An interview with Rosamund Lupton


We have been big fans of Rosamund Lupton since we first read her debut novel Sister 10 years ago. Her writing is engaging and you can’t fail but to be moved by her words. We were delighted when Rosamund spoke to us about her new novel Three Hours. We hope that the insights into her writing, the advice she gives and her honesty, helps to inspire the authors we work with to achieve their dreams.


Thank you for taking the time to talk with us today. We have loved reading Three Hours and wonder how are feeling now that you have a new book published after having a break from writing? 

It’s a little daunting, I have to be an ‘author’ now in public, rather than a writer typing away or just being me at home. I’m quite shy so I find it hard.

What was your inspiration behind this story? When did the idea first come to you?

I used to spend a lot of time in libraries and my first image was a pile of books barricading a library door. From that I started thinking, who’s outside the library and why? Other interests, such as Macbeth, and the plight of child refugees then became part of the story too.

How much research did you have to do for this book? There is so much detail within the pages about investigation procedures, school safety procedures, immigration etc.

There was a great deal of research, some of which I was already interested in which is why I wrote the book. For instance, child refugees and the rise of hatred in our country. I was lucky that Graham Bartlett, former police commander for Brighten & Hove made sure that it was all true in terms of the police operation.

The fact that this story unfolds over the course of three hours and it almost takes the reader that long to read it, makes it feel like you’re even more immersed in the novel. When you first set out to write this book, was this your intention? 

I wanted the ‘action’ to be set over three hours, partly because it’s about the length of a dress rehearsal of Macbeth, and also because you’re right, I did want the reader to be reading almost in real-time with the characters. I wanted to create a very concentrated experience I had a minute by minute breakdown of where everyone was to make sure it worked.

You have snow within this novel and also in The Quality of Silence, for me it made the story all the more chilling. Do you think the weather is an important part within a story?

Yes, I wanted it almost to be a character. It’s vicious and dangerous. A young boy gets dangerously cold through the book, and the snow hides the paths, so that people get lost. Because of the snow, gunmen could be hiding in the woods. It’s also a visual metaphor for what’s happening in the story – nothing looks the same, all the familiar landmarks are changed.

What have you enjoyed most about writing this book? 

I think it was writing about ‘Macbeth’, I loved revisiting that play and thinking about it in a new way.

We enjoyed reading about Macbeth and seeing it from such a different angle. How did you draw the lines between Macbeth and terrorism?

I was interested in how Macbeth starts out as noble, but because of the witches, his wife and his own ambition he’s turned into a violent murderous man.  I wanted to explore the parallels with someone becoming a terrorist today – how is that person turned evil? Is it a similar process to Macbeth? Who are the witches?

The mother spoke to her son in her head, this was a unique insight into their relationship. I wonder do you have conversations with your sons in your head too?

Although the son in the book is absolutely nothing like my own sons, the tone of those in-her-head conversations are very similar to the real ones I have with my sons. I wanted to show the warmth and closeness a teenage boy can have with his mum.

Do you think you could have written this book when your children were younger? 

Practically, I couldn’t have done because I was doing 14 hour days by the end of the novel and as a mum to little children that wouldn’t have been possible!  Emotionally, I think it would have been harder too. I found it a very painful book to write, especially when young children are in peril. I also write a lot about teenagers, so it was helpful to have teenagers around while I was writing.

There are many amazing reviews coming in from big authors, booksellers, readers. How does it feel to receive such feedback?

I think it’s humbling. I feel so very grateful. I know it takes time to read a book, and to write a review, and I’m always a bit amazed that someone has chosen my book.


We work with a variety of authors who are working on their manuscripts. What advice would you give to one of our authors who is preparing a manuscript and three hours3dreaming of being published?

Keep going with the dream and don’t get disheartened, it just takes one person to want to publish your book, even if other people have turned it down. Remember that people want to find a wonderful novel to publish, and it could well be yours.

Thank you so much, Rosamund, for spending your time talking with us. We are very grateful. 

Three Hours is published by Penguin and is available to purchase now.

The 3 books you must read in 2020

It is always a huge privilege to work with authors and to sometimes be the first pair of eyes on their manuscripts. The honour of being able to see their words in the early stages will never grow old.

Whilst I was deciding my favourite reads of 2019, it made me think about the books I have read this year but aren’t actually published until the new year and how excited I am for when they are published and I can discuss with friends their take on them! I am sharing with you the three books that I believe you must add to your ‘wish lists’ right now for when the festivities are over and you’re wondering what the year ahead will bring… amazing, engrossing books with beautifully written scenes and incredible characters will add plenty of colour to 2020.

