My first ever post – and my rather exciting news!

Now I must admit I have been putting off starting a blog for a while as I wasn’t sure whether anyone would be particularly interested in my random ramblings, but since things are starting to get rather exciting (from my point of view anyway!) I thought I would share my experiences.

Many of you may not even have realised I write, I have kept it a little quiet as previously I have tended to get the response that while it might be a fun ‘hobby’ it’s not going to pay the bills. Well, whether it does or not remains to be seen but I’m finally managing to get over my issues with calling myself a writer – I write, therefore I’m a writer.

Still, it can be a rather lonely profession and while you may love your own characters then you do wonder whether anyone else ever will. Now we come to the exciting bit (sorry, to take the long way round!), several months ago I submitted a short 20k story to a Christmas call-out with Breathless Press and the week before last they came back and offered me a contract! Opening that email at work was probably a bad idea as was alternating between wanting to burst into tears and to jump around the office. Since then it’s been feeling a little surreal getting emails with contracts to be signed and cover art requests and it’s not really felt quite real.

Well, this morning I got the first draft of my new cover (will share you soon, I promise) and not only is it fantastic it made it seem so much more real to see my name on there. I will admit I was a little worried, I’m actually really fussy with what kind of covers I like and had images of me turning into a horrible diva author and hating it – but they’ve done a wonderful job and it’s made me even more excited about seeing it come out.

Anyway, this short opening post has started to get rather long! Hopefully haven’t bored you all to death and you come back soon 🙂

8 responses to “My first ever post – and my rather exciting news!”

  1. Welcome to the wonderful world of blogging! Can’t tell you how proud of you I am for getting published!! You went for it and did it Girl!!

  2. Aww, thank you hun. Am holding you at least partially responsible for all the help and for inviting me to the NV group x

  3. It’s a bit like, what do you do for a living……
    I’m a singer.
    A singer?
    Yes I’m a singer.

    Who cares what people think, the more you say it, the more you actually are what you say you are. 🙂

  4. Yay! Fantastic news and well done.

    I’m another Breathless Christmas debut author (wow, how fab does that sound?) and you’ve now got me very excited that my cover art might be in progress.

  5. Yay!! Brilliant news – congratulations! Looking forward to seeing the cover 🙂

  6. Hi Shelli!

    Well done! That’s brilliant news! 🙂

  7. I’m an MSEer and I’m so pleased to read a little more about your writing 🙂

  8. Congrats, Shelli, lovely to be here. You’re right, connecting is so important for writers as it can get lonely. Good luck in everything you do!

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