It’s here! | Shona

Hey..

How was your weekend?

Not going to lie, mine was pretty manic but in an awesome way!

‘Shona’ is the first of the books that we have uploaded to Amazon on pre-order!

You can even read a sample for FREE!

Click here to download your free chapters:
https://geni.us/ShonaFreeChapters

Hope you enjoy!

Vicky x

Pre-order time tomorrow! Eeeeeek!!! 😳

Hey….

Hope you’re well..?

Hope you’re having a nice weekend so far, what are you up to?

There’s loads going on behind the scenes this end where Claire Hackney (my co-author and I) are getting ‘Shona’ ready for pre-order on amazon.

This has been a very long journey of ups and downs, self doubts etc. But that’s all part of it. The positive is that the trilogy is complete.

Book 1 – SHONA
Book 2- MEET ME AT 10
Book 3- THE BEACH HOUSE

All will be ready to pre-order from tomorrow!

Here’s a sneak peek of ‘Shona’

Shona

Everyone has a secret. Hers could get her killed…

Mississippi, 1956. Shona Jackson knows two things—how to repair car engines and that her dark childhood secret must stay buried. On the run from Louisiana, she finds shelter in the home of a kindly old lady and a job as a mechanic. But a woman working a man’s job can’t avoid notice in a small town. And attention is dangerous, especially when it comes from one woman in particular…

Free-spirited Lucy is new in town too. At twenty-one years old she is only now starting college. But her heart is just not in it, and when she meets Shona,something inside her begins to awaken. The only thing standing in her way is Frank.

Frank’s life is a mess. Three years after the Korean War, his father still writes but hasn’t come home. His bar business is in danger, and he’s desperate for cash. And everyone he knows is stockpiling the sins of his past against him.

When Frank brings a raucous fair to town to stay afloat, Shona fears the added attention could shine a light on her past. If the truth comes out about her, she’ll lose everything—maybe even her life.

Can Shona outrun the perils that threaten her, and finally settle down? 

Or will her new friendship with Lucy attract a different kind of danger?

Shona is the first novel in a heart-wrenching historical fiction trilogy. If you like small-town secrets, heroines with turbulent pasts, andovercoming impossible odds, then you’ll love Vicky Jones and Claire Hackney’s tear-jerking tale of desperate lives.

Hope to have you onboard, these books will definitely take you on a ride!

Follow the journey here: I My Instagram

Take care,

Vicky xx

Free Book | Short Stories | Coming soon…

Short Stories

Hey… you well?

In the new year, I can’t wait for us to bring you 3 free short stories.

They are:

The Nurse, The Teacher and The Gardener.

These short stories are prequels to ‘The Burying Place’

We will begin writing these within the next week. The best bit is, they are FREE!

Follow the journey:

https://www.instagram.com/vickytjones/

Take care,

Speak soon,

Vicky x

The nerves are setting in | Pre-order time!

Hey, how are you?

We (my co-author and I) have been waiting a very long time for the moment when we put ‘Shona’ for pre-order on Amazon.

It will be available to pre-order Saturday 2nd November

We are excited but boy are the nerves setting in!

We made sure that it was planned well, edited by a professional editor 3 times, beta read and proofread. The front cover was professionally designed so…what is there to be worried about?

LOADS!

Anybody who has self-published knows how hard you have to work not only on the writing of the book, but the marketing side of things. Luckily for me, I love the marketing stuff. But I seem to putting so many expectations on what makes a successful launch and what is a failure, but then I have a word with myself and say that it is a journey not a destination.

We have LOADS of books either written, being written or planned for after Shona, we are in it for the long haul and are approaching it like a business and I need to remember that it’s ok to be scared and vulnerable sometimes, especially when you have put your heart and soul into something like we have.

Have you ever felt scared or vulnerable when launching your business/product?

Let me know in the comments section.

Follow the journey here:

https://www.instagram.com/vickytjones/

Take care, speak soon,

Vicky x

I’m back…. I think…?

 

Hey..

Hope you’re well..?

It’s always the way that just as you’re getting into the most stressful time (i.e. we are almost at the point of putting our books on pre-order) we seem to get technical difficulties.

I changed over blogs as I thought it would be better (grass is greener and all that) and nope, I should have stayed where I was. I think I’m staying here on WordPress.

Anyway…

What have you been up to?

This end things have been exciting and busy.

‘The Burying Place’ ( the first in the series of our thriller/crime genre) has been written as a first draft.

