It was at about this time that people around me (those people on the very short list of those who knew about my book!) started to ask what I was planning to do with it. I hadn’t thought this far ahead being quite happy to just write but with some encouragement I did start to wonder if others would love my characters as much as I did.
Gradually I came to think that maybe I could go down the self publishing route and see what the reaction was. I did a little research and finding that I would need a book cover I put one together with the help of Gaynor Maher at Skinny Dog Design:-
As in my last post I still wasn’t happy with the book but didn’t know what to do to it to make it right so in my naivety I thought I’d find someone to proof read it to make it as tidy as possible. I was very fortunate to find Kate Haigh of Kateproof who, after reading a small sample, agreed to take on the task.
I heard back from her within a couple of days when she very honestly told me that having started, and having had the opportunity of a longer look at the text she thought it needed the attention of a copy editor first, advice for which I was extremely grateful.
She recommended I contact Helen Hart of SilverWood Books of whom she’d heard good things. SilverWood Books offer a professional publishing service for the self-funding author. I had a good look at their website and got in touch, sending a sample of my book to Helen. She was in touch quickly asking to see the whole manuscript and offering to give me a free appraisal before advising on what she thought might be needed. The following week passed extremely slowly waiting for her verdict!
Currently reading ‘The Cuckoo’s Calling’ by Robert Galbraith