Paul Carroll | Dec 20, 2016 | 0
Despite being an established music writer, Zoë Howe chose to self-publish her debut novel. Here, she tell us why – and talks about what she's learned.
Helen has worked in publishing for the past decade and before that enjoyed a varied career in broadcast journalism, including entertainment reporting for the BBC. Having worked “on the other side”, the award-winning book publicist has managed a busy newsroom and interviewed many authors live on-air, so knows exactly how a good author press release should read – and the best time to strike. Since combining her skills and launching Booked PR in 2008 (celebrating 8 years of service in August 2016) Helen has had the pleasure of promoting both traditionally published and self published books. This year, Helen launched the @TheAuthorHour on Twitter - a weekly social media author forum where writers can talk about publishing, promotion and share their knowledge. She regularly speaks at publishing events and is always willing to advise authors on the best promotional strategy for their book.
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You may have noticed our recent piece about DIY self-publishing. As the name suggests, this is for authors who are considering what it might take to ‘go it alone’. It’s the first in our mini series looking at the very basics of self-publishing – ideal for those who are new to this or repeat authors considering a fresh approach.
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"A great story, full of sharp and funny observations. Someone needs to form a Concierge tribute band." - Gideon Coe, BBC 6Music
This debut novel from respected music writer Zoë Howe, is a rock ‘n’ roll love story that celebrates the extremes of life in the music business and challenges the myth of sex, drugs and rock n’ roll with plenty of wry humour, strong characters and sharp dialogue along the way. Never mind chick lit. This is rock chick lit.
Sylvie is a dresser working for a New Romantic band currently enjoying a 21st century revival. Sylvie becomes romantically involved with Nick – reluctant heart-throb and the least unhinged member of the band – after bonding amid the chaos of touring life over a shared obsession with Television’s seminal album ‘Marquee Moon’. However, a dark secret threatens to destroy their future together and much more besides.
Shine On, Marquee Moon exposes the hilarious, heart-wrenching and often bizarre reality of life on and off the road, where the most unlikely people become family, and ‘friends’ aren't always who they appear to be.