1. A New Chapter (And an obvious pun)
It has been almost exactly one year to the day that I saw my book DOORWAYS published. I held the book in my hand and saw it climb the charts on Amazon, realising a dream I had held for as long as I could remember. When I wrote my first book, One by One, I set out to not only complete a book finally, but receive one five star review from someone I didn’t know. I got that pre-launch. Then with my second book, the first Bermuda Jones novel, I wanted to go one step further. I never dreamt I would get signed by a publisher or see my book on the shelves in Waterstones! I never thought people would turn up to a book talk or that I would be asked for a photo or a signature. That was the dream right? To be published?
Now, one year on, and I am writing to announce that I have officially been granted my release from my publisher, having requested the cancellation of the sequel and the rights to Doorways to be returned.
Why? People have asked me that question when I have told them, considering that when I self-published One by One back in 2015, it didn’t exactly set the world alight. Why would I want to put all that effort in again when I had a publishing contract already signed and a release date in place? The answer is simple and before I continue, this is not going to be a negative piece about my former publisher and I have seen authors who have achieved some wonderful success with them. I want to say that our year working together was very professional and I wish them the best for the future.
For me though, it wasn’t enough to hand my work over and then expect things to be done. Now don’t get me wrong, everything that has happened since publishing was organised off my own back. The blog tour, the book events in the shops, most of the reviews and giveaways have all come from me speaking to people and making contacts. It was all pushed by my drive to see Doorways succeed. And after a year of it, and some very honest and open discussions not only with people I trust, but with some of the most successful people in the UK book industry, I realised that being published wasn’t the dream anymore.
I had stopped hunting or knocking on doors because I felt certain aspects and responsibilities didn’t sit with me. But then when things weren’t happening, it made me realise that I may not be able to do it better on my own, but I can guarantee I will definitely try to make them happen. But the overriding feeling I have is that no one will care about my book as much as I will. So after a year of Bermuda Jones being published, I will now be pursuing his adventures and my dreams of being an author working alongside my wonderful bride-to-be and some of the amazing contacts I have made over the last two and a half years.
Whilst I pursue that, One by One will still be published with Britain’s Next Best Seller, and I would never rule out working with publishers again should it be a beneficial move for both parties. But I can safely say, hand on heart, I am more excited self-publishing the next Bermuda book than I ever was with the first one ‘being published’.
The dream is to be an author. Published or not. And I am going to work my fingers to the bone to make that happen off my own back. And with all your support, I can guarantee you that I will give it everything I’ve got. There is an awful lot to learn and to do and I will be blogging regularly so people can join me on this adventure. I am already in the process of sourcing a new front cover for Doorways, along with type setters and editors etc. It’s crazy, but I am sure that the hard work will definitely be worth it. In the end, all I want to do is write, and right now, that’s all I am doing!
So keep an eye out for the next Bermuda book, and follows me here and on social media for all updates and news.
As always, thank you so much for your love and support! Without you readers, this is all redundant.