Today I’m thrilled to be on the blog tour for The Watcher by Netta Newbound which was published by Bloodhound Books on the 30th January 2017, so you don’t even have to wait to get yourself a copy of this chilling serial killer thriller.
Unfortunately I haven’t had the time to read The Watcher yet but it’s certainly one that I will be reading once my TBR pile has diminished, it’s getting some fab reviews from fellow bloggers whose opinions I trust and it’s already got a fair few 5 ⭐ reviews. Netta Newbound has very kindly written a guest post for my blog, I hope you enjoy it and I’ve also included a book description and buying links further down the post.
Self-publishing – V – Traditional Publishing
As a lover of self-publishing and also a total control freak, I didn’t think I would ever choose to go the traditional route. To hand over the reins to somebody else seemed abhorrent. But in the later part of last year, a good friend and fellow author suggested I send my then current WIP to Betsy at Bloodhound Books. And here we are, three months later, on the blog tour following the release of my latest book, The Watcher.
People often think the writing of a book is the hard part—well, let me tell you, they couldn’t be more wrong. Once you have the beginning, middle and ending thrashed out, you need to take your writer’s hat off and don your publisher’s hat. An enormous amount of energy goes into the next part:-
- Send the manuscript off to your critique partners and beta readers.
- Make any suggested and agreeable changes.
Send it off to an editor who will then return your beloved manuscript covered with red ink.
- Make their changes.
- Send the finished book out to proof readers.
- Work on the cover. For several of my books I used a designer, but I was never totally happy with their concept of my ideas, so I took a Photoshop course and began to design them myself.
- Organise the formatting for both the eBook and the paperback.
- Write the blurb and synopsis.
- Upload the book file to KDP and Createspace.
- Arrange a blog tour and write Q&As and guest posts.
- Set up plenty of tweets and Facebook posts.
- Work on your website and Facebook Author Page.
And about a million other things not listed here…Exhausting!
- However, by handing over the control to a publishing company, you’re also handing over the bulk of the workload.
- Send the completed manuscript to the publisher.
- Make editorial changes. (Still plenty of red ink!)
- Write a few blog posts and Q&As.
- Sit back and pour yourself a large G&T. *Cheers!*
Now even a habitual control freak like me can’t deny which is the better experience. My only question is, why did I take so long to realise it?
Life couldn’t get much better for Hannah. She accepts her dream job in Manchester, and easily makes friends with her new neighbours.
When she becomes romantically involved with her boss, she can’t believe her luck. But things are about to take a grisly turn.
As her colleagues and neighbours are killed off one by one, Hannah’s idyllic life starts to fall apart. But when her mother becomes the next victim, the connection to Hannah is all too real.
Who is watching her every move?
Will the police discover the real killer in time?
Hannah is about to learn that appearances can be deceptive.
Print Length: 232 pages
Publisher: Bloodhound Books (30 Jan. 2017)
Netta Newbound, originally from Manchester, England, now lives in New Zealand with her husband Paul and their boxer dog Alfie. She has three grown-up children and three delicious grandchildren.
As a child, Netta was plagued by a wild imagination, often getting in trouble for making up weird and wonderful stories. Yet she didn’t turn her attention to writing until after her children had grown and left home.
Although she mostly writes psychological thriller novels, all of which consistently rank highly in the best seller categories, she has also written several non-fiction books with a close friend and fellow author under the names of Sandra Rose & Jeanette Simone.