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How To be A Publisher In the E-Age… And Keep Your E-Sanity

So it’s finally happened. No, not the book. Keep up!

That’s happened too, of course.

But even more exciting than that! I now have a reliable electric supply AND a reliable internet connection.

No, I can’t believe it either.

The components for the solar power arrived last month (just in time for the rainy season) and this past few days I finally took delivery of a 4G internet service. Yep, that’s me on the far left

Of course it’s not 4G by Western standards. But by local African standards, and compared to last week,  it’s simply incredible. And once the novelty of being able to listen to radio and watch youtube videos wears off I’ll have no more excuses for my haphazard postings here on MWi, and my poor communications generally.

Fact is my old ISP service had deteriorated to the extent that I’ve only been able to get into my own blog two or three times a month. To all those who commented recently and were seemingly ignore, it wasn’t deliberate.

So be warned. I’m back, and with lost time to make up!

And we’ll start right here by announcing what you probably all knew already, that How To Be A Writer In The E-Age finally went live this past week and is even now storming the Amazon charts.

Check it out on and

It will be available on other platforms shortly, and the POD release is imminent too.

Chasing this we have Paul Dillon’s The Magic In the Receiver (any day now) and the first of  Terry Galanoy’s Bloodgold series.

And no, we haven’t forgotten our very own Rapunzel or St. Mallory’s, but both fell foul of the constant problems with electricity and net here. Expect to see them all in the near future, as well as a resumption of my observations on the publishing and writing scene and some more insights into my life here in West Africa!

Okay, short and brief this time, but don’t get used to it. I’ll be back to normal next post!


Wednesday Review: Gerry McCullough on “Life Is But A Dream” by Cheryl Shireman

Gerry McCullough

Once again it’s my pleasure to welcome back our reviewer in residence Gerry McCullough, with this long overdue post on Cheryl Shireman’s novel.

By coindence I was e-discussing this book yesterday with Cheryl and I was echoing almost exactly Gerry’s thoughts, as below, about how this novel is absolutely nothing like you expect it to be. And I’m sure that has accounted for its amazing sales.

Anyone masochistic enough to be hoping for my usual lengthy preamble will be disappointed today. Yes, I can hear the rest of you cheering.  Thanks for nothing.

Anyway, both Gerry and Cheryl are regulars here and have been through my cruel introductions many times. They escape today because my net server is playing up as usual, and I’m miles behind with everything, also as usual. If I delay any longer the evening net signal will be too weak and I’ll miss the Wednesday deadline.

So without further ado, here’s Gerry on Cheryl.


Life Is But A Dream: On The Lake

Reviewed by Gerry McCullough


The word which stays with me when I think about this book is ‘powerful.’

Right from the first page, when Cheryl Shireman takes us into Grace’s thoughts, dreams, and dream-memories, she grips. Using a poetic, literary style, she plunges us right into Grace’s psyche, just in the same way that Grace plunges into the swimming pool. And throughout the book she takes time to bring us into the head and soul of each of her major characters as we meet them – Nick, Tony, Bert, Paul.

It’s Cheryl Shireman’s amazing way with words more than anything else that makes her people so alive.  The reader knows so many deep things about each of them in such a short time after she meets them.

The child Grace’s thoughts as she moves slowly nearer and nearer to the pool, unobserved by her mother: ‘She does not see. She does not. See me. See. Me.’

Nick’s pain as her mother fails to return. ‘When he found her she would ask him, “Quanto tempo ti amo?” And he would pull out the picture and say, “Ti amero sempre.”’ Words repeated with immense emotional effect towards the end of the book.

Grace’s experiences with God, and her feelings.

Paul and his child, and his final experience… ‘a little girl was waiting. A beautiful little brown-eyed girl named Julie whose arms stretched toward her Daddy. And Paul had smiled.’

It is these moments and many more like them which make this book so special.

For the first few chapters, I thought I was reading a gentle, moving, literary romance with great characters, a story which focused mainly on the people, their backgrounds, and their interaction.  Halfway through, I woke up and realized that this book is also a thriller full of action, excitement and a terrific climax which seizes us and hurls us along breathlessly.

