30 % of all e-books are self-published. What goes into self-publishing?

Hello, and welcome to the blog of a self-published author. Today I would like to discuss what exactly that means and entails. I think a lot of people don’t realize the amount of time, work, and effort that goes into self-publishing, needless to say the anxiety of having your work out there in the public domain for everyone to see. But hey, that was the point of self-publishing right?

Writing the book – First the book needs to be written. An idea comes. For me, my story was inspired by dreams and mist. I was wondering if you could travel to another world. In that world, you would have dreams that led you to your destiny. My character’s destiny is to free the white wizards from their stone prisons. How did the wizards get trapped in stones? This is one of the questions I needed to answer. I am a bit old-fashioned so I start with a hand-written outline, and then handwrite the story with good old pen and paper. As I type the hand-written story up, I embellish and make any necessary changes.

Edit the book – The next step is editing. It is always suggested that an author gets someone else (a co-worker, friend, a fellow author) to assist in this process. I had my son look over my book. I also hired a professional editor.

Rewrite, Rewrite, Rewrite – At this point, I go back and fix any mistakes with grammar, storyline, or things that just don’t “flow” right.

Format the book– The book needs to be formatted to the size that many self-publishing companies desire, including Amazon.

Get a book cover– This was actually one of my favorite aspects of writing the book. I worked with a great graphic artist for a cover of my book. I love how the cover gets the feel of the mist, and of course my main character Miranda. I feel that in draws you in, and the it is just beautiful to look at. Plus, if you look carefully you can find the symbols for all six wizards depicted on the cover.

Market the book – I worked with book bloggers, book reviewers, and my fellow writing community to help get the word out about my book. I also visited the Boys and Girls Club and the Girl Scouts. I did a writing presentation along with bringing copies of my book. I was also very blessed to have support from a local book store in my area. I entered an online library program and was able to get my book into the local library in my area on the e-book site of the library. This is the most tricky part and I am still learning, and navigating my way with this.

Keep up– This is an area where I have been a little lackluster. On average, a self-published author sells 250 copies, and 90% sell less than 100 copies. Last I checked, I was at the 200 count. These statistics are from this online article:

As you can see or read, self-publishing is a lot of work, but I have had a lot of fun with it. I met some really cool people, sold some books, and gained a world of knowledge I did not have before.

If you would like to check out my book series here is the website: https://mlmurraymurray.wixsite.com/mirandasdreams

Thank you for reading and please feel free to comment or contact me with any questions.


Dream Walker Land of Mystica Series A to Z I

Today we tackle the letter I.

I is for the Ice Caves. The Ice caves are a beautiful and mysterious place.

I is for Ichra. Ichra is an Ice Person. You can read about his adventure in Ichra’s Quest, a land of Mystica short story available on Amazon in Kindle and paperback.

I is for Icicle, Ichra’s animal friend. Find out how they find each other!

I is for I love hearing from my fans, bloggers, reviewers, and cosplayers. Send me a note, question, or anything on your mind!

I is for invention. I came up with the land of Mystica based on mists and dreams. The original idea was to have the wizards playing second fiddle to my Dream Walker. I hope I succeeded!

I is for idea. I loved creating Dream Walker, and hope you enjoy it too!

Next is the letter J stay tuned!


Dream Walker Land of Mystica Series A to Z E

We continue our A to Z for Dream Walker Land of Mystica Series with the letter E

E is for E book all three books, plus my short story Ichra’s Quest are available on Ebook format. Did you know you do not need a kindle to read e-books? You only need the app, which is free to download.

E is for everyone, as everyone will enjoy this fun series.

E is for enjoy, as I hope you enjoy my work.

E is for effort, as I put a lot of time and effort into this series.

E is for encouragement, as I encourage you to check this series out and spread the word.

E is for engagement. Send me your thoughts, reviews, art work, I’d love to see them!

What other words can you think of that start with E?


Stay tuned for the rest of the letters …

Animated video

There is nothing like seeing your work come to life. I am working with various artists to get a short animated video done for promotion use for dream walker land of mystica series. Here is a picture of the castle and Miranda and the king that helped with the video. It is fun to see different interpretations of my characters and world come to life.



As I continue to work on Dream Walkers Fight the fourth book In the dream walker land of mystica series, I would like to offer my first three books for review.

if you enjoy fantasy, magic, dreams and adventure you should enjoy these books.

it is a fun family friendly fantasy series written for ages 8 to 12 though older people are enjoying it.

the books follow Miranda the dream walker as she travels through Mystica to save the white wizards from their stone prisons. Read about the legend of the wizards. Follow Miranda through Mystica through the plains ice caves forest of the lost and dragons lair on her journeys.

If you would like to read and review my books please contact me  by email mlmurray.murray@gmail.com and I will send you a copy. Please let me know if you prefer paperback or kindle version. Copies onlyrics given in exchange for an honest review. I do not pay for reviews.





My fantasy series the Dream walker land of Mystica Series features lots of stones. White stones, black stones, a blue heart stone necklace.

White stones for the white wizards, black ones for the dark wizards.

In Ichras Quest my short story Ichras searches for a stone in the ice caves

Stones for centuries have been thought to have powers, properties. They come from the earth itself.

Let’s hear your thoughts on stones or pictures of important stones in your life.