After two years of learning, writing, reading and research, my first book ‘Lily’s Fire’ is finally ready for editing. The story is set between Bali and London and describes the fire that ignites between Lily, a heartbroken editor from London and River, an American womanizing artist who works as a tour guide in Bali.
When I started this journey, I had no idea if I even wanted anyone to read it. Writing was a form of therapy for me after twelve years in a hectic job as a designer and it was more something I did for fun. A couple of weeks ago I decided to let a couple of people read my manuscript. It was terrifying and I had only approached beta readers I didn’t really know well so the feedback wouldn’t feel so personal. Surprisingly, both the gay and straight women in the group loved it and told me they’d like to read more. This gave me the confidence to take it further and self-publish. I must say, the amount of work involved goes way beyond just the writing so I’ve set the publishing date to June 2017. Hopefully, this will give me enough time for the final editing, the cover, the marketing, creating a website, sending books out to bloggers for review etc. I want to share my journey through this blog and would also love to know how other self publishing authors in my genre work. As the LGBT market is quite a niche, I’m hoping it will be easier to connect and to help each other out! For now, I’m still trying to figure out how this works as I’ve never blogged before. Any tips are welcome