Diary of a Self-Publishing Virgin by Julie Haiselden – Guest Post

Sorry everyone, today it’s all about me! I’m very excited to be featured on the very popular  blog. Huge thanks to Stacey for the opportunity!  I know some of you are following my journey as I embark on a new venture.  Probably the most scary thing I’ve ever done if you discount my ascent to the summit of Scafell Pike…


Today on the blog we welcome author Julie Haiselden, with her guest post ‘Diary of a Self-Publishing Virgin‘ in which she gives her account of self-publishing her third upcoming novel.

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In 2015, my debut novel, Long Shadows was published. My second offering is a Victorian thriller, Evil Echoes and my third, a contemporary soon-to-be-published sequel to Long Shadows, although all three books stand alone.

In a past life, I used to tread the boards and shout the odd stage direction. Currently, I work as a church verger and when I’m not writing, reviewing or blogging, I give talks to local groups and am a volunteer room guide for the National Trust. I am blessed with a marvellous home life as a wife, mother and grandmother.

Thank you to everyone who has supported and encouraged me in this wonderfully crazy self-indulgent adventure.

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Diary of a Self-Publishing Virgin

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A few weeks ago I mentioned I would be attempting to self-publish my next book, my first two books were published through traditional publishers. So here is my progress to date.

Step 1


 Proof-read manuscript
 Cover design and wraparound
 Back cover blurb
 Stacey from Whispering Stories to do the groundwork.

Step 2

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Taking the leap:

With a pounding heart and Stacey firmly holding my hand, I’ve dipped my toe into the water.

Mr JH has been a boon in this regard and has assisted in setting up an online account. My novel is now in draft form on my Kindle for last minute checking.

I was ‘helped’ over the weekend by Grandson Three, who decided he was going to read the whole book! This meant every time I had a quiet moment and looked for my Kindle, he was using it ☹!

Back at my desk once more and all five fast-growing grandsons (yes, five!) returned to their respective parents, I’m gearing up for the final push. When I have completed my read-through, we are going to upload the final version and set the release date!

I wasn’t planning a paperback at the start of this project but I’ve been persuaded by readers who like to own an actual book, to do so.

Then it will be over to the aforementioned Stacey to do her stuff with publicity. Cover and release date to be revealed soon…

If you’re an author with a manuscript that is crying out to be published Stacey is very knowledgeable and I’m slowly persuading her to maybe start a hand-holding business in which we can guide would-be authors to get your books published. Helping to explain how the whole self-publishing business works, how to obtain an ISBN, how to format your book ready for publication, plus much more. Stacey is also on hand to help with advertising and cover reveals, etc.

You can find out more about Julie Haiselden by visiting the website/social media sites below.



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About Julie Haiselden

Since 1999, I've worked in the NHS and am blessed with a happy family life. I write books and am a very amateur blogger. As well as being a school alumna, I occasionally tread the boards. I enjoy rambling and photography (although my enthusiasm for the latter, outweighs my skill set). Since 2016, I've been part of the reviewing team at Whispering Stories.
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4 Responses to Diary of a Self-Publishing Virgin by Julie Haiselden – Guest Post

  1. Sara says:

    Am thoroughly looking forward to reading your next book ; can’t wait!

  2. Pingback: Self-Publishing – Don’t be Afraid … | Julie Haiselden

  3. Pingback: Self-Publishing - Don't be Afraid...by Julie Haiselden - Guest Post - Whispering Stories

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