Today I am delighted to join the blog tour for Alice by K.L. Loveley. I have a guest post from author K.L. Loveley to share with you on her road to publication in just a moment, but first of all, here is what the book is about.
The Official Book Blurb
Alice is near breaking point. Floods have left her beautiful dream home a damaged mess, her step children’s lack of respect is giving her migraines and, worst of all, her husband is giving her no support to lean on. Her life is slowly spiralling out of control.
When Alice’s daughter, Anne Marie, repeatedly falls victim to aggressive vandals, Alice finally can take no more. She decides to take control of the mess that has become her life, and finally frees herself from the chaos that has been bringing her down.
Freedom, however, isn’t as sweet as Alice first thought it might be. She finds herself yearning for something she can’t quite put her finger on. In her quest to find it, Alice finds herself turning to drink…
The Road To Publication
When did you first decide to get your ideas out of your head and onto paper?
I was sat with my husband on a beach in Turkey having finished reading all the books I had taken with me (pre-kindle days). The idea for the story had been on my mind for some time, so I used the opportunity of time and place to begin writing the first chapter.
How long did that first manuscript take to perfect?
The manuscript was a stop start process, therefore difficult to put an exact time frame in place. I would guess about eighteen months.
How did you get it in front of publishers?
I simply googled ‘publishers’ and checked out their websites. To be honest, at that point I was just testing the water and was very naïve about the publishing industry. I was particularly interested in the publishers who were willing to give new authors a chance. I chose Austin Macaulay publishers based on this fact and sent them a synopsis and the first chapter. Imagine my surprise when they requested the full manuscript, a few weeks later.
Did you have an agent?
I didn’t initially employ a Literary Agent, my son provided legal and financial advice when I signed the contract. However, I have now signed up to ‘The Globeflower Agency’, who will be acting as my Literary Agent, as well managing my marketing, public relations and website.
What was the first reaction of people?
Other than my daughter, I didn’t feel that it was taken seriously by others at first. Probably because it was a little unexpected.
Did the publishers want to change a lot? All? Nothing?
Apart from proofreading, and some basic editing, the publisher didn’t really change much.
How long did it take from them to get it out to the public?
In November 2015 I was offered a contract and the book was published on 31st January 2017.
What input did you have on the cover? Font? Etc. …
The front cover was designed by ‘The Globeflower Agency’, and I was fortunate to be able to sit down and discuss the design in detail. We felt that a distraught and desperate looking Alice should be featured on the front, to show the gritty nature of the novel.
If you could do it all again, what would you change?
I would expand on the character of Sally.
For the chance to win an Alice Goody Bag just follow the link here.
One lucky person will win the following #GoodieBag!!
- Signed copy of Alice
- ‘Mindfulness for the frazzled’ by Ruby Wax
- Mindfulness coloring book
- Staedtler Colouring Pencils, (Johanna Basford Edition)
- Pukka Relax tea
- K.L Loveley mindfulness mug
Alice is available now and can be purchased from the following retailers:
About the Author
K.L Loveley is a contemporary fiction author from Nottinghamshire, who writes gritty, realistic novels which tackle medical and social issues.
The author has enjoyed a successful 47-year nursing career with the NHS, during which she acquired vast skills. She has transferred her medical knowledge, and incorporated her excellent human observation skills into writing interesting stories about people affected by social and medical issues.
Her debut novel, ‘Alice’ tackles alcoholism head-on, and presents the reader with an empathetic account of a spiralling addiction and the resulting pattern of hopelessness that many fall into.
Be sure to stop by one of the other blogs taking part in the tour for more extracts, reviews and author features.