MY BOOK IS FINALLY OUT. As you may be able to tell, I am a little bit excited. Ever since I was a child, I’ve dreamed of writing a book and have been attempting to do so from the moment I learnt how to use a computer ( although I’m not sure my first novel, a three-page saga about a beetle I found in my grandmother’s garden and named “Dead-Legs”, would have ever made it to print). This year, I decided to focus and push myself, feeling I was ready to finally commit to the lengthy process that comes with writing a book. It was the first time I’d had an idea I felt I could shape into a whole story and had spent months taking notes that formulated an entire book series.
The execution of actually writing it down was a lot harder than I had expected and it took me ten months in total to completely finish the work to a standard I was happy with. After this, I wasn’t sure what to do. I spent a long time researching traditional publishing, only to feel incredibly intimidated by the towering obstacles that would have to be overcome before a publisher might accept my work. I then read up on self-publishing, educating myself on the benefits and challenges that come with being the one solely responsible for the editing, marketing and distribution of your own work. Although this means more hours invested into the book on my part, it also means that I retain control of everything – an idea which is very attractive to me as it allows me to fit everything around my commitments to my son. I also came across stories about authors such as Bella Forrest, who has sold over 7 million copies of her books through Amazon off of her own back, demonstrating that the success of self-publishing can be as great, or even greater, as taking the traditional route.
Whatever happens now, I’m extremely proud of myself that I managed to finish a novel while pregnant and caring for a one-year-old. Even if only ten people enjoy my book, I feel it’s a worthwhile achievement and will continue writing the series, even if just for my own pleasure. Writing is a part of who I am, and I’m not sure what I’d do myself without it.
If anybody would like to read my book, here are the links to the E-Book and Paperback copies, including a synopsis of the story!
It’s the year 2100. Earth is dying. A young woman named Elsie has risked everything to get her newborn son, Will, aboard The Mayfly – a spaceship that will transport a select number of people to a new planet they can call home.
Thirteen years later, and Will is ready to start school at The Space Academy, an institute specialising in subjects such as Alien Studies, Technology and Rocket Control.
Whilst there, Will begins to uncover secrets about his father’s death , becoming wrapped in a mystery that he and his friends must solve if they have any hope of saving humanity from the threat that lies in wait…