And yet the focus on the characters is basic to the book, too. It’s because Cheryl Shireman has taken the time to build her characters and to allow us to feel for them that the impact of the action is so strong. As Grace rows across the lake our hearts are in our mouths with her. And the dreadful discovery in the cabin closet hits us as surely as it does her, as a further horror almost beyond believing and yet something which has really happened.

The ending is beautifully handled. We really want Grace to be happy. There have been so many possibilities for her, all of them abortive. The final resolution is everything we want for her; and yet it does not seem contrived, or only there to tie up the story nicely. Instead, it seems inevitable, something which couldn’t have worked out in any other way.

The murder plot is deft and agile. There are a satisfactory number of suspects, and enough twists and turns to keep us guessing, but the final solution arises straightforwardly from what we already know about the characters. And when Grace, at the last, turns away from approaching rescue and goes back into the cabin, the little scene, and the repetition of the words ‘Ti amero sempre’ is immensely moving. It is so right that Grace should go back in.

The spiritual element of this book is one other thing, a one of great importance, which makes it different and powerful. Introduced through Irene and Harold, God takes His place as a major character in the story from then on. Grace says at one point that she finds the whole idea too confusing. But as things begin to happen, she turns more and more to prayer as a natural response to the need for help, both for herself and for others. The beautiful picture of the sunset and her delight in it is a key point in Grace’s development.

The sun slowly slides from the sky, from another day in my life. It meets the water with a languid and silent splash, pulling a riotous mane of color behind. A wild shock of orange and pink is tangled amid tousled blue and purple tresses. Such beauty is overwhelming. Suddenly, it does not matter that I am divorced. It does not matter that Laney is not with me. At that second, that glorious second, all is right with the world.

And later she and Tony sit quieting watching the wild geese and feeling at peace.

Like me, you will probably find that this book is not what you expected. But you will find it striking, moving, exciting, powerful and very, very readable. Don’t miss out!

Life Is But A Dream: Beyond The Lake can be bought from and
Highly recommended by Gerry. Highly recommended by me.

Finally, a reminder that today’s reviewer Gerry blogs regularly over at Gerry’s Books.

And if you like her reviewing style you’ll love her books. Gerry’s debut novel Belfast Girls is available on and

Her latest novel Danger Danger is of course also available on and

Gerry also has a book of short stories out but my net won’t let me grab the cover or link. C’est la vie.

Play It Forward – Where Next For MWiDP?

Pay It Forward.

How often do we hear that in the world of indie publishing? It has become the mantra of the indie movement, to the point where recently some bloggers were actually arguing over who thought of it first! The mind boggles.


In fact the concept has been about since forever. It was in use by the Greek dramatist Menander in 317BC, and the first recorded example in the US was Benjamin Franklin, who lent money to someone and asked them not to repay Franklin but to instead lend that money to another person in need. Similar sentiments were later echoed by Ralph Waldo Emerson.

The actual term was in use from the early part of the twentieth century, and became popularised by Robert A. Heinlein’s sci-fi classic Between Planets.

But of course the phrase took on a life of its own after Catherine Ryan Hyde’s novel Pay It Forward was published in 1999. The film quickly followed. A movement was born. A decade on and the Pay It Forward movement is still going strong, guided by the Pay It Forward Foundation Catherine founded.

What does this have to do with MWiDP? Bear with me. There are two big announcements from MWiDP today.


First, some background for the many newer visitors here.

When we slipped our debut novel Sugar & Spice into the murky waters of the Amazon ocean fifteen months ago it was, more than anything else, an act of defiance against the gatekeepers. Not so much desperation as sheer frustration.

There was no carefully thought out marketing plan. No launch party. No blogs. No tweets. It was whole new world, and one we knew next to nothing about.

Ebooks were still in their infancy, Kindle UK was about to experience its very first Christmas, and we just sat back and hoped someone might buy our unknown and unloved book.

Of course, no-one did.

This time last year we had sold nothing. And we were still querying. It seemed our best bet at the time. And maybe, at the time, it was.