  1. Three Hours. Rosamund Lupton.
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When this book came through the post from Rosamund Lupton we were very excited! We love Rosamund’s writing and it has been over four years her last publication, so we were very excited to get our hands on this. We were not disappointed, and you won’t be either, this is a compelling, immersive read which will keep you up until the small hours turning the pages.

The story takes place in a school which is under siege. Over the course of three hours, every parents’ worst nightmare unfolds and, as the children and their teachers are under threat, the authorities frantically try to establish who the suspects are and how best to rescue those within the school.

There are lots of themes within this book which build up the tension; comparisons to Macbeth, the threat of terrorism, parenting teenagers, what it takes to be a teacher, being a refuge in Britain… the eerie snow outside adds to the chilling terror… We were totally gripped and we weren’t the only ones! Jane Fallon describes it as being ‘staggeringly good’ and Marian Keynes says it is ‘affecting and moving’. We love it, they love it, you’ll love it too.

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Published by Penguin.
Publish date 6th January 2020.

See our full review here: Rosamund Lupton Review 
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2. Jackie and Maria. Gill Paul.
jackie and maria1When Gill Paul first sent us this book 12 months ago, we were honoured to get to read her words first and excited to get turning the pages! We were intrigued – such complex and interesting women for Gill to write about and we couldn’t wait to see how she mastered bringing them to life and knew she would master drawing us into their lives brilliantly. We love Gill Paul books and this one is due to hit the shelves in summer 2020, meaning it will be two years since her last book The Lost Daughter was published. Gill Paul fans who are waiting for this novel will be delighted when they get their hands on this as it’s an incredible read. We loved it, it is a wonderful novel and we can’t wait until this is published so we can hear your reviews!

Gill Paul weaves fact and fiction beautifully within these pages giving us a unique insight into the lives of Jackie Kennedy and Maria Callas. Both formidable women, they’re living very glamourous lives and making headlines, but with their lifestyles comes incredible tragedy and life-changing insecurity. As the pages turn, their lives begin to intertwine and when they both fall in love with the same man – the richest man in the world – we are treated to a compelling love triangle.

The way this story is written really drew me into the main characters, I felt every emotion they did; from the tensions on election night as Jackie Kennedy awaited her husband’s fate, to the shock and horror on the day she witnessed his murder. I felt Maria’s frustration at the unfair headlines and stories told of her and shed a tear when she suffered a heartbreaking loss. The insight into their lives was fascinating and transported me to this era. The descriptions of the places, the glamourous cruises, the intense passion, the amazing atmosphere on stage… really brought this story to life.

Perfectly timed for people to devour on their summer holidays, this is a book that will sweep you away on a wonderfully glamourous and passionate adventure, but be warned, once you’ve finished reading it, the characters stay with you long after you finish the book.jackie and maria1

Published by Morrow in summer 2020.

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3. Secrets of the Lavendar Girls. Kate Thompson.

SECRETS OF 2When the manuscript of Kate Thompson’s next novel arrived, we couldn’t wait to lose ourselves in her writing and be transported to the East End of London. Secrets of the Lavender Girls is a sequel to her previous book Secrets of the Homefront Girls and this story brings the characters we met in the first book to life even more.

The war may still be raging, but the girls who work in the Yardley factory are defiantly getting on with their lives. It isn’t easy, many of the home lives of the girls are difficult and they’re about to get even more complex with the arrival of new neighbours. Queenie and Patsy moving into the neighbourhood makes an impact – Patsy has heads turning but also hides a secret, Queenie – her mother – is bitter and out for revenge. As the story unfolds, we soon learn that it isn’t just Patsy who is desperately hiding a secret but others too… what will happen if these secrets become public knowledge?

There’s something about the way that Kate Thompson creates characters that just makes you care; they are passionate, they have flaws, they are real and this is what draws you in – I needed to know what would happen to them and longed for them to fall on their feet. This story makes you think about the war days in a different way; we’re often told about the facts on the frontline or from a soldiers perspective, Kate gets under the skin of the realities of war for the everyday citizen in a way that history books fail to do.

We loved reading this, the characters are brilliant, the twists intriguing and the dialogue Lavendar Girlsbetween characters authentic.

Published in summer 2020 by Hodder this is one to add to your wish-lists now!


