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Self-Publishing – Not Second Best, but First Choice

I recently ran a seminar at which I asked participants to tell me what they thought were the common perceptions of self-publishing. Here’s what they said: The editing can be total crap The covers can be embarrassing Making money? Forget about it! Self-publishers can become millionaires It’s vanity publishing We are the...

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Hi-Ho Silver Lining

We sent a really good book to print this week. There are fewer opportunities for authors with the traditional publishing houses these days, and if there’s one silver lining in that cloud, it’s that we get to work with them to make their books. As soon as...

Captain Honey publishers partner with Byron Bay Writer's Festival
Changing Perceptions of Self-Publishing

What is self-publishing? In 2016, it may not be what you thought. At Captain Honey, we are helping to change perceptions. And that’s why we are so excited to be partnering with the Byron Writer’s Festival as sponsors of the self-publishing marquee this year. (For details...

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‘Yay, books!’

I recently attended a primary school in Lismore, near Captain Honey HQ in the Northern Rivers area of NSW, to do a talk about the 'Books in Homes' programme. I was asked to be a role model, to talk about my love of books and...

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Self-Publishing Done Really Well!

We are so pleased to have been involved in the publication of this beautiful coffee table book about Burma. What a joy and an honour it was for me to officially launch the book recently in front of so many of the author's friends, family and other supporters....

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How To Increase Your Chances of Getting Published

It's not easy getting accepted by a traditional publisher. In fact, it's really hard. But there are ways you can improve your chances. I worked as a publisher with the big houses for twenty years, so I've seen a few book proposal documents in my time!...

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Does Publicity Sell Books? A Case Study

The other day our new book, Mummy and Mumma Get Married was featured in a great piece in The Guardian. The article was shared over 3000 times. I posed the question of my friends (an educated, book-loving group) on Facebook, 'How many copies do you...

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Print-on-Demand for Australian Authors

What is Print-on-Demand (POD)? It’s just a technology that allows your book to be printed to order. POD publishers, such as Lightning Source (LS), CreateSpace (CS) Ingram Spark (IS) and Blurb also act as distributors, enabling your POD book to be made available to retailers globally. But your...

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How to Self-Publish? Get a Plan!

A talented children’s book author in his early thirties attended one of our self-publishing planning retreats at the end of January, and I am so pleased that he did. Not only was it a very enjoyable couple of days talking about books and publishing, but...

Here is a picture of our own Natalie Winter (who designed the cover for this book) and our daughter Dexie attending the launch and chatting to gesticulating author Kate Ramsay, and event speaker Dr Ellen McGirr.
The Return of the Book Launch

The Big Book Launch Comeback! I remember when I first started working in publishing (that was, ahem, over twenty years ago), book launches were a sine qua non. No sooner had the production team hit the print button than the publicists were dusting off their media...