Here we are nearing the end of what has been a most trying year for everyone. Little did I think How difficult it would be to publish a new book in the current circumstances. My virtual launch was an enjoyable learning experience for me but proved quite ineffective in book sales. Most of the outlets that usually sell my books were closed due to Covid and to date are still not selling books. With Christmas fast approaching I am hoping that discerning adults will give books this year and I hope to sell some.
My shelves are heaving with boxes of books but I am keeping positive and hope things change soon.
That’s the ‘bad’. The ‘good’ is that as I was quarantined in March, April, May and June I finally finished the children’s novel that I started about 5 years ago and then neglected. On lovely sunny days I sat in the garden and was inspired to complete the book. Somehow the story just seemed to tell itself to me and took me on a journey where, although I knew the main elements to be included, I was taken on a surprising and satisfying route. Now it’s the almost impossible challenge of finding a publisher willing to take this story which is informative and carries a most important message.
It’s Hallowe’en in two day’s time and I was delighted to see that a local school chose Witch Hitch as the preferred read. Pictures of the children engaged in listening and drawing make this whole writing business so rewarding.