I have just spent 4 full days at a writing conference. No, more than that. It was Women In Publishing Summit, my second time. There were about 2 or 3 male speakers, otherwise we were all women. Writers, agents, publishers, designers, and all the other publishing industry roles I forgot to mention. Perfectly organised by Alexa Bigwarfe. I am exhausted, but it was worth it. … Continue reading Meeting other writers and women in publishing. What a week!
I am reading Steinbeck’s Winter of our Discontent. I like Steinbeck, his East of Eden being my favourite of his books. In fact one of my favourite books by any author. I googled his books and him and read about his 1962 Nobel Prize for literature. To my surprize, there was a lot of criticism about him getting the Nobel prize. The archives apparently say … Continue reading Musing about book success- does it matter? Yes , but it is not the reason I write.
I got this as a gift for myself for the book. From https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/HappyFutureStudio They are made from my book cover design. Fun isn’t it? Any writers out there who would like to do the same? And no, I have no financial or other interest in promoting this studio apart from the fact that I am very pleased. Continue reading A fun gift to myself, jewellery with my book cover.
It’s all happening, official British launching of my book, my BBC Radio 4 interview. On 28th September, my book will officially be published in th UK. There is also a possibility to review the book on the publisher’s site. The book has already been available in the USA since 5th August. https://www.bookguild.co.uk/bookshop/book/288/Why%20Didn’t%20They%20Leave%3F/ So whoever is kind enough to want to review my book on Amazon, … Continue reading Exciting week -book and a BBC Radio 4 Interview
While my book has already been available in the USA since the beginning of August, it will only be available in the UK on 28th September. I have spoken to writers friends about Amazon reviews and their pitfalls. Of course, I would love it if people who read my book could post a review on Amazon, preferably both sides of the Atlantic ( copy and … Continue reading Mystery and pitfalls of Amazon book reviews.
I can’t wait for my readers to review the book on Amazon and Goodreads, but because of Amazon’s rules it can’t be before 28th September, and even then people shouldn’t rush because apparently when too many people try to review the book on the same day, Amazon gets suspicious. So I have to be patient. Not my forte! My publisher received these 3 wonderful short … Continue reading Some readers like my novel, will my relatives like it, too?
It is exactly one month before my novel’ official publishing day. 28th September. The book is already available in paperback, the e-book doesn’t come for another month. Some of my friends and family already have my paperbacks from the author’s copies I received. I am nervous. Suddenly I have a crazy idea that it might be a good book. Will other people think so? This … Continue reading When you read my book after 28th September, if you like it could you review it? Please?
I had to do the proofreading on my typeset book. One of my American friends, a writer, read the book for me, too, she said “ I want to read it anyway so might as well help with the proofreading. ” Very kind. That is where I realised that grammatically, there are more differences between British and American English than I thought! Fascinating. She also … Continue reading Only slightly more than 2 months till the book comes out!
I didn’t like it, but everybody else does, so I must be wrong. I got used to it. I had correspondence with the marketing team from my British publisher and found out that they will only do trade and media marketing in the UK. That was a bit of a disappointment. So I will need to use some of my contacts and social media. Both … Continue reading With a book cover, the book suddenly seems real.