At the end of June 2012 I self-published my first book, “Tearoom Delights”.
Since then I have come into possession of two more self-published books which I’d like to mention.
The first was spawned, like my own, from a blog.
The blog, which ran for a year, was written by fellow blogger, Noemi, and was entitled Desayunos Veganos 365 (365 days of vegan breakfasts). It documented Noemi’s breakfast every day, 365 different breakfasts for the whole of 2012, with beautiful photographs of her delicious looking food and drink.
As someone who rarely deviates from her pint of Darjeeling, toasted bagel and bit of fruit, I was utterly astonished by this feat.
At the end of the year a book was produced, and having enjoyed the blog so much I felt I had to have a copy to drool over. Here it is:
The cover of a beautiful book full of inspiring breakfasts by Noemi Iza
The back cover is as beautiful as the front.
A selection of pages from inside reveal some of Noemi’s wonderful fare:
One of the photos even features my wee book (thank you, Noemi!), very fittingly sitting next to cinnamon spiced tea and cranberry scones:
Noemi’s delightful book can be purchased, here, in both hardback and paperback format.
The second book comes from closer to home and was written by John Palfreyman, a cycling enthusiast who lives a few miles away from me in the town of Coupar Angus.
John’s admirable little book with a lovely view of the Sidlaw Hills on the cover.
In a way, his book is similar to mine, in that he’s written about cycle routes in the same areas as I wrote about tearooms.
He’s passionate about cycling, and about the area in which he lives, and his book is a little treasure for cyclists and non-cyclists alike. I like the cartoons he uses to symbolise how hard each route is:
I feel exhausted just looking at that chap on the far right.
The book is packed with lovely photographs, details 25 different routes of varying lengths and levels of difficulty, and includes a list of cafes, restaurants and inns in the areas covered (as well as mentioning my book for further reading – thank you, John!).
You get lots of great little photographs along with the text, all beautifully reproduced throughout the book.
It also has an excellent map tucked into the back:
The map is folded up and slotted into a plastic tab at the bottom right hand corner of the inside back cover and is double-sided showing two different scales.
At £5.99 for the book and map, I think “Adventures on Two Wheels” is an absolute bargain.
It can be purchased from Waterstones in Perth and Dundee, Stewart Tower Dairy, the Post Office in Stanley, the Joinery Coffee Shop in Meigle and the Beatrix Potter Centre in Birnham, as well as various places in Coupar Angus. It will also soon be available from Tourist Information Centres in Perth, Blairgowrie, Pitlochry and Dunkeld.
Considering the book was only published last month, I think John has done an amazing job getting it into retail establishments and I wish him all the very best with future sales.
As for me, I don’t have any plans to self-publish another tearoom book any time soon, but I have written my first novel and am currently working on the second.
All I need now is a nice agent or publisher to take me on, but if that doesn’t happen then I might consider self-publishing the first novel as an e-book.
To everyone out there who’s already self-published (and I know there are one or two amongst my regular readers), I take my hat off to you. I know how much work it is and it’s great when you have something at the end to show for it.
To anyone thinking about self-publishing, I doff my hat to you, too, and encourage you to do it. It may not make you much money (initially, it might actually lose you money) but it is a satisfying thing to do, and can bring you a nice sense of achievement.
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