As a writer, you learn to expect the unexpected.
I discovered, almost by accident, that I am on the shortlist for an award…
for my non-fiction book
Walking the English Coast: A Beginner’s Guide.
The International Rubery Book Award is designed specifically for small independent presses and for self-published writers.
I notice that the winners for of the 2015 and 2016 non-fiction awards were both books about the coast. For that reason, and because the standard seems very high, I don’t expect to win. But it’s wonderful to be shortlisted.
Here is what they say about my book:
Walking the English Coast: A Beginner’s Guide
A book written by a GP who decided to follow her own advice about fitness and embarked on the ambitious project of walking all 5,500 miles of the British Coast. Written in a deceptively straightforward style, it offers practical advice that you feel you ought to know, but actually don’t, from what shoes to wear to how to deal with cows. It’s the kind of book you glance at, intending to pick out a few sections, then can’t put down.
It’s been a dry period for my writing.
I’ve entered several short stories into competitions with no luck and continued my fruitless quest for agents for my two novels, again with no luck…
It’s been a long time since I submitted my book and, to be honest, I thought it had been rejected. What a great way to start the week! And it’s funny what some encouragement will do… it spurred me on to find a developmental editor for my sci-fi novel.
Time to move forward and get my next book published.
In August 2013, I signed up for Misha’s 5 year project. My goal was to finish writing a novel and to get it published.
I’ve actually finished TWO novels, but the sticking point is getting an agent interested in my work. Continue reading “Writing: update time”
Stuck for Christmas presents? Try buying books.
Gift ideas for Xmas?
I really don’t know much about selling, but I’ve shifted a few copies of my non-fiction book, Walking the English Coast, in the past few weeks.
People are buying copies as presents for other people, or even as presents for themselves.
In the New Year we start thinking about exercise and make resolutions to get healthy. So, in January I expect demand will go up! Continue reading “Is Christmas the right time to buy a book about walking?”
Getting back to nature…
My piece on my long-distance walking expedition is printed in a special edition of Countryfile Magazine, the mag that accompanies the BBC’s successful TV series.
This issue is dedicated to the theme ‘Back to Nature’ and the article is their headline feature in the Natural Adventures section. Accompanying the prose are some photos that feature the stunning scenery of Anglesey, and a very windswept author! Continue reading “Countryfile Magazine: Natural Adventures”
I’m taking part in Misha and Beth’s Five Year Project and my five-year goal is to write a novel and get it published. So, I should have been sending my historical novel, The Reluctant Scribe, out to agents. In fact, I’m so disillusioned with the process of trying to find an agent, I’m considering abandoning the quest altogether.
Continue reading “5 year project: September update”