Hi there, I've self-published a book (a thriller called 'The Melting Pot') and wanted to: 1. Share a bit about how I did it. 2. Find out if anyone else is in a similar position / thinking about it? In the UK it's notoriously difficult to get a literary agent. I spent several years honing my submission material and getting nowhere. Eventually I decided that my work was good enough and self-published it. I didn't use a Print-On-Demand company as I found that even though there's little cost up front the cost of printing books one at a time ends up roughly three times that of doing a larger print run. I wrote a list of what needed doing and took my time. The main things were: - Got friends to proof read, then hired an professional editor (there's a society of registered copy editors and proof readers online) - Got an ISBN number (from Nielsen bookdata in the UK) - Chose font & layout / hired a typesetter (someone who knows how to use Adobe and put the edited manuscript into PDF format - Worked on a cover design with a graphic design friend - Found a local printers / agreed a print run of 2000. - Registered a copy with The British Library (legal requirement At every stage I made sure that the book looked as good as any sold by a big publisher - (Contrary to popular believe most people do judge books by their covers!) The books were delivered to my ware / house 2 months ago, and I've sold 10% so far - via Amazon (which is free to set up), viral marketing, blogging and direct to shops. It's very labour intensive and cost me over £3K all in, but I'm thoroughly enjoying it, slowly making progress and getting good reviews. Also, I think that if you believe in your work you shouldn't let agent indifference stop you. It strikes me that if anyone else is doing this we should read each other's work and possibly cross promote. What are your thoughts? Martin Cororan P.S. For anyone in the UK - check out my book on Amazon. Cheers.