Friday, 30 October 2015

Blackwater Lake by Maggie James


Blackwater Lake is a short novella that engages readers from the first page until the last. A effectively woven story where the pace was spot on. Characters were well developed giving the readers a clear view into Matthew’s childhood and the relationship he had with his parents. Blackwater Lake was an engaging read that offered stunning scenery allowing the reader to step into the setting the author developed for the story. The plot structure pushed the story forward at just the right pace. The twists and turns throughout the story were unpredictable. Just when you think you have it figured out, Maggie twists the story in a new direction.

What a pleasant surprise this novel was and a pleasure to read. I give the author credit in telling an age old story in a brilliantly fresh way.

Thursday, 1 October 2015

Thursday October 1 2015

Well, here I am again, a couple of months after my last blog and my writing career has been moving along. Maybe not a quickly as I hoped it would, but I'm still writing and enjoying it.

At the moment, I'm editing my first novel, which was written 5 years ago. I have sent it out to about 20 agents, but no interest as of yet. That brings me to now and after some deliberation I've decided to publish it myself. For the past several months I have been researching how to self publish and now I am confident that I am making the right decision.

There are so many things to know about self publishing and it's easy to get sidetracked with all the information and different ways to do it, but I believe I have found the best way for myself. Through this blog I plan on sharing my methods step by step and hopefully give my readers helpful information that may help in your own journeys.

To start, I decided to go over my book, once more, considering I hadn't look at it in a few years. And it was a good thing I did because I now know this was not my best work. Fresh eyes have given me the ability to see and understand how to make my book a wonderfully polished novel. I'm excited by the process once again and that for me is what writing is all about.

Therefore, Step 1, would be to make certain your novel, or any type of writing, is as perfect as you can make it before you try to do anything with it.

Next post, Step 2,  book covers.

Till next time....