And then around February / March we got the serious interest of an agent. A real-life literary agent wanted our book! By then it was just starting to sell a few copies on Amazon, but the agent wasn’t interested in that. She liked the book, but ebooks were just a fad. So the agent took our book under exclusive review, and we sat and hoped.

Three months passed. When she finally got back to us with her decision she wanted us to take down the ebook so she could approach publishers.

That was a close call. If she’d got back to us sooner we might well have fallen for it.

Trouble was, in that three months she had sat on our novel we had somehow sold thirty thousand books. Ebooks a fad? Clearly this was an agent who had no future. And, we realised, querying had no future either.

A month on and we had sold fifty thousand and were the second biggest-selling ebook in the country. The agents started to query us!

Again it was a close call. Big promises, tempting “unofficial” offers, but accompanied by draconian contract conditions. We stayed indie.


You’ve got to be kidding! That same book went on to sell another fifty thousand before it began to wind down on Amazon (not helped by the infamous three week disappearance!). And by then we were riding high in Waterstone’s, the UK’s equivalent of B&N.

Meanwhile we had brought out another book, got on with some other writing projects, and began to look at the bigger picture.

MWiDP was born.

Little could we have imagined that, just months later, we’d have one of the biggest names in modern English literature sign with us.


The big news this week, of course, is the announcement, first made on Anne R. Allen’s blog on Sunday, that Anne and NYT best-selling author of Pay It Forward author Catherine Ryan Hyde turned their back on the trad publishers in favour of joining forces with MWiDP.

In Anne’s own words:

The book I’ve been writing with Catherine Ryan Hyde, HOW TO BE A WRITER IN THE E-AGE—and keep your E-sanity! will be published by Mark Williams international in June of 2012. The book will be available as an ebook that will include free six-month updates. AND it will also be available in paper in both a US and UK edition.

We’ve had some interest from more traditional publishers, but decided to go with the innovative people at MWiDP because we need a nimble publisher who can keep up with industry changes and offer timely updates. Also, Catherine has a large international fan base, which made “Mr. International’s” offer especially attractive.

The fab cover is the working design, courtesy of our designer in residence Athanasios.

How To Write in the E-Age and Keep Your E-Sanity will be the first of many books under our non-fiction / education imprint Writers Without Frontiers, aimed at fellow authors, at whatever stage of their career they are at.

As well as more books for this imprint we’ll also be teaming up with other industry professionals to bring online writing courses and other resources to help the growing number of people worldwide who want to realize their dreams of being a writer.

And just to add there will be a prize draw in June to mark the launch of How to be a Writer in the E-Age. And not just any old prize.

We’re talking a first edition of the zillion-selling Pay It Forward, signed by Catherine Ryan Hide herself!


Yep, I had to read it twice too. Catherine Ryan Hyde is now an MWiDP author!


Writers Without Frontiers is just one of several imprints that will see MWiDP expand rapidly in 2012.

Our YA imprint will launch this spring, commencing with the long-awaited St. Mallory’s series, and though it’s not official yet we may well have another fantastic YA title going live with it. More on that in the near future.

We have some great titles pending for our Exotica imprint, all about travel and stories set in distant lands.

And for those so inclined we have also launched our mature-audience imprint, Aphrodysia, with the first book due out for St. Valentine’s Day.

Those not so inclined will be pleased to know covers and content will not be appearing alongside the other books, unlike on Amazon where some seriously disturbing covers are prone to pop up alongside MG titles.

Several other imprint ideas are being developed, which we’ll bring news of all as and when.


Enhanced ebooks are of course high on our agenda to progress, and we’ll be making some announcements on this in the next few months. We have some trial projects under way, but won’t give details until we have a clearer picture.

We also have plans for audio books, and are currently examining ways in which this can work in the new indie publishing world. More on this in coming weeks.

In the very near future we’ll be moving into print-on-demand publishing for some of our titles. While there can be no doubt the days of bricks and mortar stores are numbered, there will be a small but significant market for print for the foreseeable future, and as POD technology improves and prices drop, POD will become the only real alternative to ebooks.

