you' re reading this at the weekend).
The guest speaker was author C.J Tudor, whose debut novel 'The Chalk Man' was published this January in hardback; there will be a paperback later this year.
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The Chalk Man
Caroline began with reading the prologue of her book and there was a definite ooh at the end...
We heard about her journey to publication with the "little notes of hope"- the comments she received from agents she'd submitted her earlier books to; but it was clear that the process can be long and the path not always smooth just getting an agent.
The insights into the actual publishing process (once The Chalk Man manuscript was accepted- after an auction) was something many writers don't usually hear about.
Anyone who ever wondered why it takes so long for a book to be published- about 2 years- would have understood why, after Caroline explained the process she and her book went through. Editing and more editing featured heavily.
But it did also give some useful insights that self-publishers can learn from.
Creating a buzz using social media and the value of book bloggers, especially with debuts.
The value in getting pre-orders and the concentrated effort needed the first two weeks the book comes out.
All writers are aware of book covers, so it was surprising to hear why the cover of The Chalk Man had to be changed for the US market; they had an orange cover.
It seems they don't like black covers...
Caroline's talk was entertaining, and interesting. She is a pantser as a writer and her talk was that way too, but it worked well.
If you get an opportunity to see her at an event you won't be disappointed. And the same goes for the book...
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