As you are probably well aware, my latest romantic thriller, Seeing Red, was released last Tuesday. It was quite a day, but worth all of the effort that had been put into the book and its launch.
While I may have done the bulk of the work, I was not the only person involved in its production, and I want to publicly thank all those involved.
Beta readers (or first readers)
There are a couple of wonderful women who read each manuscript when I think it’s ready for 'a look'. They find the mistakes, pull apart the plot, test and check information for accuracy, tell me what bored them and what is missing, and give incredibly valuable feedback. It's not an easy job, and they have to trust I won't take offense at what they say. Thank you, Sarah and Mary, for your bravery and bluntness - I need it!
My professional editor
Once I’ve corrected errors, made changes, and fixed the manuscript as best I can after the beta readers, it then goes to my professional editor. I use Sally Odgers, a Tasmanian woman who is an extensively published author, and a brilliant editor and assessor. Sally finds all of the other errors and inconsistences, and gives great feedback and tips. Thanks Sally!
My writing buddy
Jen Redmile, stand up and take a bow! Jen encourages and supports me, brainstorms ideas, and shares the highs and lows of writing life with me. Without her determination and her belief in my abilities I would probably have stopped publishing a long time ago! Thanks buddy!
I have a wonderful husband and three amazing kids who all support me every step of the way. Their patience, understanding, and encouragement is amazing. Love you!
I’ve saved the best for last. My readers.
To be told how much someone enjoyed one of my books gives me the motivation to keep writing and publishing. It’s that simple. Thank you to everyone who has given my stories a chance. I’ll try to keep writing good ones!
When I released Roses I commemorated the event by purchasing a rosebud charm for my bracelet, and a new tradition started. With the publication of Retribution I added a leaf charm. Each charm has a connection to the story and serves as a reminder of all I’ve done so far.
Following this tradition I added another charm to the bracelet on Tuesday - it’s red and has bubbles. Very appropriate for a story about a redhead and a submariner!
So, what’s next?
Here’s a hint - have you heard of dendrochronology?
What's it about?
It's about words and my life as a writer. There are also tips for those starting their writing journey, with a focus on self-publishing, and encouragement all round.