The Book of Bera: Sea Paths (Book I in The Book of Bera trilogy)

By Suzie Wilde

The first in a brand new series of Viking adventure fantasy novels

Friday, 18 September 2015


The need to belong is a strong impulse and it's a rare person who deliberately refuses all ties. It was a joy to me this morning to sit in Attibassi and chat to familiar people, many of whom are now supporters. This part of Chichester is like a small village; friendlier than the actual village we moved from because you get to meet people every day. There's no doubt that social media aids any crowd funding campaign and yet the vast majority of support has come from ties I've made over the years of family, profession, sport, drama, neighbours and other friendships. It causes me to consider why we connect to some people and not others; to try to strengthen those connections because they are what counts.

Today is the day I'd set myself to be fully funded and I'm not (so far!) But the support I've had from people who have been bothered to pledge is at least as valuable as getting published. Today's photo shows a kind of perfect circle and it's what keeps me motivated when I want to lay my head on my keyboard and sob with frustration. Supporters will recognise the drawing: it's from the photo I posted on my birthday. So a real friendship provides a tangible act of kindness via an online blog. One sponsor, just one, would get me over the line now. Chin up, Suzie Wilde, and crack on.

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Sara Read
 Sara Read says:

Chin up indeed Suzie. Willing you over the finish line x

posted 18th September 2015

Suzie Wilde
 Suzie Wilde says:

Thank you! And when good news happens, I can have virtual and real hugs. Which is nice.

posted 19th September 2015

carol godsmark
 carol godsmark says:

Suzi, there is one person in this writing world of ours who is liable to succeed and that is one SW, Bera to be known to the world, a feisty, strong character much in tune with her creator. I have no doubt that the remaining 12% will materialise.
Bonne chance, chere amie, or whatever translates to in ancient Icelandic.

posted 19th September 2015

Jacquie & John Wilson
 Jacquie & John Wilson says:

Suzie, we don't want you sobbing with frustration!! We know this will happen. Keep strong, & keep believing in yourself. Love from us in Oz! You'll get there... xx

posted 21st September 2015

Suzie Wilde
 Suzie Wilde says:

I got there! Sorry not to reply sooner, me hearties* but I'm not used to comments appearing and I have been a bit busy±. I have a sponsor, Hotel Ranga in Iceland, where Richard and I spent an idyllic few days on a research trip. We travelled about, trying to find a place where Bera might have stayed - and discovered the place right opposite the hotel, across the road and in a field. I could hear Bera whispering in the grasses. Seriously!
* still doing 'Talk like a pirate' Day
± British understatement

posted 22nd September 2015

Tim Bouquet
 Tim Bouquet says:

Fantastic!! You made it. Congratulations. xx Tim

posted 22nd September 2015

Suzie Wilde
 Suzie Wilde says:

Such a relief, Tim. No Unbound author has so far failed after being 70% funded … but of course I dreaded being the first! Now to start engaging with known unknowns: future readers.

posted 23rd September 2015

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