As many of you (or maybe not as many) know, at the back end of 2007 my book was published. It was with a certain smuggness that I looked on the world anew..............my name in print...............grrrrrreat!!!! Now, it cost a Â£500 contribution to the publishing cost which, is not bad when I've heard some of the horrific amounts people have paid in total 'vanity publishing'. The problem I've experienced is a lack of marketing from the publisher, they simply banged it on their website and........awaaaay the lads......end of story. I got a favourable review out of the Editor of Soldier mag but, the publishers refused to place an ad at the time as the issue they saw had a rather nice but scantily clad young lady on the cover which 'forced the muppets to conclude' "Soldier is not upmarket enough for our business" Twwwwaaaaattttttttts ......would be a term we in 3RTR would have used to describe them. The limited marketing I've managed myself, has brought some success but, not nearly enough as, I've just received my first 'statement' from the publisher and well, off over 300 copies sold, I ended up with Â£4.00p royalty as I've bought X books myself for signing or marketing which were deducted from my royalties. Be very careful of the deal you strike, mine was that the first 100 books attracted no royalties, any books I buy myself at a discount - no royalties. Any other books, 10% nett but, beware again, if the book is sold bulk at a knock down price......very small royalties. This is all extremely frustrating as the many emails I've had and posts about the book on Arrse have all been very positive and people laughed and loved the book. Therefore, I have decided to do what I should have done at first, I will stock the book myself from my own Arts website and offer it as a signed copy but at a slightly higher price than the publisher, at least that way I may make a bit of money out of my labour of love!!!! I shouldn't have listened to my publisher but gone with my gut feeling!!! My second book 'Armoured Farmer - Return of the jelly' where, in 1984 3RTR/NATO go to war against the Soviet Bloc (with a few laughs along the way) is now at Chapter 9, but, this time I will spend more time getting it 'mainstream' through a publishing house. So, those of you who want to be published don't be discouraged but.............be careful. If anyone ever want's tips or advice, I've now learnt a lot of lessons so please feel free to contact me.