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Title: Reasons To Love A Nerd Like Me
Author: Becky Jerams
Publisher: Self Published
Cover Artist: Kendal James
Genre: Young Adult
“Scotty Williams is the nerdiest 17-year-old at Havensdale College – and proud of it. However being a nerd can have its downsides, particularly when you’re constantly being targeted by the school bully Taylor Raven and his cronies. As Scotty tries to navigate his final college years with the aid of his best friend Olive, he also finds himself on the radar of the mysterious and intimidating Vincent Hunter, toughest guy in the Sixth Form. Is Vincent really as bad as he seems? Will Scotty’s darkest secret ever be revealed? Can he ever just finish his last few college years in peace? But most importantly… will any guy ever find the reasons to love a nerd like him?
The Wattpad hit “Reasons To Love A Nerd Like Me” by Becky Jerams comes to Kindle for the first time in a new and improved edition. With over 2.5 million reads and counting, the first draft has resonated with readers across the world and been compared to authors such as John Green and David Levithan. Recommended for fans of teen drama and unconventional romance.”
In this day and age, it is now easier than ever for authors to make their work available. Thanks to self-publishing, I have been able to take my love of writing to the next level and generate an income from what I love to do.
The whole process has been daunting and thrilling and a huge learning curve all wrapped into one. There are definitely difficult elements to flying solo and self-promotion does not come without its frustrations and stresses. However for me, the positive far outweighs any negative points and I would definitely encourage any author who is tempted by the self-publishing world to try it out for at least one title.
Still not quite convinced? Here are my top 5 pro-points for taking the leap:
You have total control.
I think for me this is the one thing I love the most about self-publishing. You don’t have to answer to anyone but yourself. There is no one telling you what your cover should look like or forcing you to chop out scenes you can’t live without. You can decide exactly when to release your title. You can even take it down and change it at any time if you have released it as an e-book. You are the boss and you make the decisions.
You can take risks.
Another great thing about control is that you are free to take risks and experiment to your hearts content. Traditional publishing houses tend to want stories within certain parameters and are less likely to approve anything too risky. It’s understandable that as a business you want to know that something will sell so to take a chance on someone’s gay vampire hospital soap opera might be too much of a gamble. With self-publishing, you can give those wildcard ideas their chance to shine. Maybe they won’t work out. Or maybe they’ll be an unexpected hit because they are so unique. You never know until you try.
You can change writing styles.
Chances are if you have been signed by a traditional publishing company, they will be expecting any more titles you write to be in exactly the same genre and style. Some people are more than happy to do that whilst other writers like to change it up once in a while. Do you have a crazy idea in the back of your mind that is nothing like your regular style? Self-publishing gives you the perfect chance to explore it without the pressure of selling to the exact same audience as your other titles.
You get to keep more profit.
The downside of self-publishing is that you have to do everything yourself. But the upside of doing everything yourself is that you get to keep all the profit your make for yourself. There always hidden charges to cover such as book covers and editing, but personally I have found these charges very cheap through using contacts who can help out. Look around online and in your community, you will be sure to find artists and beta-readers at a good rate. If you want print copies of your book then the charges will rise, but e-books are totally free to produce. Then when you start selling, you can really reap the rewards of all your hard work without having to give away a slice to anyone above you.
You avoid being ripped off.
This final point is of course not aimed at all publishing companies, but sadly there seem to be many out there who prey on author’s self-doubt in order to jump on their hard work. I have heard of companies who do the absolute bare minimum in return for a few basic functions such as providing a front cover and a few promotional Facebook posts, then take a giant cut of any profit made. These are the companies who leave their authors to do most of the promotion themselves and then take all the credit for it. I know for some writers that even companies like this seem tempting because they are a kind of invisible authority figure to hold your hand throughout the process… But trust me, you don’t need permission from anyone else. You can do this by yourself without a safety net. And you will gain so much more by breaking free from these kinds of sharks.
Good luck to everyone out there who is setting foot on their self-publishing journey. Remember, you can do it! And by the time your book hits the cyber-charts, you can feel proud that you got it there all by yourself.
About the Author
Becky Jerams (born June 26th, 1987) is a writer and musician from Portsmouth, UK. Reasons To Love A Nerd Like Me is her debut novel and has been featured on the website Wattpad where it has gained many loyal readers and over two million hits. After receiving such an overwhelming response for her writing, she recently released the new and improved edition of her story as an official eBook through Kindle Direct Publishing.
She lives with her boyfriend in a little flat near the sea and splits her time between fiction writing, songwriting sessions, performing acoustic gigs and working in a student art shop. Her songs have been featured internationally on various shows and adverts, and her stories have been read by thousands of young people across the world gaining her fans from UK, US, Spain, Philippines, Nigeria, France, Egypt, Jamaica, Australia, India and beyond. Her pacey, emotional style of writing aimed for a young adult audience has been compared to the likes of John Green, David Levithan and Jenny Downham.
Becky is currently working on the spin-off sequel to Reasons To Love A Nerd Like Me titled Could You Love An Apple? which will be available on Kindle in the near future. She hopes to continue writing about the characters she has created for as long as people want to keep reading about them.
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