On Writing: A Heroine’s Journey – writing through the dark tangle

Honoured to be featured in booksbywomen.org with my piece on writing a heroine’s journey.

READ HERE

@womenwriters @CarolineAuthor

 

Lady Beth wins Novel of the Year!

I am thrilled to share some great news!

LADY BETH has won the CAP Awards NOVEL OF THE YEAR 2017

The CAP Awards, launched in 2016,  aim to provide a platform to showcase the cream of Irish Independent Authors, bringing them to the attention of book shops, distributors and the media in Ireland and abroad. All money raised goes to AWARE, a charitable organisation that undertakes to create a society where people affected by stress, depression, bipolar and mood disorders are understood, supported, free from stigma, and are encouraged to access appropriate therapies. Learn more about AWARE at aware.ie

Here is what judge, Louise Phillips, had to say about the novel… “A very worthy winner of the C.A.P. Novel Award 2017, LADY BETH by Caroline E Farrell is a thrilling journey into a dangerous world fueled with tension and high stakes. It delivers exceptional characters and terrific prose within a page-turning unrelenting story that digs deep into the underbelly of our capital city.”

It was such a thrill to accept this award, and to meet some lovely people, including my fellow shortlisted and winning writers. I am very grateful for the opportunity – and the fantastic outcome!

LADY BETH is available from Kenny’s Bookshop with free shipping worldwide. Also available from O’Mahonys in Limerick, Ennis and Tralee and from Alan Hanna’s Bookshop in Dublin and from all AMAZON Stores. See it on Goodreads too!

Book Lovers Day!

It’s Book Lovers Day today – and no better time to spread the book love! I have some review copies of my novel, LADY BETH to give to readers / reviewers / bookbloggers in return for an honest review.

If you are interested you can contact me via this blog, on TWITTER, on FACEBOOK or by emailing me at Farrell (dot) caroline (at) gmail (dot) com.

You can read some of the reviews I have been receiving on the book on GOODREADS HERE.

Happy Reading to all my fellow Book Lovers!!

Lady Beth: Free until Tuesday!

Lady Beth, the ebook, is FREE to read until Tuesday. And sure why not!

Check it out HERE

And all the good vibes HERE

 

Many, many thanks for your support.

Talking about writing: Featured Interview

Many thanks to author Wanda Dehaven Pyle for this feature interview on her blog.

https://wandadehavenpyle.wordpress.com/2017/05/16/interview-with-caroline-farrell/

On Writing: The process and importance of book reviews…

My novel, LADY BETH is out there…seeking honest reviews…and here’s why!

My book is finally published, and I curl up in a quiet corner to rest, sleep, ruminate on the exhausting, though hopefully, exhilarating process I have just experienced in the writing – the editing – the formatting – the cover design – the launch!

And then I remember – I ain’t finished yet. Not by a long shot!!

Next I have to market my baby, get it out there, get it SEEN, get it READ, get it ENDORSED, get it REVIEWED!

I am not complaining. I am proud of my work and I enjoy the process, all of it. And I know what my goal here is. Simply, for my work to be READ.

It might seem obvious to say that book reviews engage readers. Worth repeating though. Book reviews, when they are honest, constructive and hopefully, positive, give kudos to a book, and therefore, allow potential readers to have confidence to know that the book is quality. That it is worth the spend of their hard-earned cash, and their precious time.

An interesting point to note also is that all reviews do not have to be 5 Stars – as long as an average of 3.5 stars or higher can be achieved, and that the reviews are from genuine and discerning readers, it is the quantity of reviews that count, no matter how short or long those reviews are.

Book reviews on Amazon are tied in to that lovely system of algorithms – Amazon rank books according to their popularity, the more reviews the book gets, the more the book gets seen! The more the book gets seen, the more potential readers…

If you are reading this, you are a reader. If you’ve recently read a book that you’ve enjoyed, consider giving it a review – you’ll be supporting, not just authors, but readers too. Share the good word!

LADY BETH is available from AMAZON Stores.


 

Going Indie: And Why Not?

I like the term Indie Publishing. I’m an Indie Filmmaker – putting skin in the game to get my films made. I am a storyteller. I write screenplays. I write fiction. So when it comes to novels, why wouldn’t I take the independent route as well? Just like the film industry, you only learn in the ‘doing’ when it comes to writing and producing work, and the past couple of years have taught me a lot in terms of the publishing industry in all of its tranches; traditional, assisted – and self-publishing – of which I have now well and truly dipped the proverbial toe.

I’ve also experimented through the gamut of submitting the traditional way, to writing online and publishing my efforts for feedback, to publishing a finished work in ebook format, to going through the whole shebang with the paperback. I’ve made mistakes and thankfully, my readers have been both encouraging and forgiving. I have learned so much from them, and am grateful. There are also organisations that are invaluable to the advocacy and learning process of self-publishing, The Alliance of Independent Authors being at the forefront of ensuring professionalism and a code of standards.

While working through all of the above, I also sent out a sample of my novel to three of the biggest agents in Ireland; one has yet to reply. The other two did, in quick time, and with professionalism and honesty. While both gave positive and constructive comments on my work, both also stated that they are working in very difficult market conditions, which without doubt, limits the selection of work they can afford to take on. I completely understand that, and have so much admiration for publishing companies who take a chance on new writers and who keep supporting established ones. My experience as a Librarian for almost twenty years, working on a literary festival for seven, I’ve also talked to so many authors from all sides of the industry, whom I greatly admire, and reckon I’ve garnered a pretty comprehensive knowledge of how things work. It’s a tough game. Authors work hard. Publishers work hard. Respect. For now though, I don’t have the advantage of a publishing house at my back for the essentials of editor, proof reads, cover design, marketing and promotion, but I’m managing all that, and continue to learn from it.

Ultimately, the culmination of all of that accumulative learning and ‘doing’ is the fact that I am now in a position to make an informed decision on what is right for me at the present time; to stick with Indie Publishing. And here are my top ten reasons for doing so:

  1. Print-On-Demand! The risk is mine – and mine alone.
  2. Ebooks! Accessible and cheap. I read now more than ever with my Kindle!
  3. I connect directly with Readers and Writers – and learn from them.
  4. The start-up investment is manageable – and balanced by higher royalties.
  5. I retain complete control over everything I publish.
  6. Without contracts, I can write what I like, when I like.
  7. I have the freedom to experiment and to move outside any genre.
  8. The services and support to get it right are out there.
  9. I’m in the exceptionally good company of dedicated and supportive Indie, Traditional and Hybrid authors, more and more of whom are self-publishing back catalogues and/or moving into Indie publishing with new work.
  10. It is fun. The learning, the doing, the achievement. And the possibilities are endless.

I’ve never been a fan of labels, I want to express my writing in the genres and formats that feel right for me. and whether I work on a screenplay, a novel, or a short story, in the end, I am a storyteller.

LADY BETH is available from Amazon Stores.

ARKYNE,STORY OF A VAMPIRE is available from Amazon Stores.