M.B Feeney On Self Publishing


Bio: (Appox 100 words.)

M. B. Feeney is an army brat who finally settled down in Birmingham, UK with her other half, two kids and a dog. She often procrastinates by listening to music of all genres and trying to get ‘just one more paragraph’ written on whichever WIP is open; she is also a serious doodler and chocoholic. Writing has been her one true love ever since she could spell, and publishing is the final culmination of her hard work and ambition.M

Her publishing career began with two novellas, and she currently has multiple projects under way, in the hopes that her portfolio of what have been described as “everyday love stories for everyday people” will continue to grow. Always having something on the go can often lead to block which eventually gets dissolved by good music and an even better book.

1.What got you into writing? Her main reason for writing is to not only give her readers enjoyment, but also to create a story and characters that stay with readers long after the book is finished, and possibly make someone stop and think “what if . . . ”

 2.Can you tell us about your latest self published release? Feel free to include the blurb and purchase links. Blurb: Jack Robinson and Andy Stone are best friends, navigating their way through life in 90s London with a soundtrack of Britpop. Jack’s in his final year at university and still has no idea about what he wants to do with his life, while Andy’s a mechanic by day, a bit of a man-whore the rest of the time.

Adapting to a new place to live in a big city isn’t easy, especially when girls, alcohol, and hard work get in the way, but having your best friend with you every step of the way makes it that much easier… well, when you’re not ignoring each other.

Filled with laughter and heartache, Jack and Andy’s story is for everyone. A hint of romance, a solid friendship, and plenty of stupid mistakes. But, will they learn from them?

Girls and Boys is a 90s based coming of age New Adult story set to a Britpop background centring around Jack and Andy as they navigate their way through romance and life in general. Buy Link: http://mybook.to/GirlsandBoys Spotify Playlist: http://spoti.fi/2symLhU

3.What made you self publish and not go down the traditional route? I did have two novellas published through a small publishing house, but the experience started off very well soon deteriorated into a complete nightmare. I decided that I would rather be in complete control of everything rather than having to rely on others.

4.How long does it take you to write a book? Honestly, it all depends on the book. My newest release officially took over five years as I originally wrote it as a 9k fanfiction, but it took me a year to completely rework it into the 60+ novel it is now including editing etc.My first novella, Right Click, Love, took me two weeks to write the first draft and then three months of editing before publication.  

5.How did you know when your manuscript was ready to be published?When I felt happy with it and my pre readers couldn’t find any glaring errors. No manuscript is ever going to be completely error free, but if I can get it as damn near as, I am happy to hit publish.

6.When it comes to formatting, cover design, uploading of books, do you do it yourself, or hire someone? If you hire someone and wish to promote their services, you may do so. My covers and formatting are all done by the Graphics Shed – honestly, I think she’s a wizard, but I upload my books to KDP and other platforms myself. 

7.Which websites / programs / apps can you recommend in respect of getting a manuscript published to an eBook and paperback?I use KDP for my Amazon ebooks and Draft2Digital to filter out to other platforms such as Barnes & Noble and iBooks. I use Createspace to publish my paperbacks.

8.Do you have any tips for a self published author getting their books in stores?This isn’t something I have looked into too much, but from speaking to other people in the UK (where I am), stores such as Waterstones will not take Indie Authors who publish their books at 6×9 in size and if they use the free Createspace ISBN numbers. Other than that, I don’t know the process to be able to advise anyone. 

9.What are the pro’s and cons of self publishing?Pros – complete control over everything – cover design, editing, formatting, and which platforms you publish to. Also, you retain the royalties from those platforms rather than having to split them with a publisher.Cons – the costs of the above and further advertising. 

10.Apart from writing, what do you do in your spare time?I have two children and a house to keep clean etc, so I don’t actually have much spare time. But when I do, I read or watch TV. 

Find M. B. Feeney at the following . . .

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/mbfeeneyauthor
Twitter: https://twitter.com/mbfeeneyauthor
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6578767.M_B_Feeney
Amazon: http://viewauthor.at/MBFeeney
Blog: https://mbfeeney.wordpress.com/
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Wattpad: https://www.wattpad.com/user/MBFeeney