m so late.

    There are times when I wish I had an agent to suggest things to do or to offer advice, but the publishing world is changing and while the agents and publishers are fighting over the big name authors, the rest of us are making it happen on our own.

    Thank you Ann. I love the cover too. Lately, I’ve been dealing with GoodReads to get them to set the print cover as the default. But with help from one of the editors on their site, I think I got it done.

    Cold, I do wish I had an answer for you, ’cause I know you’re in a really, really remote area of the world. Is the biggest problem the lack of web servers or the finances? Either would be a problem, but it’d be easier if one could be overcome.


  8. Stephen Tremp
    December 5, 2012 @ 4:28 pm

    All great tips for any writer. I’ve learned over the years I can do a lot of things on my own. I still need someone to format for me to Kindle and for the soft bound physical books.

    I also hire an editor and my nephew to do my cover art. And I have someone do my badges for me too.

    Wow! Now that I think of it, I’m not nearly as self-sufficient as I thought I was.


  9. Helen Ginger
    December 5, 2012 @ 9:41 pm

    Stephen, I believe you’re more self-sufficient than you think! For one thing, I’m amazed by your blog.

    I definitely hire a cover artist.


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