MWiDP Proudly Present: Cheryl Shireman


It’s been a long time coming, but this weekend finally sees the launch of Mark Williams international Digital Publishing, a new and innovative small-press digital imprint aimed at indie writers who want all the benefits of being indie but would rather do without the hassle of self-publishing.

We’ll be revealing more over at the WG2E on Sunday. Today, a little about Crossing The Pond, one of MWiDP’s unique new services to non-UK authors.

The UK is the biggest English-language book market outside the USA. Measured by books bought per head of population it is the biggest.

Since Kindle UK opened in summer 2010 the UK ebook market has expanded rapidly and continues to do so, with a number of UK-exclusive e-retailer sites like Waterstone’s (UK equivalent to Barnes & Noble) and Tesco (UK equivalent to Wal-Mart) available to sell through.

Of course amazon.co.uk is by far the largest. And while in theory you can load your ebook to both the UK and German Amazon sites through your amazon.com account, it is self-evident that, for those that do, their UK sales are invariably nowhere near US sales.

We believe our proven expertise in selling in the UK market (over 100,000 ebooks sold and two top 100 hits in our own right) can be used to help promote your books.

We believe we can bring exposure and support to overseas authors doing well “at home” but struggling in the UK market, so we are offering packages to suit authors’ needs.

More details on WG2E tomorrow about the how and more importantly the why.

Today, time to welcome back Cheryl Shireman, a US-based author whose debut novel has sold over 10,000 copies. But almost all in the US.

Cheryl had no hesitation in joining us with the Crossing The Pond venture and today became the first author on our new list.

Cheryl’s debut novel Life Is But A Dream is still available on amazon.com through Cheryl’s own account, but is now also available on amazon.co.uk and amazon.de through us.

At Cheryl’s instigation the book has been re-edited and improved with the help of professional editor Karin Cox.

Karin was also editor for David Gaughran’s Let’s Get Digital guide to e-publishing.

Cheryl Shireman lives in the Midwest United States on a beautiful lake with her husband, Bruce.

Inspired after reading her favorite childhood book, My Friend Flicka, Cheryl began writing in her teens. Through years that brought marriage, three children, a painful divorce, going back to college, a second marriage, and graduate school, the one thing that has remained constant is Cheryl’s love of writing.

Her first novel, Life is But a Dream: On the Lake is the culmination of those many years of living, dreaming, and writing. Due to reader demand (lots of emails!), this book is now the first book of the Grace Adams Series. Her second novel is entitled Broken Resolutions.  Cheryl’s third novel, the second book of the Grace Adams Series, Life Is But a Dream: In the Mountains, will be released in the fall of 2011.

Cheryl is currently working on another novel. But, then again, she is always working on another novel (probably in her pajamas and staring out the window at the lake).

Her website is http://cherylshireman.com

Cheryl is the first, but by no means the only writer intrigued by the possibilities we offer. Australian authors Prue Batten and Greg Johnston have also joined us, and their books will be live shortly.

Next month blogging guru Anne R Allen joins us with no less than three previously unpublished novels, and numerous other authors are lined up, including the wonderful Michelle Brooks.

The new MWiDP website is under construction, and we have plans for numerous further new initiatives to help indie authors fight the monopoly of the “Big Six.”

Be sure to check out WG2E tomorrow to see how MWiDP and the Crossing the Pond option might help you.

Life is But A Dream: On The Lake is available on amazon.com and amazon.co.uk.

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  1. Thank you Mark!

    I am thrilled to be a part of your new venture. It is quite an honor to be in the company of so many great writers.

    Very exciting times for all of us!

    • Great to have you on board, Cheryl, and congrats for being the first to get everything to us and take pride of place as our first client author to go live.

  2. WONDERFUL!!! I can’t wait to read all about it over at WG2E tomorrow!! Congratulations to Cheryl!!! And your list of authors!

