Go After your Dream and Add a Bit of Light into the World

Bill Noel began writing his first novel at 59 years old and has published a total of eight books in his Folly Beach Mystery series with iUniverse since. Positive feedback from his readers motivated him to continue writing and publishing. Readers describe his books as “perfect beach reads” where they can drift off and get away from the world for a moment. “If that’s the case,” says Noel, “then I’ve been successful.”

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Self-publishing Offers Control, Flexibility and Speed-to-market

Noel was drawn toward self-publishing with iUniverse for several reasons, including the importance of controlling his books’ content and cover design. Flexibility was also a deciding factor. For example, editing was encouraged and readily available through iUniverse, but it was not required like it is for traditional publishers.

Plus, speed to market influenced his decision. His books were published quickly when compared to a traditional publisher’s timeline.

Noel is on his eighth published novel since 2008. The Pier, the second installment of his series, received the Editor’s Choice award.

Folly by Bill Noel

"It’s never too late to start writing."

Bill Noel

About the Book

The Folly Beach Mystery series is set on the small, quirky island of Folly Beach, S.C., located in the shadows of historic and beautiful Charleston. Folly, the debut novel of the series, was published in 2008.

Book Reviews

"Bill Noel has a gift for bringing a quirky coastal village to life. The place, the characters and the plot make for a fabulous read. This is a cast you will quickly embrace and enjoy the twisting comedy and drama of an average guy who gets caught in a greater than average adventure. Give this a read." Continue reading

"Bill really knows how to take you right into the story and keep you there throughout the entire series. If you love beaches, mysteries, or just a good read, I definitely recommend all of the Folly Beach Mystery series."

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