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Does it look like it’s your kind of read..?

As a side project, I’m working on a non-fiction mini-series of how I got out of depression by ticking things off my Bucket List when I turned 30 (I’m 39 now, so trust me, there are plenty of adventures!)

I’ve just sent Book 1 off to our proofreader:

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I’ve just been working on Book 2 as there is so much to cram in!

MUSIC

I’m not sure if you are aware that I’m also a songwriter..? I’ve been writing since the age of 7 and am lucky to have my tracks played on radio stations. You can find a lot of my songs on iTunes.

Here is a taster:

If you do like the track, you can download it on iTunes here: https://geni.us/HowDidYouDoThat

 

More projects…

We have been working with an amazing graphic designer (You can find him here)who is producing our book covers. This is the latest (it’s book 2 in the series – The Burying Place is book 1).

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Looks dark and creepy right?

I really can’t wait for you to read this series. We have done a lot of research working with an ex-murder detective at the Metropolitan Police.

 

But the MAIN thing…

Shona will be coming out for pre-order very, very soon!

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I will keep you updated as ‘Shona’ is the first in the series and trust me, she has an adventure!

A more personal thing…

I’m really trying to build up my Instagram engagement and following and I love to chat with people across the platforms.

Are you on Instagram?

If so, follow me here: 

https://www.instagram.com/vickytjones/

Thanks so much,

Take care,

Vicky x

What are the Amazon top selling books?…

Hi there!

Love books? Need a new read?

Look no further than this short list of books that are making waves as the amazon top sellers! (click on link below book to buy from amazon)

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The Sunday Times Number One Bestseller and Humour Book of the Year
Winner of the Books Are My Bag Book of the Year
Winner of iBooks’ Book of the Year

Welcome to the life of a junior doctor: 97-hour weeks, life and death decisions, a constant tsunami of bodily fluids, and the hospital parking meter earns more than you.

Scribbled in secret after endless days, sleepless nights and missed weekends, Adam Kay’s This is Going to Hurt provides a no-holds-barred account of his time on the NHS front line. Hilarious, horrifying and heartbreaking, this diary is everything you wanted to know – and more than a few things you didn’t – about life on and off the hospital ward.

Buy it here: Amazon

 

Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine: Debut Sunday Times Bestseller and Costa First Novel Book Award winner 2017Paperback – 25 Jan 2018

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Eleanor Oliphant has learned how to survive – but not how to live

Eleanor Oliphant leads a simple life. She wears the same clothes to work every day, eats the same meal deal for lunch every day and buys the same two bottles of vodka to drink every weekend.

Eleanor Oliphant is happy. Nothing is missing from her carefully timetabled life. Except, sometimes, everything.

One simple act of kindness is about to shatter the walls Eleanor has built around herself. Now she must learn how to navigate the world that everyone else seems to take for granted – while searching for the courage to face the dark corners she’s avoided all her life.

Change can be good. Change can be bad. But surely any change is better than… fine?

An astonishing story that powerfully depicts the loneliness of life, and the simple power of a little kindness

Buy it here: Amazon

 

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Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind

FIRE gave us power

FARMING made us hungry for more

MONEY gave us purpose

SCIENCE made us deadly

This is the thrilling account of our extraordinary history – from insignificant apes to rulers of the world

Buy it here: Amazon

 

Happy reading!

Vicky x

 

 

Looking For A New Book To Read?…

Need a new book to read? Looking for a funny novel?

We interview Bookouture author Emma Robinson, author of ‘The Undercover Mother’ and ‘Happily Never After’.

Look no further than these light hearted reads. Below, Emma tells us all about them…

 

Claire: Fantastic, okay so Undercover is out now, and also, we have the new book, Happily Never After out, so tell us what Happily Never After is about then.

Emma: Okay, so Happily Never After is Rory, her real name is Aurora, she was named after the sunrise, but obviously there is a bit of a wink to that being the name of Sleeping Beauty. She’s a real femme, she’s a teacher and a feminist, and she doesn’t believe in fairy tales.

Claire: Based on anyone in particular?

