‘Fire Betrayed’ update and a way you can help me

In the past it wasn’t unusual for books to be published by subscription, where an author would solicit funds to pay for the publication of their book, in return the subscribers would receive a copy of the book and their name in the book. A list of subscribers was included. This idea has modernised, with sites like Patreon and Go Fund Me helping creatives raise funds to produce their work.

I need to pay for the cover and full wrap for Fire Betrayed. I get my covers made by Michelle Connor; she made the cover for Hidden Fire for free because I’d helped her with one of her books but this time I’m determined to pay her for her work. I also need to pay for copies of the book to sell at events. Which reminds me, I’m booked into an Author’s Fair in April 2018, in Cleethorpes. More details closer to the time.

This is where I need your help. I am not generally inclined to ask for help, because I have an anxiety that people won’t consider me worthy of their time or help. It’s a psychological block that I’ve had my entire life, caused me some real problems at school and university. It’s a self-confidence thing.

I wouldn’t ask if it wasn’t necessary, and you’re definitely getting something in return:

  • For a £10 donation you will get a signed copy of Fire Betrayed, including your name in the ‘Thanks’ page at the end of the book.
  • A £15 donation will get you signed copies of both Hidden Fire and Fire Betrayed, and your name on the ‘Thanks’ page of Fire Betrayed.

And, of course, you’d get that warm, fuzzy feeling from helping a poor, disable writer make their dreams come true.

If you feel you want to help, and would like a copy of my books, my Paypal email is:

rosemariecawkwell_writer@hotmail,com

Use the ‘Friends and Family’ option, include your name and address in the comment box and look out for my updates here. As soon as it’s ready there will be an extract and a cover reveal.

The progress report

I have discussed cover design options with Michelle, something based on the cover of Hidden Fire, but with a different central image. I’m thinking a sailing ship but we’re still discussing it.

I’m working on edits too, with Michelle’s help. Like my sisters, she’s reading Fire Betrayed and providing useful commentary. Based on comments, I’ve made a few changes. Michelle is very good at pointing out where I’ve missed punctuation and half-written words. My sisters usually find the spelling mistakes.

Based on the feedback I’ve received, I’ve gone back over the prologue and first three chapters already, and made some changes. I have a habit of telling rather than showing. Sometimes this is deliberate; a precis to remind me of what I want to happen. Sometimes I even remember to go back and write out what happened. I missed several instances and these have been pointed out to me. Today I wrote 1000 words showing rather than telling.

Feel the sea breezes, people, feel them.

In other random news, I tried to cook pasta with mixed veg in chicken stock in the slow cooker this afternoon and failed miserably. I overcooked it and it was mush. The dogs are full and napping now, and I probably won’t need to put any biscuits down for them later.

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