You join me at a very exciting point in my career as an author. My first book has gone live! (I know Lucinda has three books and a box set but they don’t count around here!) It’s exciting and terrifying in equal measure as I wait for my friends and family to read it and report back. This could be a very short-lived career!
The book is currently at its introductory price so if you fancy getting hold of a bargain then now’s the time to do it. Just hop over to Amazon and get it downloaded! As ever, if you do read it please could you leave an honest review because without social proof it will be very hard for me to convince people that don’t know me to read it. It’s also been featured on BookHippo which is a site which recommends books in the UK so that’s really exciting!
The marketing side of my new career is just half of the story though. I also need books to sell so this week I was delighted to write THE END on the last page of the next book The Thing About Clare which I now need to start editing prior to sending it to my editor for her comments next month.
Lucinda has been busy too. The Mum Swap will be on a promotion later this week so if you want to bag a free copy for someone who might like it then point them HERE from Wednesday onwards.
My review was a bit tricky this week as the book I started turned out to be not quite what I expected and so I had to abandon it. However, that allowed me to finish one that I’ve been reading for a while so every cloud. You can read my review HERE.
Anyway, now I have to get back to Author School. So much to learn! If it’s sunny where you are as it is here then enjoy it. Here’s where I’m writing from today.
Who knew that being an author entrepreneur could possibly take so much time!?! The last three months have seen me tackle a learning curve like no other but I’m starting to feel slightly more in control. My first book Postcards From a Stranger is in the traps and waiting to be released. If you’d like to be part of my Advance Team and read the book at a reduced price in return for leaving an honest review then please email me on firstname.lastname@example.org or you can download a free Preview HERE and see if it’s the kind of thing you might like to read.
Lucinda Fox (my alter ego) has also been busy changing the covers to all her books which will be appearing in a store near you very soon. The books are aimed at girls form 11-15 and so if you know anyone that they might suit then go and have a look HERE
I’ve also appeared on the Self Publishing Formula Podcast and website talking about Mark Dawson‘s much publicised course. You can watch/listen to me HERE from about 24 minutes in.
But with all this going on, it’s hard to make time for writing which I need to do as I have to get manuscript #2 to my editor by 24th July! No pressure!
There’s a new review HERE if you want to see what I’ve been reading this week. Also, if you’ve read any of our Book Group books then don’t forget to post your thoughts HERE. The joy of an online group is that there are no deadlines. The chat is always open for you to join, no matter when.
I’ve been reading a fascinating book this week – Quiet by Susan Cain. If ever you meet me at a party I’ll be the one on the edges, wishing I could sit and just watch and not speak. Small talk seems like such a waste of words to me and I can never hear or make myself heard over the loud laughter from the other side of the room. But no one would ever call me shy. Public speaking doesn’t phase me, new situations are no problem and I’m usually the one to take the lead in a group of strangers on a course.
Well, now I have discovered that my type of personality has a name under the Briggs Myers Personality Indicators – I am INFJ! Who knew?! Well, clearly loads of people knew but not me. And I learned that it was OK not to look forward to the things that others seem to relish because there are plenty of other ways in which I can relax and have fun. And it doesn’t make me weird. It just makes me INFJ!
In other news, I have decided that the pace may be too fast for the Book Forum so I’m going to slow down and do a book every quarter. That way people might not be put off by having to read so quickly and be able to join in the discussions. So watch this space for the announcement of Summer’s read. I shall still keep posting my Reviews as regularly though and there’s a new one this week as usual..
Pace is building towards the launch of my book Postcards From a Stranger. You can now download a Preview which is very exciting and I have a lunch party on Thursday 6th July, 7 pm in Friends of Ham, Ilkley so if you happen to be in the neighbourhood pop down and listen to me read a bit. I might even sign your copy!
Until next week, happy reading.
I’m back! Did you miss me? Don’t say that out loud – you’ll hurt my virtual feelings! Well, I had a very interesting few days in New York pretending that I lived there whilst staying with some English friends who have adopted the city as their second home. I ate where New Yorkers eat and I met so many fascinating Creatives that my head span all the way back to the airport.
