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I am a writer, editor, reviewer and dance teacher based in Perth, Western Australia.

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The first two novels of my trilogy, The Talismans, are not available as e-books at present, but I expect to get them back online shortly. However, I do have paperbacks of The Dagger of Dresnia at the low price of $25 including postage within Australia. I also have a short story, 'La Belle Dame', in print - see Mythic Resonance below. The best way to contact me is via Facebook!

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The first two books of The Talismans trilogy were published by Satalyte Publications, which, sadly, has gone out of business. I hope to see my books back on Amazon under a new publisher in the near future.

The Dagger of Dresnia

The Dagger of Dresnia
Want a copy? Contact me at satimafn(at)gmail.com

The Cloak of Challiver

The Cloak of Challiver
Available again as an ebook soon!

Mythic Resonance

Buy Mythic Resonance

Mythic Resonance is an excellent anthology that includes my short story 'La Belle Dame', together with great stories from Alan Baxter, Donna Maree Hanson, Sue Burstynski, Nike Sulway and nine more fantastic authors! Just $US3.99 from Amazon. Got a Kindle? Check out Mythic Resonance.

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Tuesday, 21 July 2015

Indie Publishing: a guest post from author Kim Cleary



A guest post today, from fellow author-blogger Kim Cleary. Kim grew up in Birmingham, UK, and studied medieval history and psychology at Adelaide University (South Australia). She now lives in Melbourne.

Kim loves to write about heroes who push through extraordinary situations and obstacles, one step at a time. Path Unchosen is a tale of zombies, in which Judy, the very human protagonist, must learn to deal with the darkness within as well as threats from without. 

Kim's topic today is 'Indie Publishing, and why I chose it!’

I can’t pinpoint when I decided to go the indie route. But it was before the first draft of my first novel, Path Unchosen, was finished. I did consider trying the traditional route. I researched agents and publishers, read widely, studied publishing trends.

In the end I didn’t contact any agent or publisher.  That way felt old-fashioned, too removed from how and why readers are selecting books to read. I’ve indie published Path Unchosen, the first in a paranormal suspense series; am in the final stages of editing Truth Unveiled, the second in the series, and have a novella in the same series plotted.

Path Unchosen won a book award a few months ago. Feedback from readers has been mostly positive, but the external validation has added a zing to my step!

I thought I understood the ins and outs of publishing and marketing in the new digital age … To be honest, this route is enormously harder than I imagined.

The workload is overwhelming at times. The need to wear so many hats at once can leave me paralysed with indecision. But I’m persevering, and the question is … why?

Click here to go to Path Unchosen on Amazon
I love having complete control over all aspects of the design. I work with a group of friendly professionals: cover designer Andrew Brown of Design for Writers, book designer Jane Smith, and editor Marcy Kennedy. I always planned on publishing with professional support, and do not recommend any other way.

Professional editing in particular is crucial. Marcy completes a structural edit for me initially, and then a line edit. She identifies plot holes, rabbit warrens and numerous little things I’ve missed.

The one thing I struggle with, rather embarrassingly, as I was a career marketer before sickness forced me to leave full-time employment, is self-branding and book marketing!

I decided at the start to limit marketing until I had more than one book to sell. I did try one book blog tour with Path Unchosen, just to test it out, and was very pleased with the visibility and reviews it achieved.

It’s now time to get serious about marketing my books and myself. So, I’m studying book marketing, branding, and visibility to try and make sure I have a solid marketing plan that delivers awareness and eventually sales.

Indie publishing is not for everyone. It feels right for me, and at this stage I’m planning on sticking with it. I’m happy to answer any questions anyone has about the process or anything else about Indie publishing.
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