Self Publishing Journeys

Episode 23: Michael Robertson

Michael Robertson

Michael Robertson is a writer from the UK with several publications to his name, both online and in print.

He writes dystopian, sci-fi, and apocalyptic fiction, though predominantly science fiction with a darker edge to it.

Michael has written stories of all kinds since his late teens and finally started publishing in 2013 after having a short story accepted by HarperCollins.

He's also had his first three books in the Alpha Plague series produced by Podium – who put together Andy Weir's The Martian – and we all know how well that turned out!

He has an active presence online – you'll find him on YouTube, Facebook, Twitter and on his own website – and he's the most prolific writer that we've spoken to on the podcast to date.

Find Out More:

Michael's Amazon Author page: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Michael-Robertson/e/B00DK2PRLM/

Michael's Google+ page: https://plus.google.com/u/0/113009673177382863155/posts

Michael's Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/MichaelRobertsonAuthor

Michael's website: http://michaelrobertson.co.uk/

Michael's Twitter profile: https://twitter.com/MicRobertson

Michael's Quick Reviews YouTube channel, short reviews on books, comics, television shows, and movies: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC64z0vMux-ON8LxT0PXIYuw

Check out Christian Bentulan's great book covers: https://coversbychristian.com/ [Used by Michael – I also used Christian's services for The Grid Trilogy]

Dusty Crossley, space opera artwork: https://www.artstation.com/artist/dustycrosley

Save The Cat: https://www.savethecat.com/ [I have the audio version of Save The Cat! Strikes Back, the original book, Save The Cat! doesn't appear to be avilable in audio form. I'bve now bought the book.)

Fiverr.com – great for outsourcing small jobs: https://www.paulteague.com/fiverr [Affiliate link!]

The Self-Publishing Podcast: https://itunes.apple.com/gb/podcast/self-publishing-podcast-writing/id522665152 [Recommended!]

AWeber for mailing lists: https://www.aweber.com/

Book Funnel, for e-book delivery: https://bookfunnel.com/

Rocking Self Publishing Podcast: https://rockingselfpublishing.com/

Writing excuses Podcast: https://www.writingexcuses.com/

Self Publishing Formula Podcast: https://www.selfpublishingformula.com/

My Dad Wrote A Porno: https://www.comedy.co.uk/podcasts/my_dad_wrote_a_porno/

Podium Publishing: https://podiumpublishing.com/

Amazon ACX: https://www.acx.com/

Book formatting via: https://www.polgarusstudio.com/

Book promo sites

Freebooksy: https://www.freebooksy.com/for-the-authors/

RobinReads: https://robinreads.com/

Free Kindle Books: https://fkbt.com/for-authors/

E-Reader News Today: https://ereadernewstoday.com/bargain-and-free-book-submissions/

Booksends: https://booksends.com/advertise.php

Episode 23, release date Monday 8th August, 2016


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Paul’s Podcast Diary

1) The Murder Place – writing progress:

I'm two-thirds of the way through the book now, and just finished on a big cliff-hanger.

I got another 10k words written this week, my early morning activity is working out really well at the moment.

I'm writing from 6am-9am, before the family get up – this is summer holiday mode 🙂

August 3rd word count

2) Forthcoming podcast guest:

I interviewed Jennifer Blanchard this week, her episode will be released on Monday 19th September.

Her article in The Huffington Post has made me wonder if I should set an audacious goal before Christmas!

See the article at: https://www.huffingtonpost.com/jennifer-blanchard/why-im-writing-and-publishing_b_10947922.html

I'm thinking about scheduling in 10 x 10k word non-fiction title before Christmas.

This is in addition to being committed already to writing 90k words of Thriller 3 in Sept/Oct and a 50k word novella in November, which is NaNoWriMo month.

Four of those books would be reworked versions of my WordPress/Email Marketing/Facebook/Twitter guides, but six of them would be new and original.

I'll think about it on holiday, have a cooling off period, then go for it if I'm still as keen after my break 🙂

Listen to a teaser clip from Jennifer's episode here: https://www.clammr.com/app/clammr/230021

3) Great new resource:

This is from Draft2Digital where I list my fiction titles: https://books2read.com

It's an amazing service and allows you to send out just one link to buyers, they can then make a purchase at the store of their choice.

I'm not sure if it fully replaces service like https://www.booklinker.net/, which are geo-location sensitive.

That's a good thing because when using Amazon links, it takes the customer to their country's correct Amazon store.

Do take it out for a whirl though, I will certainly be using this service.

Books2Read interface

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Episode 112: Meg Cowley/USA Today Bestselling Fantasy Author Find out more

Episode 113: Julie Cordiner/Two Non-Fiction Books Published, Now Editing Two Draft Novels Find out more

Episode 114: Gurbir Singh/Author of book about Indian Space Programme Find out more

Episode 115: Clare Sager/Debut Fantasy Novelist Find out more

Episode 116: Miles Hudson/School text book writer & self-published author Find out more

Episode 117: Barry Hutchison/Writer of books, comics and things for the telly Find out more

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This Week’s Self-Publishing News

The Alliance of Independent Authors August 5th 2016 news update: https://selfpublishingadvice.org/self-publishing-news/

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