Half empty, half full

It’s been a busy couple of weeks, with all plans to take a break having gone firmly out of the window! I have now received replies back from half of the agents I sent my manuscript to – unfortunately all replies so far have been rejections, so it is looking likely that The Gisburn Witch will be a self-published novel. As ever I remain philosophical and optimistic, and in terms of publishing the book myself, the hard work starts here…

In my last post, I mentioned that I was looking for beta readers, and I’m happy to say that I now have several willing volunteers reading and critiquing the novel. While I await their feedback I have been working on the book’s cover. I’m very excited about the design – for me it sets the right tone for the novel, and says everything it should say about the story. It’s not quite ready for a big reveal yet, but watch this space!

My research for the next book, A Girl Named Sellers, is well under way, and the story is shaping up nicely, albeit mostly in my head for now. It’ll be a few weeks before I start putting pen to paper (so to speak), but at the moment I’m enjoying the experience of trawling through the history. One of the wonderful things about writing historical fiction is that you start with an idea for a story, and as you research you discover hidden gems – small pieces of information which, when the imagination is allowed to run with them, add layers and depths to a story which you hadn’t imagined at the outset. Another fascinating, rewarding and hectic few weeks are ahead, I think!

Have a lovely new year, folks.

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