It’s such a pleasure to have been invited Patricia, to join in the celebration of Indie Author Week on your wonderful blog. Thank you so much, I hope you, and all your followers enjoy reading about my journey so far.
Initially, I fancied writing romance for Mills & Boon, so after much research and analysing I felt I had captured the desired requirements to join the publication. It took eighteen months to write my first romance novel, Seduced by Mind Tricks, which incorporated fictional characters and some life experiences. Satisfied I’d met the criteria, I forwarded my manuscript to Mills & Boon only to receive a positive rejection letter. “As much as we like this story and we think you have potential could you change some things, give it a polish, then resend?”
Sorry no, I didn’t want to change a thing, apart from dotting the i’s and crossing a few t’s. Therefore, I went on to self- publish. Was I right or wrong?
I believe each author has a desired motive. I longed to write and create stories, my stories. Also at my leisure, in my own style. So yes, I have made the right choice and feel lucky to have had the option to self-publish rather than trawl many agents, publishers and have all the pressure of meeting deadlines.
I’m content to have a steady readership, it suits my life style. Some wonderful feedback from readers spurred me on to write a two book historical novella series, Sleep With One Eye Open. Again, I made a decision to switch genre and had so much fun doing so. Research is a wonderful thing; I learnt and enjoyed the journey living in the 1900s. My characters did too and acted out their individual roles in a most amazing way, taking over the page and telling me what they wanted to do.
I hold my head up high, knowing I have done everything myself. Writing, creating, editing, formatting, print setting, book design, marketing and much more. It doesn’t come easy, much hard work is involved but if you want something enough, you too, can have a go at becoming an Indie author, it’s exciting and rewarding.
I invite you to spend a few minutes to look at all my books on the link below. I’m so proud of them all. And once again, handing back to the very lovely Patricia M Osborne for giving me this fabulous opportunity to join in the Indie Author Week, so appreciative and honoured to have so many wonderful author friends.
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About Anna Shenton
Anna Maria Shenton from Staffordshire, World Poetry Day Prize Winner 2015 at Vind & Vag Publishing House.
Her boys flown the nest, Anna took a home study course which led to publications in various magazines, including Writer’s Forum. Anna’s flair to write continued into fiction where she enjoys creating many wonderful characters and story plots. Family life experiences are her book of inspiration, often creeping into her stories. She independently published her debut novel, short story collection, writing for beginners and novella series.
Anna loves to write from home and in her caravan when enjoying travels with her husband.
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