peeps: Paul Pilkington
Suspense mystery author Paul Pilkington has been writing professionally for over a dozen years. BBC radio and ITV television have broadcast his material, and he was long listed for the 2004 London Book Fair Lit Idol competition.
The One You Love, his first suspense mystery, came about from his love of “fast-paced, twisting and turning fiction that both stirs the emotions and is hard to put down.” So naturally, it was something he wanted to create as well.
Well, considering that since its release in 2011, Love has been downloaded over a million times, has spent a solid month as a #1 Amazon UK free download (while also being top ranked in the US marketplace), has been reviewed an impressive 1,500 times on Amazon last I checked, and has spawned a few more popular titles, I’d say Paul has managed to pull it off.
How Paul Got Started Self-Publishing
In 1999, Paul started writing fiction regularly. Even though his initial submissions to agents and publishers resulted in rejections, he felt he was making some progress, establishing contacts with folks in the industry who seemed to like what he produced. For over six years, however, he decided to forego the work of sending off unsolicited submissions, and simply focus on enjoying his writing.
In 2011, he took two of his suspense mysteries and published them on the Kindle and Smashwords. That things took off from there would seem like an understatement.
“It’s amazing that so many people around the world have downloaded my books,” Paul says, “something that I could never have imagined. None of this would have been possible without epublishing platforms such as KDP and Smashwords. Now the challenge is for me to continue writing, and hopefully satisfying those readers who have enjoyed my novels.“
Self-Publishing Tips and Observations
- “I feel that in the past few years, publishing has been turned upside down. And in the next few years, there will be many more changes.”
- “One trend I think that will happen is that well-known authors will begin to self-publish more, probably alongside their traditional deals.”
- “My biggest tip for those wanting to self-publish is to make sure that, if possible, you get your manuscript professionally copy-edited. All my work is now professionally copy-edited, and I do wish I’d done this from the beginning.“