Meanwhile our tech team Elizabeth (she may only be one person, but she does the work of many!) has been hard at it behind the scenes with the new websites and the ebook store. All now very close to completion.

Take a sneak peak at


The ebook store, indiebooksunited, is hardly going to challenge Amazon’s supremacy, of course, so important to remind ourselves why we felt it necessary at all.

I asked an author recently if they would be interested in the ebook store and they answered, “Why? I’m selling through Amazon.” I put it to him he might sell even more if he was in other stores. He answered, “But I don’t need to be. I’ve ticked world rights. I’m available everywhere.” I tried not to laugh.

For anyone who missed it, do check out the MWi post Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Aakash  which explains how Amazon either blocks downloads or surcharges buyers across much of the world.

Above is a screen shot of what I see when I try to buy one of your books. Check out the green box at top right. (You may need to click on the image to enlarge.)

Check out the MWi post referred to above for real numbers about just how many potential buyers cannot buy your ebook from Amazon.

There’s also this strange idea that someone who has bought a Kobo ereader, or a Sony or an iRiver, or myriad other alternatives to the Kindle, is somehow going to make Amazon their first stop for ebooks. Yeah, right. Just like us Kindle users always go shopping in B&N and Diesel…


The recent introduction of KDP Select has raised the issue of exclusivity once again. Leaving aside the good or bad aspects of KDP Select itself, let us briefly ponder exclusivity.

If we had chosen only to list with Amazon last year would we have sold as many books? Unequivocally no.

Of course we are on Apple, Kobo and B&N too. Kobo is a rising star, as I’ve said many times here on MWi. Just this week Kobo announced plans for expansion to ten new countries, including Japan and Brazil, just as the Amazon’s Japan plans have stalled.

Kobo has also partnered with WH Smiths, one of the leading UK retail stores. Kobo is the place to be in 2012-15.

If you’re not on Kobo, or are on Kobo through Smashwords and seeing no results, then be sure to check out the announcement at the end of this post.

But Amazon, B&N, Apple and Kobo are not the be all and end all of ebook vendors, and only form part of our income.

In the latter part of 2011, long after the Amazon star had waned, we had two top ten hits simultaneously in Waterstone’s, the UK’s equivalent of B&N. We held the number two spot, kept off #1 only by the Steve Jobs biography, and for a long while the Saffina Desforges brand was the most searched for name in the store.

But we weren’t just selling there. Britain’s biggest retailer by far is the supermarket giant Tesco. It has its own e-book store.

Guess what? We’re in it.

Foyles? Yep, you’ll find us there.

Books, etc? Yeah, we’re there too.

Pickabook? Of course.

ACCO in Belgium? We used our “leetle grey cells”!

Selexyz in the Netherlands? We love the Dutch!

Fishpond down in New Zealand? Say hi down under!

Kalahari in South Africa? Of course!

I could go on. Our books will soon be appearing in Textr in Germany, Asia Books in Thailand, Eason’s in Ireland, Buscalibros in Chile, etc, etc. I’m not called Mr International for nothing!

There’s a whole world out there that could be reading your ebooks, if only they had the chance. True, the sales aren’t earth-shattering. But a sale is a sale, and that reader may tell a friend who tells a friend…

And sometimes it can be good to be a big fish in a small pond, as we found with Waterstone’s. Next time it could be you. But not if you’re not listed there.

Of course the problem is these stores aren’t indie friendly. Just the opposite. They make it almost impossible to get in. ISBNs are required pretty much everywhere except Amazon and B&N. That includes Apple and Kobo, which is why most people go through Smashwords.

But Smashwords won’t get you into Waterstone’s or Foyles, Fishpond or Kalahari. And apart from ISBNs there are a ton of other conditions to meet and hoops to jump through too, before these companies will even think of listing your title. For example Waterstone’s insist you are a VAT-registered company to set up an account.  For the US readers that means having an annual turnover of about $100k. Then you face the nightmare of keeping track, receiving payments, etc. It’s not easy.

Which brings us to the second big announcement of the day:

MWiDP can now offer your titles direct listings to these stores, and also Apple and Kobo.

