Last month, I decided to do something a bit reckless – I released two books about 10 days apart! I didn’t actually write them both in September, that would have been impossible, but seeing as they were both ready I thought it would be a good idea to publish them.
Why? I finished writing The Dragonfly Grove in July, but my editor couldn’t start work on it until the beginning of August. So, rather than sit back and rest, I dug out a children’s book I wrote about 10 years ago to see if it was any good.
To my surprise, Adventure in Malasorte Castle wasn’t too bad! It needed a bit of work, and a completely new ending, but the main story was there and it was good. I spent a pleasant couple of weeks going over the manuscript, rewriting certain parts, tweaking others, and by the end I had a book that was almost ready. I printed it out, got my red pen, and went over it again. One final read-through on my Kindle, and at long last it was finished.
In the meantime, the editor had gone over The Dragonfly Grove and sent me back the (fortunately) few corrections/alterations. So while my children’s book was with the ARC readers, I worked on sorting out this manuscript. This time I only sent it to two beta readers who I knew would point out anything that wasn’t right, in order to cut down times, and to not have too much conflicting advice that would drive me crazy!
By the beginning of September, Adventure in Malasorte Castle was ready and up for pre-order on all the retailers. The paperback followed soon after, and started selling immediately. Some of the ARC readers got back to me with their reviews – luckily they loved it! On the 29th September, my author friend Sarah Northwood and I held a Facebook event for the launch of our books, which were both released on the 30th. It was a great success, with lots of other authors joining in and chatting about their books, but it was a long, tiring day!
I spent the first two weeks of September preparing The Dragonfly Grove, and both the ebook and paperback were ready to publish on the 21st September. I didn’t hold a Facebook event (two in one month would have been too much!) but I may do something this month to celebrate its launch.
I also set up two newsletters, one for Helen Pryke and one for Julia E. Clements, where I’d love to get in touch with readers, chat about my books and books in general, and pass on any great offers on amazing books I’ve read. There’s also an exclusive short story you can download if you sign up for the Julia E. Clements one!
You can find details in the books, or you can sign up for my Helen Pryke one from this blog or my Facebook author page.
Do I regret it? No, not at all. It was hard work but very satisfying to finish both books together. Will I do it again? Probably not!
Now, I really am taking a couple of weeks off to recover from last month, but I already have a few ideas for new stories…
Adventure in Malasorte Castle by Julia E. Clements
#CoverReveal for The Dragonfly Grove