Holiday

So, last week I was up in sunny Scotland. Yes, the sun does shine up there. It rained all week at home, so I’m glad I went.

I managed to increase the first draft of Fareious three to 42,000 words, I’m re-reading what I’ve done at the mo. Fareious one is still at the editors and number two – I’ve just started editing through.

Anyway, I had a great time up in Dunoon. Went to Oban and visited the chocolate shop – you don’t want to know how much I bought. Inveraray was another place we went. The coach driver, Greenline, were fantastic. Couldn’t have had a better time.

And I dropped off a book fairy copy of Falling for a Katie in Luss, and Falling for a Duke in Gretna. Hope whoever has them, enjoys them and leaves them in another public place for someone else.

New Newsletter sign up

I’ve re-set up my newsletter and have a competition.

How would you like a kindle copy of Persecuting Abi? I’ve one, or maybe two, to give away and all you have to do is sign up to my newsletter.

This book is now out of print. Yes, it’s being re-vamped, but come on, an original copy? You know you want one.

And, you get to stay up to date with the latest news and a chance to become arc readers – get the new books before release.

And those who were signed up, need to re-sign.

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Thank you’s

Yeah, I got the cover I wanted for the first in my Hunter’s series. By the way, that’s not the actual series title, just shortened stand-in. Don’t want to give too much away.

It’s stunning and I’d like to thank Kim at Atlantis designs for producing the prefect premade.

I’ve also got a second cover to match another premade I fell in love with. It was a standalone, but now a series of two – but will that change? Another thank you to Moorcrooft designs, who will hopefully deliver the latest cover to my collection tomorrow. They are going to match the typo and remove the border. The colour base is blue.  Going to be a fab series.

Plots are outlined for all of the three above books, but the Fareoius trilogy must come first. I’m close to three quarters through the first edit of the first book. Hope to get that over to my editor by July. A month behind.

I’m nearly 20,000 into the second book, after deleting the whole 21,000 words last week. But it’s stronger and better.

And last but not least. Not been a bad month fore sales. So, a big thank you to my newest readers. Enjoy.

Why Indie Publish

I get asked this a lot. Why did I self-publish?

The main reason was because I get to keep full control of my book. Yes, I have to hire an editor, cover designers, find arc readers – all done by publishers if traditionally published, but I don’t have someone telling me to change the story, give the characters different names. I even know authors who are told to change the book’s name.

My editor is brilliant. I can fly ideas across her. She points out plot faults and problems. Makes comments on what needs changing, but at the end of the day, I make the final decision – usually I accept them all, she knows what’s she doing. Believe me, editoring isn’t easy.

Covers, which I’ve done myself, are now professionally done, apart from one series and that might change. The designer’s I use know what they are doing and the covers you’ll see coming through soon are great. If it’s not premade, they listen to what you want.

And the title remains the same. Characters I’ve grown to love aren’t changed. The book I put out there is the novel I wanted too. Just a hell of a lot better than my first draft.

I’m not dishing traditionally published books, they are just as good. But the time for Indie authors is growing. Give us a go. You can approach us just as easy, we don’t bite. We’ve just a friendly bunch who have stories to tell and will fight to do it.