NMEU 14 – Tim Lewis – Self-Publishing Success

Tim Lewis talks about how he self-published his books, the self-publishing tools he recommends, and the self-publishing podcast he has just started....

Tim Lewis

Tim Lewis founded Stoneham Press, a London-based company dedicated to providing information, software and services to self-published authors. Tim publishes under his full name: Timothy Michael Lewis. Tim's life changed fundamentally between 2009-2011. Widowed at 39, he gave up his office job at 41 and now works on apps, podcasting, and writing and self-publishing fiction.

[bctt tweet=”It's nice to actually attend a UK-based #conference. – @StonehamPress”]

Top Quotes from Tim Lewis:

  • “It's very easy to sort of drift along in your life… that gave me the shock necessary to start looking at the new world of business and how much things have changed over the last 10, 15 years.” [on his wife's stroke and death]
  • “It's not any easier to run a successful business, but it's so much cheaper to fire one now than it used to be.”
  • “I probably listen to about 30 or 40 [podcasts] a week.”
  • “Nobody believes you that it's possible to listen to podcasts at x2 speed until you try it.”
  • “I try and shy away from regular costs. I don't mind spending money on one-off things.” [on paying for software tools]
  • “They're probably not the best way to self-publish a paperback book, but they are the easiest and the cheapest way.” [on CreateSpace]
  • “You should never expect to just self-publish a book… or launch a podcast, and instantly have millions of people coming to your door.”
  • “It's very hard to actually just get a product and try and advertise it to people.”
  • “It's nice to actually attend a UK-based conference.”


Key Timestamps:

  • [spp-timestamp time=”00:28″] – Host Mike Russell introduces and welcomes the episode's guest, Tim Lewis
  • [spp-timestamp time=”01:14″] – Tim shares how his life changed between 2009-2011
  • [spp-timestamp time=”02:12″] – How Stoneham Press came about
  • [spp-timestamp time=”03:17″] – On being an entrepreneur nowadays and starting and running a business
  • [spp-timestamp time=”04:24″] – How Tim is using new media, particularly podcasts, for his business
  • [spp-timestamp time=”04:50″] – Tim talks about the podcast on self-publishing he has just started
  • [spp-timestamp time=”05:53″] – Top blogs and podcasts that are influencing Tim right now
  • [spp-timestamp time=”07:06″] – On the podcasts The Web Search Social, Undisclosed and Sell More Books Show
  • [spp-timestamp time=”08:11″] – On collaborating with other podcasters
  • [spp-timestamp time=”09:25″] – Tim's recommended self-publishing tools
  • [spp-timestamp time=”12:46″] – On CreateSpace and self-publishing paperback books
  • [spp-timestamp time=”13:56″] – Tim shares the success he's had so far with his self-published books
  • [spp-timestamp time=”15:16″] – Tim gives some tips for marketing your self-published books
  • [spp-timestamp time=”17:30″] – What made Tim decide to attend the New Media Europe conference
  • [spp-timestamp time=”18:12″] – On attending the Social Media Marketing conference in San Diego earlier this year
  • [spp-timestamp time=”20:09″] – Speakers at the New Media Europe conference that Tim is looking forward to listening to
  • [spp-timestamp time=”21:27″] – Where to find Tim online
  • [spp-timestamp time=”22:34″] – On using Periscope and what he thinks about it
  • [spp-timestamp time=”23:39″] – Mike thanks Tim and wraps up the episode

Find Tim online:

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Mike is co-founder of New Media Europe - obsessed with everything new in media and technology. He's also a founder of audio production company Music Radio Creative.