Emma: No! I don’t know where I would have got that idea from. And her daughter is 16, Belle, and she was named Clarabelle after Clarabelle Pankhurst, the daughter of Emmeline Pankhurst, the suffragette, and yet she calls herself Belle because she loves Disney Princesses and Belle from Beauty and the Beast. So there’s that kind of conflict there, I mean they’re very close, but yeah, the mother and the daughter conflict. And then on top of that we have Sheila, Rory’s mother and Belle’s grandmother, who has just moved into a retirement home, and is getting her own life, and her biggest thing is she wants Belle to settle down and meet somebody and have a happily ever after. Not Belle sorry, Rory. And Rory doesn’t think she needs a man. In the beginning of the novel she buys a house that needs a lot of work, determined to do it all herself, and she then… sort of the novel follows her, and this house, and the relationship of the two, and in about Chapter Five she meets a builder called John Prince, who drives a white van-

Claire: A white van, of course!

Emma: Yeah, and from that moment on all this fairy tale stuff kinda, just kinda happens, much to her chagrin or whatever. So it’s the development, the mother has her own storyline, Belle has her own storyline, but it mainly follows Rory, and her, and this romance.

Claire: Wow, yeah. So in terms of what your plans are for the next three to five years, are there any more books in there?

Emma: Yeah, there’s definitely one at least in the pipeline. So the new one, ah, title to be decided, but my working title was Find me in Paris but I’m sure that’ll be changed, and it follows three women, it’s the first time I’ve written a book from three different characters perspective, because normally, well in both of these, this was from Ellie’s, this one from Rory’s, but this one is three separate strands of three women who are all in Paris, and they all kind of know each other in different ways, all in Paris for one weekend, for different reasons, and they’re all at a point in their life where something, you know, they’ve got a problem, something that needs fixing. So we start with Kate, who’s a mother of young children, who just decides on a whim to get on the train, on the Eurostar, to go visit her friend Shannon, who lives in Paris, who’s the second character. On the train on the way to Paris she gets chatting to a young woman called Laura, and Laura is actually going to have a sales meeting as well, so other connections between them. But they’ve all got their own separate issue which needs resolving, but that’s in structural edits at the moment. So it’s finished, I’m just finishing, this weekend finishing the structural edits so go back and it’ll go through those so hopefully, well, that should be out in October.

Claire: Oh right, okay, fantastic.

Emma:  So that’s really exciting, and then after that really will very much depend on what happens with Bookouture, whether I’m offered another contract, whether I need to go looking, you know selling myself again and around the circuit. I’d love to do another Undercover Mother, I’d love to do Undercover Mother-

 

Claire: Mmmm, so there’s more to do with this one?

Emma: Definitely, I see, yeah, definitely I think, I think at least two I’d like to do. The second one, when the babies are two, I’ve already got in my head, so that one I could, I could, you know, I’m desperate to get writing, and then I figure there could be one when they all go to school as well, at least-

Claire: Oh, wouldn’t that be fun

Emma: Yeah, because there’s obviously a lot there-

Claire: A lot of growing up

Emma: Yeah absolutely. So it will depend on what happens next, I’ll speak to my publisher and see, but an awful lot of the reviews for Undercover Mother were “we want to know what happens to the girls next”

Claire: Yeah, yeah, it’s almost like you know, you have to write another one!

Emma: So I’m really hoping, but you with your, with Shona (Book we are currently writing – out this year) and now it’s made my mind chew over maybe a prequel as well might be quite fun. How Jenny got to meet Dan and get pregnant, so yeah, who knows. But yeah, that’s what I’d like to do next. And then after that, I’ve still got a few… I kind of feel like the Mum thing is something I’m still… there’s lots of facets I want to explore. Because I do feel, without getting too heavy about it, there’s a lot of pressure, on Mums now, I think to be everything to everybody.

Claire: To be literally the perfect Mum, the perfect Office Worker, the perfect Executive-

Emma: Yeah, exactly. And I think there’s a lot of pressure, a lot of pressure. And women put a lot of pressure on themselves as well. I know for myself, I think, oh my kids don’t do enough clubs, or they don’t do this, or they’re not eating organic strawberries, or you know, whatever it is, and I just feel there’s lots of things that maybe I haven’t suffered personally but I know friends who have. Like I know a lot of people who found the first year or two of motherhood a very, very lonely time. And a time in which they had, you know, a new anxiety that they’d never had before, and I think there’s a lot of actually, a lot of shared experience there about things that people don’t talk about. And that’s how I felt with Undercover Mother, no one talks about childbirth. No one talks about things that could go wrong, because there’s this conspiracy of silence

Claire: Yeah, don’t want to make it look like it’s not, or they’re not happy in there

Emma: Yeah, and you’re literally told, if a woman’s pregnant, oh don’t tell her, don’t tell her what it’s like, and I think, actually I wanted to know!

