The Red Letter Day

It is my son’s birthday today and a fitting celebration day to have my novel published in paperback with Create Space for Amazon. It has been a long road, starting 22 years ago with my being bed bound and deciding to research the novel. For the last 12 years I have been trying to get it into print.

I approached  many a literary agent to be told that it was well written, but did not fit their criteria for publishing that year. So…the self publishing route it had to be.  Self publishing would have been a nightmare without Tara Melanie Kerr, a novelist who writes in the genre of Jane Austen and puts on the most amazing Regency Balls in Edmonton, Canada. I found Tara through her father’s website ‘Dazzling Sparks,’ a website of interest to Baha’is who enjoy creating in any art form. Tara helped me shape up the manuscript so that it would slot easily into the Kindle process, but it took a formatter, Stef, at WriteIntoPrint to finally format the tricky bits and get my Kindle version there on Amazon.

Stef and co did not have the time to do the paperback formatting for me, but put me in touch with the very patient and creative Yvonne Betancourt at e-book format. I don’t know how many revisions we have done between us. At least 5 versions, but we got there in the end.

Writing tip for self publishers…publish in paperback first, before going to Kindle version and get a proof copy in your hand to do your final edit. ‘You can never really do a really proper edit on screen,’ says my husband Gordon, who is well published in his academic field.

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About margaretgrantauthor

After Drama school in London, where she won the best actress award, the year following Helen Mirren, Margaret chose to make drama teaching her career and wrote many customized plays for her comprehensive school pupils. But rural life beckoned and she and her husband decided to bring up their young family on the island of Anglesey in North Wales. It was during her years there, living on the beautiful mountain of Mynydd Llwydiarth, that she became fascinated by its Druid past and began the research for her first novel, which she planned to write whenever time would afford. She returned to teaching in the 1980’s but this time to a primary school, where she enjoyed writing stories for morning assembly and creating dance dramas. Since her days in teaching she has enjoyed work researching the lives of the elderly and has been involved in a variety of voluntary work. This has included Reiki healing, which has given her rich insights into the work of a healer and empathy with the main character in her first novel, ‘Where Rowans Intertwine.’ Following a move to Sheffield, she concentrated on renovating an old farm worker’s cottage and writing the much-awaited novel. She won a local writing competition for BBC Radio Sheffield: ‘My Journey to Faith - How I became a Bahá’í’ - a humble accolade, but encouraging. The first novel is complete and soon to be published on Kindle, but the second one is brewing. Recently retired to Lincolnshire, she now has the freedom to make writing more of a career.
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