Just over two weeks ago, on a normal Monday, I received an email. It’s the kind of email every author dreams of getting, but never imagines will happen to them.
Three years ago I self published my first novel, Walls of Silence. Little did I know the hard work that would follow, the roller coaster of emotions as the critical and complimentary reviews rolled in, the shock as I realised I would have to learn how to market my books as well as write them.
Since then I’ve published two middle-grade children’s books, three books in The Innocenti Saga, a historical fiction series, two books in the Maggie Dupont suspense series, a few short stories, and the Italian versions of most of my books. A great achievement in just three years.
But, like a lot of authors, I get frustrated at my inability to get my books in front of readers. I’ve joined many fantastic groups on Facebook, tried to follow their advice, and get nowhere. Amazon ads worked well for me last year, this year they’re a disaster. I read all the latest information, apply it, and…nothing.
I think many authors will agree with me that it’s like banging your head against a brick wall, only more painful. Years of hard work – yes, writing a book isn’t as easy as it looks, what with research, first drafts to tenth drafts (if you’re lucky), editing, proofreading, formatting, the list goes on. Sometimes it seems it’s all for nothing as you watch your book plummet down the rankings.
The email I received was from Bloodhound Books, asking to read one of my books as they’d been following me and were interested in taking me on as one of their authors. To receive an email like that, when you’re mired in self doubt, is bloody amazing.
After I stopped dancing round the living room, I had the difficult choice of whether or not to accept. Difficult, because after three years as an indie author and having complete control over my work, I had to relinquish all of that. As my son pointed out, what would I do with all that spare time, now I could no longer check my KDP charts?!
I’m happy to announce that I accepted their three-book publishing contract, and am now a proud Bloodhound Books author. The hard work isn’t over yet, though – I now have three books to write, within a deadline. But I love a challenge!
This coming year is going to be exciting, and different, and interesting, and probably stressing at times, but it’s something I thought would never happen and I’m going to enjoy it as much as I can.
You can check out my author page at Bloodhound Books here.
There are some amazing books by indie authors out there, many of which deserve to be taken on by publishers. If you love reading, check out my reviews here on my blog and take a chance on any that you think you might like – you will definitely be surprised!