    • Thanks so much Tonya.
      Isn’t it exciting? I can’t believe I get to be a part of this!
      It is a wonderful time to be a writer.

    • Thanks, Tonya!

      Full disclosure on the how and why tomorrow exclusively on WG2E, and some hints of even bigger things to come.

  3. Cheryl, this is huge. I know your books will be a big hit across the pond, and Mark’s faith in you will be rewarded tenfold! Congratulations to everyone at MWiDP!

    • Thanks so much J. Carson.
      I’m just trying to catch up with YOUR sales. 😉

    • Thanks for joining us Maggy.

      We’ve got some ambitious and innovative plans for MWiDP that will benefit all our authors, current and future.

  4. Wow, that’s so exciting! *gazes in awe at shiny logo*
    I don’t suppose you, Le Capitan, Saffi and I will be testing this out come St Mall’s, will we?

    • It IS a shiny logo!

      Hey, Mark! I want one of those for my website!

    • I just knew you’d be impressed by the shine. 🙂

      And of course St. Mallory’s Forever! will be the flagship title of the imprint, if we ever get it finished!

  5. Wow, this is cool stuff Mark. Really cool stuff. I’ve only had a handful of UK sales across the board myself. Maybe you can someday expand this into horror and thriller books, right??? 😉

    Again, this is just another great step for us authors. More options. More choices. More opportunities.

    -jb

    • MORE is better! Thanks Jim!

    • Thanks, Jim. Your experience is recounted to us over and over, with non-UK authors reporting negligible sales over this way.

      MWiDP’s Crossing The Pond can’t guarantee anyone will necessarily sell huge amounts more, but we can guarantee much wider exposure and marketing over here, which is at least half the battle.

      And yes, we’re open to all genres and all writers with decent material.

  6. Congratulations, these are indeed exciting times for Indies. Good luck to all of you! 😉

    • Thanks Mel!

      It means a lot coming from you.

      I feel like I’m running with the “big dogs.” I may need to get some new running shoes…

    • Thanks for joining us, Mel!

      • Indies rule in my book, excuse the pun.

        And Cheryl, it couldn’t happen to a nicer lady, good luck, you deserve all that’s coming your way! 😉

  7. What wonderful news. I am so happy for all involved.
    Is this a brave new world or what?
    I love it!

    • I think that is a great description, Barbara. It is a new world if you are brave enough to go out there and forge your own path. And it is even better when we unite out efforts.
      I love being part of the writing community.

      • You said it, Cheryl! The more we combine our resources and support one another the more chance we have of surviving as the trad pubbers play catch up and bring their money and muscle to bear on the digital market.

    • Thanks, Barbara!

  8. Congratulations Cheryl, Mark and Saffi, on this adventurous venture! I’m excited to be a witness to the unfolding, and I’m excited to be part of it.

  9. Thanks Suzanne.

    La vita ‘e bella! 🙂

  10. Brilliant! (I used that correctly, right?)

    This is what we mean when we talk about slicing off parts of our work and selling them.

    Marks service helps writers turn their work into multiple income streams.

    • We hope so, Xtine. We certanly hope so. We can’t force anyone to buy, but we can at least help more readers this way know your books exist.

    • I love the spirit of it Christine – writers reaching “across the pond” to support and encourage one another. I LOVE that about writers!

  11. This is a very interesting concept, I’m still thinking about it. Looking forward to reading more tomorrow 🙂

    Good luck Cheryl!

  12. To Mark (and Saffina) for the foresight to get this up and to run with it and to Cheryl for being Number One!

    The thing that I like about this, apart from the obvious potential in the UK/Europe market, is that I am sure the e-market on the Amazons (and other online retailers) is in for some change in the very foreseeable future as the BIg Six finally get their feet back under them. If professional minds like MWiDP can keep developing so smartly ahead of the traditional industries then we are the luckiest writers in the world. Congratulations and ‘to infinity and beyoooond!’

