‘An End of Beginnings’ was published on 1st June 2016.

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Finally, after 5 years of writing, editing and researching what to do with it, I have self-published this novel.

All the learning about how to publish the book with the best chance of success was new to me. I’ve learnt a lot about producing physical copies, cover design, editing and marketing.

I found getting to grips with marketing the hardest thing to learn – I know I made a mistake this time around and the book probably won’t sell many copies at first, but I’m hoping to correct that when I publish ‘Dead Snow’ in 2017.

The marketing resources I found particularly useful include the following:

• “Reader Magnets” by Nick Stephenson
• “Email Marketing Demystified” by Matthew Paulson
• “Book Launch Marketing” by Theodore Roach
• “Self-Publishing on Createspace” by Dr Andy Williams
• “Beyond the Page” by Andrew Purdum”

The following Facebook groups:
• ‘Fiction Writers’, ‘Aspiring Authors’,
• ‘Self-Publishing and Book Marketing’,
• ‘Indie Science Fiction Writers’, ‘Pat’s First Kindle Book’

• and Dan Dynneson’s “The Best-Selling Fiction Podcast”
… the mistakes I made with launching ‘An End of Beginnings’ are all my own – the advice from these people was very good!

However, I am very proud of what I have achieved with this book. Sometimes you have to take a chance and have a go, even when you know it won’t be perfect. That’s a very hands-on way of quickly learning. A couple of years ago I was lucky to listen to a talk by Jim Lawless on self-motivation and entrepreneurialism that he calls ‘Taming Tigers’ (see jimlawless.com for more information). Jim really inspired me to get on with turning this story into a published novel and 3 pieces of his advice resonated strongly:

       • Act boldly today – time is limited,
       • Head in the direction of where you want to arrive, every day,
      • There is no safety in numbers.

My thanks to all those inspirational writers, influencers and advisors who helped me to think this book through to reality!

Published by Lee J. Russell

Often having a Cold War influence, my stories explore desperate situations that take people to their physical and emotional limits. Find me on Twitter as @LeeJ_Russell.

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