- quinquennial adj. and n.
OED Word of the Day (last Tuesday): quinquennial, adj. and n. A fifth anniversary, among other things…
It’s five years since I started this blog. That’s quite a milestone.
Amazingly (by missing out Monday) THIS IS MY 900TH POST!!
My first post (still called Hello-World in the URL, which all wordpress users will recognise) was simple enough… entitled The Beginning, it reads
The first post on the new blog site.
I’m currently editing the first of my stories, writing an outline and a synopsis, and generally getting ready to submit chapters to an agent or even a publisher. I think an agent is probably best.
Isn’t it cute?
I posted about six times in the next eight months, before I got going with more ideas, but it was mostly about blurb for the book (Princelings of the East), and my progress with rejection slips (if only they sent them). On my fourth post I mentioned I’d had another idea for a book starring Mariusz/Hugo… but Traveler in Black and White must have already been written because I went on to talk about the one I was working on, which became Bravo Victor. I wonder what that idea was… possible the backstory for meeting the Rajah.
In March 2011 I wrote a very telling post: What is the reason for writing? Frankly, nothing has changed, as far as the Princelings books are concerned. Maybe I think more about my audience with the Viridian Series. I’m clearly not a commercial writer. I wonder whether I ever will be?
Only a couple of posts later, in September 2011 I was still getting rejections and had nearly finished my list of agents to approach… but I had an idea for another story. The interesting thing is I’d forgotten I’d written this down. I know I wrote a few chapters of it and decided it was too early to write it… If you read my interview with Rebecca Douglass during my blog tour, you’ll put two and two together and realise this post is the summary of book 8!
The next post, dated 22 October 2011, is called Kindling enthusiasm? and talks about signing up with an outfit called Kindle Direct Publishing.
Two weeks later I posted about the Writers’ & Artists’ conference I went to in London, and the posts started flowing. I got a Twitter account. I got a cover. By the end of the month Princelings of the East was out on Kindle, and ten days later on Smashwords.
Then I started blogging regularly, with content like book reviews. Then I found the A to Z Challenge…
And the rest, to use a cliché that I wouldn’t dare use in a book, is history!
To Celebrate – A Giveaway
- ONE SET of Princelings paperbacks (six books) anywhere in the world
All you have to do is leave a comment, and I’ll draw the winner using a random number generator.
Entries close Monday October 26th 2015.