If you haven't heard , then I'll give you the good news straight away; I've been accepted by a publisher to have my novel Fall From Grace published! Inspired Quill (http://www.inspired-quill.com/) has been around for a while as a review site, but is now branching out into the world of publishing as well. They officially start in September, and I'm incredibly fortunate to have been chosen as one of the authors they're choosing to "launch" their publishing arm.
I wish I could tell you what it felt like when I found out I was going to have my work published, but this is one of the few times where my ability to write coherently completely fails me! To be a published writer is one of my goals in life; being a published writer that can earn a regular income is another that will take some time, I suspect.
"Fall From Grace" is a book I'm incredibly proud of: it took me about five months to write the first draft, and I subsequently re-wrote it - or sections of it - four times until I was completely happy. I suspect most writers must feel the same, but I had to tell myself, I needed to know when to say "stop". There comes a time in a book's life when the author has to take a leap of faith and feel confident in saying, "I am happy with this. It's a good book. I'm happy to show it to other people."
Granted, I completed my final draft after I'd submitted it to Inspired Quill, but no-one's complained so far, so we'll keep that amongst ourselves.
An editor from Inspired Quill is currently looking at my work, doing whatever it is an editor does. All I know is that I wouldn't be without someone fulfilling that function; even after the edits that I've put my book through, I can never guarantee that I wouldn't have missed something; some spelling or grammar mistake, some lapse of logic or just something that doesn't make sense. I've been fortunate to have friends and family check portions of the book for me, but having someone give it an external, critical eye is so incredibly vital, and my ego is certainly not that precious. Anyone who can help my book be the best it can possibly be is going to be someone I respect.
I considered using a pseudonym, but three things convinced me to use my real name. 1: I couldn't think of anything catchy enough aside from my real name. 2: I'm proud of my real name (which, in the UK at least, seems to be fairly unique) and 3: that damned ego has reared its head again - I like the thought of MY name appearing on the front cover of a published work. Alright, alright, so I'm listening to my ego on that one - wouldn't you?
I'm thrilled and excited by the prospect of "Fall From Grace" coming out in September; my mind is more boggled than you can possibly imagine. I even lost the power of speech for a moment when I first got the email, which - if you know me - will know is very unusual!
Have no fear, I WILL be talking about this again to you, because I'm keen to get Fall From Grace as well-known as possible. I'm proud about my association with Inspired Quill, and looking forward to it continuing.
Oh, on the off-chance you're keen to read a synopsis of the book, then here it is - enjoy!
Fall From Grace is a fantasy novel about the tribulations of a group of angels 2,000 years ago, led by Lucifer, and how their destinies are interlinked with a group of humans in the present.
Lucifer, his brother Gabriel and his friends Satan and Beelzebub fight the Almighty, who wishes to see Heaven united with Earth under his leadership. At the same time, Metatron – the Almighty’s second-in command - is clearly increasing her influence in heaven.
Micky is an ex-priest with little direction in his life; he and his friend Lauren have begun experiencing visions of an angelic life. Joseph, Micky’s best friend, tries to look for a more rational explanation – and that brings the three of them into direct conflict.
The fate of the angels and the humans quickly becomes intertwined, and Fall From Grace chronicles their amazing journey!