Friday, 17 April 2015

A story...

Once upon a time... 

Not long ago, three women: Katie, Michele and P met on Facebook, at a book blog event that lasted the whole day.  

To cut the story short, it was a fabulous day and Katie, Michele and P 'clicked', although they lived (and still live) miles, indeed a Channel, apart. They were all book worms and the fun they had formed a connection between them. 

Time passed and Katie, Michele and P, although they never met (at least all three together) in person, became good friends and their friendship grew. Quite quickly they started to share with each other more personal stuff, not just things related to books.

Then one day, P decided to reveal her secret to the others. She had started to write a novel. She had written the first chapter and she needed someone to evaluate it - she needed a second and honest opinion; to know if the story was interesting enough to continue.  

It wasn't easy for her to tell them what she had done. Both friends were avid readers and had read many books; perfectly written with perfect English grammar. They were even friends with some already published authors.  

But finally P gathered her courage and sent the first chapter to them. She practically chewed off her nails waiting for their comments. P knew very well that her grammar was far, far, oh so far, from perfect, so she wasn't afraid of feedback on that aspect of her writing. She was afraid that the story and the plot wouldn't be interesting enough and that all the time she'd invested in writing had been wasted.

The feedback she received from Katie and Michele was positive and inspiring. So… the rest is history.

P.S - the story isn't fiction; it really happened.  
Thank you so much, my lovely friends, for all your help and encouragement… Without you, this story would never see the light of the day.

Sunday, 12 April 2015

While waiting

some very uplifting tweets from my editor...


Oh, by the way, you can find  and follow us on Twitter:
Humble me --- @JMoonbridge
Safkhet publishing --- @KimatSafkhet or @WillatSafkhet
Bee Literary --- @FinbergBee

Wednesday, 8 April 2015

If you keep on believing...

The second email came almost straight away - accepting my apology and requesting the first two chapters of my manuscript... 

After several back and forth emails, I was offered a contract. Hmmm... and what a contract that was. It was nine whole pages. As I've already mentioned, this isn’t my first published book, so I had signed author's contracts before, but in the past those contracts were on one page - a standardised form. Now this contract was completely different. 

You might think that I jumped and signed it as soon as it landed in my inbox. Well that was not the case. I took my time to read it, to re-read it and... well, I won’t bother you with all the details, but I have to say that Safkhet Publishing answered all the crazy questions that popped into my head and finally we signed the contract and sealed our agreement.

I really don't need to point out that at that moment one of my biggest dreams came true. And yes...