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If you’ve self-published a book and are wondering how to get it in bookshops, author and former bookseller Jackie Carreira has the advice you need


For most self-published authors, it’s a dream: having your finished book, face out for all the world to see, on the shelves of a bookshop. But the dream is achievable with a bit of work and some careful planning.

As both a self-published author and an ex-bookseller, I have the experience of being on both sides of the counter. I must confess, I’d looked along the fiction shelves more than once over the years to see where my novel might sit (usually between John Le Carré and Angela Carter, to my delight).When I chose to publish my debut novel, Sleeping Through War, with Matador, I was delighted to see my book sitting right there, where I’d always imagined it. I know several self-published authors, and the question they ask me more than any other is: ‘How do I get my book into the shops?’ Here are some tips that might help.

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In this month's issue of the UK's bestselling magazine for writers, we show you how to sell your book, with tips on how to get your book into bookshops and why, and how, you need to assemble a press pack. In the June issue, you can find out how facing up to failure as a writer can be the first step to success. Learn how to use a second person 'you' narrator in your fiction, and explore the opening of seminal adventure novel King Solomon's Mines. Our star interview is Alison Weir, discussing combining historical rigour with fiction vigour in her Six Tudor Queens series of novels. Keep up to date with the latest competitions and opportunities to get into print in the packed pages of the latest Writers News.

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