BookWise - Creative writing & self-publishing guide

An introduction to creative writing habits, self-publishing and social media marketing written by author, actor and comedian Jo Burke. 

Jo's debut comedy book 'iScream' reached No.17 on Amazon and continues to receive rave reviews. Since 2016 she's written three children's books; 'Standing on Custard', 'A Squirrel's Tail' with 'Molly, Chip and the Chair' being released in April 2018.  She also has five successful Edinburgh Festival comedy shows, eight monologues and several plays under her belt. For more information about the author visit 

This guide provides all the information she researched and gathered in order to self-publish her own books. With the added bonus of helping to get your creative writing juices flowing too.  A concise, informative, easy to use resource for finding the answers to many of the questions you will have about how to self-publish both digitally and in paperback within the UK.

'I'm regularly asked for tips on creative writing and how I self-published. I thought I could help more people to realise their own dreams, by putting everything I've learned along the way into a simple and affordable online guide. I chose to write an online guide, instead of a book, in order to provide you with clickable links to useful resources that you will need in order to self-publish. 

My intention is to both inspire and inform anyone wishing to write their first book, or self-publish a book they've already written. This guide gives you an indispensable head start.' Jo Burke


What's included?

  • Top writing tips
  • Creative habits
  • How to self-publish
  • How to promote your book via social media

Table of Contents

Creative Habits
1. The write time - Time management
2. Bookworm - Increase your reading
3. What's that you say? - Improve your listening skills
4. Drafty - Embrace the breeze of many drafts
5. Research - We are detectives
6. Loud and clear - Audio
7. Story arc - On the road to somewhere
8. Characterisation - Getting to know you
9. Word count - Average by genre
10. Proof reading - Sourcing & requirements
11. Formatting - File types digital & paperback
12. Covers - Designers, pricing & tips
13. Barcodes & ISBN - How to create them
14. Printing - Printers v print on demand
15. Ebook uploading - Creating Amazon accounts
16. One stop shops - Companies that do it all for you
17. Selling in store - How to approach Waterstones
18. Social media - Managing your accounts
19. Websites - DIY or professional?
20. Book launch - 3...2...1 Lift off!
21. Content is king - Keeping your book alive
22. Reviews - Tips
Keep writing!
My Three D's - Drive, Discipline & Determination

Frequently Asked Questions

How long do I have access to the BookWise guide?

Forever! The process of writing a book and self-publishing takes time. You will no doubt need to refer to it as and when you move forward through each stage of your books release. So once you've enrolled and paid, you'll have access to the material for as long as you need. Feel free to devour it all at once or take things slow. It's your choice.

Is BookWise right for me?

This is an introductory guide for aspiring writers and self-publishers in the UK. If you've always wanted to write a book and need some inspiration or if you want to know what's involved in the self-publishing process then this guide is for you.

Don't miss out!

BookWise an indispensable resource for aspiring writers 

Amazon reviews for 'iScream'