I am an Australian novelist writing to entertain women readers. I am the author of the Belleville family series.
Book 1: Julia's Story (previously published as The House of Secrets: Julia's Story)
Book 2: To Love, Honour & Betray
Book 3: Return to Prior Park
I couldn’t believe the blooper I made today. Without thinking, I tweeted about a submarine story that we were running in our newsletter ….. except I didn’t check to see which account I was logged into.
I must confess it was my ‘writing’ persona – J Mary Masters that I was logged into – where I tweet about anything to do with books and writing.
Next time I will check to make sure I’m in the right Twitter account – my real life, professional, publishing role in Australian military and business circles where we write about the procurement of capability for the Australian Defence Force.
The tweet didn’t last long – but it is a salutary lesson isn’t it?
I won’t be writing a novel about submarines, by the way. The submarine pictured is one of 6 Collins Class submarines in the RAN fleet.
I looked at these flowers this morning in my living room and realised just how closely they resembled the image I used on the ‘new and improved’ cover of my first novel – The House of Secrets: Julia’s Story. I bought them at the local farmers’ market on the weekend. Roses are so beautiful.
What I want to know is – how do you combine a full time career – I’m a publisher of magazines for Yaffa Media – with the burning desire to get out there and promote my book and be a full time writer! Any ideas! Neglect my poor husband maybe? Don’t cook dinner and send out for pizza instead – we haven’t done that in years!
A couple of reviews have been posted on Amazon.com and on Goodreads.com – very positive. I was so delighted really because as a first time novelist, I need the feedback to tell me I’ve written something worthwhile. Now I know I have to do book 2 and book 3, because it will take that long to tell the whole story.
All advice welcome as to how to balance the two worlds……..
I still haven’t had any big offers from regular publishers – there’s no doubt I’ll blog about it if I do – but I’m not letting their lack of response deter me. Just trying to find enough time in the day to do everything (including my day job that pays the bills) as well as recover from a bout of the ‘flu.
Well, I had over 350 Kindle downloads of my book during my FREE period.
I don’t know whether that’s good (good numbers) or bad (because I don’t get any $$$). Still, I want people to read my book. In fact you can see it all for free at this link – but I think it needs patience to read it in this version.
Now, the other big news is that …. no, I haven’t been offered a big contract …… I decided to re-design the cover. I wasn’t happy with it because my book is a family saga/romance and the cover looked a little spooky, so my graphic designer is working on it.
A new cover should appear in a day or so. It is going to be very very different. …….
But if you can’t wait for the new look – the content will be the same. You can buy it from Amazon.com – link here
I’m still working away at my day job ….. where I am a publisher (but in the magazine world).
Are you an e-book reader? I’m not especially wedded to the format although I have the Kobo and Kindle APPS on my iPad. I know it is convenient particularly for commuters so I’ve released THE HOUSE OF SECRETS on Kindle and it’s FREE to download for a short period …. just a few more days. I hope if you like it you’ll tell me. If you don’t think my book is any good, we can all be very grown up about it.
Very soon I’m going to start posting some photographs of places and things that inspired me to write it.
For example, in the book I described the gift Julia receives from Catherine on her wedding day. Ha, ha – you’ve got to read the book now and find out what it is …. but I have the very thing in my possession and it dates from 1942 … I won’t say more until I post the photo, except to say that it belonged to my aunt, my mother’s younger sister. Oh, and yes, my mother was an inspiration for one of the characters in my book.
I’m posting a picture of a Poinciana tree in full bloom in our street late last year – the tree isn’t a native of Australia but it does very well in my home town of Brisbane. I’m posting this picture for no other reason than the beauty of a tree. I love trees!