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She is especially keen on short-form writing, such as short stories ("Stocking Fillers", "Lighting Up Time" and "The Owl and the Turkey"), flash fiction ("Quick Change") and blogging, much of it characterised by her distinctly English sense of humour. She is now writing her first novel.
As Commissioning Editor of the Alliance of Independent Authors' (ALLi's) Author Advice Centre blog (www.selfpublishingadvice.org) and co-author of its books of advice, she is an expert in self-publishing and a seasoned campaigner for the cause of independent publishing.
Her consultancy Off The Shelf Book Promotions helps other authors promote their work, supported by her acclaimed book promotion handbook for authors, "Sell Your Books!" and the associated blog of book promotion tips at www.otsbp.com.
An avid reader, she is book reviewer for Vine Leaves Literary Journal, the Historical Novel Society, Awesome Indies and Today's Child magazine and is currently a top 1,300 Amazon UK reviewer.
As a journalist, she writes a long-running regular column for the Tetbury Advertiser and occasional articles for Writers & Artists and other publications. She also reviews books for online and print journals and for manuscript appraisal services (and of course on Amazon!) She is a voracious reader!
Debbie is available for public speaking about the subject at literary festivals and other events. Recent speaking dates have included the Cambridge Literature Festival, the Romantic Novelists Association Conference, SilverWood Books Open Days, and the Homeric Writers' Retreat and Workshop. She also enjoys appearing on her local radio station, BBC Radio Gloucestershire.
Born and raised in Sidcup, Kent, Debbie spent part of her childhood in California and Frankfurt. After reading English at the University of York, she hopscotched between journalism, PR, marketing and the charity sector. She has a special interest in Type 1 Diabetes, which affects both her husband and her daughter.
Debbie now works full time from her cottage in rural Gloucestershire, when not travelling to seek new adventures and inspiration in the family camper van.
Top Customer Reviews
I was given an advance review copy of this book - but I then went on to buy the paperback anyway, because I loved it so much and knew I'd want to refer to it again and again. Debbie Young writes in an engaging and authoritative manner, and clearly has many years of experience helping clients sell their books. Even though I know quite a lot about this topic already, and have tried many of the tasks in the book at one time or another, I still found lots here to inspire me and many techniques or ideas that I haven't yet tried.
This book is informative, eminently useful to any author - self published or not - and manages to cover a wide range of topics without skimping on detail. An absolute must-buy for any new author, and a valuable resource for all.
She leads the reader through topics such as, targeting markets, selling locally, harnessing the internet, pitching to a bookshop and much more. Well worth buying if you want to construct a proper sales campaign and give your book the push that it deserves.
The answer is to market it, to get the word out - and to do that, this delightfully written "How To" book could be your answer.
Written in a friendly, simple, manner it is full of hints, tips, do's and don'ts. Every Indie author should have a copy!
I've never written a book, but I am interested in marketing, particularly indie books.
Too many authors do all that hard work - write and publish their novel - then sit back and wonder why it isn't selling.
There wasn't anything ground-breaking in Debbie's advice, but I'm not necessarily the target audience. I do know that indie authors often need to have the obvious pointed out to them.
Creating an online presence is essential - be it a blog or a website. We live in the age of Google and there's nothing more frustrating (to me, a potential customer) than finding `zero results' when I want to learn more about an author before I turn my cash into copy.
So when should you buy this book? When you're about to publish? No! Buy it during the writing process. There are days when you need a break from your book and what better distraction could there be than to plan your marketing campaign? Many of Debbie's recommendations need to be in place before you finish writing and when the going gets tough, I think you will be inspired and motivated by her ideas.
Me? Well, I so enjoyed imagining myself at a radio interview, grinning from the cover of a local magazine and being toasted at the champagne-soaked launch party that I may need to write a book of my own...
Debbie writes with authority, especially when she reinforces the need for reviews, particularly those published on Amazon. She cautions against the over the top, five-star-written-by-friends review. And she's right to do so - but this book deserves a five star review, so that's what it's getting!
WAIT - don't just assume I have given it a good rating because of this fact. I received a review copy and read the book in 3 days and did so because it was very readable and very accessible and summarized in 150 pages the essence of good book promotion.
Debbie Young has spent a long time pulling together all the various aspects of book promotion that a self published author needs to look at. I started on my own self publishing journey in October 2009. I made a LOT of mistakes in my journey and as a result wasted a lot of time and money. Now - 3 years on I can honestly say I WISH this book was available then.
Any criticism or comments? Well IMHO I think the chapter at the end on editing, typesetting and cover design really belongs at the very beginning. I wasted a LOT of time and effort producing poor quality designs and because at the start I had no editor my product suffered. I now have an editor and a book design artist and have learnt quite a bit about typesetting. So READ chapter 12 FIRST and get all those ducks in a line before you proceed.
I would also have liked to see an advanced chapter for those of us doing all this stuff already
Having said all that I found that the book prompted me to look at areas where I was not active enough and in January when I sit down to work out my plan for 2013 I will refer to this book.
So if you are a starting out self published author read this book. It will tell you all you need to know to begin book promotion.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I can’t praise this self-help manual highly enough. It contains all the information that you will need to promote your book. Read morePublished 18 days ago by CJ Browne
I found this book whilst looking for something else which demonstrates the idea of this book perfectly! Read morePublished 1 month ago by klm
Yes, thanks your book is very helpful to me at this stage of my book. I have gained loads of really useful information, and having now built my own website and owning an ISBN I am... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Laurie Scott
This is a very useful and accessible book with a practical down-to-earth approach on the dreaded subject of self-publicising. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Ava D. Reader
Like the others, I really enjoyed this book too. Its written in a really friendly, helpful style which is very easy to follow. Read morePublished 8 months ago by spabbygirl
Although the introductory chapter in this excellent book is, 'Congratulations you're a published author' I'm so glad that I read this book before I'd reached that stage. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Mrs Yvonne Payne
Very straightforward advice for anyone wanting to sell more books. Particularly good on targeting - something easily overlooked but essential. Read morePublished 12 months ago by C. Flynn
Just what you need. Well written and clear, with many wonderful ideas to help you out; all from someone who really knows what she is talking about.
A useful guide for the self-publisher / independent author. Packed full of info and with lots of advice on how to avoid the many sharks circling in these waters waiting to entrap... Read morePublished 16 months ago by Amazon Customer