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PUBLISHED: 16:22 14 October 2010 | UPDATED: 17:57 20 February 2013

Juliet's book Atlantic Children

Juliet's book Atlantic Children

Juliet Dearlove went down the path of self-publishing to see her novel get into print

Juliet Dearlove went down the path of self-publishing to see her novel get into print




JULIET DEARLOVE Atlantic Children




The book
I qualified as a solicitor in 1993 and worked in London for 12 years. In 2005, I resigned my job, we sold our house, withdrew our children (then aged 6 and 8) from school, bought a boat in Italy and sailed to the Caribbean and back, returning to the River Deben in August 2006.
While we were away I wrote a blog, as an easy way of letting everyone know we were still alive, and to convey something of the extraordinary things we were seeing, from dolphins and whales in wide expanses of sea, to hidden places in the Caribbean such as Montserrat. The blog gained a small following. Upon our return I felt reluctant to abandon it, and worked in my spare time to make it into something that we could keep for the future an honest account of all the good (and bad!) times on the boat. Friends read it in manuscript form, and encouraged me to publish.
Two months ago I released Atlantic Children, available from Amazon or via my website www.julietdearlove.co.uk. It is suitable for sailors and non-sailors, and all ages from teenagers to grandparents.


The writing/publishing process
Having spent countless long hours at the computer writing my book, Atlantic Children, I found the process of approaching publishers and agents, and being rejected, deeply upsetting. It was no comfort to be told that it is extremely rare for a new author to be accepted, and when I looked at the returned materials I was, in most cases, certain that they had not been looked at, but had sat on a desk for a few months and then simply been posted back to me with a standard compliments slip.
My husband Charlie could see the distress this process caused me. He encouraged me to go ahead with publishing it myself and helped me to research publishers. In the end AuthorHouse offered me a heavily discounted rate for the design and production work, with many extras (including the drafting of a press release which recently helped me to obtain an interview on BBC Radio Suffolk).
AuthorHouse have helped me to achieve a book which is beautifully designed, externally and internally. However, AuthorHouse only produce books on a print on demand basis. I was originally very keen on this concept, as I did not, at that time, know that the book would be well received by the public (I did not like the idea of thousands of unwanted books gathering dust), and I was not able to fund a large print run. However, there is a downside to this method, which is that it is much more expensive to produce the books. This becomes a problem when selling the book commercially, as online sellers, and all bookshops, insist on receiving a minimum of 40% of the sale price. The authors margin becomes very small, so even though Atlantic Children is selling well and has excellent reviews published online, it is unlikely that sales revenues will cover production costs.


Juliet Dearlove works in the City ascompany secretary of an FTSE 250 Investment Trust. She lives in Easton.

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