Friday, 13 January 2017

New Year New Start

New year new start and all that isn't that what they say. Not quite sure who 'they' are but they seem to know what they/re talking about.
As far as I can see (though I've had nothing from the publishers yet) 'Things I Should Have Said and Done' is not yet setting the literary world on fire. So, with the dawn of the new year I decided to grasp the nettle and publicise it more. Someone who read it said that I should so I'm taking their advice. Thank you very much 'GB of Brandon.'
I was interviewed by the editor of the local paper that comes out in the Dales last week and there will be an article plus a review in the edition out on 25th of this month. It's not The Times Literary Supplement but its a start. Actually, Anita the editor was lovely and when she offered to do the piece I nearly snatched her hand off. I've also applied to go and speak to the WI. A writer of note (and dozens of books suggested that I do that and I have to say the process is a bit daunting. You fill the form in, telling them what you're going to talk about, then there's how long you'll speak for and your fee etc. etc. I've done all that and now I'm just waiting for it to go before the committee.
I've never liked being the centre of attention so I'm finding it a bit hard to get my head around.
On a different note, my current WIP has had a third (or is it fourth) and FINAL incarnation but I finally feel happy with it.
On that note I have half an hour before I need to go and make lunch (I do that on my day's off from the day job) and I'm eager to go and see what Danny is up to.

Monday, 2 January 2017

First of the Year

Belated Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to you all. Sorry I've not been around much in the last six weeks or so.
Its just that the book was published and I've been trying to do promotional stuff for that and I've been trying to get to grips with book 3 at the same time. On top of that there's been work, Christmas blah blah blah. Sorry don't mean to make excuses. Hope you all had a good one. Personally I had a fab Christmas and am feeling positive about 2017 though we are only two days in. So far so good.
The thing is, it has been suggested to me that a book blog would be a good idea. A place where I can tell you about this book and the subsequent ones and people can ask questions  etc etc. However at the minute I don't think a lot of people have read the book (judging by the number of reviews) so it might be that I'd be talking to myself which, I am assured, is the first sign of madness.
Even though I'm not here as often as I would like I'm reluctant to give up this blog, its like an old friend, so my question is do I set up a new blog and keep them both or is there a way of incorporating the two. Or, just to throw this out there, do you think a blog specifically for the books is unnecessary, like I said I could be talking to myself.

Sunday, 20 November 2016

What a week.

Its been a week to remember make no mistake.
On Tuesday my book (previously known as BTL) Things I Should Have Said and Done, was published by the lovely people at Accent Press
which made me very happy. I've also been out and about in Blogland and have visited (in no particular order) weheartwriting, My Reading Corner, Swirl and Thread and the first people to invite me over The Guest Room at Wannabeawriter. There was also flowers and lunch out with Mr Mc on Friday and I understand there'll be a champagne breakfast this morning.
It wasn't all good news though. On Wednesday I had a cracked tooth and a warning light on the car on Thursday. Happily both rectified now - so bring on the champagne.
 
 
 

Sunday, 30 October 2016

First review

Read my first Goodreads review here. Also I see that the publishers are going a giveaway. Cause for a tipple I think.

Dreams

Can't believe its just over two weeks until the renamed BTL sees the light of day as a real live book. Who says dreams don't some true? I spent a bot of time thinking about this when I woke up at 3am because my internal clock is still running on BST. I wonder how it will feel to see the first copy - a bit like getting my first plastic fiver I expect - a bit unreal. It also occurred to me that this time next year my third book will be (if it has been delivered on time) in the hands of the publishers and I will be out of contract. That made me a bit sad - well a lot sad really if I'm honest because I'm enjoying the ride - so far. I still don't think of myself as a writer though. Inside I think I'm still that 'Gonna Be..' that I was when I started this blog.

Sunday, 23 October 2016

This and that

Several things have happened since I was last here.
We went to The Lakes for a few days, the weather was kind to us and it was lovely. I planned on putting a picture here but just remembered that they are saved on my laptop and I'm on Mr Mc's. Never mind imagine blue lake, blie sky with mountains in the background - it was very pretty.
After that I went back to work and hurt my shoulder. Its a common occurrence but seems to be taking longer to heal this time. It happens when you play netball with 7kg bags of rags.
I'm working on the first draft of DB and so far so good nut its very early days and I had a call from Accent on Friday saying that TISHSaD is ready to go to print. Yay!
Think that's the last few weeks up in a nutshell so now it's time to catch up on what everyone else has been up to.

Saturday, 8 October 2016

I was recently asked to write a guest post on the weheartwriting.com blog which was exciting. I started to feel like a bit of a writer though the feeling soon passed. If anybody asks I work for Barnardo's - I am not a writer.Anyway, I digress, the subject of my post was 'Planner or Pantser?' Personally I am a pantser. Almost no planning went into TISHSaD and not a lot more for NRIMH. DB will take a lot more planning so hopefully I will discover that I am a planner at heart.
So my question id the same as my post Planner or Pantser? And, if any of the planners out there could give me a bit of advice I would be very greatful.
Mr Mc and I are heading off today for a few days away. We are celebrating our 34th wedding anniversary tomorrow. See you when I get back.

Thursday, 8 September 2016

Pretty


I received this yesterday  which is the artwork that will be used to promote my book on social media. There were several versions including "pre order now" and "new release" but this is he blank version. I don't get where the tree comes in but it sure is pretty.