    • Yes Prue! Mark and Saffi are always ready to tackle the next wave before it even comes rolling in.
      And it’s wonderful to be Number One. “I’m Number One! I’m Number One!”
      Of course, it is in a field of ONE, but so far, so good. 😉
      I’ll just keep paddling against this upcoming wave until the rest of you join me. Come on in! The water is fine.
      Hey….where’s my rubber duckie…..

  13. I am SO excited to be a part of this exciting new adventure. It’s going to be great to be working with Mark and Saffi and also Cheryl and the other MWiDP authors.

    My romantic comedy-mystery Food of Love just went up on both sides of the pond yesterday, but already there seems to be a problem. The UK site says “Pricing information is not available.” I’d made it into the top 50 in romantic comedies, but now of course I’m sliding again.

    I’m hoping that my books with Mark will fare better, given all of Mark’s Crossing the Pond skills.

    Thanks for inviting me to join this party, Mark. I think it’s going to be a blast!

    • Anne – I read the description of Food of Love today on your website (snooping around…) and LOVED it. I have to buy it. That could be the only down side to joining all of you – more books on my Kindle that are waiting to be read.
      I don’t know about the rest of you writers, but I just cannot read fiction when I am writing it. So my TBR list continues to grow!
      Happy sales!

  14. Absolutely right, Prue, that the Big Six are staging a come-back.

    They have the money and the muscle to make life very difficult for the indie movement, while also learning from successful indies.

    The future is digital, and no-one knows that better than the trad publishers. They may be slow to react, but react they will. And are. One only has to look at the am.co,uk prices of trad pubbed e-books to see they are learning from their mistakes.

    As I said back here on MWi in April, the honeymoon for indies is drawing to a close.

  15. Thanks, Anne! It’s certainly been fun so far, but the bottom line is will it improve the sales of those who join in. As we run up to Christmas we hope everyone will find it has been worthwhile.

  16. Congratulations on your novel and success Ms. Shireman. I look forward to reading your work and I also wish you even more success in the future.

    And thanks Mr. Williams for pointing out that the UK is a viable market. Not to say that I haven’t considered putting my future book out in the UK (why not? Nothing to lose, right?). But now I realize that I should put an extra mile into promoting/selling my book in the UK (as well as other English speaking regions such as Australia and Canada).

    I look forward to seeing what you have planned for MWiDP.

    • Thank you Mr. Hudson. (Cheryl is fine).

      So kind of you to stop by and comment. I really appreciate it.

      Best of luck with your book!

  17. Thanks, Andrew!

    Writers should remember too that English is the first / official language of many countries of the world – India, Pakistan, Singapore, Nigeria, etc, and that English is the preferred second language of many, many more.

    The sales of English-language books in Scandinavia, for example, are significant. At MWiDP we are actively looking at ways of getting our ebooks distributed beyond the “usual suspects”.

  18. All the best with your new venture, Mark. I’m absolutely positive you’ll do an exceptional job. With your knowledge of the e-book industry and your marketing skills, you’re going to make a lot of authors very happy. You’ll also make them far more successful than they’d have been without you.

    • Tom – I love the opportunity to “meet” new readers in the UK. About a month ago a UK reader went out of her way to find me on Twitter and then posted really wonderful comments about my book. Then, to my surprise and delight, she left a wonderful five-star review.
      Readers just have no idea of how much that kind of effort means to writers. If she is any indication of the kindness and consideration of UK readers, I am very lucky to have connected with Mark and Saffi who know this market so well.

  19. Congratulations, Cheryl! And best wishes to Mark & the publishing endeavor!

    • josephine wade
    • September 26th, 2011

    I usually lurk here, but I wanted to drop in and say congratulations to Mark and the whole crew at the advent of their new publishing venture. Best of luck!

    • gerrymccullough
    • September 28th, 2011

    Exciting times, Mark. Congratulations!

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