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Lana Pecherczyk’s blog about writing, publishing and everything in between.


A little bit about Lana Pecherczyk

Whaaat – how do you say that name? Well, I’ve been called Pera-chickywack, Pergizer and Pricecheck to name just a few. But you say it like this: Perherchick. It’s a Polish name but I live in Perth, Western Australia and am a writer of Speculative Fiction, an Artist and a Marketer. I write when I am not looking after my two little boys, drawing, reading or working my Marketing day job. I don’t believe you need to know big fancy words, or have a degree to become an author and am setting out to prove it on this blog. Join in, become a friend and do it yourself too.


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Why follow my Blog?

A writer has to be so many things these days. Even if you are amongst the lucky five percent of authors getting published, you still have to learn how to market yourself. If you self publish, you have to become someone who wears many hats and figure out how to:

  • Write your novel
  • Get followers to your blog
  • Market yourself and your book
  • Create or manage your website
  • Design your cover and other elements on your site

Even if you win big and get published traditionally, you still need to know most of the above. So my question is: Why bother with the painfully slow going publishing route? Sure it’s nice to have industry validation, but I don’t believe it’s a good enough reason to give up most of your royalties to an agent or publisher. You worked hard for it, just a little bit more work and you can keep it.

Did you know that nearly 40% of income from e-books comes from self-published authors? That’s got to be a motivating fact, right? And if you are in the Science fiction and Fantasy genre, the sales here are currently outselling published authors. (Mark Coker from Smashwords found this out in his analysis of the industry)

This website shows my journey from A to Z in self-publishing. Please sign up to my newsletter and follow my blog to stay updated. If there’s something in particular you want to hear about, send me a note and I’ll do my best to answer your question in a post.