This blogpost is for everyone and anyone who ever thought their book would never be published. Be of good heart because this is the story of a novel that surfaced from the depths of writing despair to see the light of day as it is to be published on 21st June this year.
My first novel, Consider The Lilies won the inaugural Impress Novel Prize and was subsequently published by Impress Books back in 2007. As you do, I thought this was the beginning of a recognised writing career, especially as I was soon signed by a London agent that I met at a literary event. Not true, although my agent enthused over the novel I was writing, nothing much happened and, despite several revisions, the novel was eventually relegated to the back burner as I moved on to write other things and the agent moved on to another agency.
Just over 12 months ago, having dipped my toes into self-publishing I dusted the novel off and did some further revisions, thinking I might self-publish it but seeing some calls for submissions in Writing Magazine sent samples off to a few of the advertising publishers and was delighted to find Thunderpoint Publishing loved the novel and wanted to publish it.
Thunderpoint editors Huw and Seonaid Francis have been great to work with, I have made some more changes as they requested and feel the novel is improved by them. I love the cover design and although it has seemed a long wait for the publication process, last week I received a small parcel of my printed books all ready to go out into the world.
Okay, so my novel isn’t going to one of the huge publishing houses but to an independent publisher that really gives the personal touch and enthusiasm that makes you feel your book has found a good home. I’m perfectly happy with that.
Mere will be published on June 21st and is available to pre-order on Amazon.
If there is one word that sums up this story it is PERSEVERE
Believe in yourself and never give up