When Sheila Rogers – using the pen name Rachel Abbott – wrote ONLY THE INNOCENT in 2011 she was repeatedly rejected by literary agents. However, as a former systems analyst who founded an interactive media company developing software and websites for the education market, she understood the power of the internet. She self-published. She also designed a website.

Her psychological crime thriller and two self-published sequels have now sold a million copies. All three have been No.1 bestsellers on Amazon’s Kindle store and are still in the top 100. She has also been taken on by Lizzy Kremer of David Higham Associates, who says: ‘She is probably the UK’s biggest-selling independently published author.’

Sheila Rogers is a writer, but tellingly she is also a saleswoman who has worked at promoting her product.