Tuesday, 15 April 2014

Why An Overhaul Is Needed by Louise Wise

Here's an unusual post for you and on a subject which I feel must have been a hard decision for the author. I'd love to hear your thoughts.
But first a little about the author and the book.

Married, with four children, Louise Wise lives in England. She is a pharmacist technician by day and a writer by night. She was educated in an ordinary state school and left without achieving much in the way of qualifications; you could say she was the result of a crap school. Hungry for knowledge she enrolled in an Adult Education centre and studied English, maths and creative writing. Whereas other young girls asked for makeup and clothes for their birthdays, she asked for encyclopaedias!

Louise Wise used her general love of romantic fiction and interest in astronomy to write her first book. The book received many rejections stating the novel was too original for the current market, until finally, an agent took the book on but subsequently failed to find a publisher for it. Instead of becoming despondent, it made Louise realise that becoming a published writer WAS possible. She turned her back on traditionally publishing, threw herself into the indie world and went on to publish her first chick lit book, A Proper Charlie and then Oh no, I’ve Fallen in Love!

As for the ‘too original’ Eden it has been such a hit that Louise has now followed it up with the sequel, Hunted. So far, they are both selling well.



 And now for the book:

Oh no, I’ve Fallen in Love!

On the surface, Valerie Anthrope was happy with her life. She had her own brokerage with Sunny Oak Insurance and was financially solvent. But once asleep, she was plunged into a world of nightmares that reminded her she was cursed.
And that meant she couldn’t fall in love. Ever.

Lex Kendal was a multi-millionaire. Women flocked to him, preened and flaunted for his attention. But one woman, Valerie, knocked him back. Hard. It dented his pride and Lex set out to convince himself he still ‘had it’ by pursuing her.

Only he found himself being needed in a way he never, ever, expected and, for once in his life, money wasn’t the answer.

And finally, here's the article - a very brave decision I thought, so I am wishing Louise the best of luck with it.


Why sometimes an overhaul is needed


 Louise Wise

The Fall of the Misanthrope has been re-launched with a new cover and title: Oh no, I’ve Fallen in Love! I should’ve listened to advice when I released it back in 2012. ‘It sounds too literary,’ they said. ‘What the heck is a misanthrope?’ they cried. ‘Awful title,’ they moaned.
But I liked it and I stubbornly stuck with it. My character was called Valerie Anthrope and single so therefore Miss Anthrope, which becomes misanthrope. Geddit? She isn’t an easy person to like and the misanthrope word matched her personality perfectly. I thought I was onto a winner!
It didn’t do too badly in the beginning and I told myself it needed to be out for a year before I saw decent results. Oh how we convince ourselves we’re right!
After that first year, I played around with the blurb and tag lines. I tweeted it and shared it (and begged others to do the same) but to no avail.
So, to all the people and especially my editor Doug Watts, I’m sorry. You were right and I was oh so very wrong.
My advice to those looking for a title is to write a list and then Google each and every one to see (1) how many books there are sharing it and (2) see what the title is matched against (horrible to find later that your sweet romance is matched against an erotic title!). Delete the ones on your list that are too popular or, better, that are the same as yours and also delete those that have something linking to the title that you don’t want to be associated with.
Your list should now be a lot shorter.
Then sit on it for a while, just like your final draft, and go back and arrange them in order of preference. List why they SHOULDN’T be used: too long, too short, too obscure, too cliché…
Narrow your list.

Ask writer friends for their opinion (especially those who have read the book) and take into consideration what they feel. Don’t just ask them what they think, ask them what feelings your title evokes.
And, like me, if your book has been out a while, don’t be afraid of changing it. That’s the beauty of being an independent author.
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Thursday, 3 April 2014

The Dating Game in The Elvetham Heath Directory

Delighted to see that The Dating Game has been featured in a print magazine! Yep, those who can get their hands on a copy of The Elvetham Heath Directory will find yours truly and The Dating Game featuring in pride of place! Here's the online version -

Tuesday, 25 March 2014

How hard is it being a translator?

Morning everyone - delighted to have my article on translation featured on Janet Emson's From First Page To Last. So, exactly how difficult is it to translate material?

Friday, 21 March 2014

NEW RELEASE - Far Away In Time by Maria Savva

As you may recall I've read and reviewed a few of Maria Savva's books, and this collection of short stories got an easy 4 stars from me.

Our lives are a series of stories, and we are the characters with the starring roles. The memories, regrets, secrets, and struggles that fill these pages are at once unique and relatable. These stories belong to us all.

Eight unforgettable tales reaching out to a place Far Away In Time...

