My intention was to be blogging my heart out but months have now flown by and not a word written! I have though, written a whole new book in less than six months which went to print this week and will hit the stands at the end of March. WOW!
When my publisher Hachette Australia offered me a contract to write a second book in May 2016,and to deliver of a manuscript of 75 000+ words by 1 December. I thought I could not do it – it took me 14 years to write A Sunburnt Childhood.’ Then thought – bugger it! Just go for it. Not many sixty year olds get this opportunity. So I resigned from my job in July and went hell for leather for a first draft for My Outback Life – which I did by mid October – it then went back to the editor and back to me and I delivered a rough but not too bad a manuscript. A series of questions and final edit in January and finally – you have to wave good bye to your baby on its first day to school with lots of trepidation and a lump in your throat!
The second book is harder – well it was for me because A Sunburnt Childhood became a bestseller and got rave reviews including being named the best biography in 2017, by Country Style Magazine and the bestselling Memoir for Hachette Australia. The doubts and questions bombarded my head – Is this a good story? Will people like it? Am I going to upset anyone this time? (I did in Sunburnt) Will it sell enough?
Well there is not point worrying now is there?
All I can say is, I hope you love it and please let me know what you think!
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My Outback Life will be available in all good book stores across Australia or you can click the link on my front page to pre order in paperback or Ebook at Bootopia. Also available on Amazon Kindle.