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Working full-time means that there is never enough time in the day. You need to spend time with your family, you want to write the next book but you also have to market the books already written.
Writing the book is hard, (but fun), editing is harder but the most difficult thing to do is the marketing.
The author’s dilemma is what should take priority. I could write a hundred books but noone would know they existed, I could market Children of the Elementi to death and never let the stories swimming in my head out.
There is all that but there is also the book/writing club I set up at work. Why do I do it to myself? 🙂
This isn’t strictly true, as I received one from Academi (the Welsh literacy agenc). However this is the first review from a customer who I’ve never met. I’ve reproduced it below. Thanks Abbie!
“This book is awesome! I read the whole thing in one day! The plot and themes are completely original and the characters are realistic but not boring or too Americanised. It starts in the human world and flicks between the two planets, which gives a really good contrast between the two worlds. The storylines for all the characters are fresh and interesting and intertwine really nicely. The end of the book has a lovely conclusion with an open end, maybe a sequel? Overall I think the book is new and really steers away from the teen vampire genre. Well done Ceri! Xxx”
Now that’s what I call a review!
After reading JA Konrath’s posts on publishing ebooks online, I have decided not to continue my search for a traditional publisher or agent. This isn’t to say I have exhausted all the possibilities but that the opportunities are much better for the independant author. The stigma of self-publishers seems to no longer hold true.
I have published print and ebooks online. You can now buy a paperback at Lulu or ebooks from Smashwords. More details will come in a later post. The covers I have designed can be seen in the header.
I hope you like them!