Monday 9 September 2013

A Big (Scary) Decision

Just over a year ago, I started writing my third 'serious' book. I've been writing for as long as I can remember and started submitted my work to agents when I was 20 (but we'll gloss over that because the books were shit). Since then, I've been submitting books on and off and writing books that never even got that far but I decided to get serious about it a couple of years ago. I'd always wanted to have my books published but it wasn't going to happen by mucking about with half-written books and crappy drafts.

I set the evenings aside and I wrote. I set up my blog and twitter so I could connect with other writers. I submitted my work to agents and it was rejected. But this time was different. I wasn't giving up. I carried on writing. I submitted the next book. It was rejected. I carried on.

And then I wrote the third 'serious' book. I loved writing it. Really loved writing it. But it was rejected. It received feedback and nice rejections but it got nowhere. I couldn't stand the thought of shelving it with the others. I like this book. It's the sort of book I'd pick up off the shelf and I'd worked so hard on it.

So I've decided I'm going to self-publish it.

When I decided to give writing a real go, I told myself I wouldn't give up. So I'm not going to. If nobody else wants to publish it, I'll do it myself. I'll be scared doing it, but I'll give it a go and put my little book out there.

I've paid for the book to be edited and I'm planning on publishing it on Amazon in the new year. In the meantime, I'm working on a free Christmas short story that introduces the main character, Ruth. I'll be posting the covers and blurb for both in the next few weeks.

And now I've posted this announcement, there's no going back, is there? Eek!


  1. Eeeeee! I'm really excited for you, not least because I want to read it! It's a big decision to make but I'm really glad you've done it and wish you all the best of luck with it!

  2. Don't be scared!! You know, almost the same thing happened to me - my book 3 came close to finding me an agent. Like you, I liked my book. I believed in it, and I self-published. I wish you loads of luck and really look forward to reading x


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