“How I First Published”: Kimberley Payne Talks Self-Publishing

Self-publishing author Kimberley Payne
Kimberley Payne

Today’s guest on “How I First Published” is Kimberley Payne. If you’re curious about self-publishing, Kimberley’s story is a great example of how self-publishing can be used in powerful, flexible ways–if the author understands what she’s getting into. Kimberley writes fiction and non-fiction, for adults and children, always with a desire to motivate and inspire rather than to make large sums of money for herself. Here’s my interview with Kimberley:

What was your first published novel?

My first novel, Tooth for Tooth, was published years ago.

Tooth for Tooth, a novel by Kimberley Payne
Tooth for Tooth on e-reader

From the back cover: “Dumped into single parenthood, Heather Williams has found a part-time job as a dental receptionist and a cozy apartment with her four-year-old daughter. Life finally looks safe and secure until her daughter reveals a terrifying secret that she’s been molested by her own father. While struggling with her feelings towards her new boss, Heather tries to get the help her daughter needs, navigate the court system, and protect the child from further harm.”

Was it a traditional publishing contract or did you go indie?

I self-published this book. Originally I put it on a blog (chapter by chapter) http://www.toothfortoothnovel.blogspot.ca/and then made it available as an e-book.

How did that come about?

I wanted to share my story and writing it as a fiction piece felt like the best way to share it while protecting those involved. I went indie to keep full control of the whole process.

How did this make you feel? Has it been as good as you expected, or a letdown, or exhausting, for example?

I found the writing very therapeutic. I never intended to make it something that I would profit from financially, but rather I intended it to help others who faced with the same devastating circumstances.

Tell us what’s happened with your writing journey since.

I realized that although I like to read fiction, my true gifting and love is as a non-fiction writer.

I have a background in health and fitness and so wrote a book called Fit for Faith – 7 weeks to improved spiritual and physical health and a follow-up devotional called Women of Strength.

Author Kimberley Payne's self-published non-fiction book, Where Fitness Meets Faith
Where Fitness Meets Faith

I also like to share what I learn and so I naturally wrote devotionals. I’ve collected these into books and offer them as ebooks too: Where Life Meets Faith, Where Family Meets Faith and Where Fitness Meets Faith.

Lastly, I’ve started a new children’s series called Science & Faith Matters (www.scienceandfaithmatters.wordpress.com ) and have released two books so far: Trees of the Book – Learning from God’s Creation and Adam’s Animals – Fun Facts about God’s Creation.

Non-fiction Christian children's book Adam's Animals
Adam’s Animals

Kimberley Payne is a motivational speaker and author who writes on  topics to encourage moms in fitness, family and faith. Through her work, Kimberley hopes to inspire mothers to live healthier lives that glorify God. Visit her at www.kimberleypayne.com

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6 thoughts on ““How I First Published”: Kimberley Payne Talks Self-Publishing”

  1. I agree, wonderful interview! It’s always nice to read about other author’s experiences with self-publishing. It can be a very daunting task, but with the right information the process can be a bit more bearable. There is a wonderful book by Helen Sedwick called “Self-Publisher’s Legal Handbook”. Her website, http://www.helensedwick.com is worth checking out; it’s got more information about her and the book. Thanks for this!

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