And here's my review:-
A lovely collection of shorts - a real mixed bag - from the criminal to the magical.
I'd read quite a few of Maria Savva's books before and enjoyed in particular Haunted and Coincidences. However, as I don't term myself a short story fan, I was pleasantly surprised to discover I really enjoyed all of these stories, except the first one, The Ghost of Christmas Past - not that it wasn't well-written - it was - I simply found it too disturbing. My favourite was the eponymous Far Away In Time, which came in two parts. The main character was beginning to doubt her sanity, but it was all about everything not being quite what it seemed. She followed the instructions of an old man from her past and managed to inadvertently help prevent a crime from being committed, as she had faith. I loathed with a vengeance the father and stepmother in Betrayal, although I felt sorry for Desiree and the children, and was glad to see that the back-stabbing, selfish gits got their comeuppance. I both felt sorry for the mother in Echoes Of Her Dreams, as well as feeling exasperated at her that she let everyone walk all over her, particularly her sister. She was so eager to please, or never say no to anyone, that her life never really took off. In A Sign, Grace uncovers an object which helps bring joy to an elderly neighbour whilst also questioning the afterlife. A sweet, blossoming romance adds another dimension to the story. Tragedy of Love was just that - so sad. I could completely imagine this having happened at some point - what a waste; a very poignant tale. Mike and Toyah's tale in The Beach had an otherworldliness to it; Mike's dreams seemed so real and the content concerned him and with good reason it seemed. There's something in this collection for everyone


And that's not all - we have a rare treat -  a book trailer - feast your eyes!
You can buy your copy of Far Away In Time via Amazon
Tune in again on Monday for another book-related post. Have a great weekend, Sooz

Thursday, 20 March 2014

Happy Hump Day - I'm on Julie Valerie's blog

Well, it's still Wednesday in parts of the US, so still Happy Hump Day! Perfect Prose Services is featured on author Julie Valerie's blog along with some wonderful info about other authors' new releases and how to make a vine video. http://www.julievalerie.com/day-hump-day/


Monday, 17 March 2014

Are libraries valuable?

Do  you still use libraries? How has your library usage changed in the past thirty years (if you've been alive that long!) I stopped using libraries when I was earning enough money to just buy books, and since I always seemed to take library books back late and incur fines, it actually worked out cheaper for me than borrowing them. But, I think we should still use libraries and in the last few years, even though I have almost 500 physical books at home I haven't read (yes, really) plus goodness knows how many on Kindle, I still borrow books from the library. I think it's the element of surprise. I go to take one back and as I walk through the library, I notice a book not on my wishlist which happens to be prominently placed and thus I notice it and realise it's eminently readable. So far this month I've picked up a John Boyne book, plus The Little Coffee Shop of Kabul, an Ian Rankin novel and How The Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini. Now, the reason I haven't given you all of the information, is because I don't actually remember all of the titles or of the authors, and that would require leaving my comfy perch on the sofa and going to the bookcase to get them - and it's not important, anyway. What's important is I have picked up four random books, which incidentally I haven't started reading yet, as I am still on the new Sophie Hannah, The Carrier.

What's important is that libraries exist, don't get shut down and then are no longer available, particularly to those who need them - those who don't have the money for books. I didn't always have money to spend on books, and libraries were a treasure trove to me. Now I take the cherub, almost a year old now, to Bookbug or Rhymetime, and I see her love of books flourishing. I want libraries to exist when she is a teenager, an adult and a mum herself, so she can take her children there.

Of course, libraries also offer other valuable (to some) services: computer access, photocopying, faxing, and things like that. I have to say, though, I almost choked at the prices I had to pay for faxing a document to my solicitor a few years ago - but the least said about the better! Tomorrow I will choke on the price of photocopying documents, so much so I may well go and buy myself a scanner or a photocopier instead (yes, seriously). So, those services are not so well-viewed by me, but having a place where kids can come and congregate and learn nursery rhymes, about books and interact, yes I think that's valuable. We have a lot of books at home, even the baby has about seventy (yes, I know!) , but that doesn't mean she won't enjoy going to the library to see what the latest 'lift-the-flap' Spot book they have in, or discover new books there that she might love so much I end up buying them for her later.

The other thing I notice about libraries nowadays, or maybe it's just mine, is that librarians are actually very nice. Libraries are still quiet, but there is no fierce shushing as there was in the past by prim, bespectacled, formidable harridans. Or maybe they just can't berate a 41-year-old mother the way they did my teenage self.

Anyway, I'd loved to hear about your recent experiences of libraries, especially in the run-up to World Book Night. Do you use them? Why/why not? Favourite part?

Ooh, and the biggest libraries I've ever been in - so you get library envy: New York City library, the Mitchell Library in Glasgow and the University of Glasgow library.

All those lovely books....aah...

Tune in next Monday for another book related post