We’ll be contacting you all shortly with further details. For anyone not currently with us who wants to know more, just drop me an email.

We hope to start uploading to Waterstone’s by the end of this month, and just in case you’re wondering how anyone will find you there, we’re delighted to tell you we have advanced promotion in hand. We own the domain name and will be launching a big awareness campaign within the UK this spring aimed at bringing attention to your titles.

Oh, and did I mention we accidentally bought the domain names welovekoboebooks, welovetescoebooks, welovefishpondebooks and welovekalahariebooks too? 🙂

So, even though it may have seemed nothing much was happening, we have been busy behind the scenes. I’ll be elaborating on the various projects in more detail over the coming weeks here on MWi.

I’ll also be introducing the Book Theatre project to find narrators for audio books for your novels, and the Translator’s Co-op project to bring together a pool of novel translators worldwide to help get your books selling not just in the international stores, but in the local languages.

The trad publishers will tell you writers still need them because they can get you places you can’t get on your own. They have a point. Once you step outside the Amazon bubble being indie isn’t easy.

But with MWiDP you’re not on your own.  Many of our authors are already busy exchanging ideas and services. It’s all part of the cloud.

With MWiDP you get all the benefits of being indie but a lot less DIY.

Mark & Saffi

Wednesday Review: Gerry McCullough Discusses Dead Is The New Black by Christine DeMaio-Rice

If you’re thinking you’ve already seen that cover on MWi recently you’re right. Christine was here before Christmas with a much-praised post on why men hate fashion.

Gerry McCullough

Christine will be back with us soon with a follow-up, but meantime, it being Wednesday and all, Christine’s book drew the short straw for dissection by everyone’s favorite reviewer, Gerry McCullough.

Withou further ado, here’s Gerry on Christine.

Dead Is the New Black

Reviewed by Gerry McCullough

I’ve been a fan of the classic detective story all my life. Of recent years, these have become harder and harder to find. Labelled ‘Crime Stories,’ they have become more and more police procedural/ serial killer in nature. To me a classic of the genre should have wit, imagination, and a puzzle element with fair play clues presented to the reader in a cleverly misleading way. The plot should be fast moving, full of twists and turns, and with a central character or characters who are easy to like.  The characters should not be mainly policemen, unless we are allowed into their private lives, although the occasional cop whom we can get to know is fine. It’s also a plus if the setting is interesting and is presented accurately in a way which tells the reader a lot about it, without dumping too much information.

Dead is the New Black fulfils all my requirements.

Set in the New York fashion world, it immediately attracted my attention. Rex Stout set several of his books here; and Marjorie Allingham’s marvellous The Fashion in Shrouds is similarly set in the London fashion scene. Christine DeMaio-Rice knows a lot about her background, and this makes the book especially fascinating and enjoyable to read. The sophisticated atmosphere takes us by the throat from the first page.

Then there are the characters. Laura and her work mates, particularly Jeremy St James, are vividly drawn. Laura, we learn straightaway, is hopelessly attracted to Jeremy. (She wonders herself if she would have dared to allow their relationship to develop if she hadn’t believed he was gay – because then there would have been a risk that it might become serious.)  So we feel sympathy for her from the start, and at the same time realise that we are in the hands of a writer who can give us characters with depth.  Laura’s sister Ruby is a bright contrast. Stu becomes more likeable the more we see of him.  And Cangemi, the cop, is a much cleverer detective than we are led to expect at the beginning.

Christine DeMaio-Rice

The handling of the plot is all we could ask for. The clues are thrust at us in a way we should be able to pick up – but almost certainly won’t.  The murderer appears in the first few chapters.  When Laura arrives at her desk to find coffee waiting for her, she tells us, she knows that Jeremy must be already there, because he is in the habit of buying coffee for them both on his way to work. The coffee, unusually, is spilt – which is not like Jeremy, she thinks. But when she goes to his office, she sees that he is in a state of extreme distress – he has found a dead body there.  Laura spends the next hours ringing the police, talking to the cop who arrives to take over, Cangemi, and assuring other members of the company who turn up for work that Jeremy is not guilty and that work will continue as normal.  And I wonder how many of DeMaio-Rice’s readers will be able to pick out the important clues, and identify the murderer, from what they have by now been told?  The motive, also, has already been trailed before us, even earlier in the action.

