Local author Paul Carroll gave an attentive audience the benefit of his experience of writing and self publishing last night (Thursday 17th May). The venue was Pi Bar in Altrincham where the audience enjoyed readings from Paul’s novel ‘Written Off’, itself a humorous look at the world of publishing.
Paul has self -published three novels and he talked about the differences between publishing your own work and finding an agent and then, if you are lucky, a publishing contract. He discussed the benefits of using such writing techniques as character grids and a plot matrix and recommended Stephen King’s ‘On Writing’ to all aspiring writers.
As a former PR man Paul also shared some of his tips for promoting his novels which included sending a copy of his Yorkshire based novel ‘Trouble Brewing’ and a bottle of beer to twenty Yorkshire celebrities on Yorkshire Day! However, he pulled no punches about the difficulties of making a living – or even a small profit – from self-publishing. He itemised the cost of printing, cover design, setting up a website, social media and publicity. He strongly recommended persuading all your friends and family to put positive reviews of your novel on Amazon to raise your profile! If you want to find out more about Paul’s work have a look at his website here http://paulcarrollink.co.uk/
Watch out for copies of Paul’s novels popping up around the town centre – free to keen readers!
The event was part of Altrincham Word Fest, the town’s writing festival which started on the 12th May. Future events include workshops in blogging, poetry writing and flash fiction. More details on our Facebook page here.