Newsletters are a great way for authors and their readers to get to know each other better. We, the authors, can write about little snippets of our lives, or about our writing process, or even about our life failures, that we wouldn’t necessarily write about anywhere else, and you, the readers, can ask questions about our books, lifestyles, or anything really (within reason!).

I’ve now created two newsletters for my different author names, Helen Pryke and Julia E. Clements, where I’ll tell you what it’s really like to live in Italy, give you some behind the scenes info about my books and writing, and let you know if there are any great offers on books I’ve read and enjoyed in the same genre.

As you can see from the photo, if you sign up to the newsletter for Helen Pryke within the 31st October, you’ll be entered in a prize draw for paperback copies of both The Healer’s Secret and The Dragonfly Grove! But don’t worry, if you miss the deadline or don’t win, there’ll be more giveaways in the future.

If you sign up to the newsletter for Julia E. Clements, you’ll get a free ebook of Dreamland, which you can download after subscribing. Again, I’ll give some fun facts about my children’s books, what inspires me to write, and promos on other children’s books.

You won’t get inundated with newsletters – I’ll only send them out about once a month or so, unless I have some really exciting news to share! This is a) because I’m lazy, and b) because I have so many books I still need to write!!

You can sign up for Helen Pryke here.

And for Julia E. Clements here.

I look forward to hearing from you soon!


Pink Quill Book Picks

On this blog, I only post reviews for books by indie authors that I’ve really enjoyed reading, and my ratings are always 4 or 5 stars. I’m honest in my reviews and point out the positive things about the books and what I liked. If I don’t finish a book, or I can’t give it at least 4 stars, then I don’t post a review here.

However, the one thing I see over and over again are books that haven’t been through a proofreader or an editor, and are full of spelling mistakes, incorrect words, and punctuation that’s either missing or used wrongly. Some of the most common are it’s instead of its, or vice-versa, reign instead of rein, ‘s for plurals, misplaced capital letters…the list goes on.

I know that no book is perfect (even traditionally-published books have typos!), and I find errors in my own books that I correct as soon as I notice them. But if I can give one word of advice to indie authors, it would be to get your books proofread, as a minimum, before publishing. If you shop around, you’ll find someone who will fit your budget – although always ask for recommendations, as cheap doesn’t mean good. I’m also a translator, as well as a writer, and I’ve had clients come to me with ‘translated’ documents I ‘just need to check over’ that would make you cry.

As you can see from the footer, I am also a proofreader – that isn’t why I’m writing this article. I also know a fantastic editor, Joanie Chevalier, who, like me, offers good-quality services at affordable prices for indie authors. (OK, plug over.) I’m writing this article to try and convince authors that getting their work proofread is an essential part of the publishing process, both for their reputation as a writer and for readers.

This year, I’ve decided to award a Pink Quill Book Pick badge to those books I read that are well-written and well-edited, with a minimal amount of typos and errors. I’ve awarded two so far, and I hope to be giving many more during the year!

Whether you’re an author or a reader, what do you think?


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