Wednesday, 29 August 2012

So what is 'The Creators' all about . . .

This is the official Blurb - for 'The Creator's

We Create what we Write  . . . The Future is what is Written . . .

An outcast at school, Sarah’s selection by the mysterious Creators’ Guild, catapults her into an exciting new world.  Despite her apprehensions, Sarah has an immediate affinity with Melissa, her Selector. With the slimmest hope that her life will flourish, Sarah leaves her family to pursue her studies and future. Along the way, Sarah makes new friends and discovers the hidden power within herself, her fellow students and the Guild.

Guild School proves more exciting than any of them imagined, but it also has its hidden dangers. Dangers from outside sources that wish to prevent Sarah reaching her full potential or perhaps recruit her to a more sinister path. Sarah’s journey is filled with hope and inspiration for all those who feel different.

I am a Published Author

 2012 - Writer's Workshop - Sydney Australia. - A published Author of the novel - 'The Creators"

This weekend I had the opportunity to attend the Hay House "Writer's Workshop" and as I had received my final proof on Wednesday - I took my bound copy down with me.  It was so much fun to have my photo taken in front of the Balboa Stand and also to hand out 45 business card for 'The Creators'
Thank you to my beautiful son Matthew and my amazing brother Ian for your last minute efforts to create me a business card. It was a good thing I did, as I handed out 45 cards and received three pre-paid orders for my book.

'The Creators' is now at the printers and will be available soon.

Thursday, 23 August 2012

Days now not weeks, months or years

An exciting update from Balboa Press. 
Once we perform one last Quality Assurance Check on both the cover and interior files (this usually takes about one day), the approved manuscript will be sent to our content evaluation team for the final evaluation of your manuscript (this will take 2-3 days).  As soon as your manuscript passes review, the printing files will be sent to the printer for activation. This process takes approximately 5-7 business days to complete. Once this process is complete, your book will be available in the marketplace for purchase. 
It has been a pleasure working with you and congratulations on becoming a published author! 



Wednesday, 22 August 2012

August 22nd, 2012 - The Creators

Today is the day that I authorised the printing of The Creators.

My final Galley (text) revisions arrived and all were correct, so I have sent Balboa Press an email to authorise the printing of my book.

I will now be assigned a 'Book Consultant' who will help me with ordering of copies for sale. The book will also be available really soon on the Balboa website, as well as Amazon etc.

Do I press send now?
 The email that made it official! I am a published author.

November 1st, 2009 - no words, no story and no characters.  August 22, 2012 - a published book. Wow! What a journey.  I had no idea that I was capable of such an amazing feat - I have had so much JOY and FUN, in the process. 

Now for the next step, marketing the book!

Tuesday, 21 August 2012

The art of publishing.

The art of writing is very different to the art of editing and publishing. Writing is something writers do, but editing and publishing are often not the skill of writers. Well they are a skill I am rapidly learning every day.  There is a great challenge, to take your beloved words and tear them apart and put them together again - sometimes in such a different way, that your original story, becomes a new one.

The blessing is that The Creators was written four years ago. The curse is that The Creators was written four years ago.  I have lived, slept, read and written this book for over four years.  And, over the past couple of months, I have read, re-read, written and re-written it over and over again.

So now, with no more changes, the book is ready for printing.

Now the art of editing moves into the art of publishing.

What do you want for a cover?

Well, I don't know - I thought of this, or maybe that?  My amazing editorial and publishing team at Balboa, provided me with an amazing and beautiful sample cover.  I loved it, and then I liked it and then I suggested some changes.  They were wonderful and came up with an alternative, as well as altering the first one.  How exciting! But, now I love both covers.

So I have canvassed my secret posse of family and friends for opinions and although they are all mostly in favour of one option, I still love both.  Yet, I must choose.

Luckily you the reader will only get to see one cover and I hope that you love it as much as I do.
So when you pick up your copy of The Creators - don't judge the book by the cover, or if you love it then do!

Friday, 17 August 2012

Welcome to the World of the Guild


Book One - 'The Creators' is the first in the Guild 'quadrology' - it started as a single book written in November 2009 as part of the NaNoWriMo challenge.  Each subsequent November, I have written a new book in the series and what I thought was going to be "Just" a single book, then a trilogy; has turned into a 'quadrology'.

NaNoWriMo for those who are unaware of it - is National 'Novel/November' Writing Month and the challenge is to write a 50 000 word novel in 30 days.  When I started, I had no plot, no characters and very little experience. But . . . the challenge thrilled me.  For those 30 days I wrote my heart out - no editing and no back-tracking - just writing.

At the end of 30 days I had 'The Creators' - well an early version of what you will now read or have already read.  I was so thrilled with the end product and the response of family and friends that I was going to rush out and publish it - immediately!

Luckily, I didn't.

Four years and a heap of experience later, Book One - The Creators is being published by Balboa Press.  Editing and re-writing are a far greater challenge than the initial write-up. However, the JOY of knowing that within weeks my book will be available for a world-wide audience, has been worth every correction, and hour of work.

I hope you will follow along on Facebook as well as this Blog to hear updates about book one and also  the second book in the series - The Destructors - which should be available mid 2013. 

Welcome to Sarah's world and the World of Imagination and Creation.