Woohoo! A huge thank you to everyone who voted for The Secret City in The People's Book Prize because.... yes, it is now a finalist!!! Tea and cakes all round I think, don't you?
I'm incredibly grateful to everyone who has voted for me and I know that even if I don't win I've been overwhelmed by the positive and encouraging comments people have left which have given me belief and hope that Burly and Grum are characters that are loved and that my writing isn't too awful!
When I first published 'Beyond the Forest', the first in the Burly & Grum books in 2011, I had no idea of the journey that lay ahead for me. For one thing, I've learnt an incredible amount - when I started I had barely heard of a kindle let alone a tablet, but now I can self-publish, I know about social networking and have made many friends along the way. I already knew I loved the creative process of writing but I had no idea how much I would enjoy learning about new technology and being part of the new tidal wave of indie authors that has changed the face of publishing.
Just a few years ago I was getting comments back from publishers and agents saying my writing was good but that it wasn't quite right for the market, a fair enough comment but no one can take away the feeling of sheer pleasure and pride I get from publishing and seeing my books on Amazon and Smashwords. Below are a few of the comments Burly & Grum fans left on their People's Book Prize page - I know still I've got a lot to learn but I have to say that I'm looking forward to each step I take along the way and my love and thanks to everyone for their support and encouragement!