Proofs are ready …

The pre-production team at AuthorHouse have completed the first proofs of the cover and galley (the book interior) which they sent to me this morning.

It’s now up to me to carefully check both the text and formatting on the files that were emailed to me. Once approved, the finished book will look just like what’s in these files. If there is anything I’d like to change, either in the design […]

By |September 7th, 2013|Sacred Tears Book, Self Publishing|Comments Off

Book launch a month away!

I had a call with my publisher this morning and received the news that Sacred Tears will be ready for both online and print distribution a month from now.

The check-in coordinator from AuthorHouse Publishing assured me that they have all of my final materials, that I have completed the submission process and they are ready to move forward into the production phase.

A design consultant will be taking over as my […]

By |September 4th, 2013|Sacred Tears Book, Self Publishing|Comments Off

Developing a website …

As a first time author, I spent some time researching how to promote the book once it was launched.  What I found was that there are many ways to market a book, but a website promoting the author is one of the most valuable and effective marketing tools a writer can have. Readers or potential readers, in one convenient place, can learn about the book, what makes the author […]

By |August 30th, 2013|Author Website, Sacred Tears Book|Comments Off

The importance of reading

One of the most important things I learnt quite early when writing Sacred Tears was to not stop reading.  I was under the mistaken belief that to write, I had to clear my head completely of anything else but what I was writing about.  But Sarah quickly dispelled that thought and asked me to read, read and read some more.  She explained that it is impossible to be a […]

Keeping the reader interested …

One of the many challenges to writing is to keep the reader interested in the narrative. This is so obvious that you may be thinking why I need to even discuss it. The reason I am is that there are many elements to holding the interest of the reader when writing a story.

The setting of the narrative is one of the key elements. In my case, Sacred Tears is […]

By |August 20th, 2013|Sacred Tears Book|Comments Off

Getting a manuscript ready

Getting a manuscript ready for self-publication is not for the faint hearted. When one has to deal with reviewers, structural editors, copy editors, proof readers, graphic designers, submission coordinators and marketing consultants amongst others, you must have the inclination, the patience and the time and money to spend.

Many writers fall into the trap of having their books self-published without going through many or all of these phases. The end […]

By |August 18th, 2013|Self Publishing|Comments Off

Publishing a book

I have been an avid reader all my life and my home is filled with books I have collected over the years. But all that reading did nothing to prepare me for what an author has to go through to have a book published.

Publishing a book in 2013 gives an author much more freedom and control than ever before. The technology and services are readily available to make publishing […]

By |August 10th, 2013|Self Publishing|Comments Off


After much thought, I have decided not to go down the traditional publishing path and to self-publish.

The main reasons I did this were to have more creative control of my book and to avoid long delays in the publishing process, if and when they decided to publish it.

I signed an agreement with AuthorHouse Publishing ( which is one of the largest self-publishing organisations in the world.  They are part […]

By |July 27th, 2013|Self Publishing|Comments Off

Designing a cover

When I decided to write a book I knew that the cover was going to be an important element.

As someone who loves to browse in bookstores and libraries, I knew having the right cover was the key to getting potential readers to hold it in their hands and take a look inside. And then there is the growing number of online bookshops and readers who download books onto their […]

By |June 12th, 2013|Cover design, Sacred Tears Book|Comments Off

Freewriting …

Not many writers have had the privilege of having an established book club critique a book being written and help guide it on its way. I was lucky that the Woodlands Book Club in the UK offered me the opportunity to review an early draft of Sacred Tears.

The book club comment that ‘a lot of the book reads well, but many other parts of it are badly written’ was well […]

By |June 7th, 2013|Book Clubs|Comments Off