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Publishing My Novel: One Week On

Updated: Mar 31

A week ago today, my dream of becoming a published author finally came true. Surrounded by friends and family, I introduced my debut novel to the world, and I couldn't have asked for a better day. I chose to have the launch of my novel at a pub because I wanted a relaxed, friendly atmosphere, and the Elgin Inn Hotel in Hawthorn provided just that.

I would liken a book launch to a wedding day and having your book out in the world as the first day you send your child off to school. The anticipation, the stress and the myriad "what ifs" are overwhelming. However, there comes a point when you have done as much as you can do, and you must let events unfold as they will. Once the bridal bouquet is thrown into the crowd, once you leave your child at the school gates to begin their own journey, you must learn to let go and relinquish control. This isn't always easy when writing a novel is the ultimate act of control; as an author you're the king of your own little kingdom, calling all the shots in your own imagined world.

Feeling somewhat bereft and adrift, I emailed my publisher. "What do I do now?" I asked. "Write your next book," was the reply.

And so I will do just that. My next novel is a domestic suspense featuring a reformed bad girl whose impulsive behaviour has landed her in some seriously life ruining trouble. I have been working on it for a while and aim to have a reasonable first draft by the end of the year.

When I started my writing journey, I had no idea where the road would take me, but now that I'm on this path, there is no turning back. Although I have visited some beautiful places, the road is not always easy and there have been many obstacles along the way. But the best part is that I have met some wonderful fellow travelers, and sharing our stories is what it's all about.

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