So when the festivities of Christmas are over, you have these incredible books to look forward to! You’ll be gripped by Rosamund, taken on a moving, glamorous journey by Gill and fall in love with the wonderful East End girls by Kate. If you’re wondering what books to add to your 2020 reads, these are the top 3 that we know you’ll love!

Our top 5 festive books for children this Christmas

My children and I love snuggling up together with a book and it seems even more special and cosy at Christmastime. This year, we have read lots of children’s stories together and have chosen our 5 favourite festive reads. One thing we can conclude – there are lots of amazing children’s books on the market especially those from self-published authors, and it was very difficult choosing just 5!

  1. Festive Flamingo – Shaula Maitland. 
    This is very different and very special. This was my personal favourite. This is a Christmas-themed book full of mindfulness and meditation exercises. I wasn’t sure Festive Flamingo: Meditations for Children (Calm, Create, Meditate.)at first if my children would enjoy it as it was very different, but they loved it! There are various Christmassy mindful exercises to enjoy. I read them out to my children whilst they lay in their beds listening to the words and relaxing. The words would tell them to imagine something; the smells of Christmas, the calming feeling of going to post Christmas cards… it was festive and cosy but also really relaxing which is not something which you really associate with Christmas but reminded us that, when we are all so busy at Christmastime, it’s important to relax and appreciate the little moments too. This is a fabulous book to enjoy – I recommend doing one or two exercises a day on the run up to Christmas.
  2. Little Squirrel Squish – Ross Hammond.
    I was delighted when Ross Hammond asked me to work on this book with him, after having worked on his first Christmas book; Little Elf Ray, I was excited to see Little Squirrel Squish Gets His Christmas Wish (Little Christmas Series)what this book would be like. I was delighted – the story is brilliant and I couldn’t wait to share it with my children. My children loved this story because it was really magical. It tells of a little Squirrel who dreams of pulling Santa’s sleigh. He makes his own red nose and antlers and hopes that Santa will choose him! The illustrations are bright and fun and the story told in a really simple way that made my 8-year-old fully immersed. When I asked him why this is one of his favourite books of 2019, he said it was because he liked the main character and how his dream came true. He also liked that it made him excited about Christmas and the things that happen with Santa which ‘we don’t know about!’ Now I think my little boy is imagining all the excitement in Santa’s workshop and his reindeer training ready for the big day, which is brilliant, I love that it has sparked his imagination!
  3.  Foxes in the Snow – Jonathon Emmett.
    This story is a lovely one to enjoy during winter. It made us snuggle up and get cosy. Foxes in the SnowIt tells of two little fox cubs who venture out of their den and end up getting lost in the snow. They have to try to find their way home. The story is very sweet and also a little tense at times but the illustrations are what really make this book stand out. It has beautiful pictures of wintery scenes and complimented the story so well. My daughter said she enjoyed this book a lot because she felt sorry for the foxes and wanted to know what happened to them.
  4. The Mouse in the Hammock – Bethany Brevard.
    We all loved this story, it’s so cute and magical and has some lovely extras at the back – such as a poem and some behind the scenes! The mouse within the story helps to prepare for Christmas and does all kinds of tasks to make sure everything is ready for the big day. We discussed the story afterwards and how funny it would be if little mice did do all of these extra things when we are lying in bed on Christmas Eve. It’s got lovely illustrations and a great poem at the end. We have chosen this as our book to read on Christmas Eve.
  5. Where would Santa Go – Julia Inserro.
    This is a Christmas-themed book which I first read in Spring last year when Julia Where Would Santa Go?: a Christmas adventure with the most famous world travelershowed me her draft. I couldn’t wait to get my hands on it, so when it was published this year, I downloaded it right away and got to share it with my children. This is a different kind of Christmas book; it looks at the bigger picture and also answers a question which I’m sure lots of children have asked; where is Santa when it isn’t December? The story explores all the different places where Father Christmas could travel over the course of the year… and trust me, there are lots of different places! My children enjoyed seeing them all and then deciding which place they would prefer to go too. I think it’s a great way to engage children in a story and have them imagine a bigger picture – there’s more to Santa than delivering presents! This is a brilliant book!


We have enjoyed lots of wonderful Christmas stories and it was so hard to choose just 5! We will be sharing other festive books we have enjoyed too on our social media posts over the next couple of weeks. We hope that you will find a festive story that makes you feel magical and excited for the big day!

