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As we move into February, literary events season looms. You can expect lots of articles explaining how indie authors can really make the most of the events that are on offer. 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.
Helen McCusker, Booked PR
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.
From the editor…
Events season is here. Perhaps you're heading to the Self-Publishing Conference this spring? Literary events are great opportunities for authors to network and learn more about the competition, and the market as a whole.
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The first in a series of stories about life in a rural England coping with the challenges of the Agricultural Revolution
Tom Norbery’s decision to bring two orphaned children to live at Linmore Hall, changes the life of his son for the better. It does not make his older brother less aggressive, or his mother kinder, but for the first time in his life, Joshua has a friend – someone to talk to, to share his adventures and ambitions with. All he has to do is accept Charlie Cobarne’s little sister as part of the package, which does not seem much to ask.
But Sophie disdains female refinements in favour of masculine hunting pursuits at which she excels. She challenges her brother and Joshua and in so doing, she binds their friendship together… but her continuing presence causes the once strong bond between the young men to become a recipe for misunderstandings.
Changing circumstances force Sophie to conceive a plan. Single minded in her determination to keep them together, Sophie little realises the far-reaching potential consequences if her plans should go awry. Who has the most to lose?