Are you looking for help with:
- publishing or
your self-published book?
I can help.
1 THE LAST
Amo is the last man alive after an overnight apocalypse wipes out America, in this taut and original thriller.
2. THE LOST
4-year-old Anna embarks on a terrifying journey through the ruins of America, looking for her father.
3. THE LEAST
Ex-Olympian Robert is a paraplegic, trapped in a wheelchair when the world ends. He doesn't stand a chance.
1-3 BOX SET
Three pulse-pounding survival thrillers that set a startlingly fresh and visceral bar for the genre.
4. THE LOSS
Amo's people face an impossible new threat in this epic, mind-crunching 4th book in the series.
5. THE LIST
Anna believes forgiveness is for the weak in this blood-splattered revenge thriller.
6. THE LAWS
The good people of New LA must fear the living, not the dead, in this heart-bruising thriller.
4-6 BOX SET
Three unputdownable apocalypse thrillers that completely upend the end of the world.
7. THE LASH
All Amo's hope is crushed beneath the lash in this devastating 7th thriller in the Ocean series.
8. THE LIES
Amo's apocalypse began with love, and loss, and lies.
It will end in blood.
8. THE LIGHT
From the darkness comes the light. The Last Mayor series ends here.
1. MR. RUIN
The powerful Mr. Ruin hunts broken ex-marine Ritry in the hellish fires of the mind.
2. KING RUIN
The ancient King Ruin battles elite Graysmith Ritry in the sunken world of the soul.
3. GOD OF RUIN
The all-powerful God of Ruin crushes Ritry's shattered soul in the blazing heart of a star.
THE SAINT'S RISE
3,000 years ago the great black mouth of the Rot devastated the land.
Now it's coming back...
9 sci-fi short stories. How many worlds must die for the cannibal planet the Host to live?
DEATH OF EAST
9 weird tales. Who murdered the giant East, and can Lady Arabella stop them?
About Mike Grist
I've self-published 17 novels, 4 box sets, 2 short story collections, a non-fiction book of photography and 3 audiobooks (see all my books here).
I've sold some 20,000 books, given away 0ver 100,000, made 10s of thousands of pounds and spent probably half that back on covers, edits, formatting and ads.
I've rewritten blurbs until I've gone literally (not literally) mad. For the past five years I've been getting fresh covers on one series opener just because I believe in it so much (read that story).
I've had movie options come and go. I've been trad-published in audio. I've been a No.1 Amazon bestseller plenty of times. I've made both Facebook and Amazon ads work.
Basically, I've been there. Whatever you're doing, or looking to do, or struggling to do, I've done it. I've listened to all the podcasts, imbibed the best practises and can help you save some time and money in costly mistakes with expert one-to-one guidance.
What can Mike offer?
Formatting / Publishing
- Help with Plotting
- Manuscript Assessment
- Write to Market
- Know your Genre
- Writing fast
- Ebook / Paperback Format
- KU or Wide?
- Commissioning a Cover
- Writing a Blurb
- Blurb/cover assessment
- Facebook Ads
- Amazon Ads
- Bookbub Ads
- Promo Stacks (eg - Bookbub deal)
- How to launch / re-launch
- Running a Newsletter
- Website design
"Probably the best session our group has had since it started."
"Mike’s presentation on self-publishing for the Tufnell Park Writers was brilliant. Some of us are complete beginners, others know more about the topic, a few have self-published – but everyone found the session a complete eye-opener.
We all gained a new appreciation about the wealth of digital technologies and services out there, and how to make them work for you as an author. I appreciated Mike’s easy-going, clear, and jargon-free teaching approach, but especially his openness: he was unflinching in answering questions about money (e.g. “How much did that cover design cost you?”), generous with details about some of his mistakes along the way, and candid about the pros and cons of different service providers.
Probably the best session our group has had since it started."
- Andrew Wilson, author of Translators on Translating: Inside the Invisible Art
"Michael Grist is a powerhouse of knowledge and energy when it comes to indie publishing, and in particular to marketing. His knowledge comes from his own experience as an indie author and in our one-hour session he was able to lead me carefully through the process of setting up an email list, together with reader magnet and landing page and all that jazz.
He is patient and understanding especially when it comes to techie stuff. There is nothing like a one-to-one tutorial as we are all at different stages when it comes to marketing and IT expertise, and Michael seems to understand algorithms as much as they are humanly understandable. He also makes sure he keeps up to date with the latest goings-on at Amazon etc."
- Patsy Trench, author, playwright and journalist.
"Michael Grist is a powerhouse of knowledge and energy."
"The talk was brilliant, full of insights and advice on ... publishing your own work."
"I’m a self-published author and I was lucky enough to attend a talk given by Michael Grist to the Society of Authors recently. The talk was brilliant, full of insights and advice on how to manage the complex world of publishing your own work.
The audience was captivated and Michael went on for much longer than planned – at the audience’s insistence. I had the good fortune to spend an hour chatting to Michael a few days later and his wisdom and experience has led to major changes in my approach to selling my book.
Anyone out there who is looking for tuition in this area should beat a path to Michael’s door. You won’t regret it."
- David Gluckman, inventor of Baileys Irish Cream and author of That s*it will never sell!