Author interview – Stitch Says

The lovely Ashley from Stitch Says has interviewed me on her blog. You can read it here.

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Her Sweetest Downfall Now in Print + New Review

Young beautiful couple in each other's arms on a dark backgroundHer Sweetest Downfall is now available in print on Amazon for $8.79.

Plus it also comes with a lovely review. Thank you reader Interrobanged!

“Viola Craft’s marriage is one of duty and heartache, and desperately trying to please her older husband, Vernon. Despite all of her efforts, however, he still wants the one thing that she cannot–and will not–give him. This book is the slow-motion tumble of lives under siege. At times, Her Sweetest Downfall was challenging to read. Not because of any problems with the writing; much the contrary. The difficulties between the protagonist and her husband are well-rendered, and her indecision about what to do with her life in the face of societal constraints is painful and frustrating.

Readers will find themselves hoping Viola and those around her make the right choices and may feel a little heartbreak themselves. I guarantee there will be two points in the book that make readers stop and re-read, thinking that events couldn’t have turned out that way. These lost opportunities add a sad realism of the book, however. That said, without giving too many spoilers, the book comes to a satisfying, if unexpected, conclusion. Readers will find Her Sweetest Downfall a poignant read, at times a little frightening, but in the end, Viola’s downfall may also be her salvation.”

Christmas Submissions

christmas-tree-isolated Christmas isn’t far along and its usually the time when many companies begin the ritual of shutting down for the holidays. What about book publishers?

From my personal experience, I’ve witnessed publishers shut down a week or so before Xmas and don’t open again until late January. It’s a frustrating time for an author because you’ve spent many months (or years) refining your work, you submit and then you have to wait 6-12 weeks for a response.

There is never a good or perfect time to submit. The market is fickle and publishers are looking for more niche novels. You can submit on Xmas Day or Easter but expect the waiting or rejections.

However, as I say that, I’ve noticed that times have changed. Many publishers and agents are opening for longer or keeping their submissions open during the holidays. As past experience suggests, submitting during the holidays is like throwing your work into a black hole. I’ve sent many, many submissions over Christmas and never heard anything from them. They could’ve rejected it or it could have been lost in the mass of emails. I think its the latter.

I’m ready to begin querying my WIP however this time of year has hindered my plans. If I submit now, will the agent or publisher remember my work in the new year? I’ve asked many authors the same question: when to submit?

The large majority say whats the harm in doing it now? The publisher or agent may even take your work home with them and read it over the holidays. I like to think that may be the truth, but I want my work to be fresh in their minds.

After receiving new feedback from a beta reader, I’ve decided to query agents for now, though won’t submit full manuscripts to publishers until the book is completely finished. It won’t be sold until the new year but I’ve accepted to wait until 2015.

I guess I think this way because I’ve put so much work and effort into this novel that I’m super excited to get it out there. But excitement can wait. There’s no point putting out a half finished work that will most likely get rejected.

Waiting is hard. Will you submit during the holidays or wait until people return to work? I’ll love to hear your thoughts.

How and Why People Buy Books

I came across this great infographic from Author Marketing Club about how and why readers buy books. I was surprised by the data.

Are you upset you haven’t reached ‘best seller’ status yet? Don’t worry. According to this data, 72% of readers aren’t swayed to buy if you have ‘best seller’ on the cover. Phew!

Worried you’re not with one of the big 6? 36% of those surveyed paid no attention who the book was published by.

It really put things into perspective. I felt incompetent to other authors who were plastered all over book store shelves. In my mind, they were better than me. It really goes to show the reader runs the show.

My Tumblr blog

My Tumblr blog

I decided to start a Tumblr blog. I read authors are getting book deals and expanding their readership on the site. Please click the link and enjoy.