My guest this week was born and worked in South East London as an administrator for 20 years but now writes full-time. Writing romance and children’s books, she belongs to the Romantic Novelists’ Association, the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators and the Society of Authors.
I’m pleased to welcome self-published author Julie Day to my blog for this week’s guest post.
Q. Welcome Julie. Can you start off by telling us a bit about your writing?
A. The genres I write are YA fantasy and adult romance. They are both series. The YA ones are called ‘The Guardian Angels’ and the adult ones are called ‘Geraldine’s Gems’. The YA ones are targeted for teens/young adults, and the adult romances are geared towards adults who like sweet romances with a touch of magic and humour to them. To date I have released two Young Adult short ebooks and a short story, and three adult romances. I am unagented but it’s not for want of trying. I have been trying to get an agent for my younger children’s fiction but seem to get the same reply, ‘Like the idea, but not strong enough for the current market’.
I’ve had reader letters published in magazines and short stories published in small press magazines over the years. Then in 2009 I had my first children’s book published. I tried and tried to get an agent/publisher for my children’s stories but with no luck. Then last year I kept reading how writers were having luck with self-publishing ebooks and decided to give it a go myself. I love the control of self-publishing ebooks that I’m not sure now if I really want to get an agent or publisher and have to wait and wait for answers and deadlines and being published.
Q. Getting an agent is notoriously difficult at the moment, so we all feel for you! And what about your most memorable writing successes and rejections?
A. My most memorable writing success was my first published article. I had a ‘Viewpoint’ column published in a magazine called The Lady back in 1999 and was paid £25 for it. Seeing my name in a magazine was a buzz. Still is. In terms of rejections? All the ones I got for my second tween children’s book, which is yet to be published. Again I got the same comments as above from agents.
1) Persevere. Never give up. There are always choices
2) Seek out those choices and investigate.
3) Read, read and read. Both fiction and non-fiction and learn from what you read.
Q. Tell us about your work? Do you have a day job or write full-time? What’s a typical day for you? What’s the best – and worst – part?
A. I’m a full-time writer. My typical day is pottering around the house in the morning, and going on the internet to check emails for a while. In the afternoon I watch a bit of tv after lunch, write/type current project for half an hour, then on the internet for another half an hour, then read my Kindle for half an hour (non-fiction then fiction). Then I might have a nap for a while! My favourite bit of my time is writing/typing current wip as it takes me out of any hassles and bothers in my home life. Hated bit is filing and tidying.
Q. And your favourite drink / wine?
A. My fave drink is actually pineapple juice!
Thanks for stopping in Julie and I wish you all the best with your self-pubbed titles.
To find out more about Julie you can go to her blog at http://julieaday.blogspot.co.uk or find her at Facebook on http://www.facebook.com/julie.day.35 on Twitter @juliedayauthor. You can buy her books via her website at http://www.julieaday.co.uk/
That’s all for now… but I’ll be back soon with a Writing, Work and Wine guest post with prolific author Nell Dixon.
Happy writing, Nikki x