By Julia Hughes
Q. What's rarer than unicorns' droppings and even more valuable?
A. Second chances.
Like many who keep a manuscript – or twenty – in their drawer, I danced on the ceiling when Amazon introduced their self publishing programme. It seemed a golden opportunity. Not only for writers, but readers too; as traditional publishers lost their chief librarian badges – suddenly there was no-one to decide what books were "suitable" for public consumption.
Oh the freedom!
Next Amazon introduced their select programme, and I thought I'd died and gone to heaven. What?! Give away my stories?!! Brilliant! Guaranteed readers!!! What happened next stunned me. Two of the larger book sites featured my little story, with its home grown cover. Within five days, over twenty thousand copies of "A Ripple in Time" were on kindles. Forget cloud nine – I was on cloud nine hundred and ninety nine! That was last year and after orbiting the solar system a couple of times, I arrived back on earth with a thud. I've come to realise that a "good enough" story simply isn't good enough. Frankly, all my stories were lacking something: a thorough edit.
If only I'd read Sandra Miller's post on "Everything Books and Authors" "The Ultimate Guide to Publishing", before publishing – if you haven't read it yet – you should!
Thankfully, by the time my fifth manuscript was drafted, I'd acquired an editor. Now readers could enjoy their read, without being hiccupped out of the story by typos. I was determined to give all my titles the same polish, and so "A Ripple in Time" was re-launched on October 10.
Appropriately, the story revolves around turning back time and second chances – but you don't have to take a chance – enter the free contest below to win a copy unique to you: Your name will appear in the paperback copy of "A Ripple in Time" as a passenger on board the Titanic.
A Ripple in Time is also available at WH Smith. The paperback will be released on December 10th. If you have any difficulty obtaining a copy, please contact: Mervyn@talonpublishing.com
Celtic Cousin Wren's dreams collide with those of Carina, who is on board a ship making its maiden voyage across the Atlantic. Subsequently, a tragedy is averted, and RMS Titanic steams safely into New York harbour, with devastating consequences for our world. A pivotal moment in history has been altered; Wren must somehow travel back in time and ensure the ship of dreams meets her destiny. Carina's descendant, Carrie joins Wren in his quest. Along the way, they fall in love, and Wren, already guilt wracked, must make an impossible choice. Will he allow fate to run its course, or gamble the world to save the woman he loves?
First published as an "indie", Julia Hughes is now represented by Talon Publishing. Her most recent novel "The Griffin Cryer" received 4.27/5* reviews from 33 Goodread ratings, 4.7/5* from 55 Amazon.com reviews and 4.7/5* reviews from 26 Amazon.co.uk reviews. Julia admits to being a bibliomaniac, and insists writing is the best excuse yet for reading in excess. Her conversations tend to begin with "What if …"
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