Today I have the lovely Elle Turner on my blog. Elle has very kindly written a post to share with us about her highs and lows of self publishing.
Elle Turner writes contemporary women’s fiction. Her troubled heroines are emotional, unsettled and a little bit crumpled, but they’re intelligent and strong too – most of the time. They are, of course, just as keen to love and be loved as the rest of us. Elle reckons we can keep that under wraps, though, as it’s not a subject that generally comes up. Not in books, films, music, life…
What was that you said?
Tapestry – my highs and lows of self-publishing
Hi Sarah! Thank you for having me on by the letter book reviews. It’s so nice to meet you and your readers!
A few months ago, I self-published Tapestry, a collection of twelve short stories that fall into the genre of contemporary women’s fiction. This was a massive thing for me – I was excited and nervous about sending my fiction out into the world and about being completely responsible for getting the words from my laptop screen to look like a real book on Amazon! I’ve had a blog for a few years and this helped, because some of my writing had been “out there” already and the sky hadn’t caved in, but this was the first serious showing of my fiction.
And I’m really glad I did it!
The collection went through many titles before I chose Tapestry, but now I wonder why I didn’t think of it in the first place. The stories are a tapestry, exploring the complexities of life and love through what I hope are moving tales, both happy and less so. I wanted to write stories about love in different guises, whether romantic love, familial love or obsessive love and took the opportunity to explore the darker, sadder sides of the emotion too.
When I was in touch with Sarah about a guest post, I suggested I could write about the highs and lows of my self-publishing experience, but I’m grateful to say there have been mainly highs so far. Working with an editor and cover designer were two definite highs, probably the best parts of the process pre-publication. Writing is an individual activity and sometimes I feel it’s difficult to have a real perspective on what I’ve produced. It was a tremendous relief to get positive feedback from a professional editor and even better to feel the stories improve throughout the editing process. And to see the cover for Tapestry evolve into this little beauty was definitely a major highlight!
I’ve had so much support from online buddies and it was touching to feel excitement from others as I approached publication. Publication day itself was really special because of the way Twitter, Facebook and blog buddies got behind me. It’s lovely to get a reminder that people want to be kind, supportive and friendly and I’ve had that reminder from online reader and writer buddies often.
Apart from the pre-publication jitters that Tapestry was going to completely tank or the fear that my first review would be a terrible one that neither Tapestry nor I would recover from, there haven’t really been any lows. The hardest part was, and continues to be, figuring out how to gain the momentum to be even a speck on the Amazon canvas. But, again, it’s online buddies and people in the blogosphere who keep things going and I am forever grateful for the support and interest.
In hope, in pain,
we lose, we gain,
but always and forever
the human heart braves life
in light and in shade
A collection of twelve short stories exploring the complexities of life and love.
Tapestry – Available now from Amazon http://hyperurl.co/ymjfs2
I hope you like the sound of Tapestry! Thank you so much again, Sarah, for having me on your blog, I’ve loved being a guest on by the letter book reviews. Best wishes to you and your readers. Happy Reading!
Elle Turner writes contemporary women’s fiction and lives in beautiful Scotland with her husband and two children. She loves scones, Coronation Street, all songs by Sara Bareilles and will happily admit to having little or no sense of direction. If you offer her a 50:50 she will ALWAYS get it wrong and, despite living in Scotland, she rarely manages to wear shoes that don’t leak.
If you would like to find out more about Elle or her writing, she’d love to see you at www.elleturnerwriter.com on Twitter @ElleTWriter, Instagram elletwriter or she’s on Facebook as elleturnerwriter