An ‘Author Showcase? So what, you ask?
Friends, let us tell you that four indie authors hosting an Author Showcase in a one of Waterstones flagship London bookstores is no mean feat. It has required determination on our part and the belief and open mindedness of Waterstones to ‘take us on’. On top of that, we’ve produced eight quality novels with proven sales records and have demonstrated our ability to deliver a night no one will forget.
This Author Showcase is the culmination of a dream. One which began two summers ago over lunch with Amanda Grange in Lizzie’s garden. Our path to publication is well documented in our blog but on November the thirteenth we will have exceeded what we hoped to accomplish on that bright summer’s day.
- Written nine books between us
- Created joint and individual blogs
- Established a social media presence on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Pinterest
- Hosted eight book launches
- Presented two literary lunches for over twenty five guests
- Fronted a Valentine’s Day event at Waterstones Market Harborough
- Been short listed for awards at Lit Festivals
- Appeared on writer panels telling others our road to publication
- Created a professionally edited video of us and our achievements
- All working to write, edit and publish our third/fourth novels in 2014 – 2015
There have been highs and lows on our journey. More highs than lows, overall, and we have kept moving forward. It’s been hard but rewarding work, but we have never lost sight of our main objective – to write the best novels we can and to share them with our expanding readership.
We see this Author Showcase as the culmination of that work and our dream. Thank you for sharing the journey with us.
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Reblogged this on Lizzie Lamb and commented:
The height of our aspirations has been achieved.
Do proud of all you ladies and your very hard work. 💕💕🌺🌹🌷🌸
Reblogged this on Adrienne Vaughan.
Nice blog Lizzie, and quite a tale ….what a whirlwind of fun and frolics it’s been …and what a team, I would never have achieved my dream without you, June and Mags behind me, every step of the way. Think the friendship means the most to me. 🙂
Reblogged this on June Kearns.
Yes, I love our friendship and value it above all things. I can’t believe how far we’ve come in just two years. Got a busy weekend and then back to finishing number three. I LOVE to write.
It’s been a dream team!
I wouldn’t have done any of this without the support, cheering on, (and occasional hard slap) from Lizzie, Ade and Mags.
The London gig will be fab.
Congratulations to you all! You are one heck of an inspiration and there are a lot of people out there who are very proud of you – myself included. You’ve all written really fabulous books that I’ve enjoyed immensely and I look forward to reading more from you all. Have a fantastic time at Waterstones – you’ve earned every moment of your success, and I’m positive there’s a lot more to come. xxxx
Thank you Sharon, it’ll be your turn soon. I can’t wait to read your debut novel – never give up, that’s our motto.
What a brilliant record of achievement. You are all an inspiration to new writers and deserve your success. And an event at Waterstones in Kensington! How fabulous is that? Am looking forward to reading your latest novels, I’ve loved the others.
Thank you, Margaret. Without the support of the Leicester Girls we wouldn’t have got half as far as we have. We are indebted to the Belmont Belles and everyone who’s helped us on our way. Looking forward to your next book, too.
A wonderful achievement, and you know what, I don’t think Waterstones in Kensington are ready for four fabulous writers from Leicester. Wish I could join you. Sure you’ll knock them dead!!! Go girls, go!!!!
Thank you, Cathy!
It’s bound to be a great night.
It’s fantastic, Lizzie, it just shows what you can achieve when you put your mind to it. The event at Waterstone’s is a real coup. Take lots of photos!
Thanks Mandy, I hope you don;t get fed up with us writing about how you gave us a push in the right direction.
I still remember your words, Mandy …
Us: ‘So, when should we put our books out there – in six months, a year?’
You: ‘No, now!. Do it now.’
Here’s me as usual, last past the post. As always,Lizzie, you’ve said it how it is. A great resume of the past couple of exciting and eventful years. Mega!
What a great inspiration to other writers and congratulations on your achievements. From a reader’s point of view, I have thoroughly enjoyed accompanying you on your journey and working my way through all your books. I’m looking forward to reading the new ones and finding out where you will lead all us readers next 🙂 x
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