A FABULOUS giveaway & FREE event for readers & writers

 

Hello

It’s been such a busy time with last week’s publication of The Family (you can read about the launch here & the behind the scenes at the audio book recording here) but I wanted to touch base and let you know of a FABULOUS competition and some events.

Firstly, thank you to everyone who has bought, reviewed, recommended and shared news of The Family. It really is very appreciated. It’s wonderful to see it out in the world and it’s already hit the UK top 40 on Amazon, No. 2 on Kobo and the Top Ten on iBooks.

I am thrilled that Fern Britton has chosen The Family for her October Book Club pick in conjunction with Tesco and even more excited when Fern tweeted to say how much she loved my book! You can currently find an exclusive edition of The Family in every branch of Tesco which includes an interview between Fern & I, along with some additional book club questions that aren’t in the main edition. All this for a bargain price of £3. You can also currently find the paperback in Sainsburys and all good bookshops (if they don’t stock it they can order it in) and it will be in Asda from mid-December.

The Family has been getting some great endorsements from the press: The Guardian have chosen it for their best crime picks selection calling it “A good study of vulnerability.” Woman’s Weekly have said it’s “Twisted & Suspenseful.” And Heat billed it as “A gripping psychological thriller.”

Are they right? You can find out for yourself for just 99p for the eBook for a limited time via Amazon, iBooks, Kobo and Google Books. If you’ve already read and enjoyed The Family and have time to pop a quick review on one of the platforms it really would be HUGELY appreciated.

Now, if you’re an avid reader or writer you can catch me at a few events this month.

On 23rd October I’ll be at the gorgeous Oundle Bookshop, Nr Peterborough with fellow psychological crime writer Darren O’Sullivan. We’ll there between 17.00-19.30 speaking about how we write and publish and answering your questions. Drinks and nibbles are provided. This is a free event. Darren and I are such good friends we always have such a good time at our talks and laugh A LOT. Do come and join us.

On 24th October at 6pm I’ll be at Waterstones in Silbury Arcade, Milton Keynes, in conversation with Sunday Times Bestseller Sarah Pinborough about the art of writing twists and tension. Entry is £3 on the night but you get that back if you buy one of mine or Sarah’s books on the night.

If you can’t get along to an event I’ll be doing a Facebook Live chat via the super friendly The Fiction Cafe Book Club group on Facebook on Sunday 20th October at 8pm. As well as talking about writing and answering your questions there’ll be a giveaway. Pop along beforehand and join the group here if you’re not already a member and post any questions you have or you can ask me live on the night.

Lastly, to celebrate the publication of The Family, Good Housekeeping Magazine are giving away a free spa day for two worth £230, along with ten copies of my paperback. You can enter the competition here.

Good luck with your entry!

Louise x

The Family – Amazon, iBooks, Kobo and Google Books.

 

The Writers’ Conference – #WEMCONF16

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I snapped up a ticket for Writing East Midland’s 2016 conference as soon as they went on sale last year. A whole day hanging out with writers; Mike Gayle and Sophie Hannah as keynote speakers; and the entrance fee included cake – who could say no?

There’s something very special about being in a room full of lovers of the written word. Everyone standing shoulder-to-shoulder, whether published, self-published, striving to find an agent or writing as a hobby, everyone is equal, happy, genuinely excited to be there.

The event last Saturday was a rather different experience for me than others I’ve attended in the past. With a book deal already in place I didn’t feel the urge to frantically scribble in my notebook all day in case I missed a golden nugget of opportunity, but there’s always something to learn, and these are the things I took away this time.

 

  • Every writer feels like a fraud and expects to ‘be found out’ at any time.
  • Be happy with your choice – whether publishing with a large or small publisher, or self-publishing, having a novel out there is a great achievement. Put all thoughts of ‘could I have done better,’ away and celebrate the fact you’ve written a book.
  • Finish that first draft. Don’t give up if you feel it’s getting too messy. That’s what rewriting is for. Take a break. Question why you started writing this book and if the idea still excites you push forwards.
  • Social media – don’t try to do everything if you don’t have enough time. Better to stick to just one platform and do it well.
  • Use index cards for notes and characters.
  • Find your authentic voice. Whether you’re writing as a 14-year-old boy, or a 70- year-old man, you’ll instinctively know when something feels right. Trust your gut.
  • ALL writers live in fear of never having another idea.
  • Your best book is your next book.