Don't all the best stories begin like that? I'm sure they did, once upon a... erm... time...
Well, once upon one of those times we so love, I wrote a book. After years of attempting to and letting it fall by the wayside, I succeeded. After a decade of writing bits here and there, interspersed with short stories and poetry, Sin was complete.
But then what? But there where and how?
The tale told by many budding authors is "The Chronicles of Huh?" You've written a story, a book, a while series! What then?
Well, I found my way. I published. I wrote more and people said hey, it wasn't half bad.
So. Every three weeks or so I meet with a couple of other writers. It's nothing formal - just a drink in a pub and a laugh. We talk about all sorts, sometimes even about our writing. It was there that an idea was formed. The wonderful Lynette Creswell, author of the acclaimed "Magic" trilogy, suggested we help others. We could give tips and guidance to others who were in the situation we found ourselves, once upon... Well, you know...
A. E. Murphy (the "Little Bit of" books)and myself were more than happy to dive in and lend our support. We knew there's a whole lotta talent around and were more than happy to help nurture it. It's difficult to know where to turn and each of us had differing paths we'd wandered. We'd scaled the cliffs and leapt the snake pits and still had a mountain to climb. But we had the tools to help. And we wanted to share.
So, the Author Day was born. A day where we could hand out handouts (no, really?) and chat to anyone who might have a question or ten. Yes, we'd also be there to sign our books, but we were there more to shine a torch into the abyss of (self) publishing.
Freshney Place Shopping Centre in Grimsby kindly sponsored us and gave us the space to set up. With plenty of information on such sites as Smashwords, Amazon KDP, Indies Unlimited and the differences between traditional and self publishing, we were armed to the teeth.