My adventure in traditional publishing – part 2

This will be short and sweet (bitter, actually.) It finally happened, almost two years after I had been notified by my agent that a publisher was willing to offer me a contract for not one, not two, but three books: the thrill of seeing my book in print, with a glossy cover. I have read a lot recently about self-published authors not getting an editor and allowing their books to be published with mistakes. The consensus appears to be that as long as the errors are few, they won’t interfere with the average reader’s enjoyment of the story. Does anyone think that errors do not occur in traditional publishing? Of course, they do. We’ve all seen them.

Mine was a horror, and not my fault. As I read it through, I realized that the end of one chapter, several sentences, had been missed off entirely so the chapter ended rather abruptly. It was there in the galleys, and could only have been an error by the printer. There was nothing to be done about it.

Fast forward to the following year and my second book came out. Shortly after this (looking back it seems like only a couple of weeks)  a call from my agent was how I learned that my publisher was selling out to another company and retaining only its distribution division. My contract was sold as part of the package but the new company wasn’t interested in me. In the same call my agent told me that she was going into furniture sales.

My burgeoning career was in the toilet. Back to square one after the merest sip from the cup of success. I was dismayed, discouraged, disheartened and disgusted. But I told myself that I had done what I set out to do. I had got not one but two books published. Thereafter, I gave up trying to get published and went on to do other things. But I never gave up writing. Now and then, whenever the mood took me I would write – not to any real purpose, just to get it out of my system. What I would give to have those years back. When I retired (and had got over my pique) I did try the traditional publishing route again, but without success.

And there the story might have ended if not for self-publishing. Yay! A happy ending.

A wonderful review.

I don’t think I could ask for a better review than this. I wish I could thank the reviewer.

By N. H. on August 25, 2015

Format: Kindle Edition

Queen of Trial and Sorrow by Susan Appleyard is a historical fiction set in one of the most fascinating periods of English history, the late Plantagenet Dynasty. Writers like Phillipa Gregory and Alison Weir have been mining this territory for a while. Ms. Appleyard is certainly qualified to be listed in the same company. In fact Queen of Trial and Sorrow is a better book than Gregory’s White Queen.

The story is told from Elizabeth Woodville’s point of view. It covers briefly her time before she met King Edward IV. Ms. Appleyard gives Elizabeth a believable voice for an educated woman of her time. She also gives her some of the pride that many authors feel was Elizabeth’s fatal flaw. The entire book was good but the last chapter was excellent. Elizabeth, facing her death, looks back over all that has happened and all that she has lost. She has come to terms with all of it. But the most wrenching sentence of the book is lurking there, “How long did my poor sons suffer the anguish of knowing that their lives were being snuffed out before they had really lived?”

This is where Ms. Appleyard excels with creating Elizabeth’s character. She creates a powerful but haunted woman who ultimately wakes and sleep with the death of her loved ones as a constant companion. I highly recommend Queen of Trial and Sorrow for any lover of historical fiction. Even if you are not familiar with the time period, the story is so well written you will find yourself transported by it.
“I was provided with a free copy of this book by Reading Deals Review Club so I could give an honest review.”

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