Three Hours – proof copy review

Three HoursRosamund Lupton has always been one of my favourite authors. From the moment I began reading her debut novel, Sister, I was drawn in and so happy – a new author who completely had me hooked. It has been several years since Rosamund’s last novel was published so when I received an exclusive proof copy of Three Hours, her latest book, I was incredibly excited; this long-awaited book was finally in my hands!

There is always that question at the back of your mind when you love an author’s work and have been counting down to being able to read another of their novels; will this be worth the wait? Will it be as absorbing as their previous books? Will it stay with me afterwards like Sister, Afterwards and The Quality of Silence did?

Yes. Yes, yes, yes. So many different aspects of this book will stay with me forever; from its articulated writing, the incredible characters, the tension and atmosphere to the important messages within this story.

Lupton has an incredible ability to create atmosphere and a cold, chilling tension which slowly builds until you are so gripped that you cannot put the book down and, when you absolutely HAVE to close the book, the words are still dancing around your head, the characters still calling to you to finish the story.

Three Hours is about a school under siege. Gunmen pacing the corridors, children hiding underneath desks. Teachers torn between safety, saving children and advice from police. Police and counter-terror officers working behind the scenes, trying to get a step ahead of the terrorists. Parents waiting outside for news, imagining what their children are going through, hoping they are safe.

As the pages turn, the minutes tick by of the siege. It is told almost in real-time which is incredibly effective. I don’t think I’ve ever read a story which is told in this manner. It draws you in, absorbs you into the story, into the heartbeats of the characters. This was such an effective way of telling the story as it meant the tension felt real, it built up, leaving chills (was this caused by the snow falling within the story, or the fear for the characters? Or both? Whichever, it is incredibly orchestrated by the author!).

There were lots of characters within this story, at first I wondered how I would keep up with them all, how they all linked, but, because the action within this book was constant, there wasn’t actually time to forget who was who or wonder how they linked, instead I was too busy wanting the police to step in, to find out what the plan was and to save the children. Having so many characters – various children in different settings, a parent waiting, a teacher hiding, police on the outside – meant that you get a real sense of the place, of the school. It painted a picture of the entire scenario and, when there was a tiny lapse in action, my mind began to wonder; what would I be like as a parent under that worry? What would I have been like as a child? What would the teachers do in our own school in that scenario?

The story is frighteningly real and the author weaves into the story the way people can become radicalised, warns us almost of believing the headlines, of being drawn in by the hate we read on social media. She even brings Donald Trump’s tweets into consideration and shows just how dangerous and powerful it can be for a world leader to make such far-fetched statements. Because the story is so real, it creates that chill, that fear.

But not just that, plenty of novels are out there on the shelves which are based on real events, but only a very few cause the hairs on the back of your neck to raise, cause you to question yourself as a parent, leave the characters’ within you after you finish the book. And this is down to the author, their ability to tell a powerful story. Three Hours is so cleverly written with such passion and emotion, that, combined with the real-life factor this book has, you are fully immersed.

I really liked how this story opened my eyes to a lot of the headlines. We have seen immigrants sailing into safer countries, hiding in camps whilst trying to flee, we’ve seen newspaper articles about them but this story brings them to life. It humanises them, tells of how one of the main character’s fled his country to safety and, whilst it made me really love the character and want him to survive, it also made me think about the ‘real world’ and the real immigrants just like him. It also made me think about other things too – the parent of one of the gunmen, how it must feel to know that that is your child who is inflicting power, how you may reflect back upon your parenting and wonder if there was something you could have changed…

This novel is gripping but also deeply emotional and insightful. The links to the play Macbeth, the sinister happenings within the dark web, the impact newspaper headlines can have, love between teenagers which feels so very intense that it can keep you going in the darkest of places, love for family, friends, teachers, pupils… so many different themes woven perfectly into Three Hours make this my favourite read of the year.

I just know that this book will stay with me and that it will stay with many others too and I am very excited to be able to interview Rosamund in a few weeks and will be featuring the interview on my blog -but just what to say to an author who has held your heart in her hands for all 305 pages of her book?!

Three Hours is published in January by Penguin and will take your breath away.

Why there’s no better time to be a self-published author

I work with a variety of authors; some are self-published, some are traditionally published, some are debut authors who are still deciding which route to take. Having experience of working with both forms of publishing, I can see the advantages and disadvantages of both. At the moment, I believe that this is the best time for writers to self-publish.

