Published Author Roundup
The original idea for this post was that I had asked the most recent authors that I had worked with; “What did it feel like the first time you saw your name on your first published book?”
I received five responses to my question and each were in a different form than what I had expected but that was entirely okay with me. I just needed to think of a little bit more of a creative way of presenting the submissions I received.
I decided to use one in particular for the post this week. I will post the others next week and the week after. I’m doing this for a couple of reasons; 1) If you suffer from migraine headaches, then you know how debilitating, disrupting and painful they can be. I suffered with them for years. 2) Joy Healey wrote such a wonderful tribute to the man ( John Woolgar (RIP) that co-authored her book, that I wanted to put forth a little extra tribute to him also.
So, we will start out with Joy’s post and her moving tribute to John Woolgar.
Monna has kindly invited me to write about my experience of using her services to publish my eBook.
At one level it would be easy just to say “Great” and leave it at that, but that wouldn’t do justice to how well it went, especially as I was rather an a-typical “client.”
Monna is no doubt more used to dealing with experienced authors who know what they want, and are really excited to seeing their new work on show.
Sadly, with me, she was faced with a rather jaded “author,” trying to salvage something from a project that went badly wrong! To her credit, she didn’t let this stop her.
To cut a long story short, in my completely innocent days online, I fell for the “line” that if I worked 10 hours a day for 6 weeks, I could produce an online master-piece (in the form of an eBook) and retire in riches from the proceeds of the sales. This was as a complete newbie to the online world, all along-side running my offline business.
My bemused Internet Marketing coach reckoned without my perfectionist tendencies, and it probably took me as long as that just to produce the eBook. After which I had to start on the website, the blog, the lead magnet and the auto-responder series.
Then – worst of all – it turned out, the world would NOT beat a path to my website, credit card in hand, itching to buy. I was meant to market my product! Dear, oh dear.
I probably sound a bit lazy here. I’m not lazy. I actually worked far more hours than “suggested.” But I’d been over-optimistic and ill-advised as I’d never thought through the whole process.
Which of course is obvious if you stop to think about it.
But I didn’t, and I paid the price.
I limped through most stages, except the marketing – with predictable sales. Not many.
By then I’d had enough of the whole topic (Treating and Preventing Migraine with Complementary Therapy) so I didn’t renew my web-hosting when it expired.
I thought that would be the end of it, but somehow I couldn’t let go, and here’s why – which I haven’t actually gone into on my own blog. First a clue….
Why Is There No Author On The Title Page?
This isn’t an omission by Monna – she actually offered to add one for me. It wasn’t there on the eBook I originally published as a PDF, then sent to her for conversion into a Kindle book.
The reason there’s no author is that the book was written with a co-author and I owe so much him that, although his contribution was written with the knowledge that it would be published under my name, I wouldn’t actually feel comfortable to put just my name on the cover.
To further complicate the issue, I also had input from several other complementary therapists who are credited within the book – those who I know are still practising.
So if there were to be an author credit, it would probably be too long a list to fit on the cover!
But worst of all….
My Co-Author Died
My first interest in Complementary Therapy was stirred by a wonderful friend, John Woolgar (RIP).
I met John when he was a distributor for a well-known range of nutritional supplements. I had been attracted to the product by one of his articles because I was plagued by migraines and had been searching for a solution.
[Tweet “John recommended suitable products and worked really hard with me, suggesting remedies and life-style changes (detailed in the book) that finally rid me of my migraines.”]
I was so impressed with the results that I actually studied nutrition for a while then worked as a sub-editor for a UK-based professional nutrition journal.
The first version of my eBook was produced as part of the nutrition course.
Then – when I unwisely decided to try and sell it online – I invited John (also a migraine sufferer) to be a co-author and add a section on his own hands-on experiences.
He must have worked on it for many hours, during what I now suspect were times when he was seriously ill and knew it. Yet he still spent all that time unselfishly helping me by setting down his experiences.
John didn’t live nearby, so we hardly ever met up – just chatted by phone – so I couldn’t see any health deterioration.
He never told me about his illness so I was totally shocked when his wife wrote to tell me he had died. I felt I had never had chance to thank him properly for all he had done for me. Without going into details, he literally changed the course of my life – for the better.
A modest, honest and God-fearing man, with a great sense of humour – the world is a worse place for John’s passing.
So, my conscience kept nagging at me that he had spent so many of his last hours working on “my” book, and I had “given up” on his final gift to me.
Then, in an IM course I am studying, we learned the principle of “Take your product to the traffic,” an online book that can be found at Amazon.
Enter Monna Ellithorpe
Sorry it took so long to get to the point (that’s me all over) but I’m telling the full story partly in memory of John and partly in apology to Monna if I wasn’t a bright and optimistic author. That eBook has very sad memories attached.
However – thanks to Monna – I have now fulfilled what I feel was my duty to John, to publish what he worked so hard to write.
What Was It Like Working With Monna Ellithorpe?
When she published my eBook on Kindle, Monna took away from me all my stress and anxiety about doing something so new.
I’m very “time-poor” so it was great that Monna responded quickly to my original invitation to quote for the work. We had about a ten-minute Facebook chat, which cleared up my questions right away, and gave me confidence that Monna had understood my requirements.
Although Monna offered related publishing services, I didn’t feel they were right for me at the time, which she accepted without pressure. She gave me a price, I sent her the money and heaved a big sigh of relief that the job was off my plate.
We agreed our terms at the back end of a week and I told Monna not to worry about it until Monday. So I was very impressed and grateful to find that she had worked over the weekend to deliver for me. I know Monna has family responsibilities so this was really beyond the call of duty.
Monna delivered a first draft, picking up one or two mistakes I’d missed (thanks!) and when I “signed it off” she released it for me, and there it is, finally on Kindle.
In A Nutshell
Monna quickly grasped what I wanted her to do. From then it was job done, according to my spec, and fast. Very business-like approach. What more could you wish for?
Although my requirements were pretty a-typical, Monna handled this job completely professionally, and I have no hesitation in recommending her to anyone else looking for publishing of any kind.
Perhaps after this happy and stress-free experience I may be inspired to produce more eBooks!
You are welcome, Joy and I would like to thank you for writing this wonderful post and sharing with us a little bit of background behind your book.
Thank you so much for letting me be a part in getting your book out to those who can certainly benefit from finding relief from migraine headaches.