The last couple of days have been busy for me.
As some of you may know, I write. Novels that is.
Normally I just write and give the stories to my granddaughter to read and then put them away but I became friends with another very successful author and she read my last novel and said it should be published and with her encouragement I went through it again, did a rewrite and then edited it. Another friend who is an eetymologist went through it again and checked my grammar and spelling, gave me alternative words to use in a couple of places and it was all ready.
I tried to find an agent to handle things for me but no luck. Mostly, they will only handle authors who are already published and publishers will only accept manuscripts from agents so it was a catch 22 situation.
Well I have got sick of this. After a lot of thought, I have decided to publish it myself. A local printer has given me a good offer and I tried my hand at some art work for the cover, and to my surprise, it turned out very well. So soon, everything will be on "GO" and I shall have my book in my hot little hands. I shall add it to my web page and here and sell it myself and would you believe, I already have an order for one. How good is that?
If this is successful then I shall use any money I make from the sales to print up some of my other stories, I have a load sitting on my shelf just waiting to be edited and cleaned up.
I shall be writing under a slightly different name 'Valerie Stewart Lewis' There are so many Valerie Lewis's out there I was afraid I would get lost in the crowd so I have added my maiden name.
Wish me luck my friends.