MS 2 bit of colourMel Sherratt tells us how she successfully self-published her crime novels in this amazing interview with Guardian Books.

Like so many bestselling authors we know, Mel Sherratt was rejected by publishers year after year because her work didn’t fit neatly into a genre. The last straw was when Mel was turned down for writing a book that was too generic.

This insightful interview with The Guardian illustrates Mel’s sheer determination to self-publish successfully.  Her answers include the tools she needed to self-publish, for instance how she edits her work, where she goes for her book covers, and how she prices her books.  She discusses the advantages and disadvantages of self-publishing in detail and also talks about her relationship with our literary agency and the next stage in her career with Amazon Publishing.

In 2012, Mel Sherratt’s self-published début, TAUNTING THE DEAD, had hit the Amazon Kindle top 100 books, rising to No. 3 in the overall fiction chart and No.1 in police procedurals, thriller and mysteries.

Mel Sherratt is now represented by the Madeleine Milburn Literary Agency.   Milburn recently negotiated a two book deal with Amazon Publishing/Thomas & Mercer for World English language rights.  The Agency is now pitching Mel’s books to international publishers and film companies.

Mel Sherratt with Madeleine Milburn

Mel Sherratt with Madeleine Milburn

Our literary agency represents other successfully self-published authors including Talli Roland and Janet MacLeod Trotter.