Claire: No, deep down they want to know what’s gone on.

Emma: They want to be prepared.

Claire:  Yeah, it’s a bit like depression, because nobody really talks about-

Emma: Absolutely. Exactly the same.

Claire: -because nobody talks about the day in, day out, of how it feels to not want to go out the house, but with motherhood it’s like no one really wants to tell the stories that could potentially make you look weak.

Emma: Yeah.

Claire: Yet everyone, in some way, probably feels really weak at some point, but has to pretend to be strong, and try and show this, like, outwardly strong persona.

Emma: Absolutely.

Claire: If you were to write a book like that, people’d be laughing while they’re reading, going oh my God, finally, someone’s telling the truth.

Emma: Exactly. And that’s kind of what I wanted to do with this, and successive books, is just because, when I grew up my parents, it was very much if something was bad, you kind of tried to find a way to laugh at it. And I feel like that with this. Through comedy, I kinda want to explore actually we’re all, this is all of us, we are all feeling like this, or most of us are feeling like this, that we’re inadequate, or we’re not doing it right, or everyone else is doing it better and everyone else’s kid has better behaved or is walking quicker or is, you know, reciting the guardian [06:43]. You know, you kind of, there’s so much pressure, and I think, for me I’ve always been lucky to have a massive amount of really lovely girlfriends, that I can go to and be really honest, and say this is what’s happening to me right now-

Claire: There you go, there’s your story!

Emma: Yeah.

Claire: There it is, here’s your five characters.

Emma: Exactly. Exactly, and I think some women don’t have that. They don’t necessarily have that support network. Especially nowadays, I’m getting on my soap box a bit now, but a lot of people don’t even live near their families anymore.

Claire: Yeah.

Emma: So you know, you’re out there, having a baby, on your own. You know, your Mum’s a hundred miles away, you’ve not necessarily got a local support network, I think can be really lonely, and that’s something that I definitely want to explore in another book, about how, you know, about how that feels. And about how you can kind of, maybe resolve that, and trying to do that in a humorous way as well, I don’t know, but that’s kinda the sort of stuff that’s in my head at the moment.

Claire: Yeah. And sometimes maybe people read it, and go, d’you know what? There’s other people out there, who are feeling like they need that kind of, like that, bringing it to real life.

Emma: Yeah! And I think, I’ve heard people say, you know, I go to baby groups and everyone knows everybody and I feel like it’s not me, and I think we’re all just faking it.

Claire: And no one really lets their guard down. They all go to these baby groups, to Facebook them, oh went to baby group today, and you actually want to go to a baby group where everyone just closes the door and goes d’you know what, I’m really, really fed up today.

Emma: Exactly!

Claire: I’ve just fallen over at sports day, the bake sale that I’d prepared for has all fallen through, and you just want reality, warts and all for people to just say d’you know what-

Emma: Exactly.

Claire: And I always find as well, the person that looks like they’re perfect, everyone hates anyway. Everyone moans about. So do you really want to be that person that everyone’s like d’you know what, actually (shakes head)

Emma:  I don’t trust her, she’s too perfect.

Claire: Josie down the road, she’s terrible, can’t be in the room with her. And yet everyone is trying to emulate this person?

Emma: Yeah, yeah it’s true.

Claire: Yeah, so that’d be a really good story though.

Emma: Yeah, I’d love to, I really would love to explore that. So I do think, and there’s other things as well, there’s so many facets of that, I think I’m not ready to leave, yeah I’d like… you know Happily Never After is a bit more traditional, but it’s still that whole Mother/Daughter relationship.

Claire: But it’s still got your tones, where it’s still got your… your take on things. Like Undercover Mother is absolutely hilarious, it’s just the dryness of everything that… you’re just like oh my God, that’s exactly… exactly! That’s exactly how it feels, and she’s nailed that, it’s like that feeling.

Emma: Thank you.

Claire: And then it’s the same with Happily Never After, it’s the tone that you bring to it that makes everyone go this is actually, do you know what this is actually really, really good because we’re, we’re feeling this, we can like hide in this book and go-

Emma: Thank you so much!

Claire: But yeah, so in terms of other writers then, there’re other writers, authors, people that’re bringing out similar styles but who do you kind of look up to, and respect as well when you’re reading?

