Monday, 25 January 2016

News

When I first started this blog, many years ago when Adam was a lad and dinosaurs still walked the earth, it was called "Gonna be a Writer" and my plan was in the title. I always said that I would never consider myself a writer until I was doing it properly and to do that (in my opinion for me personally) was to write enough short stories/articles to earn a living at it or to have a book contract. Today I can finally (in my own words) call myself a writer because today I signed a 3 book deal with Accent Press. It's like a full circle because Accent Press published the first story of mine that I ever saw in print when they included "Elaine" in an anthology called "Sexy Shorts for the Beach" whose profits went to Cancer Research UK who I was working for at the time.

Almost no-one that I know in the "real" world knows that I write so this might come as a shock to them. I would really appreciate any advice any of you can give me.

8 comments:

Frances Garrood said...

Well done, Colette! You certainly keep that quiet. Wonderful news.

The best advice I can give is publicity, publicity, publicity. And most of us aren't good at it. Do everything you can: local radio, social networks, local rag, library and book group talks, the dreaded book signings.....the lot. You have to tell everyone how wonderful your book is, and get them to BUY it. Borrowing isn't enough. Good luck, and I hope you're a lot better at all this than I am!

Colette McCormick said...

Oh dear Frances. Guess this is where the hard work begins.

Amanda said...

Brilliant news, Colette. Congratulations!

Teresa Ashby said...

What great news, congratulations, Colette xx

Captain Black said...

Well done, Colette.

Gonnabe → Isbe

Colette McCormick said...

Thank you one and all #very happy.

Flowerpot said...

Brilliant news Colette! I would echo Publicity - hard work but necessary! X

Colette McCormick said...

Thanks FP. Sounds like the self promotion is a necessary evil.