It’s a Start

The support I have received since publishing Coffee, Cats and An Act of Murder has been amazing. I am truly touched, thank you all so much.

And yes it has mostly been friends and family who have purchased a copy of the book, but some of those friends I had lost contact with over the years and the fact that we have re-connected over this is even more special.

This is just my starting point and only my first published piece. From here I will become a better (and hopefully faster) writer and publish more and better books in the future.

And your support is the momentum that will carry me forward. ♥♥♥

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Such a Simple Little Thing

I think the most exciting part of this whole process was when a box full of my books arrived on my door step. To see the physical finished product with my name printed on the cover, it was amazing.

I may have squealed a bit and danced around the room in my excitement.

It also taught me a lot about the publishing process and I will probably do things a bit differently the next time around. In the meantime, I Have a Book!!

But to any other writers out there I highly recommend publishing a hard copy, even just to get one for yourself. Not only is it a great milestone to achieve but the sensation when you see all your hard work printed as an actual book is something you just have to experience for yourself.

Plus it means your book can live on your bookshelf surrounded by all your favourites.

 

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A new short story and more

It took a little bit longer that I had planned but I finished writing the short horror story featuring my dog Izzy. It is based around some of my dog’s odd behaviour.

You can read it for free here: Fair Warning

I feel that I could work more on this story later and maybe add some more background to it. But it took longer to write then I had planned so I need to get back to editing my latest Cats and Cauldrons story.

 

I have also been making notes for a new 3 part novel I hope to start in the next few months.

And stay tuned for some big new about Coffee, Cats and An Act of Murder coming in the next few days.

Wow I have been busy, probably need to take a nap.

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Blurbs are hard

I think writing this blurb is the hardest thing I have done so far. Trying to write a small description that sums up the content and tone of the story while not giving too much away.

Everything I write just seems so bland to me. Has anyone else had this struggle?

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So what have you been doing?

So I have been on holidays for the last few weeks and still have another week until I start back at work. You would think in that time that I would have been hugely productive and made some progress towards publishing Coffee, Cats and An Act of Murder, but no.

I have been writing though. I have been polishing 2 short stories that I am going to enter into a competition, which is pretty exciting. This is my first time entering a writing comp.

I have also been working on and just completed another short tale in the Cats and Cauldrons series. Yay!

Overall, I have been productive and writing but maybe not so focused on some of the writing I should be doing. I still have a week of holidays left; maybe I can make a sudden publishing break through.

 

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Am I done?

So, I think I might have finished editing and that this could be the final edit. And to be honest, that kind of scares me. If I have finished editing it means it is time to publish, to organise cover art, book launches, getting the copies sold. When I think about the process as a whole I have a mini panic attack.

The reason why I’m still not sure if I have finished yet is that I am considering whether I will have it professionally edited or not.

A few weeks ago I had a chance to talk to some self-published authors and I am trying to weigh up all the information and experience they gave me.

Wish me luck and hopefully I will make up my mind soon (or procrastinate forever).

 

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Meet and Greet

On the weekend I had the opportunity to meet and talk to some some independent authors who have gone down the self-publishing track. It was an invaluable experience.

The idea of going through with publishing my story has fill me with no small amount of dread. Thoughts like: “It’s not good enough” and “No one wants to pay money for trash like that” have gone through my head more than once. So it was a relief to hear others had the exact same thoughts as me. I’ve seen pictures and comics that suggested as such but actually hearing it from them, just made it more real.

I also got some great suggestions on some places to self-publish my work and they shared their experiences on attending conventions and events to sell their books.

Overall I am so grateful that they openly shared their knowledge and experience with me. I feel more confident about taking this next step now.

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