Introducing Bantilly Publishing

When I decided to indie publish The Flanagan Sisters, I thought long and hard about whether I wanted to create a publishing name. Initially I didn’t bother and put Break the Rules up under my own name. Then as I was promoting it and requesting reviews I noticed that some places required a publisher name and didn’t take self published …

Marketing & Promotion

Break the Rules has been out for a month now and I must admit I’m a little underwhelmed by the sales figures. I was wondering whether it was because I didn’t have Momentum advertising it for me (which could be part of the issue), or whether the setting of an oil refinery was a little ugh for some people and …

Learning by Teaching

I’ve been running a number of sessions about writing over the last month and I’ve really been enjoying them. Not only do I get to meet some wonderful people who are starting their writing life, but I also get a chance to review what I have learnt. My first session was filling in for a friend and she said the group …

Copyedits for Change of Heart

I got my copyedits back for Change of Heart a couple of weeks ago. I’ve been taking my time with them because I don’t have a major deadline to get them finished and I don’t want to rush. As long as I’ve got them done by the end of the month, I’ll be happy.  My editor is the same person …

Rewrite is done

For those of you who follow me on Twitter or Facebook, you may have heard me moaning about the book I’m currently writing. Blaze a Trail, Book 3 in The Flanagan Sisters has not been playing nicely at all. I wrote the first draft completely out of sequence, writing scenes as they came to me and then filling in the …

The problem with technology

In my own life, I’m a big fan of technology. I love the internet, my smart phone is always with me and being able to email rather than snail mail is wonderful. But there’s one area where it really sucks. Writing fiction. Think about all those novels pre-mobile phone era. Being unable to contact someone was a legitimate conflict or plot device which …

Preparing for release day

It’s only eight days until the release of Break the Rules and it’s seriously creeped up on me. Only two months ago I was celebrating the launch of Into the Fire and now I need to focus on another book. I really don’t feel like I’m prepared. I do have a New Release checklist that I work through, but I’ve left it …

Choosing the right promotional material

At some stage before a new book comes out, I spend a bit of time deciding what kind of promotional material to buy. It has to be the kind of thing that doesn’t cost the earth, but will remind people about my books and hopefully encourage them to buy them. It’s kind of a tricky process because it’s hard to …

Finding a Book Cover

After my publisher, Momentum scaled back, and I decided to indie publish The Flanagan Sisters series, the first thing I needed to do was get a book cover. We all know the saying, "Don’t judge a book by its cover" but people do, all the time! I know if I see a cover that looks home-made I assume that the author …

The shiny and new thing

I’ve started a shiny and new thing this week and I’m really excited about it. I’m still writing Blaze a Trail, book 3 in The Flanagan Sisters, but I’m also writing a short story.  A local publisher has put the call out for stories in their upcoming anthology which revolves around a bridal boutique in a small coastal town in Western …