Writing in the garden and getting some sun 🌞

As July draws to a close, it’s time for another literary check-in. Back in mid-June I had started the summer season with a checklist of things that I wanted to accomplish over July and August. I’ve been making my way through the list and have ticked a couple of things off so far. Here’s a summary:

1. Novel WIP#4, which is my supernatural/psychological horror story, is at 70,400 words. I’m three chapters away from the finish line, hurray!

2. I bought myself a great new Acer laptop yesterday (which was slightly above my budget, but it’s for writing/publishing purposes so it’s worth it!)

3. I have found Canva to be much more user-friendly than I had been worried about; pleased to say that I’ve designed my own professional-looking cover artwork instead of having to hire a graphic designer. Win-win!

4. I have decided to go with a distributor to enable my book to go wide. During the past few weeks I’ve been doing my homework – namely research comparing the different options (Bookbaby, Draft2Digital, Ingramsparks, etc) and watching YouTube videos by Indie Authors on how they did it. It’s feeling far less overwhelming than this time last month.

5. I’ve also been doing my homework re book marketing services and have found one within my budget who has had a thumbs up from at least one successful Indie Author I know. A trepidatious yes on this one.

As for the writing side, novel WIP#3 is basically finished and ready to be published. I’m lucky to have an amazing team of beta readers to read my final drafts, so I have no doubts about the quality of the manuscript on this particular book. Whether the theme is what may interest readers is another matter. But, if I could predict what an audience wants to read, then I’d be a bestselling author, wouldn’t I? Ah, but to dream!

About Leilanie Stewart

Leilanie Stewart is a novelist and poet. Her debut novel, Gods of Avalon Road was published by Blossom Spring Publishing in October 2019 and her second novel, The Buddha's Bone is forthcoming in October 2021. Leilanie has also published three poetry collections: The Redundancy of Tautology (Cyberwit, 2021); Chemotherapy for the Soul (Fowlpox Press, 2017); A Model Archaeologist (Eyewear Publishing, 2015) and two self-published pamphlets: Toebirds and Woodlice (Meandi Books, 2012); Metamorphosis of Woman (Meandi Books, 2012), satirical novella Zombie Reflux (Meandi Books, 2014) and surreal novelette, Til Death do us Boneapart (Dark Gothic Resurrected Magazine, 2017). Leilanie is also Editor in Chief of Bindweed Magazine, a poetry and fiction online magazine that also publishes a quarterly print anthology. She currently lives in Belfast with her writer and poet husband, Joseph Robert and their lively literary tot, a voracious reader of educational books. Literary blog: https://leilaniestewart.com/ Meandi Books: http://meandibooks.bigcartel.com/ Bindweed Magazine: https://bindweedmagazine.wordpress.com/

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