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

My most promising rejection yet…!

Yep, I am going to wear that oxymoron like a badge of honour. I got a really good rejection, folks!

Those of you who have been following my progress on the precarious path to publication may remember the post I wrote before Christmas describing how, at the end of a seven-month-long submission process, I was unfortunately unsuccessful with a publisher in the States.

However, the acquisitions editor with whom I had been dealing offered Continue reading

I came REALLY close this time…

Getting published is my ultimate writing goal and this year I came the closest I ever have to achieving it.

It’s a clich√© but the thrill of having my dream within reach like this was akin to experiencing a rollercoaster ride – although this particular rollercoaster could probably be best described as swift loops of elation interspersed with long periods of hanging upside down at the top waiting for something to happen. The publishing industry is, above all else, Continue reading

What I’ve Learned So Far…

As we come to the end of another year, I feel like it’s a good opportunity to take stock of where I am in terms of my writing endeavours and to assess what I have learned so far (emphasis on the so far bit – there is no end to the possibilities of what is out there, as-yet-unknown).

While I have had some small achievements this year, I am still sadly unpublished, so what I am about to write here is by no means an all-knowing guide. It’s just a reflection of my own personal experience of the writing world, containing Continue reading

A Trove of Information in the Writing World

I know I’m not the only person out there working hard to try and get published, so I just wanted to share a post with my thoughts on a gem of a book which is looked upon as a writer’s Bible in this industry – the Writers’ and Artists’ Yearbook.

I have the 2012 edition but it has been published every year since 1906 and it is aimed at every type of writer imaginable: novelists, poets, playwrights, screenwriters, journalists and even illustrators. Basically, it is a very practical guide to the writing world, providing information Continue reading