THE STORY OF ‘THE BELOVED’

We’re still packing and shifting, sorting and skip filling, and the date the builders are due to start is getting uncomfortably close. I’m also still trying to keep up with my book marketing and writing. I have written two guest blogs this week; one that will appear on my wonderful publishers’ website later this week,Continue reading “THE STORY OF ‘THE BELOVED’”

‘A newbies adventures in publishing land’… Part 8

MARKETING MADNESS I’m tired. In fact that it an understatement. Exhausted might be a better descriptor. I actually find myself saying ‘I’m tired’ quite often as it is fallout of the condition I live with, and my longsuffering husband is used to hearing it. But this week the tiredness is sitting heavy on me. IContinue reading ‘A newbies adventures in publishing land’… Part 8

A BOOK FOR THE WEEKEND? : The diary of Isabella M Smugges by Ruth Leigh

One of the newly discovered joys of being an (almost) published author is finding a whole new group of writer friends. One of these is Ruth Leigh. I have only met her virtually, via messenger and zoom, but she, like me, is a woman of a certain age, who for years only dreamed of writingContinue reading “A BOOK FOR THE WEEKEND? : The diary of Isabella M Smugges by Ruth Leigh”

‘A newbies adventures in publishing land’… Part 7

GOING TO PRINT! Yes! My first novel is going to press! Last week I approved the final version of the text that will appear inside the cover, and this week I received the final design for the whole book jacket. Which I absolutely love. Today the email arrived to say that my book files haveContinue reading “‘A newbies adventures in publishing land’… Part 7”

THE JOYS OF WRITING: The Treasure Man by Joy Vee

I am going to take the opportunity today to recommend a book to you that’s not my own. Joy Vee and I have some things in common. Yes, we share the same first name! Well spotted😊 But beyond that, we are both writers, both wrote our first book last year, and both have had theContinue reading “THE JOYS OF WRITING: The Treasure Man by Joy Vee”

‘A newbies adventures in publishing land’… Part 6

MARKETING When you are offered a publishing contract, for a brief moment you fantasise that you are the next  J K Rowling, and that there is going to be such a clamour for your book, that you will be able to just sit back and revel in the glow of record sales and film rightsContinue reading “‘A newbies adventures in publishing land’… Part 6”

‘A newbies adventures in publishing land’… Part 5

Endorsements Find people to endorse you book. Sounds easy enough. Ask people to read your book, the one you still can’t quite believe is good enough to be published, and tell them that their name, and anything they say, will be in print… so they had better love it! Panic set it briefly. ‘I knowContinue reading “‘A newbies adventures in publishing land’… Part 5”

‘A newbies adventures in publishing land’… Part 4

The Cover ‘The exciting first stage in getting the book out there is finalising a cover design,’ the publishers told me. I was excited. I could picture it in my head; could see just how my book would look displayed on the book shop shelves. I shared my thoughts and ideas with them and thenContinue reading “‘A newbies adventures in publishing land’… Part 4”