The title of this book tells us at once that here is a witty, clever writer, and the cover backs this up. The book is full of amusing one liners and funny situations.  As an example of the one liners, when Laura tells Stu, ‘I’m not pissed off with you,’ Stu says, looking at Laura slyly, ‘You’re honesty-challenged right now.’  Laura thinks, on hearing that Jeremy is in prison in Rikers, ‘If Central Park was the city’s backyard, Rikers was the haunted house down the block that your mother told you to stay away from.’  And Ruby and Laura decide to call their fashion business ‘Sartorial Sandwich.’ How about that?

And as an example of funny situations, the description of the sisters’ housing problems, with Ruby always coming out on top compared to Laura, is consistently amusing.

Laura’s tangled love life finally works out, just as her career does; and the murder mystery element is solved in a satisfying way which is clearly believable. This is one of a series, I’m told.  If the other books are as excellent as this one, I’ll look forward to reading them.

Chrstine has a book trailer for Dead Is The New Black on youtube. On a good day my ISP will let me add a video, but today is not a good day, so check it out here.

Christine has a great blog called Fashion Is Murder. Her book is available from and, not to mention Barnes & Noble.

Our thanks as always to Gerry for a great review. Dead Is The New Black is high on my TBR list. Sadly there just aren’t enough hours in the day to keep up with all the great indie books flooding the e-stores.

Ever since epublishing took off there’s been a lot of talk about how self-publishers are flooding the market with mindless rubbish. And badly typed mindless rubbish at that. And I’m sure it exists. Some people are quite concerned by this. Check out our co-writer Miriam Joy’s sister Bella for a non-writers’ viewpoint.

But my Kindle is coming up to its first birthday. I’ve lost count of how many books I’ve read on there, but strangely I have yet to find a single example of the “tsunami of crap” that supposedly makes it impossible for good books to stand out.

One reason for that is that I choose ebooks in the same way as I used to choose print books – by looking before I buy, and by reading reviews like this one of Gerry’s, to help find new material.

Reviewers play a crucial role in our lives as writers, and as readers.  We should all be thankful to people like Gerry who set aside time not just to read, but also to write in-depth reviews when they’ve finished.

As authors we know how valuable that service is. We all love it when someone publishes a review of our books. Yet so many of us, while craving reviews from others, rarely take time out to do it ourselves for the authors we read. And yes, I’m as guilty of that as anybody.

But writing a review – not just  a paragraph of praise on Amazon but a full review for Goodreads, or the author’s website, or here on MWi – is one easy way to thank the author for the pleasure they gave you, and to pay it forward for the future.

Speaking of pay it forward, watch out for some related news here on MWi this coming weekend!

Meanwhile, a reminder that today’s reviewer Gerry blogs regularly over at Gerry’s Books. Rather appropriately given discussion here on MWi yesterday, Gerry’s last review on on her own blog was of The Lord Of The Rings. Well worth checking out.

And if you like her reviewing style you’ll love her books. Gerry’s debut novel Belfast Girls is available on and

Her latest novel Danger Danger is of course also available on and


Finally here today just to add that that wonderful cover for Dead Is The New Black was designed by Christine herself.

In fact Christine has an alternative cover live on at the moment, which refuses to copy here. It’s jus one of those days…

One of the dilemmas of indie writing is were you pitch camp in the genre fields. It’s murder-mystery crime fiction but its also comedy-thriller and chicklit. It must be great to be able to design multiple covers to test the market.

But Christine’s talents range far wider. I leave you with three covers Christine recently produced for fellow MWiDP author Sarah Woodbury. Sarah will be here on MWi next week to tell us more about her life as a history obsessive, now combining authentic research and fantasy writing skills to good effect. Meanwhile, just sit back and admire Christine’s designer skills.

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 is by far the largest. And while in theory you can load your ebook to both the UK and German Amazon sites through your 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 through Cheryl’s own account, but is now also available on and 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

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 and

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