Emma: Yeah, I would say, for humour, and characterization in humour, I love Marian Keyes. I think I’ve read her for years, and similar to me in a lot of ways. I think when I read her early books was when I was single, so things like Watermelon, and some of the early ones, are like single girls and so on, and some of the later ones, I’ve just read The Break recently, and she’s obviously the mother of grown up children, so I guess as she’s grown up, her characters have grown up to, and I feel like kind of, I can really empathise with that. But also, just her humour, I mean I read a bit at the beginning of The Break, and there was actually a moment where I did actually laugh out loud. You know, I was reading it and I kind of, you know you do that kind of cough laugh-

Claire: Yeah, because you’re not expecting it.

Emma: Yeah, absolutely, it was hilarious. So I love her, I think she’s just brilliant. I just love her characters, and she does this clever thing where she’ll write a story about a character, and then you get four successive books exploring other characters’ stories in the novel and I really like that. And so her, and Jojo Moyes I think is amazing-

Claire: Yeah.

Emma: I mean, I know she’s famous for Me Before You, which is an incredible book-

Claire: And all the ones that came after that.

Emma: Yeah, and all of those which are incredible, but she’s also written an awful lot of historical fiction as well which is really good, and again, characters that you really care about. And I think for me, it’s often character driven. That’s why I loved your book so much. You know, characters, even if they’re outside of your experience, you can empathise and engage with them and you’re on their side, and I think I love that in a book. And then the third one for plot, or characters as well but for plot, is Liane Moriarty, who’s an Australian or New Zealander, I think Australian writer, and I love her books. So like Big Little Lies, which is probably her most famous, but I first came across her when she wrote a book called What Alice Forgot, which was about a woman who had lost her memory, and suddenly had these children and everything that she, you know, had no memory of, and she kind of had to work out her life again. And I just love the plotting of hers, she has this really clever way of just building in these kind of gentle twists. Not as big as like a psychological thriller, but really good twists in the story and I love reading her books too. So I’d say, all female writers interestingly, but yeah, they’re the three modern writers. And then I’m a big literary fan of people like Jane Austen, and Charlotte Bronte –

Claire: Yeah, timeless aren’t they. Especially teaching.

Emma: Yeah. You get to have a book on a different level really when you’re teaching.

Claire: Yeah, because you’re looking at a different era, you’re looking at hundreds of years ago, but the characters, it all comes back to the characters, they’re still human people that you are identifying with-

Emma: Yeah.

Claire: No matter how many years and years and years have gone, and like the rich and poor. My Mum’s a massive fan of like Catherine Cookson-

Emma: Yes, yeah.

Claire: And all those types of like working class.

Emma: Yeah, and it takes you to an era that…

Claire: It does, yeah, but it reminds you that everyone is fallible as well, everyone is human, everyone goes through similar experiences, even if time doesn’t sort of stay the same.

Emma: Absolutely. And I think that’s the thing, human experience is human experience, and I’ve found that with this, Undercover Mother, I’ve had two or three mothers of friends, who read it because they know me, but didn’t expect, you know they thought it’s kind of the younger mothers type book, and actually they said it’s so, it’s exactly the same, you know.

Claire: Yeah, well Vic’s Mum has read it, and she’s obviously in her sixties now, and I mean one of the best compliments that Vic’s Mum gave us, when she read our book, was she went “it’s a book, innit! It’s a real book!”  And we’re like, yeah, it’s a real book. It was like, I’m glad you see that.

Emma: I know, I love it when that happens. I had a friend, a really good friend said to me “Do you know what, I was reading your book, and I kept forgetting it was you and thinking it was a real writer!” (laughs)

Claire: Yeah! A real writer!

Emma: And then she realised what she had said and kind of, but it was a massive compliment.

Claire:  I would’ve been just like, I know what you mean.

Emma: Because we don’t feel like real writers. I’m assuming you’re the same as me, like I always feel like I’m faking it.

Claire: Sometimes, yeah. Because when you go to your daily job, and you love your day job and you love everyone there, but then you go home and you write, and you’re in, you’re on your computer thinking, I’ve got a book out on Amazon.

Emma: I know! It’s crazy. Crazy.

Claire: Yeah. Okay, so, thank you so much for doing this interview.

Emma: You’re very welcome.

Claire: So tell us a little bit of info on about how we can find you on social media, on your Twitter, what your book blog is, so we can sort of find you.