I forget sometimes when I’m sitting at my little desk, in my little town, on my little island how big the world truly is and it is so exciting to be exposed to somewhere fresh once in a while. I felt like a little girl in a department store as I met interesting people and then raced back home to google them and see their many creative achievements.
And now that I am back at my little desk I am inspired to keep writing because if there’s one thing that I learned it’s that creating stuff is just what you are driven to do. If success comes then that might be nice but the most important issue is to get your stuff out there and let it breathe.
And so speaking of which, it is now only around a month until my novel is published and it’s getting very exciting. If you can’t wait and want to get your paws on the first few chapters or if you just want a taste of what I get up to at this little desk to see if it’s any good then mosey over to HERE where you can sign up to get the Preview downloaded to a device of your choosing.
In other news, as I have been away I have had lots of time to read and so there is a new REVIEW for you to peruse although I’m not sure it’s a book that I’m recommending this time.
Also, if you dip into our Book Group or are interested in what people say then my thoughts on May’s book Fates and Furies are HERE. I’m currently perusing the bestseller lists for a book for us to read in June so I’ll announce that next Monday. In the meantime, don’t forget to sign up for the PREVIEW of my new book and happy reading.
So this week I’ve been busy pulling together a preview of the first few chapters of my debut adult novel Postcards From a Stranger.
Obviously being thus far untested as an author, it’s important that readers can try my writing out for size to see if it’s going to suit them. After all, no one wants to spend money on a book and then discover that they hate it two chapters in.
Of course, you ardent followers have been able to read my short story here but now everyone else can download a preview HERE which I’m hoping will whets appetite for when I release the book in July.
I also went to see The Sense of an Ending at the cinema this week. I enjoyed it so much that it prompted me to re-read the book and you can see my review HERE. I have to admit to getting far more out of the book the second time when I had lovely Jim Broadbent in my mind’s eye as I read.
I’ve also started reading this month’s Book Group Book, Fates and Furies. I have a lovely long flight coming up at the end of the week so hopefully I’ll get quite a lot read then. But more of that next week…
Don’t forget to check out the PREVIEW for Postcards From a Stranger and if you enjoy it please point your friends in this direction. Word of mouth is the best advert I have at the moment.
Have a great week and happy reading.
Blimey! These Mondays come round quick. I must be getting old!
It’s been another busy week. I went to the book launch of Paula Hawkins ( she of The Girl on the Train) new book Into the Water in Harrogate and have finished the book. Want to know what I thought? Then head over to the REVIEWS section. I was also frustrated to discover that I can’t get May’s BOOK GROUP book Fates and Furies as an audiobook on Audible. Given that this is the fastest growing area of book consumption, it seems strange that so many books still aren’t available this way. I love to listen to a book as it means I can be reading whenever I’m not writing so that suits me just fine. I shall just have to set aside more sitting and reading time!
The biggest news this week is that I signed off on my book cover. (Below is the ebook version.) I’m really pleased with it and can’t wait to share more information about the launch so keep checking in here each Monday to find out more. Until then, you’ll just have to read something else!
I’ve been channelling my inner designer this week. That’s a laugh. I might be good with words but I’m afraid images aren’t really my thing. That’s why I’ve recruited the help of a very talented cover designer to do the book jacket for my novel Postcards From A Stranger.
It’s quite a difficult process for a non-artist such as myself but I’m pleased with the results and you can expect the BIG REVEAL very soon. I’ll then be making the first few chapters of the book available for free for a limited period so you can try before you buy. I’m hoping that the people who enjoy what I’m doing on here will feel confident to share so that I can get the word out about my new book as widely as possible.
This week’s REVIEW might be interesting if you’ve been watching the new series of Big Little Lies on the telly. See what I thought of the book here.
