Celebrating One Year as a Self Published Author

Rob Williams Rev1FrontI celebrated one year as a self published author yesterday. My inspirational self help and travel memoir “Watching the Daisies – Life Lessons on the Importance of Slow” was uploaded to Amazon Kindle on 14th November 2016.

It was the beginning of a new learning curve.

Despite studying the self publishing do’s and don’ts in depth, and planning a “To Do List” the reality is that LIFE often takes us on a different route!

In the lead up to my launch two family members were very ill, and we lost one of them on 31st October. Thankfully, the other is well on the road to recovery. I was checking the e- book formatting at the time, and the chapter spacing on the final proof was not quite up to scratch. It has since been amended.

The book generated some good reviews over the following months, which I was able to include on the inside cover of the hard copy. On 12 April 2017 it was made available through Amazon.

I researched the best route to other online retailers and Ingram Spark now distribute my book to all the major online book stores.

Unfortunately, my sister was diagnosed with cancer that same month, and I succumbed to shingles.

Sadly, my sister passed away on 1st September, and the promotional activities I had scheduled took a back seat, while I dealt with my grief. Hopefully, they will go ahead from next spring.

Thank YOU

I am so thankful to everyone who has supported me on this journey:

  • My friends in Rosses Writers who encouraged me to write a book
  • Sue Leonard who gave me constructive criticism on my synopsis and first chapters
  • The publishing agents who rejected my work
  • Catherine Ryan Howard and Books Go Social who inspired me to self publish
  • Olive O’Brien who provided both a structural and final edit
  • Brenda Tobin for her legal advice and edit
  • Orla Kelly Publishing who formatted my print book, updated my e-book and gifted me with a book trailer…
  • Rob Williams for my beautiful book cover
  • My blogging and social media friends for your support and encouragement
  • Everyone who has purchased “Watching the Daisies”

A very special thank you goes to those who have reviewed my book. It means such a lot. I recently celebrated having 25 good reviews on Amazon.

On Friday, I will be announcing a GIVEAWAY and a special e-book promotion for November.

Next Wednesday, I will share my top tips for FREE marketing resources.

Brigid P. Gallagher

“Watching the Daisies – Life Lessons on the Importance of Slow” is available from Amazon  Barnes and Noble  Kobo  and all good online book stores.

Book Trailer: https://youtu.be/r5GCjaetgZk

Twitter: @watchingthedai1

Facebook: https://facebook.com/watchingthedaisies/

Goodreads: https://goodreads.com/author/show/16119226.Brigid_P_Gallagher


  1. Dearest Brigid, it was with sadness I read of your sister…heartfelt hugs winging their way to you. Words never suffice. ❤️

    Congratulations on your One Year Anniversary of your book!! Wow! That is wonderful news and congratulations on the reviews…I have your book on my kindle and after the mayhem of publishing my anthology, I intend to catch up on my reading and look forward to your book. Good luck with your promotions in the new year…give yourself time.

    I’m making a note to look out for your marketing post – that will be extremely useful and one to print out! love & hugs xx

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  2. Brigid, so very sorry to read about your sister. It is so very hard to lose someone you love.

    Congratulations on the anniversary of the publication of your book. You have accomplished a lot in the past year inspite of some serious family problems.

    Thank you for your generous promise to share you advise on publishing. I know it will be valuable.


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  3. I need those marketing tips! BADLY. I’m heading to purchase an Ebook so I can get a review written for you! I know that really helped with my book, The Shadow Boxers, Fighting Fibromyalgia, Your personal Journal. (See, I just gave myself a plug! It makes me feel so weird when I do that, selfish kinda but I am so proud of my book as you MUST be of yours. The work, blood, sweat, and tears – is no joke – when it comes to getting a book published. Looking forward to your advice! ~Kim

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    • Thanks Kim. I think the hard work begins after publication even though it takes a lot to get to that step. So many people helped me on the journey so I hope my tips help. The important thing is not to spread yourself too thin – something that I am constantly being reminded😉

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  4. Congratulations on your year as a self published author Brigid! It is a great achievement, especially when you consider the difficult family circumstances of the past year. Plus there is the fact that you wrote a book to help people and having read comments about your work in the past few months, you have certainly reached out and helped people. To change one life is an inestimable prize, never mind the many who have found help and sucour in its pages. Be proud of yourself, as we your peers and friends are proud of you, as you sister is proud of you. Much love and may you continue to have the success with it that you richly deserve. With affection from your friend Paul X

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    • Thank you Paul. You have lifted my spirits on so many occasions this year. It is strange how life pans out isn’t it? I am really looking gorward to Christmas and having some downtime with my loved ones. Doing four more Christmas craft fairs and Santa will be at some. 😉

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      • You know Brigid I am really pleased I have got to know you. And If it is not presumptuous (as I know we only correspond, are busy with our own writings, and live too far away to pop along a coffee and a natter, etc) but I do view you as a good friend. It is nice to meet another like-minded person I clicked with from the word go. Your mate Paul X

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  5. Oh my gosh / I know I know. It’s an uphill climb, being a self-published author. Ups and downs and turn arounds. Which is why when it’s all said and done, an author is infused with well-being. You have carried on despite such difficulty. I’m so sorry that your sister has passed. Bet she’s proud of you. ❤️
    Your “Thanks” are touching.

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  6. Hi Brigid– It’s been such a year for you– highs and lows. Thankful that your book has done so well– and helped so many people. Pray you are finding comfort in these days without your sister. So hard. God bless you dear friend. xox

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  7. Your success is enormously impressive, and clearly, a testament to your talent, determination, and social outreach. Each has supported the other to generate well deserved success.

    In particular you have “given away” a great deal of advice, wisdom and simple pleasure through your blog, and interactions with others here. That your published work enjoys warm appreciation is entirely just! Well done again x

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