My thanks to Goodreads reviewer Mark for providing this review of my first novella, ‘Amelia’s Call’.
I’m delighted to announce that my first novella, ‘Amelia’s Call’, has just been released.
Those of you who are familiar with this blog may remember an earlier post in which I alluded to a secret project. No prizes for guessing that this is it!
After writing and publishing six collections of Australian Short Stories and Vignettes, and another title about life through the eyes of an Australian baby boomer, I decided it was time to try something different. I’m the first to admit that I’ve never studied the art of writing novellas, and therefore played the entire project by ear.
Will it be well received? Who knows?
I admit to surprise at a recent statement made to me.
The thrust of it was, that there are readers out there that simply refuse to buy a title if it’s self-published.
Having no way of knowing if this is absolutely true; and assuming it is, how widespread is this feeling ; I can only comment on the reasons why I believe it’s worthwhile to try Indie.
Firstly, throw away any relics of the idea that self-publishing is the last resort of writers whose attempts at mainstream publishing have been met with disappointment. It simply isn’t the case. I, for one, have never tried to have my books published any other way.
Why did I choose to self-publish?
Its main attraction centres around control. To self-publish gives a writer complete control of virtually all aspects of writing, from the actual words to the cover, distribution and pricing. There is artistic control of the highest level. Even the date of publication is in my hands.
As a reader, why should you consider Indie?
Well, looking at self-published works clearly broadens your range of possibilities. These days, with online publishing presenting the opportunity to try before you purchase, it’s the work of a few minutes to sample and decide if a specific title may well be exactly what you’re looking for. And, if you choose to go ahead and purchase, this single act can make a difference to a writer, particularly one who is struggling to get a readership. Even better, if you go that extra mile and write a review! This often means so much to an emerging Indie writer.
Indies seem to find it particularly difficult to get their books into shops, and this can make it even harder to get established.
Isn’t it a worthwhile project for a reader to seek out and read at least the occasional Indie title?
What a surprise!
Yesterday I discovered that my seventh title, ‘Encore’, which was released this year, has been chosen as one of the four books of the month by the Goodreads group, Writer and Readers.
This title has had a couple of lovely reviews, firstly from Goodreads member Mark, and next by Goodreads Aussie readers moderator Brenda Telford.
‘Encore’ is an anthology of mostly romantic vignettes and Short Stories. The first, ‘Annie’s Story’, has been very well liked by both reviewers.
Birds fly, fish swim, singers sing, and writers write…..
These past weeks I have not been idle.
In fact, I have been working in something quite new and exciting!
In the beginning, I wondered if I could actually do it.
Half-way through, I was still wondering….
But now I have a fait accompli!
Watch this space!