Self-publishing - one of the miracles of modern tech

Hi everyone and welcome to my blog - In this one I want to go a bit off-piste from the subject of health and wellbeing and talk about how I actually published my books - via the amazon kindle (kdp) desktop publishing software. Not the technical how to but the reason I decided to self-publish as opposed to finding a publishing company to help me.

It's the subject matter - my first book The Scar that won't heal' has done well but the subject it turns out is a potential problem. I had several rejections from publishers who said the area of trauma was not one they could take on (even though it's not about the usual sort of trauma but attachment wounding and how that plays out in chronic illness. My subtitle how 'Emotions, Stress and Trauma in Chronic Disease' was more descriptive but even then doesn't really cover the mind and body connection in full detail. Getting a book title that sells is quite important as you would imagine. Now if I can publish myself (which is easy now thanks to kdp) and I can even create an audiobook version (on Audible), why would i go for a traditional publisher? Well it's the marketing/promotion of course and that's where most self-published authors fall down. They fail to market just expecting people to buy it because it's there.

But of course people have to find your book amongst the millions on offer. That's where Kdspy comes in. This software built by Brit Wesley Atkins comes in. It's a tool for analysing your competitors and sales so you can model best practice and choose a title and genre that will sell. I include the link below