First of all, I finally took the plunge and published all of my novels on Kindle. After the success of The Englishman (over 2,000 downloads as we speak and counting), I was encouraged to push out into the world both my family drama, Coffee and Vodka and the spy thriller, The Red King of Helsinki.
In November this year I also published a paperback copy of The Englishman, which has been terribly well received. (Even if I say so myself).
|Joey at West End Lane Books with the first signed copies.|
So, from a writer with three novels languishing in her drawer, in twelve and a bit months I've become a published author with a loyal readership. Bring on more years like 2013!
The 2013 London Book Fair was another game changer in my career as an independent author. I've written about the changes in the publishing industry many times here, but to see the shifting landscape with my own eyes was something to behold.
I also gained a tremendous amount of encouragement and new ideas from the LBF this year, not least thanks to the Alliance of Independent Authors, an organisation which has worked tirelessly to promote and support indy writers and who were very much a presence at the Book Fair. Thanks must got to Orna Ross, Joanna Penn et al for all their hard work this year.
|Me with Joanna Penn who gave a wonderfully |
informative lecture at LBF 13
on indy publishing.
The year 2013 has also been eventful in the life of my family: in May, Son asked his long-time girlfriend to marry him and she said yes! The young couple will marry in 2014, an event that has been a red letter day in my calendar for many months already. I just cannot wait!
|Aren't they cute? |
Son with his fiancé in Provence this summer.
|Daughter looks pretty happy?|
To top it all, in the New Year, I'm going to move to a much more important and challenging role with the Finns. From February 1st, I will be taking over as Development Manager/General Secretary of Finn-Guild. So watch this space, there will be many more posts about Finnish and Nordic culture on this blog in 2014.
So there it is, my short - very personal - review of 2013. All that remains is to wish you all:
Hauskaa Uutta Vuotta - Happy New Year
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