Tuesday, 29 July 2014
...and then after you finish writing the first 'dirty' draft, rewriting several or ten further drafts, editing, proofreading, editing, checking again, editing a bit more, you have to promote your book.
We do have Facebook, Twitter and of course, blogs, which are great for a writer who wants to showcase their book, but it is difficult to find ways to let people know your book is out there without constantly feeling like you're saying, 'buy my book', or showing off in some way. As I said in my previous Hump Day Blog post, writers are incredibly supportive and I've met, both online and physically, many new writers and all of them have been lovely. I'm a member of quite a few writers' groups, especially on Facebook, but being an essentially shy person, albeit a noisy one in real life, I find putting myself out there more difficult than any aspect of writing the actual book.
Someone told me at my first conference about seven years ago that if I wanted to write and for people to notice my book, I needed to move my comfort zone from somewhere within me to being 'out there', and that I had to stop being so shy when talking about my book. I have learnt to do that a bit, but it isn't something that comes naturally to me.
So, can you tell me how do you feel about promoting your book/s and how do you go about it?
Sunday, 20 July 2014
Perhaps that headline is slightly misleading. Or, at least, the “versus” part of it is. When I first set about writing The Ghostly Father, it was never my intention to set up in direct competition with the great Mr Shakespeare. In fact, at the time, it was never even my intention that the book would ever be read by anyone other than myself, and perhaps my nearest and dearest if they were really interested. I was, in essence, writing the book which I’ve always wanted to read: a version of Romeo & Juliet in which the eponymous star-cross’d lovers don’t die.
The Ghostly Father
Romeo & Juliet - was this what really happened? When Juliet Roberts is asked to make sense of an ancient Italian manuscript, she little suspects that she will find herself propelled into the midst of one of the greatest love stories of all time. But this is only the beginning. As more hidden secrets come to light, Juliet discovers that the tragic tale of her famous namesake might have had a very different outcome... A favourite classic story with a major new twist.
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Monday, 14 July 2014
Hi Julie, please can you describe your book in twenty words.
I really felt empathy with Sophia from the minute she appeared in my head. I think there’s a lot of my grandmother in her. She is such a strong woman and has suffered so much. I really wanted her to find some happiness and her journey towards it really resonated with me.
Tuesday, 1 July 2014