Just ten years ago it was very unusual to be a self-published author and they were often looked upon as perhaps not being as successful or as talented as traditionally published books. However, these ‘indie authors’ have proven that this is simply not the case. Being a self-published author does not mean that traditional publishers don’t think ‘you are good enough’ but it means that you are choosing to keep more control of your work, are able to be a little more flexible, grow yourself as a business as well as a writer, learn a lot and grow within the process.

Now, thanks to fabulous indie authors leading the way, technology advancements, and authors feeling as though they have more confidence due to the levels of support available, being a self-published author is something many aspire to and are able to achieve.

With a book industry that’s booming, there is no time like the present to follow your dreams of becoming a self-published author.

Here are 8 reasons why choosing to be self-published rather than traditionally published, is the better option right now.

  1. Industry.
    The publishing industry is going through an unsteady time at the moment, especially within the UK. Even well-known, highly respected authors are struggling to secure deals with big publishers that they are happy with. Lots of the publishing houses have turned staff around a lot lately and the actual sales of books in some areas have been proving challenging even for the large publishers. This is due to many reasons – people preferring to shop on Amazon rather than use independent bookshops, Brexit causing uncertainty and affecting shipping, printing and distribution, and the deciding factor that supermarkets play within the field. When I met with Lisa Jewell, Sunday Times Best-selling Author, she commented on how important it is to secure a supermarket deal – if the publisher can’t get a supermarket to take on your books, you will really struggle. But supermarkets are only able to take a certain amount, they have very strict criteria (a lot of it based around cover design) and so the ability to be chosen is incredibly slim. Because there is such a strong emphasis on the role of supermarkets, publishers are often thinking about how best to make a book appeal to them, so they require a specific format, may request authors to only write in a niche area or to agree to covers they are very unhappy with.
  2. Support.
    Deciding to self-publish may feel daunting – you don’t have a company who will hand-hold, who will do a lot of the hard work for you, who can draw up schedules, cover designs, marketing campaigns, who liaise with the shops, have all the experts in-house – but now is the best time to learn the routes you need to take. There are many support groups both online and offline. On Facebook alone, there are many advice groups where experts in all areas are happy to give advice, share their personal experiences and offer support. If you are a children’s author I highly recommend the Facebook group Children’s Book Authors and Illustrators: Publishing, Marketing and Selling. Within this group, there are authors, illustrators, editors, designers, marketing experts, printers and more. You can find out lots of answers to questions and feel as though you have the support you need to succeed. There are also lots of other forms of support available too – local writing groups which are excellent for sharing critiques and growing your writing talent (your local library should have information about these), self-publishing companies who are set up to help indie authors to find the right experts for them, Authologie is one of these companies. Authologie work closely with authors to advise them on the routes they need to take – they can recommend editors, illustrators, formatters and more and provide the service which a lot of self-published authors feel they miss. With so much support out there in terms of online groups, blogs, writing groups and small publishing companies, it is an excellent time to follow your dream.
  3. Growth
    When you become a self-published author, you grow as a person. All writers grow, putting words down, editing them, sharing it with the world, seeking opinions, hearing feedback… it is all a learning experience which will shape you. You will learn to become thick-skinned, realise things about yourself you didn’t even know (like just how much a stranger’s 1 star review can keep you up at night, or how you didn’t realise that simply tweaking a word in a sentence can give your whole book a different meaning and changes how you look at things), you will read other books in a different light. But when you are an indie author, you grow in a different way – you become a writer, a business owner, a decision-maker, a marking expert, an expert in printing and distribution, a communicator… you will learn so much and realise just how much goes into making a book. It may feel daunting at first, but as you pass through each step, you will learn and become an expert in each area which then paves the way for book two, book three, book four… Self-growth will aid you in all walks of life so you will benefit not just as an author, but as an individual too.
  4. Control.
    I think one of the most appealing aspects of self-publishing for an author, is being able to maintain control. When you are traditionally published, you hand over a lot of the control to the decision-makers within the publishing house. These decision-makers base their opinions of your novel on many things; what supermarkets are looking for, what the industry requires, how many other books they are publishing at a similar time, how your book would look on their portfolio… a lot of these decisions are not personal to YOU or your particular story. They may mean that they ask you to change the story a lot, to rewrite it, to edit a whole section out. They won’t be writing with your interest first, but their own. When you are a self-publishing author, if you work with an editor who works closely with you to make sure they see your vision, you will be able to put the needs of your personal book first, rather than that of