A learning process

The path of being a writer is quite often not a straight road. Add to the fact of being an indie self-published writer and you can take away any cushioning that you may recieve from an agent or publishing house.

We set off on this road a few years ago (although we have been writing a lot longer than this) and had our book as a goal. But, since going through this process we have seen firsthand how publishing a book isn’t just about the book, it’s the whole process around it.

Being fortunate enough to being able to get together a 30 strong group of book bloggers for our blog tour meant we were also then fortunate enough to get a real insight into what we needed to do to make our book better, it’s as simple as that. But what isn’t simple is then making the decisions needed afterwards.

The book bloggers came back and told us that they loved the storyline, the character development and the atmosphere created but please please put it through a good edit!

I’ve admired people before who have put on an event, made a film or ‘given something a go’ only for there to be some critique. Would they fold? Walk away? Or would they fight and move forward.

This is the first time I’ve really had to think about this and make the decision. But, I’m so glad we did! How could we leave a great storyline out there with an edit that didn’t do it justice. Either we are writers or we are not!

So, we have for the past few months been working with an amazing proofreader/editor and ended up with something we are so proud of!

The Proof Professor, Matt Rance has been our saviour. What this man doesn’t know about the English language simply isn’t worth knowing…. so thank you!

And here it is….. ‘A Presence of Absence’ version 2.

Same story, same atmosphere, same characters but with a fantastic edit.

Researching this over the past couple of months has made me realise that this happens time and time again and to authors who are already signed but sometimes people choose to shy away from it and hope the second book will rectify the first but we choose the other option….. to finish off what we started!



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