Another Belated Blog Tour!
The Promise of Tomorrow
Charlotte Brookes flees her lecherous guardian, McBride, taking her younger sister with her. After a year on the road, they stumble into a Yorkshire village. There, they are taken in by the Wheelers, owners of the village shop. This new life is strange for Charlotte, but preferable to living with McBride or surviving on the roads.
Harry Belmont is an important man in the village, but he’s missing something in his life. His budding friendship with Charlotte gives him hope she will feel more for him one day, and he will have the woman he needs.
However, when McBride finds out where Charlotte lives, his threats begin, and Harry takes it upon himself to keep Charlotte safe. Only, World War I erupts and Harry enlists.
Left to face a world of new responsibilities, and Harry’s difficult sister, Charlotte must run the gauntlet of family disputes, McBride’s constant harassment and the possibility of the man she loves being killed.
Can Charlotte find the happiness that always seems under threat, and will Harry return home to her?
Amazon UK – https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B07GHCXQ8Y/
Amazon US – https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07GHCXQ8Y/
Author Bio –
Australian born AnneMarie Brear writes historical novels and modern romances and sometimes the odd short story, too. Her passions, apart from writing, are travelling, reading, researching historical eras and looking for inspiration for her next book.
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See the Tour I missed? There I am on 8th November.
Here is Ms. Brear’s story of her path to publication-
My journey to self-publishing was much slower and later than it should have been. I wish I knew what I know now a few years ago, as it would have made a big difference to the way I went about things regarding publishing. To be fair on myself I was still under contract with two publishers a few years ago so most of my back list were with publishers and I didn’t have control of those books.
I was first traditionally published in 2006 and remained published with small publishers until 2017. In those 11 years I learned a lot about the craft of writing, the publishing industry and promoting books. However, the publishing industry went through enormous changes in that time, too. When I was first published ebooks where just gaining acceptance and a lot of readers and authors were dubious that ebook publishing would stay around or even be popular.
In 2014 I self-published a few older books that I’d managed to get my rights back for, but I wasn’t fully committed to self-publishing back then and I wasn’t knowledgeable enough to make use of Amazon’s great opportunities, nor was I in the position to spend a lot of money and time on being self-published. Also, there still was a stigma attached to self-publishing that your book wasn’t as good as the ones sold by traditional publishers. I think that stigma prevented a lot of writers from taking the plunge, I know it did for me.
Up until 2017 was a hybrid author, for those who don’t know that term, it means I was self-publishing but also contracted with a traditional publisher. Then, this year, I decided to try my hand at full time self-publishing, and I’m happy to say I’m enjoying the process very much.
I like having control of my books. It’s not always easy, of course, as all the work falls on my shoulders, but I don’t mind that as I can work at my own pace.
Self-publishing isn’t for everyone. I would say to new writers that they should try and go down the traditional route by getting an agent to submit to the big publishers, or submit themselves to smaller publishers, etc. At least that way they can say they’ve given it a go and they may be successful. They will learn how to work with editors, designers and how to meet deadlines. But, if they don’t sign with an agent or traditional publisher then there is the advantage of being able to self-publish. So hope is not all lost.
Obviously, self-published books don’t usually get to be stocked in all the main bookshops and supermarkets, etc. Independent authors don’t always have the contacts and the money to have wide distribution. They have to look for other ways to get their books noticed, which can be time consuming. It’s tough competing with traditionally published books, but I believe great covers and good editing (pay a professional for both!!) is the key to start off with and then there’s promotion.
Promoting a book is hard work. There is no right or wrong way to do it. All authors have to promote their book, no matter who they are, big or small names. It is part of being an author. I don’t think many authors enjoy promoting, as we’d much rather spend our time writing, but it has to be done. How much or how little an author does is up to them. I do as much as I can in my spare time.
Today, self-publishing is accepted in the industry and in many cases a preferred option for some writers. Amazon has been a huge factor in allowing and encouraging writers to take that leap, and I am very grateful to Amazon for providing a platform for me to showcase and sell my ebooks and paperback books.
I truly believe that readers don’t care who publishes a book, all they want is a good story and value for money. As a reader myself, I never care who the publisher is because I select a book due to the cover and blurb has grabbed my interest and whether that book is by a traditional published author or a self-published author I’m not bothered – just give me a good story.
I’m a happy independent author. I write stories I hope readers will enjoy.