My lovely guest sitting around my pool this week, is the one and only Miss Talli Roland. As you know Talli has 2 books published and is about to launch her 3rd book, herself..... but before I say more, here is the first sentence.
Now before we get going, who is going to control the pouring of the wine.... laugh!
"Controlling? Moi? Why, Yes!
Who doesn’t like a little bit of control? There’s nothing more heady than having the power to make your own choices; steer your destiny. Many writers I know (myself included) are Type A personalities. And that’s what makes the publishing industry so difficult to handle. So much is out of the author’s control – the editor you’re assigned, the cover design, the amount of sales and marketing your book receives. And that’s just if you’ve made it to the publishing stage! Let’s not forget the query-go-round, being on submission, the endless waiting . . . it’s all enough to drive a writer to drink (more).
So, when I decided to self-publish my next novel, Build a Man, I felt like a massive weight had been lifted off my shoulders. Now I had control of my novel’s destiny – well, as much control as one can have when it comes to selling to the public. I could hire an editor I respected, ensure it had the cover I wanted, and use my skills to promote the book to the best of my ability. Not only that, but if I self-publish in the future, I can control my timeline and output. If I want to release three novels a year, the only thing stopping me is me.
I’m excited about holding my future in my hands. It’s a brave new world out there for authors, and I can’t wait to get started!"
Talli Roland has three loves in her life: chick lit, coffee and wine. Born and raised in Canada, Talli now lives in London, where she savours the great cultural life (coffee and wine). Despite training as a journalist, Talli soon found she preferred making up her own stories – complete with happy endings. Her first novel, The Hating Game, was an Amazon UK best-seller and was shortlisted for Best Romantic Read at the UK’s Festival of Romance awards.
Talli has just released her second novel, Watching Willow Watts. Her next novel, Build a Man, will be out in December. Talli blogs here and can be found on Twitter here.