KP Blog04 Sep 2014
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I use to dream about being a published author and would formulate whole books in my mind then imagine the book cover with my name on it, actually getting down to the writing was a different matter, like any dream it takes a lot of work and perseverance to reach the goal.
When I tell people I have written a book the first reaction is surprise, then comes the comment “I have always wanted to write a book” followed by the all too familiar excuses, “I haven’t got the time” “I have young children” “I work full time” however if you really want to fulfill your dream as a writer you have to make the time. Very few authors have the luxury of writing being their full time job!
For those of you that are struggling to make the commitment I thought I would share my experience with you. Working, studying and raising a family made me think that I would never find the time to write a full length novel. As I already had the idea for the story and characters in mind I set myself the task of writing 60,000 words, and then broke it down to 500 to 1000 words a day. I set up a diary listing the date, word count; pages and total words then switched on my computer and began to type.
There was a great sense of satisfaction and achievement as I watched the word total grow and very quickly I had the first draft of my novel, by the third draft it was 120,000 words long, which I finally edited down to 100,000.
The editing was my least favorite task but again I set tasks of 5 to 10 pages a day. Next came the step of approaching a publisher and the fear of rejection. I researched publishers and sent off my submission, after the disappointment of the first rejection I gave myself a few days and tried again. My book didn’t fit nicely into one genre making it difficult to place but along the way I got some good comments and even lists of other publishers to try which gave me some encouragement.
I was very lucky to find Keith publications whose philosophy is different to that of other publishers. The contract to publish my book made all the hard work and rejections worthwhile, so it just goes to show that dreams really can become reality, you just have to work for it.
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It started as a nightmare, an unknown soldier, glimpses of a buried past. Then a death and the nightmares turn into hauntings. It’s time for secrets to be told.
Alice is an ordinary woman, a good career, handsome husband and a comfortable home. But her life is suddenly thrown into turmoil when she begins to experience terrifying nightmares of a young soldier. These dreams set in motion a chain of events that irrevocably change her life.
Fearing for her sanity Alice must find the identity of the soldier and the link that draws them together. Her search takes her from New York to a sleepy village in Wales. Here she meets a cantankerous old man who holds the key to unlocking a sixty year old tragedy which will save Alice from a similar fate.
Cheryl returned to education, studying philosophy, sociology and accountancy whilst working as a part time book keeper. She now works as a finance director for a company that delivers project management and accounting services and sits on the board of a local circus company.
In her spare time Cheryl indulges in her passion for writing, the success of writing plays for local performances gave her the confidence to write her first novel. Her other hobbies include walking and gardening which free her mindto develop plots and create colourful characters.
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