Dear followers and readers,
I’d like to let you know that if you’d like to read my novel, All Hallows at Eyre Hall, you only have to fill in the form below, and ask me. I’ll gladly gift it to you.
Why should I gift it?
Firstly, because you are my ‘virtual friends’, and I don’t want to take advantage of your friendship.
Secondly, because I hope you will like it, and help me get it noticed, by writing reviews and/or just telling friends and followers that it’s worth reading.
You may be asking yourselves: Will I like it?
Reading a book which is not your ‘type’ is a torture, and I wouldn’t want to torture anyone, especially not my friends! The answer is quick and simple. Pop into Amazon.com and read the first chapter, it’s free in ‘look inside’. If you are drawn in, I assure you it gets better and better.
It’s a neo-Victorian novel which takes place in a gothic mansion (Eyre Hall) in a large country Estate in the north of England, with heroes, villains, lovers, plots, ghosts of the past and present, secrets, suspense, etc.
In the future, whenever that may be __ I’m in no rush __ I’d like to write full-time, but in order to do so, I need to sell novels.
The selling part is not only to cover costs, I’m a one-woman show, and there are many expenses: cover design, formatting, proof-reading, editing, advertising, reading and writing materials, etc.
It’s also to affirm that I can write. I know I’m not unique in my insecurities, many writers feel the same way, especially when they have been repeatedly turned down by agents and publishers (I’ve only been turned down by three, because I stopped submitting my work).
The fact that great authors like Garcia Marquez, whose first novella, Leaf Storm, was initially rejected by a publisher and buried in a drawer, doesn’t console me, neither does the fact that there are many more successful authors who suffered similar rejections:
Steven King received many rejections for his first novel, Carrie, J. K. Rowling’s Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone was rejected by a dozen publishers, too, and the list goes on…
It’s great being an independent/self-published author, because you are in complete control of the whole process, but it’s also exhausting, because there is so much to do that is not actually writing.
I don’t want to be a best-seller (at least that’s not number one on my to-do list!). I just want to do what I love, which is to continue writing the stories I need to tell __ and, of course, I’d like people to read them, too!
Whether you’d like to read my novel or not, I hope you’ll still enjoy my blog. I have lots of thoughts to share with you!