It’s been a wonderfully hectic few weeks. I’ve been working to get my novel, The Quiet One, organised for publication on 31 March 2016. Squee! I’m so excited to finally have one of my works out in the public eye!
I decided to self-publish my contemporary romance novel series, and pitch my historical novel to traditional publishers. Why? Well, I thought I’d like to get a sense of both sides of the publishing arena, and this seemed to be the smart way to do it. After all, I write in two totally different genres. Why not take advantage of that?
So right now, I’m in the throes of the Marketing and Public Relations organisation that is needed to get a book out there, as well as all the background stuff to make it available both as an e-book and a physical book. It’s amazing all the stuff that needs to be done in the background to get the media circus moving, when it finally needs to move.
I’ve written a novelette as a gift for readers who pre-order my novel. The novelette is called Sax in the Park, and it is really cute, a little bit saucy, and a brilliant introduction into the Perth Girls series.
I’m reaching out to all kinds of people for space on their blogs or podcasts to talk about my journey as a writer, the lovely city of Perth, and why I set my series here.
I’ve also written a media release that will go out to the local newspaper and radio stations, hopefully they will pick up and run with the story – a little newspaper and radio coverage would be brilliant.
The last thing I’m going to do is keep a close eye on what works and what doesn’t in the marketing & PR stakes – so that I can refine the process next time, and keep on refining. I think PR is really a delicate balance – I don’t want to annoy people by sitting permanently in their peripheral vision, but I DO want to put my message in front of them as many times as I can without being annoying, because the research suggests that it takes somewhere between 8 and 13 ‘touches’ for a media message to get through.
Maybe, when I’ve refined the process enough, I’ll write a book about it!
So right now, all I’m waiting for is the last bits of feedback to come back in, then the book will undergo one last big edit, and then it will be ready to go.
In case you missed all the hype, here is the blurb for The Quiet One:
“Make sure you’re not disturbed when reading this. Couldn’t put it down.” – Waneka Fazekas, Romance Author
Beautiful business consultant Lydia del Castro has everything a Perth girl needs – great friends, good times and a top job at a boutique consultancy. But she finds herself head over heels in love when she literally stumbles into the arms of gorgeous painter Tad Milford at an art gallery exhibition.
Tad is mesmerised by Lydia, but he is working through some of his own demons following his divorce and the death of his father. He has been promoted to CEO of the family business, but Tad wonders whether he is the right person for the job, and whether he should follow his dreams and be a contemporary artist instead.
Things gets a bit rocky when Lydia insists that Tad makes a decision one way or the other. But when a secret stalker reveals himself, it’s not just their relationship that will be in peril. It will be their very lives.
You can read the first chapter by clicking here.
Pre-ordering will be up and running soon – I’ll definitely post a link when it’s on the go.
Wow, I am on such a high at the moment! I’m so excited!