Saturday, October 24, 2015

The Singleton Mum: A novel about the work life imbalance

This novel, my first, originally released by Piatkus as Baby on Board has been due a makeover for a long long time. It was unashamedly styled on the Bridget Jones genre, which I loved. Now it would be called fan fiction I guess, so I decided to capitalise on that this time around with the title. 

 Bridget is, it seems, now catching up with my 39 yr old, as a movie about Bridget Jones having a baby is in production. This put a bit of a bomb under my update plans. The text had already been seen to (for the obligatory mobile phone/internet updates & removal of some of the more flowery first time author descriptions), and put out under various titles with a series of covers so bad I hadn't even included it on my publishing site. I use professional designers for my authors' covers but, happily employed as I've been as an editor and publisher lately, I haven't as yet been in the position to allocate the time or money to my own backlist. But I'm happy with this cover, which I made this morning with a photo agency image. For the font, I did what you're supposed to do and studied other books in the genre, along with the covers of Jojo Moyes whose brilliant, intelligent books have the audience all contemporary fiction authors dream of.  

To try and get some visibility going for this new one, The Widow's To Do List is currently free on Amazon Kindle (26-30 Oct 2015)

Monday, October 19, 2015

Writing A Book? How Will You Publish? Free Event

Still with publisher's hat on (it's not Nov NanoWriMo 1st quite yet), but with one toe definitely in the writer's world: It has been confirmed that we have our first London Waterstones event coming up on November 17th. Two Blackbird authors, Jacqui Lofthouse and Diane Chandler, independent author Susan Lee Kerr, and myself will be talking about the advantages and disadvantages of various ways of publishing, all from slightly different perspectives. To be chaired by The Chiswick Calendar's Bridget Osborne, the event is free and kicks off at Chiswick Waterstones at 18.30. Full details here.

More excitement: Love & Justice Blackbird author Diana Morgan-Hill is one of the Women of the Year 2015 and celebrating this very lunchtime at London's Intercontinental Hotel on Park Lane.

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Monday, October 12, 2015

NaNoWriMo - I'm In...

I haven't written a jot of fiction for several years now.

All will change on November 1st when the annual NaNoWriMo fest kicks off.

I will write 50,000 words in 30 days. And not a word before that.

I'm making notes, though.

I have been inspired to do this by Into The Darkest Corner author Elizabeth Haynes. I was lucky enough to spend some time with Elizabeth at the Charroux Literary Festival this summer. Elizabeth does NaNoWriMo every year.

Here she tells how it all worked for her.

Wednesday, October 07, 2015

From Digital To Print & Out From Behind The Computer Screen

The transfer from digital-only to digital and print at Blackbird gathers momentum as Diane Chandler's People's Book Prize 2015/16 finalist The Road To Donetsk makes the display shelves at Waterstones. Thanks to James Daunt's purchase of the UK's biggest bookstore chain last year, independent publishers can now get their books out there. A further step towards the democratisation of publishing. 

The Road To Donetsk in Waterstones, Chiswick

Diane Chandler at Waterstones, Chiswick
Tanya Bullock's That Special Someone is a Waterstones, Walsall Staff Pick.

Tanya Bullock At Waterstones Walsall
Recent appearances by Love & Justice author and motivational speaker Diana Morgan-Hill included this interview with the Hay Festival's Andy Fryers at Herefordshire New Leaf's hEnergy weekend. Diana has been invited to attend the Women Of The Year lunch later this month. 

Diana Morgan-Hill, in conversation with Andy Fryers from Catcher Media on Vimeo.

It all began in 2010 with one Amazon ebook by Susie Kelly:

The Valley Of Heaven & Hell by Susie Kelly

Susie has travelled further than all of us. She recently returned from a Writer in Residence safari trip to Kenya and is busy writing her 8th travel title for Blackbird. A follow-up to her much-loved I Wish I Could Say I Was Sorry