Best Selling Author Jo Linsdell Talks about Self Publishing
For me the decision to self publish was Plan A. Partly because I wanted to learn as much as possible about the publishing process and being a hands on kind of learner this seemed like the best option, but also partly because I’m a control freak. I liked the idea of calling all the shots.
The stigma attached to self published books has changed drastically over the years. It’s no longer for those who got rejected. It’s a conscious choice that even big names in the industry are opting for. Stephen King, Jackie Collins and a whole host of other world famous authors have turned down their publishers and gone it alone.
People like Amanda Hocking are inspirational examples of how independent publishing has changed in recent years. Of course not all indie books will have that kind of success but it shows it can be done and brings credibility to the industry.
When I published my first book, Italian for Tourists back in 2006, I knew I wanted to self publish it. I was eager to know as much as possible about everything to do with the publishing industry and wanted the experience of doing it all myself. If I’m honest it started out as a bit on an experiment. People had told me I should write a book millions of times over the years and then when I moved to Rome, Italy requests for a phrasebook followed quickly. I figured I’d give them what they asked for and use it to see if I had what it takes. Turns out I did. The book has been (and continues to be) a constant seller since it was released.
Having had a successful experience I’ve never looked back. Sure I’d consider going a different route if a Publisher offered a million dollar contract (who wouldn’t?). For now though I’m very happy and proud to be a self published author. My children’s books are doing great. Out and About at the Zoo is still a best seller (it hasn’t left the lists since it’s release last year) and my latest book Fairy May (another rhyming children’s picture story book that came out on 1st February this year) is also doing well.
Self publishing isn’t a taboo or a last resort. It’s a choice and one I’m happy to have made.
Jo Linsdell is an award-winning blogger and freelance writer living in Rome, Italy. She is also the author of several books including the popular Italian for Tourists, A Guide to Weddings in Italy and the best selling children’s picture book, Out and About at the Zoo. Her latest book Fairy May was released on 1st February 2013. You can find out more about her at http://www.JoLinsdell.com
I never raised
like Baby Sister sitting next to me,
Lil Av grown with a girl and a boy of his own.
Both Lil Sis and I sit, fanning Florida heat
gaze at football hurrah
spilling across a fenced field
before our shaded bleacher.
Both of us watching her
my nephew Trevor, play.
Nope, we never had a Jessica
though I have a grand,
a Little Laila Lou,
as her Auntie Glenda
sings whenever she comes around.
Glenda will re-name anyone, including
you, if you should choose to spend
an hour or two in our presence.
I am Too-Too
or Lil Tootie
and Baby Sister is O My Pretty Girl
though she wants to be called Lil Sis
like our older sis
is Big Sis,
but I will answer to just about anything
as long as it isn’t
which will be “calling me out of my
as Grandma might say
But Little Jessica does not
seem to mind
who calls her what
as she pops out of the crowd that
Saturday to strike up
a conversation about how well she can read and how pretty her nails would
if I painted them
same as I was painting
A pixy, pretty and cordial, and decidedly
smart for a person
she has determined Lil Sis’ container of rainbow
is too much to overlook.
I see this and resolve not to
fan her like gnats,
So I invited her to please go
find her Mama and get her okay
before I paint her
Later, Lil Sis and I aren’t
before long she’s back,
Mama, equally friendly and built like a sistah, in tow.
Together, they talked up
a small storm
and I paint
Jess and a few of her friends
before the heat and game end,
allowing me to close
the makeshift salon
I never realized I was opening when
I sat down and
engaged Lil Sis in conversation.
Though I never raised
same as Lil Sis and
our sister Bernadette.
I laugh with Lil Sis and realize
Bubba, my twin,
Glen and our Baby-Baby Sis
Katarina all have one girl each,
same as Lorenzo and Delton
My Mama knew what it was to have a house
of one boy and all things
sugar and spice
though all of it couldn’t have been
considering the whippings I
I wonder what a girl would have been—
(c) Claudia Moss 2/7/13