Yesterday I only posted one small poem, as I went to an author meet and greet at a library close to me. It was a packed out event, and I met three authors. One of the was Nicky Peacock, who is the author of Little Bones, and the writer who created a writing group I go to every two weeks. I read her book last year when it came out and loved it.
In being part of her writing group I have learnt so much. My own writing has improved because of being part this amazing band of amateur authors. Some have been self published, just like me, and some are just starting their writing journey. We learn off each other, and Nicky has always been there, giving brilliant advice.
It was there I met an editor, who was starting her own business. Emily Randle helped me with ”It Won’t Happen Again”, and during lockdown we worked together on improving both the storyline and the layout. It is with her help I was able to get great reviews.
It shows how important an editor is for any writer.
The other two authors on the panel were Jane Isaac and Sue Moorcroft. I have read many Jane Isaac novels, and will be reading my signed copy of, ”Evil Intent”, over the weekend. I have thoroughly enjoyed reading ”The Truth Will Out”. Sue Moorcroft has a new book out in May so keep your eyes peeled. She wrote Summer on a Sunny Island, which is a Sunday Times best seller. I will definitely be ordering a copy and will read once I have finished the book I brought last night.
The whole event was brilliant, and I loved being there . Not only could I listen to authors who had made it – their advice was invaluable, but just like me they all had other jobs before they got their publisher and agents.
We all have to start somewhere, and my own premier of my play last week is something I am still proud of. My new novel ”In the Dark”, is fully written, but still in its early stages for editing. Once I’ve completed my own edits, I am going to send it to Emily. (my dog alive and well) I know there will probably be lots of changes to be made, but we are often too close to our own writing to see where it doesn’t work.
I can spot things that don’t work in other authors but couldn’t spot a full stop missing in mine.