Self-publishers, try your book in French 'aussi'

Author Clara Villanueva, pictured at a book show, has discovered how easy and cheap self-publishing can be

Ask almost any author and they will tell you it is tough to find an agent or a publisher these days, however good your book is.

Most of us end up self-publishing, which is a grind but it does have its rewards – you get to keep more of the profits!

For me, keeping the cost down comes before all other considerations. When I publish my novels, I have to do it the cheapest way possible. I have worked in publishing so I know a few of the necessary skills but these can be learned.

The big problem with self-publishing – apart from the time it takes – is finding your market, and this is much harder if the lang-uage you work in is not the language spoken in the country you live in.

I write in Spanish but it is the same for English – there is a limited market within reach of me in Gascony.

I decided to do a French edition of my last book, an autobiographical novel about my upbringing in Franco’s Spain.

My French is pretty good and I did the first, time-consuming, draft myself. I am a ...

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