Emma: That’d be great. So my blog is called Motherhood for Slackers. And it’s, because that’s me, I’m a slacker Mum. But yeah, so it’s, it’s all the kind of funny side of being a parent [14:04], and multiple poems on there as well in the kind of Pam Ayers style of poetry. Again, hopefully humorous, and about being a Mum. So I’ve got that, but even easier than that is to find the Facebook page of the same name, so I’ve got a Facebook Page Motherhood for Slackers too. I’m also on Instagram as, Instagram’s new for me, it’s @EmmaRobinsonUK. That is how you do it isn’t it, the @-

Claire: Yeah, you put the @ sign and then-

Emma: So @EmmaRobinsonUK, and my Twitter’s the same.

Claire: Okay. Well we’ll make sure we put all of the links in the description, so yeah, that’ll be there for us as well. Thank you so much, and I really wish you the best with not only Happily Never After and The Undercover Mother, but also with the next book that’s coming out as well. Just remind us of the title?

Emma:  It’s something Paris, I haven’t the title confirmed, yeah, something Paris.

Claire: Something Paris. We’re not quite… okay.

Emma: At the moment it’s Find Me In Paris, but there is talk of some other titles, so, but yeah, it will be about the extreme [14:59], I’m assuming there’s going to be a Parisian theme to the cover as well because I love Paris, so that’ll be lovely.

Claire: Well, we’ll make sure to look out for it.

Emma: Thank you very much. And thanks for coming. It’s been lovely.

 

DETAILS:

Watch the interview here: https://youtu.be/z2-Z0DXDxCo

Buy ‘The Undercover Mother’ here: https://amzn.to/2KyVQKY

Buy ‘Happily Never After’ here: https://amzn.to/2vDMKqK

Thank you for reading,

Vicky x

 

 

 

 

How To Get Your Book Published…

Have you written a book?

Are you half-way through writing a potential bestselling masterpiece?

Have you been wondering how to find a book publisher?

Well…

Claire Hackney and myself sat down with Bookouture author Emma Robinson, author of ‘The Undercover Mother’ and ‘Happily Never After’ to find out what its like to be published with them.

 

Claire: So how’s it been working with Bookouture then?

Emma: It’s been fantastic actually, because obviously they’re my first publisher, my first experience, but I’ve since joined quite a lot of Facebook groups and forums with other traditionally published authors, and heard some horror stories about the way some people have been treated, so I feel very, very fortunate. Everybody who works for this company, literally the lady who does the contracts, the Publishing Assistants, my Publisher, the PR Manager who has become a personal friend really, and all the other authors as well, incredibly supportive. We have a Facebook group just for us, the authors and the two PR managers, and it’s such… it’s a lot of fun, it’s a real lot of fun. Because we share tips, we commiserate if we’ve had a bad review, we celebrate, we retweet each other’s stuff, it’s a really lovely community. And I have learned so much from being with them, from the experience. My Publisher is incredible, she finds things, and she drills down to a level of detail that I’m a little bit lazy with. So I don’t really pay much attention to… I’ll give a character a name and a job and a bit of a back story, but I’m a little bit lazy with that.

Claire: Thats good…

Emma: Yeah, or she’ll say to me, “They couldn’t possibly have this job because they’re doing this at Chapter Eight, and they wouldn’t do that if they have that job, and I kind of feel a bit… oh, well I’ve gotta do more work, but it makes it a much better book, so you know, I feel like I’ve learned a lot. It’s a very democratic publisher, so everyone gets the same deal. They’ve got some really successful authors. Angela Marsons, who does the Kim Stone series, has just gone through the barrier of selling two and a half million books, which is incredible, Louise Jensen who again, has just sold… gone through the million seller barrier for one of her books. You know, there are some really successful writers on board, and yet we are all treated equally, so in terms of marketing budget, in terms of contract, we all get the same deal. Which is incredible, because what I’ve heard with other publishers, if they’ve got a big name, particularly if it’s a celebrity name, all the (marketing) bucks goes there, and the other authors are left with very little, you know, focus. So I do, I feel incredibly, incredibly lucky, and I’m really… I mean, this was a three book deal, I really am hoping to stay with them if it works out, because you know. It’s fast, they do two… it’s a book every six months, which is intense.

Claire: Wow, yeah.

Emma: Especially because I have a part time job and young children… a husband and a puppy now as well, so it’s intense, but the support is there. And you know, if you’re struggling, if it’s hard to meet a deadline, they’re really kind and supportive, so yeah, it’s been great, absolutely great.

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