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The most common misconceptions authors have about self-publishing – Q&A with publishing consultant Maria Brown

You don’t just want to self-publish. You want to self-publish well. Make sure your self-published book stands out from the crowd.

1. Tell us about your role at Tellwell.

As a publishing consultant, I am the author’s first point of contact with the company. It is my role to help authors understand the publishing industry, the publishing process, and help them make smart decisions to achieve their publishing goals.

2. How would you describe your personality?

I’m a problem-solver by nature, and I would like to describe myself as a positive person. I bounce back quickly from negative thoughts and always look for the silver lining in situations.

3. Describe your approach to working with authors.

I keep it simple. My approach is personal. I consider myself a guide to authors navigating the world of publishing.

4. What publishing advice do you have for authors considering self-publishing?

You don’t just want to self-publish. You want to self-publish well. Make sure your self-published book stands out from the crowd.

Get your book edited. Hire a professional editor. You don’t have to accept every single change. At the end of the day, it’s your book but at least consider the feedback.

Have a book cover that converts! A high-quality book cover is the most important element to get readers’ attention. It is what readers first see and will immediately determine whether they want to pick up your book or not.

Be realistic. Success doesn’t happen overnight. It takes dedication and patience.

5. What is one of the most common misconceptions authors have about the self-publishing process? 

That it is just for vanity. All I can say is self-publishing can be tough, but a necessary alternative to traditional publishing as it gives small voices a chance to grow loud. Many of the big names that float around now got their start with self-publishing. They are proof that going this route now can lead to greater things down the line. Self-publishing costs money upfront, but if writing truly is your passion, then this venture is worth every penny. Hobbies cost money. Startup businesses cost money. Writing is both a hobby and a business. Tellwell makes sure that every penny an author spends is a penny invested in a legacy they can be proud of.

6. What is one of your most memorable moments or experiences at Tellwell?

I greatly enjoy our monthly meetings where we start the month reviewing author feedback, and it warms my heart to be working with a company that genuinely cares and takes every opportunity to grow and improve its processes.

7. What do you enjoy most about your role at Tellwell?

It is not a boring role. There are surprises from time to time. Every day is an opportunity to learn something new, from the authors and from your colleagues. It is also the ability to share your ideas and have them heard for the betterment of the company.

8. What do you enjoy doing outside of work?

Well aside from binge-watching Netflix series, I am currently enjoying short courses to improve my skills. I am about to finish a short content writing course and am about to start an SEO marketing, copywriting and blogging course. I also occasionally enjoy a videoke night with friends.

 9. What are your favourite books to read?

I am a fantasy fan, like Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter, and Twilight. I also loved reading books written by Mitch Albom.

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