a company. As a children’s author, you will be able to have control and influence over the illustrations for your story, you can choose your illustrator yourself, you can research them, then work with them to make sure they are creating the best pictures for the vision you have. You can set your own deadlines and be flexible depending upon what is happening within your life. You have the control to say you’re not happy with how something has gone and to change it, you have control to take your book exactly where you are dreaming of. You are also in control of what is happening in terms of decisions; you aren’t waiting on your publisher to get back to you to tell you what has been decided in their sales’ meeting or what their head of marketing has chosen to do, you aren’t as reliant upon the timings, decisions or opinions of others. Maintaining control means you have your own interests and dreams at the forefront.
  5. Flexibility.
    As touched upon above, flexibility may be incredibly important to you. When you are a traditionally published author, it can be very difficult to be flexible. The publishing houses have deadlines to meet; they have certain dates they need to pitch to supermarkets, pressures put upon them by their team in charge of sales and work to tight schedules to ensure that they have variety amongst their publications, editors and proofreaders and type-setters scheduled in for set dates. Writing is a creative process and adding time-pressures to this process can seriously hinder it. When you are self-published, YOU choose your deadlines, so you can be more flexible. Right now, there is so much pressure on us all to juggle everything- family life, other jobs, homelife… the amount of pressure many of us are under can seriously impact upon happiness and mental health. Being able to be flexible will have many rewards; your writing will be better thanks to less pressure, you can juggle more effectively, you can work in a happier head-space. In a world where flexibility is key right now, choosing the self-published route has this huge advantage.
  6. Inspiration.
    There are so many authors out there who are self-published who you can use as inspiration. Often seeing others achieving what we dream of, can help inspire us to keep going, to keep reaching for our dreams, to keep working away. Look around you at the examples of indie authors to see what exactly is achievable. L J Ross is a huge success, her novels shoot to the top of the charts as soon as they are published and they stay there a long time too! Her novels are a perfect example of how self-publishing is hugely beneficial. She has gone on to help others, to support schools and writers and is the perfect source of inspiration for many. Use technology to help you find the inspiration that is out there – Google the best-selling children’s book authors, scroll through Amazon looking at the reviews and rankings of the self-published books and then use the success stories which you see to keep that fire within you to succeed too.
  7. Reactions.
    One of the most amazing feelings is seeing peoples’ reactions to your book. Whether you are self-published or traditionally published, you will get feedback, but when you are a self-published author you have to put yourself ‘out there’ a little more. You have to be the one who negotiates with players in the industry and to face opinions head-on and this can be the most rewarding part of self-publishing; you will see those readers that you have touched with your words, you will know that those words weren’t manipulated by a traditional publisher who was thinking of their marketing plan, you will know that those words came from you and have lead to that reader, to many readers, being touched by them. Seeing positive reviews online, receiving a happy email from a reader, listening to the happy reaction from a focus group that you visited, gives you that boost and helps to keep you on track, remind you why you are so passionate about your writing career.
  8. Money.
    I don’t like talking about money, it feels wrong somehow, but I think it plays an important role when discussing the best route to take to publication. Sometimes, I think people put money as number 1 priority, whereas I have put it down here at the end of the list. Money is important, but so is having the control, the inspiration, the support needed to achieve your dream. When you self-publish, you may have to pay more upfront costs at first, but the royalties that you keep are much bigger. You can negotiate prices and shop around for the best quality and deals from the various industries you need to use – editors, distributors, printers, illustrators… You can decide how much you invest and where to set your prices. Thanks to the control that you maintain, you can have more of a say about your profit-margins. When talking about money, it is vital to emphasise that ‘cheapest’ isn’t always best. When you are looking for an industry expert, seek advice, use the channels available to find recommendations rather than going for the cheapest price. Benefitting from having higher royalties will give you a buzz, inspire you to drive forward with your dream, to begin pondering book 2, book 3… seeing a return for all your hard work really pays off.There are benefits of choosing the traditional publishing route too, I am by no means saying that choosing to be a self-published author is the best route or the only route to consider, but what I am saying is that there is no time like the present for authors to follow the self-publishing route. The amount of support and technology available to help aid the indie author is fantastic, the impact on the author’s mental health by maintaining control, remaining flexible, growing as a person and seeing the positive reactions can be incredible.

    I think it is important to realise that being a self-published author is just as huge a success (sometimes even more so, just look at L J Ross) as being accepted by one of the main players in the publishing world. Follow your dreams, don’t give up and take inspiration from others and you too could be in those charts.