Danny Kemp.

Yesterday I attended what was termed, A Self-Publishing Summit. Those there, included the Directors of two Publishing Companies, both offering publishing packages and both of whom have left good positions in Traditional Publishers. A best-selling author who walked out of her deal with Harper Collins, because she wanted more control of her work. Two other professional people, with academic qualifications longer than the room I’m sitting in, who had offers from traditional houses but chose to ignore. There was a publicist, a printer, a literary agent, a couple of editors and a cover designer. The whole of the industry around books is changing, and changing quickly. However, three points that stood out yesterday. One: the average spend by traditional publishers on publicity for a new author is…Three hundred and fifty pounds. Two: The average sales of a self-published writer is…One hundred and seventeen books in a year. Three: There are idiots out there. One author, on enquiring about a publishing package, seriously expected to sell a million copies without doing anything himself.
Everyone is in this business to earn money. No-one will help you unless you help yourself.
Check very careful which route, if either, you want to go down. Do all your due diligence in great detail. Check your rights to your work, your share of the profit on your work and most of all the integrity and honesty of who you deal with.


About Danny Kemp

I was at work one sunny November day in 2006, stopped at a red traffic light when a van, driven incompetently, smashed into me. I was taken to St Thomas' Hospital and kept in for a while, but it was not only the physical injuries that I suffered from; it was also mental ones. I had lost confidence in myself let alone those around me. The experts said that I had post-traumatic stress disorder, which I thought only the military or emergency personnel suffered from. On good days, I attempted to go to work, sometimes I even made it through Blackwell Tunnel only to hear, or see, something that made me jump out of my skin and that's when the anxiety attacks would start. I told my wife that I was okay and going regularly, but I wasn't. I could not cope with life and thought about ending it. Somehow or other with the help of my wife and medical professionals, I managed to survive and ever so slowly rebuild my self-esteem. It took almost four years to fully recover, but it was during those dark depressive days that I began to write. My very first story, Look Both Ways, Then Look Behind, found a literary agent but not a publisher. He told me that I had a talent, raw, but nevertheless, it was there. His advice was to write another story and that I'm delighted to say, I did. The success of that debut novel, The Desolate Garden, was down to sheer hard work, luck, and of course, meeting a film producer.
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2 Responses to Danny Kemp.

  1. Wow, Danny, we never knew your story before. We are so grateful that you persevered and overcame what was decidedly a huge challenge. We are also so excited for you and where The Desolate Garden is going! We wish you all the best.

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