If you read my blog last week you may be thinking we’ve decided to go to Australia for the wedding, but that’s not the case, the jury is still out on that one. The momentous decision I have reached this week is that I am going to self-publish my first novel, ‘Life’s a Beach and Then…’
There are several reasons. On QVC I can sell anything from beauty products to vacuum cleaners but unfortunately I am not very good at selling myself. My book has been finished since November and I did submit the first three chapters and a covering letter to five literary agents. Although I had some nice comments, none of them loved my book enough to want to represent me.
Most writers would say five rejections is not many and that I should keep trying but I find it time-consuming and stressful composing cover letters. So I sat down and thought about it properly and realised that I want you guys to read the book as I wrote it. I don’t particularly want other people’s input into my story and I certainly don’t want to be waiting nine months to a year for my book to be published. In the end it was an easy decision and I could feel the weight lift off my shoulders. Fortunately for me my friend of twenty-five years, Debs Flint, has already trodden that path and has offered her help.
She came round for lunch on Tuesday – home-made minestrone soup and cheese spelt scones with fresh fruit salad to follow… actually it followed some time later! She took the fruit salad with her in a lock ‘n’ lock as we were so involved in book stuff the time ran away with us!
Debs showed me the Kindle Direct Publishing website for eBooks and also Create Space for printing paperbacks on demand. I have contacted her cover designer as I really like the covers of Debbie’s books and that is the only thing stopping me from publishing earlier as Angela is busy until late April. So I’ve decided on mid to late May for the eBook and probably a couple of weeks later for the paperback.
I feel I can move on with the sequel now that I have made this decision, and that should be finished later this year. I have a few butterflies fluttering around my tummy but they are excitement rather than nerves. Nearer the release date I will put little tasters on here to whet your appetite (or not) and I will run a competition for signed copies… watch this space.
Haven’t we had some lovely sunny days this month? It really gives a feeling of positivity and, of course, the promise of spring and summer to come. The first plants to flower in my garden were snowdrops a few weeks back but now this gorgeous pink camellia bush, which has been laden with buds for weeks, has sprung into bloom.
We have white camellias out too and lots of things coming into bud. I do love this garden and it will be even better when we get the area outside my gym fenced and paved. We stopped working on outside to concentrate on the inside of our home in the run up to Christmas but now the weather is improving we’ll be out again.
Someone who would love to go outside is Wilfie, Daniel’s cat. When he first lived with us he was allowed outside but, as Daniel has no garden, he is now an indoor cat and we have to keep it that way for when he moves back in with Daniel. He likes my indoor plants though and doesn’t seem to distinguish between real and Peony.
I have two real phalaenopsis orchids in the conservatory which he loves to ‘tap’. I have been trying to catch him doing this on video as he looks so cute but he always stops just as I point my iPad at him. However, last night he was ‘tapping’ the Peony orchid I have in the lounge and I got him…
Does your cat do this I wonder?
I’m heading in to work shortly, after I’ve had a workout in the gym, for Fashion on Friday featuring Together, one of your favourite brands of the moment, followed at 6pm by Spotlight on Jewellery. I’m hoping that the TSV earrings will be among the Diamonique pieces we are featuring if they haven’t sold out… I’ve been wearing them and the matching pendant all week and I think they’re gorgeous!
We also continue with the Clogau 18th anniversary – it’s been hugely popular this week but we have saved a few pieces for this show.
Speaking of Wales, I’m off to Swansea tomorrow to see Daniel for a few days and get some writing done on the next novel, so I will be there for St.David’s Day – maybe I should make leek and potato soup in celebration?
Have a great weekend.