I'm absolutely thrilled to bits to announce that I have signed a 4 book deal with my current publishers, Headline Publishing Group for books 9, 10, 11 and 12!!!!! The titles will consist of two more Shetland series books to be published in May 2022 and September 2022 plus, two currently untitled novels! Yeah, bubbles are a flowing!!!!
Anyway, that's my big news for a Monday, as you were!
If you want to know the details on my new Shetland titles you'll need to sign up to my brand-new FaceBook page: press for the link Erin Green Readers
The nights are drawing in, it's cosier to stay at home with a glass of your favourite and meet on-line, so why not!
You are cordially invited to join me via Zoom for an author talk, where I'll happily answer questions, discuss my current projects and answer any burning books questions. I'll be giving away a signed paperback during the session.
If you wish to join the evening, please hop over to my FaceBook group at: Erin Green Readers - you'll find the event link posted.
Save the date and I'll see you there!
I'll be joining the lovely book club at Gwaun Cafe Gurwen library, Y Lolfa on Thursday evening via Zoom for an author chat. The book group were so wonderful during my last meet-up with their fabulous questions and book chat that we ran out of time so ran over our allotted slot by an hour as nobody wished to leave the Zoom meeting!
I'll be chatting about my latest book 'FROM SHETLAND WITH LOVE AT CHRISTMAS' which will be published in paperback from next Thursday. The ebook and audio version were both published in September 2021.
I'm sure the scope of conversation will cover my publishing journey, the pit falls and high points along the way, the joys of writing, creation and planning and much discussion about favourite characters and their antics!
If you are interested in organising a Zoom author visit for your book club please make contact via email at ErinGreenAuthor@mail.com
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Two weeks in and I'm loving it! I had no idea how it would progress as it has been so long since I hand wrote anything longer than a shopping list or marked school books. Each day, I've set aside a time slot in which to hand write and the pages are turning quicker than I expected. I'm curious to know how many words I've written but there's no way I'm cheating on this project, I'll stick with the plan. Hand write until New year and then spend a week typing up. It shows how conditioned I am regarding word counts and daily progress, so it'll do me good in the long run.
The storyline is fairly humorous so I've found myself speed writing sections as I want to get to the punchline. Obviously, my hand can only write so fast but I've become lost in the moment and the words which has felt wonderful. Not that laptop writing doesn't provide the same energy, but I'll admit there is something different about this handwriting malarky.
For those that questioned why I'm using green ink - it isn't because of my name but because I had bottles of the stuff from when I was a teacher. We had to mark in green ink so it made sense to use it on a project then keep staring at it. I'd prefer purple, but then those of you who know me, already knew that little detail.
From midnight tonight, I have NaNoWriMo to contend with but I'll continue my daily handwriting time slot and give you an update in a few weeks.
News from me! I have created a brand-new Facebook page purely for my readers to browse and enjoy. Previously, I had an Erin Green FB page and a YouTube channel but sadly, having encountered some abusive/racist remarks on each, I've ceased using either. Sad, I know.
The brand-new, all sparkly FaceBook page is for members only. It's already up and running, so fingers crossed the following link works for you. Link: Erin Green Readers If the link doesn't work for you simply enter FaceBook, search for Erin Green Readers.
I've created various posts and polls which I hope you find interesting. I'll be sharing book news, inspirations, posting details relating to my work-in-progress and answering any author questions. There'll also be giveaways, competitions and signed copies up for grabs - which I know my genuine readers want more of.
Why not nip across, press the blue button and join the party!
Last Friday, I embarked upon an experiment. A writing experiment which I have been meaning to try for many years. It's nothing flash or creative but the simple act of writing a book by hand. My usual style is typing straight into a word document which is the skeleton template which I have adopted over the years. But this new project isn't commissioned for an editor or even known about by my agent; a secret project where I can indulge and take as long as I wish because there are no deadlines.
I grabbed a nice new notebook, a trusty fountain pen and proper ink, and away I went. The purpose is to see if hand writing has a different creative process for me in relation to drafting or editing on a laptop. I've been told over the years that I'll have cleaner 'draft one' as the process of hand writing automatically includes a level of basic editing. Whereas my fast flowing typing fest via a screen is literally word after word flowing with as much urgency as my brain can muster.
So far, in five days, I have found a different level of enjoyment. You forget how good it feels to have the paper glide beneath your writing hand. And, hand ache having held the pen for too long! The story is flowing nicely and I have been lost for periods of time without looking up - it reminds me of being a child when the teacher set a writing task.
I have no idea how many words I've written - which has taken away one of my daily measures, but am conscious of the page turning as I fill each one with scrawly writing.
My intention is to hand write every day from now until the end of the year, including my NaNoWriMo challenge, and see how much I can complete. I have my usual main project on my laptop, but its been nice having an additional secret one too.
I love October; a favourite month due to the autumnal colours, the cosy feels and special days. And, of course, NaNoWriMo prep!
Today, I entered my project details into the official NaNoWriMo.org website which makes it totally live and legit in my head. My goal is 50,000 words, anything more is a bonus! I planned this book a while ago, so I'm literally waiting to start on 1st November. As always, I'll probably do a couple of sessions throughout each day and update my word count each night.
If you haven't heard of NaNoWriMo before the aim is to write 1667 words each day for one month. It's a global challenge which brings writers of all abilities together for four weeks. Press the red font above for a link to the official website.
Personally, I find week three the most challenging. Weeks one and two are fuelled by the enthusiasm for a new writing project and week four has the end in sight. I try to get ahead regarding my word count in the first two weeks allowing myself a slower pace in week three, if needs be.
My countdown has offically begun!
Last Thursday, saw book two of my 'From Shetland' series published in both ebook and audio format*. As always, I made the most of publication day with a revisit to Haworth and the Bronte parsonage before an evening of celebration and bubbles. I always use publication day as a memory making day because you never know how many you'll achieve as an author! I'd hate to let one slip by.
I was inundated with 'congratulations' and 'best wishes' messages from fellow authors, bloggers and readers, plus a beautiful bouquet from my editor at Headline Publishing Group. Though in all honesty, the real publication thrill occurred this morning when I discovered this in 'Women's Contemporary Fiction' chart on Amazon. #ThankYouReaders
*the paperback follows on 11th November
It's Monday morning, the birds are singing and I am totally refreshed having spent the weekend at a writing retreat. If you know me, you know that I love nothing more than packing my car on a Friday afternoon and trundling off to wherever for a weekend of dedicated writing. So having spent the last three days in the delightful company of three other authors - I'm now home to start a fresh week.
I appreciate that some readers might not fully understand the significance or mindset which comes from attending writing retreats. Over the years, I've had many people suggest their costly, their indulgent and possibly, not productive but I believe otherwise. As always, I set a goal: 10,000 words. I managed 8,500 during the retreat and finished off on arriving home with a weekend total of 10,332 words! I can't complain about that.
It wasn't a tutor led retreat but a dedicated writing one, so I set up my writing spot in the dining room and away I worked, thanks to the delightful delivery of tea!
I had a change of scenery, laughed a great deal given that my co-authors are hilariously witty and have eaten some truly delicious meals. What's a girl to do, but enjoy!
And so, begins another week of writing boosted by a weekend away working!