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Apple Island Wife - review me!

Friday, 5 April 2019

It's been four months since the publication of Apple Island Wife and people are asking me how it's going. The bald fact is I don't know how well it's selling, but being published was a lifetime ambition and I'm loving it! 

We authors with Unbound get reported to - and paid - in April and October. Any minute now, I'll know whether I can dine out on success, or celebrating with a sandwich and…

Apple Island Wife is up up up and away!

Thursday, 8 November 2018

Dearest friends and pledgers, 

Monday was a momentous day, as Apple Island Wife was sent to print. At this very moment, copies for everyone who pledged are zipping across print machines in the UK. 

If you pledged for an eBook, look out for an email or message on your device very soon, telling you that Apple Island Wife is now available to you. 

If you pledged for a paperback, you will…

Are We There Yet?

Thursday, 6 September 2018

They say it's a long road in publishing, and it feels like we've been on this highway for a long time and everybody's had enough of the boiled sweets. But take heart! The cover design is done, the blurb is written, the quotes are in, and Apple Island Wife looks like a book to jump off the bookshop shelves.  

Within a couple of weeks it will be released as an e-book on all digital platforms - Amazon…

Nearly there! (Promise)

Monday, 25 June 2018

Hello you patient people! 

Every so often I bump into someone and they ask me, How is the book going? and I know there's a silent Or was it a thing of complete myth and whimsy? Because you know, it's been a while.

The good news is that Apple Island Wife is progressing steadily through the stages of edit, design and production, and we are so nearly there! 

My book, like most others, had three…

The all new, clean, improved Apple Island Wife!

Sunday, 18 March 2018

During the long silence, I have not been kicking back on an eastern shore with a plate of oysters (only for a week in the summer). No, I've been hard at work, as pictured, on the structural edit of Apple Island Wife

Just before Christmas, the manuscript went off to a lovely lady, let's call her Mary of Oxford. Her job is to look at the manuscript as a whole and see if it works. Themes, style…

Apple Island Wife goes into edit!

Monday, 8 January 2018

Greetings from sunny northern Tasmania! With apologies to those of you who are beleagured by English weather. 

My own mood is irrevocably sunny. Since my last update in December, we have reached the holy grail of 100% and Apple Island Wife is now fully funded, and will be published by Unbound in 2018! 

That means it's about to go into edit. How I have loved saying that to anybody who will…

A Month and a Half of News Drought!

Sunday, 10 December 2017

To my shame, it's been a month and a half since I have posted an update on how it's all going with Apple Island Wife. 

Rest assured, I haven't been sitting on my laurels. (Not least because I'm not quite sure where my laurels are.) 

You can see from the side of the page here that we are NEARLY THERE!! The book is 90% funded. I have a couple more conversations and meetings this week and then…

Launceston Calling - Talking Blogs, Books and Publishing on City Park Radio

Tuesday, 24 October 2017

As a writer, it's lovely to get onto the radio and be able to talk about your book, as it helps bring it alive - not just for readers and listeners, but for the author as well! Time passes between writing a book and getting it published, and very often you forget what you've written! 

So much so that I've made notes for myself on what's in each chapter, and spent a mad half hour leafing through…

Over halfway! Next stop the Pulitzers

Tuesday, 10 October 2017

Greetings from me and Bettina (on the left). It really is time for an update! And the huge news is that I'm well over half funded, at 62% as I write! That feels bloody marvellous. 

I've been taking all manner of advice, and keep popping out to events locally for inspiration. Last week I went to a meet up at the Launceston Town Hall - four guest speakers talking about how we can make northern…

Pheasant for dinner

Thursday, 31 August 2017

There’s a tradition where I live in rural Tasmania of swapping foodstuffs. It’s an edible black market, dealing in things from the river, the land and the larder. Over the years we’ve handed over or been the recipients of eggs, pork, salmon, venison, wallaby patties, Riesling. We once gained half a lamb when our retired sheepdog help round up a flock. I had nightmares about its forelegs sticking…

Roller coaster crowdfunding – highs, lows and single vehicle accidents in the front garden

Thursday, 10 August 2017

To ready myself for best seller status, I’ve taken inspiration from Jilly Cooper, whose success and property portfolio in the Cotswolds I aspire to. I had that tooth removed specially.

Turns out crowdfunding a book is every bit as much of a ride as one of Jilly’s polo novels! Elation one minute, doldrums the next – here’s a tour of the journey to 43% at six weeks!

Incoming high. On a Tuesday…

In Bed with Roald

Sunday, 2 July 2017

It was freezing in Tasmania last week. Determined to be warm not cold, I channelled Roadl Dahl and took to my bed with the electric blanket set on ‘toast’ and my work balanced on a tray before me.

The rest of the house is normally warm but this was a manufacturing week for our farm and food business, meaning my Other Half was making sausages downstairs in the kitchen, and he prefers the temperature…

Publication date: December 2018
100% funded
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