Finally, as May has begun it’s time to reveal the BOOK GROUP book for this month. It’s Fates and Furies by Lauren Goff. This book hit the headlines when Barack Obama named it as his favourite book of 2015. It also won Amazon.com’s Best Book of the Year. I gather that it’s a portrait of a dishonest marriage seen from both sides so that sounds intriguing. If you want to read along with me and then post what you thought of it in the Forum then I’d be delighted.
Right, that’s enough from me. I hope you’ve had a great Bank Holiday. Happy reading.
I’m no designer so it’s been a challenge this week as I try to pick the cover for my new book. I wrote a brief and set a posse of candidates on with the task of producing my perfect jacket. I got over 300 hundred designs back which was mind-boggling. I have asked for guidance and taken counsel from lots of readers and I hope that the final choice will capture the essence of the story and tempt people in to give it a try.
When the cover is finished, I will be giving you all the opportunity to download the first few chapters for free so you can have a read before the book comes out in the Summer. If you can’t wait that long and want a taster of my work, then head over to the Short Story page by clicking here. Instead of a Book Review I thought you might be interested in this instead this week. I’d love to hear what you think of it.
I have also finished reading Vinegar Girl so I have posted my thoughts on the Book Group Forum so make sure you check that out too. I’ll announce May’s book in next week’s post.
In the meantime, I hope you enjoy The Bucket List. If you do and you want to know more about my forthcoming book then please don’t forget to Subscribe. I post once a week and I will never spam you. I promise.
Do things look a little different round here to you? I’ve spent my Easter weekend fiddling with photos and codes and here is the result.
It all started because I am thinking about the cover for my new novel Postcards from a Stranger which should be published in the Summer. I have been wondering how I want to present myself and my books to the outside world and whilst these things can always be changed, I thought it might be easier if I get it right from the beginning.
Inspired by my friend Jenni Smith‘s beautiful logo, I devoured a book called How to Style Your Brand which gave me plenty to think about and this new site is the result so far, achieved within my technological and budgetary restraints. I hope you like it.
New to the site is my Writing area which I will use to showcase my work. Keep an eye on it as I will be posting a Short Story very soon.
Some things haven’t changed though. There is a new Review for you to read – a startling and thought-provoking read about what might happen if women ruled the world and of course I hope you are busy reading this month’s book, Vinegar Girl by Anne Tyler for our Book Group Forum.
Finally, you might have noticed a new, cheeky little button at the bottom of the page! We struggling artists need to make a living too so if you like what I do and want to buy me a virtual coffee to keep me going through the long, lonely days then now you can!
As ever, please get in touch if you want to connect and SHARE my page with your contacts if you think they might like it. See the buttons to the right of the page. I would be really grateful.
Last week was a big week for me on my journey as an Indie author. When I published Lucinda’s first two books, I was rubbish at it. Despite countless tears and tantrums, I just couldn’t seem to make things work and I had to rely on other people to get the job done. Like many of you, I find that asking for and accepting help are not high on my list of skills. Having to do so to get my books out there left me feeling totally inadequate and entirely dependent on others – hardly an Indie author!
Fast forward a year and lots of courses, podcasts and reading later and I can now format and publish a book all by myself!! Last week, I republished the first two books and published the third without any help at all. I consider this to be progress and I am absolutely delighted.
I also got my adult book Postcards from a Stranger back from my editor with lots of lovely, positive comments about both my story and my writing which was a real confidence booster. Lack of validation is one of the major hurdles I am going to have to overcome so to know that the editor was impressed meant a lot.
So this week, I need to switch hats from Publisher to Author and get on with the rewrites. I’m also starting to think about what my cover should look like so that will make a nice distraction when the words start spinning on the page! Watch this space for my possible ideas. I’ll need all the feedback I can get.
In other news, this week, I read A History of Britain in 21 Women by Jenni Murray and you can read what I thought about it HERE. I’ve also started reading Vinegar Girl by Anne Tyler which is the next book for our Book group. It’s a very easy read which suits me just fine when I have all this other stuff in my head. If you fancy reading along then get hold of a copy and then put your comments in the FORUM so we can all see what you think.
In the meantime, have a great week and happy reading.