Yes, I know to many it would appear that I’ve fallen of the face of the earth. I’m back it has been an age since I last wrote something on my author site, or shared something with you. I really wanted to do this blog as a V-Log and film me talking to you all, but it is a bit late in the evening London time. I’ve been busy writing, preparing for Christmas and the big year I have coming my way next year. Personally, I have quite a bit of change happening all good things, and I will share with you next year!
Anyway, as the title of this blog suggests, I have learned two very important lessons on my road to a published author after writing two books.
- Always do what makes you happy as the author.
- If you need to take a risk, if it is worth it in your view do it.
I’ll be honest, I was never really 100% happy with the final copy of my first book A Stranger in France. I have always been happy with the storytelling but I felt I could have more editorial work it’s a 90,000 word book! I can’t spot everything. A lot of what I learned, I put into Not Just for Christmas my second book. So on my road to learning that really I need to make decisions that make ME as the author happy, I decided to ask my publisher to pull my book down from sale, so I could get another edit done myself. (Learning curve no.1 grow some balls do what makes you happy). Second, I knew that there was always a risk that they might turn around and say fine, pull it but we won’t re-publish- I was prepared to take that risk. Why? Because while I am forever grateful for the opportunity to become a traditionally published author, to me as an author of a story I enjoyed writing so much and feel so proud of, it is worth the risk. Bottom line, I have to be happy with my own work at any cost. ( Learning curve no 2. take risks if need be, it’s your work, your name, your rep). Lucky thing is they never turned around and said that! It will be republished.
So there you have it, any budding writers out there hoping to become published on top of all the other bits of experience I’ve shared with you, this is probably key. Be happy with your own work, if you have to take a risk in order to be happy do it, as you will never really feel 100% proud of your work if you are not happy as the author!
A Stranger in France is currently off line for sale, and will be republished January 2017. And I am now one happy author!
Merry Christmas guys! Thursday I have a surprise for you all so stay tuned. While A Stranger in France is not for sale you can enjoy my second romance novella Not Just for Christmas available on Amazon for download. Here is a free chapter preview click here.