Raise your glass! Goodbye 2011 and what’s on the way in 2012

So, happy New Years Eve eve! ;-)

By the way, that was a question?

What IS on the way for 2012?

Now, as I’ve said before, my co-writer, mystic Mark (Williams), is the one with the crystal ball, so you won’t find much in the way of predictions here on this blog, more a review and reaction to what HAS happened, not what MIGHT. For all things digital publishing and spooky speculation, check Mark’s blog out. MWi.

But here, today, let me tell you what HAS happened in 2011 and what WILL happen in 2012.

  • We were the only TRUE indie writers to make #2 in the Amazon (UK) paid store and #1 in Thrillers with Sugar & Spice
  • We sold over 125,000 books in our first year of publication
  • We set up MWiDP and now have over 100 titles from 40 odd cool writers live on Amazon
  • We made #2 on Waterstones ebook chart
  • We turned down two of the biggest lit agents in the US
  • We accepted a French translation and publishing deal for Sugar & Spice from a forward-thinking publisher who listens
  • We teamed up with some awesome people (Miriam Joy, Charley Robson and Elizabeth Ann West. Jeroen ten Berge & Athanasios to name but a few) who we are hoping to do more brilliant things with in the next year!
  • We wrote and published 4 books
  • We built (with the help of the brilliant Kristen Lamb) a social platform across several blogs, twitter, Facebook and every other social networking tool imaginable, that now reaches and connects tens of thousands of people
  • We spent our lives in front of a computer (without which, none of the above would have been possible)

We did a lot of other things too. Occasionally slept, ate and saw friends and family, but not so much of that! ;-)

It’s been a blast.

So, what’s next?

  • We will release Rapunzel in the first part of 2012
  • We will release Saffina Desforges presents...Vols 2 & 3 in the first quarter of 2012
  • We will release the co-written St.Mallory’s forever! in the first quarter of 2012
  • We will release the first book of The Chinatown Mysteries, co-written with Elizabeth Ann West in the summer of 2012
  • We will release Book One in our new dark, urban fantasy trilogy for Halloween 2012
  • We will release Beauty & the Beast (book 3) and Little Red Riding Hood (book 4) of The Rose Red crime thriller series
  • We will open our new indie world bookstore IBU (indiebooksunited.com) coming soon!
  • We will release Vols 4, 5 & 6 of Saffina Desforges presents…
  • We will continue to build and grow the MWiDP cloud sharing partnership
  • We will fall out and disagree A LOT (Mark and I, that is)
  • We might even sleep
Oh and in-between all that, we’re gonna teach the world to read!
In our spare time, we were planning on finding a way to shut Justin Beiber up, but that’s secondary! ;-) (I am also doing the Four Peaks challenge in May for charity and will be bugging you all to sponsor me. Details to come)
So, we’re gonna be busy to say the least.
We are HUGELY excited about the next twelve months and we wave good bye to the last with fondness as far as our writing and publishing careers are concerned.
All that remains is to wish you and yours a Happy New Year and hope that 2012 is great for you. Oh and to ask you this:
Will you be coming along for the ride?
Saffi

Desperately seeking representation

So, the book is finished, polished; as complete as it is ever going to be.

You’re pleased, of course, relieved. It’s all over (for now). The sleepless nights, the re-writes, the endless questioning of ones writing ability beyond your partner telling you that you  have a best-seller on your hands.

You sink back in your chair, hands behind your head – you might even light that special cigar/cigarette, open that wine you’ve been saving. That’s it, the hard work is done right?

Nope. Not by a country mile. Think again.

You might as well open a drawer, slide those lovingly crafted pages into its dark confines and lock it away if you think that was the tough bit.

No book, no matter how good it is, will ever get close to a printing press/Kindle unless you have an agent; or so I am told.

So not only have us poor, struggling writers got to spend hour after solitary hour with people we don’t actually know running around our heads, getting into trouble and generally taking over our lives; but once we have tamed them, shut them up for a few months, we now have to find an agent who can breathe life into them.

So, that’s where I am now, one set of imaginary friends are temporarily silenced, whilst a new bunch of strangers (a female DCI and her live-in lover, QC Phillipa Crichton-Ward) have moved in and are currently squatting in my ever-vacant brain motel, whilst I write to agents to try and get them to represent Sugar & Spice.

I have only sent one begging letter to date and am yet to receive my first rejection, but I have no doubt there is a long way to go.

In the meantime, I will keep writing and hope that my new lodgers can get on. I wonder what Cassie White will think about living in close proximity to a convicted paedophile?

Saffina.

  • Buy Part One: JAX – INDIGO KIDS from Amazon

  • Buy Part Two: HADI – INDIGO KIDS from Amazon

  • Buy Part Three: STARR – INDIGO KIDS from Amazon

  • Buy Part Four: CECI – INDIGO KIDS from Amazon

  • Buy ROSE RED CRIME THRILLER BOXED SET FROM AMAZON

  • Buy Sugar & Spice from Amazon

  • Buy the French edition of Sugar & Spice (Paraphilia)

  • Buy Snow White from Amazon

  • Buy Snow White in PRINT from Amazon

  • Buy Rapunzel from Amazon

  • Buy Ring A-Ring O’Roses from Amazon

  • Buy The Night Before Christmas from Amazon

  • Buy Anca’s Story from Amazon

  • Buy Anca’s Story in PRINT from Amazon

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