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It's been a busy January!

January 31st, 2017

Wow.  So, on December 31st 2016, I finally achieved my dream of becoming a published author!  I released my Christmas novel 'Glitter on the Garland' just in time to see in the new year, and things have been going awesomely ever since!  Now available on both Amazon and Smashwords, the book has received rave reviews and 5* ratings.  Most importantly though, I've learnt so much about self-publishing, and feel a lot more confident moving forwards with the next book (or books if all goes to plan!)  


I set up more social media accounts to keep in touch with readers, most notably Instagram, which I'm still getting the hang of but am enjoying immensely!  I'm @helenjwrites on there, Twitter and Tumblr.  I also set up a Facebook group for readers to interact, called Helen Juliet Books, and then obviously this website.  Please sign up and follow if you would like to be apprised of my goings on.  


On Thursday 19th, I was lucky enough to have been invited to speak to my friend's troop of Girl Guides.  I led the the group of about twenty young ladies in an introductory workshop to creative writing, and I was blown away by their enthusiasm and innovation.  I hope there might be a few more budding writers amongst them now! 


On Saturday 28th, I organised a London based get-together with other members of the LGBT+ fiction community, which was a total blast!  I think we're all keen to organise another one soon, so watch this space for more information.  


As we go into February, I will be getting back into writing the next book with fervour.  This will be a C20th historical, coming of age/friends to lovers tale.  I had about 30K words so far, but I think that will have to be quite heavily revised.  The aim will be to publish by May, all going well.  I promise to keep you up to date with how that's going, and hopefully get the cover revealed by March/April to whet your appetite!  


 - Helen -

And and even busier February and March!

March 9th, 2017

Well, where to start?  


Okay, let's begin with this year's events (so far!) that I've been lucky enough to book myself a place at.  First of all, I will be attending Euro Pride Con in Berlin, June 23rd-25th.  I'm just going as a reader to this, but then the next weekend on July 1st...I'm attending the shiMMer signing event in Birmingham as an AUTHOR!  That also means I will have paperback copies of my books to sign, but more on that later...  The week after that, I will be attending London Pride for the very first time, and I can't wait to get my party on for that! 


However, the most exciting event that I have confirmed a spot on, is the incredible GayRomLit (GRL) in Denver, Colorado, October 19th-22nd - EEEKKK!!! I managed to snag one of the very limited Supporting Author places, and I couldn't be happier.  I will be doing signings and have swag and might *even* get to take part in a panel. We shall see!


If you will be attending any of these events, PLEASE let me know and make sure you come over and say hi! 


In other news, as I am in the final run up to my wedding (just over two weeks to go as I type this!) I got inspired to write a different book to the one I was intending to do next.  My wedding themed RomCom 'A Ballad of Confetti, Cake and Catastrophes' should be out by April!  I'm already on Chapter Five, and have started talking to Natasha Snow about the cover.  See the "My Books" section for the blurb! 


I am going to begin printing paperbacks with this release, and I will also do a run for 'Glitter on the Garland' too.  I'm not 100% sure how these will be distributed yet - whether just via this site and at cons, or on Amazon too.  But as soon as I know, I'll let you guys know too!  


Right, I best get back to writing...oh, and wedding planning!  Not much left to do now! 


 - Helen -

Ding dong the bells are going to chime!

April 10th, 2017

So, it finally happened. I got married to the love of my life - woohoo! It was a wonderful day, everything ran smoothly and we were blessed with the weather. I couldn't be happier. 


Now all the madness is over, I am so happy to be back to reality, and a great deal of that is centered around my future book plans.  My biggest challenge right now is organising the first print run of 'Glitter on the Garland'. That means readers will be able to order physical copies themselves off of Amazon, but I will also have a good number to take with me to the shiMMer book signing on July 1st. 


Of course, Alyson Pearce from Between the Lines Editing has actually been doing all the hard work getting the manuscript properly formatted for printing.  I've just generally been the bewildered one answering her questions and trying to make myself useful! Printing books is complicated.  


I am still hard at work on "A Ballad of Confetti, Cake and Catastrophes"'  It's been slower going compared to the last book, but that's only to be expected as last time I had several completely free days over the Christmas break, but before the wedding I was forced to abandon writing for a good ten days whilst I got everything in order! Once the book is complete though, I will be releasing it as an ebook and paperback via Amazon, and an ebook via Smashwords. 


I've also, tentatively, been looking into recording audio books. This is if anything an even more complicated and involved process. But it's a really popular medium that people love, and I really excited to hopefully commit to recording some of my books in the future.  


Finally, I have added a new section to the website titled Events. Here, you can keep track of where I'll be making appearances at conventions, conferences, book signings and more! I already know of a couple more events that I will be adding to the calendar, so as soon as I have confirmed dates, I'll make sure the information is updated.  


For now though, I need to get back to Nicholas and Fynn, and business of their first kiss...


 - Helen -

Catastrophe is coming...

May 19th, 2017

It's been a very busy few weeks, but things are finally coming together! 


First of all, 'Glitter on the Garland' is now available in paperback! When I held the first physical copy in my hand, it was a pretty amazing feeling. I never intended this little novel to ever be anything more than an eBook, but to now see people from all over the world sending me photos of them holing it in their hands as well...that's a damn awesome thing.  


I'm slowly getting together the bits and pieces for my table at shiMMer on July 1st in Birmingham. I have pens with my name on!!! I feel like a real author now lol. I'm also planning on making cupcakes...but let's see how that goes first before we get excited... 


The main news is that 'A Ballad of Confetti, Cake and Catastrophes' has now been edited, and all that's left is for me to polish it up so we can set about formatting it for release! If all goes well, the 100K word eBook should go live on May 26th, with the print versions coming asap afterwards - hopefully no more than a few days! Signal Boost Promotions will also be orchestrating an online review tour as of June 1st. I'm just a little bit nervous about that! 


I've started planning on the next book: 'Without a Compass'. This is supposed to be just a fun little summer novella...but I said that about the last two books, so I'm going to hold off on predicting how long this will actually be, or the estimated release date. All I can promise is that I'm working as fast as I can! 


 - Helen -

Summer is in full swing!

June 22nd, 2017

Just a quickie! 


PHEW! Things are a bit crazy, but in a good way! 'A Ballad of Confetti, Cake and Catastrophes' is now available in eBook and paperback. I'm extremely proud of finally getting this book out, and very pleased at the reviews I got from the Signal Boost Promotions tour. 


I went to the Queer Asia conference at SOAS University of London last weekend, and just about managed to keep up with all the extremely clever people presenting their papers. I met so many inspiring people, and learned a great deal. 


I'm now gearing up to go to Euro Pride Con in Berlin this weekend, and shiMMer in Birmingham next weekend. I was EXTREMELY lucky to have the opportunity to upgrade my ticket to EPC, so I'm now attending as an author! The past week has been a flurry of sorting out shiny swag bags, and now I'm all set to fly out tomorrow morning - EEEKKKK!! 


It looks like there might be a London book fair and signing in August, but I will post more details on that when I know...


Work on Without a Compass has begun. It's slightly slow going to get off the ground with everything else that's going on, but I know once I really sink my teeth into it, it's going to fly off the page. 


Okay, that's it for now. Speak soon!!


 - Helen -

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