A recap on the book launch

Well, July 10th is a day that will stay in my memory for quite some time! My debut novel, A Class Apart, has officially been launched into the world!

Before I go into the details of yesterday’s magic, I’m pleased to say that I’ve been interviewed by the lovely author Ashley O’Melia! You can read that interview here. I’m also giving away a free copy of A Class Apart as part of the feature so do head on over there and check it out. Warmest thanks to Ashley for having me on her blog!

Going back to the book launch, I have to say it was a whirlwind of a day. I was overwhelmed by Continue reading

A Class Apart is now available!

Publication day is here! My debut novel, A Class Apart, is now available to purchase in ebook or paperback form on all Amazon platforms.

A Class Apart book cover

I think I need to pinch myself. 🙂 🙂

I could not have reached this wonderful stage by myself. There are so many amazing people I need to thank and I have done that over on my Acknowledgements page. On top of all those named, my deepest gratitude goes to each and every person who asked me how I was getting on with my writing, liked and commented on my posts, wished me luck, or offered me help in any shape or form. Your lovely words and kind gestures gave me the encouragement to keep going. You are all legends.

So I’m a published author now, can you believe it? And what cooler way to prove it than to link to Continue reading

How to get your hands on a free short story

In a matter of just four days on July 10th, I will be officially releasing my debut novel, A Class Apart, which is the first instalment in my historical fiction series A Matter of Class. The series, beginning in Ireland in 1828, follows heiress Bridget and stable hand Cormac who are on opposite sides of the class divide – and because of that society says they shouldn’t fall in love. I’m very excited to introduce you to these characters, who have been my secret companions for the past sixteen years.

And I find I can’t wait until publication day to do that! So I have Continue reading

Book trailer: You Too Can Fall In Love

So I had this mad idea to put together a promotional video for my forthcoming novel, A Class Apart (releasing on July 10th). It seems to be all the rage these days to create a book trailer to help publicise your book, in the same way they make movie trailers for cinema and TV. Here’s a good example of a book trailer for Catherine Ryan Howard’s recent release, The Liar’s Girl (which is a crime novel, so it obviously strikes a very different tone to my own genre of historical fiction, but I’m sure you’ll agree it’s suitably creepy).

I felt I couldn’t go about this in quite the usual fashion though. Trying to Continue reading

Publication date and cover reveal!

In my last blog post, I said that I was about to embark on my final read through of my soon-to-be-published novel, A Class Apart. Well, that quick job took a full week…! But I’m delighted to announce that it’s finished at last, and it’s now time to push my baby out of the nest.

So today I am going to announce the publication date for A Class Apart and also reveal Continue reading

When is the best time to release a book?

So I’ve been a bit quiet online of late as I’ve spent the past seven weeks buried in edits on my historical fiction novel. But I’m about to embark on my final read through which means – eek! – I’m getting quite close to setting a publication date!

Naturally, as a self-publisher I want to do everything as well as I can and operate as close to the professional standards of a traditional publisher in every way possible. Therefore one question on my mind has been timing: WHEN should I do this? I really need to get this part right because once the book is released there is no going back.

I have consulted two self-publishing books which mention Continue reading

To go wide or exclusive – that is the question

As I get ever nearer to publishing my first book, I keep encountering important decisions which must be made! A particularly vital one which I need to make soon is whether to go wide or exclusive in the distribution of my historical fiction novel, A Class Apart.

Going wide means making sure that my book is available on every platform I can think of. I can upload my book to Amazon as well as a variety of other retailers such as iBooks, Barnes & Noble and Kobo (or I can use websites such as Smashwords or Draft2Digital to distribute to those retailers for me).

Going exclusive means uploading my book to Amazon and nowhere else.

At first glance, it seems like Continue reading

Get an exclusive first look at my book cover design

Getting the cover designed for my book, A Class Apart, is an exciting stage in the self-publishing process. At last I’ll be able to visualise it in images rather than words and picture it sitting on a bookshelf like a real book!

A Class Apart is the first instalment in my historical fiction series, A Matter of Class, so it’s important that the genre is very clear from the cover. I began the design process for it with my cover designer a few weeks ago and am due to get a first look at it sometime next week. I’m so eager to see it and I want you to share in the excitement! If you’d like to join me in Continue reading

The many ways to read digital books (plus a poll on reading habits)

I am prefacing this post with a bit of commentary on terminology. I used the term ‘digital book’ in the title because I’m not 100% certain what the most accepted convention is when replacing ‘digital’ with ‘e’. Is it e-book, or ebook, or eBook? No one seems to be able to agree:

  • This article favours ‘eBook’
  • This article observes that British publications tend to use ‘ebook’ and American publications tend to use ‘e-book’
  • This article says that the expert style guides endorse the hyphenated version but expects that the hyphen will eventually disappear

What’s a writer to pick?? For the sake of consistency, I’m going to settle on Continue reading