After ‘Scared’ -What Happens When Your Book is Picked Up by A Publisher?

The beautiful cover of my soon to be released( February 2019) book. I am thrilled with this design although I had a few to choose from.

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As I wrote in an earlier post Scared- it is exhilarating and slightly scary when your dream of publication comes true. You may think that your hard work is over- well as I have learned it isn’t, the hard work is just beginning!

You get a contract and you need to read and understand it and agree to the terms before you sign it. I was fortunate that my publisher used a reputable contract from The Australian Society of Authors. (ASA)

Then the publisher emailed me to say ‘can we have a blurb’ sometime today. A ‘blurb’ is the enticing text on the back of a book that influences a reader to buy it. I’d never written a blurb before but by serendipity, I had downloaded an article on how to do so. It took a few attempts to produce one that I liked, with input from some writer friends. When finished the publisher liked it.

Coming February 2019. Olympic ice dancer Blaise Daniels partner has just called it quits –  leaving her with no chance of competing at the Winter Olympics. Determined not to give up on her dream, she travels to Norway to meet legendary skater Kristoffer Erikson. After a bumpy start, they connect both on and off the ice. Their partnership seems assured, but why do they both start having dreams of a mysterious Viking past? Can an ancient love be rekindled, or will an old tragedy complicate their present?
 https://daisylanepublishing.com/product/fire-and-ice/

Having poured your heart and soul into the book – now it is the hands of an editor. Soon you will have pages of queries and notes and suggestions to think about and incorporate.

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At the same time, you need to sort out the business side of things, like applying for an Australian Business Number if you are in Australia or complying with your area’s legal requirements.

Now comes the shared task of promoting your book. How will it be launched? My publisher is in the Eastern stares I am in Perth.

As it is my first book I am loving the idea of a physical book launch, so that means thinking of an affordable venue and wondering how to make the event stand out.

There is also an online launch to plan and a blog tour too. More about those as I gain more insights

Writing the book is just the first step., and how many more exciting steps are to follow.

The book is available for preorder through Daisy Lane Publishers.

Author: soniabellhouse

Sonia Bellhouse is the author of Fire & Ice, a Scandi-timeslip romance about ice dancing, Norway and Vikings. She is also a contributor to Passages, a short story anthology and a contributor to Writing the Dream, an anthology for published writers both published by Serenity Press. In 2012she won two major awards in the inaugural Rockingham Short Fiction contest. Sonia's articles and stories are published in various magazines both in Australia and the UK. These include Good reading, Today's Bride, That's Life! and That's Life! Fast Fiction in Australia and Yours, The People's Friend and Best of British in the Uk. Sonia worked as a book reviewer for two years. An avid reader and writer of multiple genres she facilitated a local book club for eleven years. She reluctantly decided to give it up, to concentrate on her writing. Sonia is a long time member of a writers group, regularly engaging authors to present workshops to the group. Sonia enjoys catching up with friends, ignoring the ironing in favour of playing with her cat and learning new things. She's taken several online courses with Future Learn and The University of Iowa for both writing and non-writing topics.

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