When I decided to self-publish I put my manuscript aside so that I could work out how I was going to go about it. I needed a starting point, and I needed to know where and what that starting point was going to be.

A few days later I was at the Old Castle Brewery when I bumped into an old freined of mine-Linda- who I hadn’t seen for about 4 years. After the initial chatter about where do you live, how many kids do you have and how much money do you earn, it came out that Linda had a design company and they’d just finished designing Mary Monaghan’s self published life story titled Remember Me.

So in one chance meeting not only did I have access to a design company who had experience in designing and printing books, but I also had access to a self published author who was far down the road on which I was about to embark on.

Coincidence, luck, divine intervention, whatever you want to call it, it happened.

Through Linda I was invited to Mary’s book launch. Myself and Mary chatted briefly and exchanged numbers.

Once Mary’s busy schedule eased off, we were able to get have a long chat and she passed on valuable info about where to look, what to read and who to speak to.

The suppliers for the design and printing of my book were sorted as Linda was going to handle that. Mary told me about distributorship, marketing, but most importantly where to find all information related to self pulishing.

The first book I bought on the subject was “Successful Self- Publishing in South Africa” by Heather Parker Lewis. A very good buy and highly recommended.

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