Books on my 2017 Reading list

2016 was not a good year for reading and finishing books, it seems I started many but only finished 2. With this in mind, I am making it my goal to read at least 3 books before my birthday in May (along with all the writing and editing I am planning to do for my new books).The first is Exodus by Leon Uris – which is a history of the creation of the state of Israel from the perspective of the United States of America – I really enjoy this kind of book so I am looking forward to collecting it from the library.The second is The Lowland by Jhumpa Lahiri (A 2013 Man Booker prize nominated book) which I am eager to get started on, I love cultural/political fiction.We Need New Names – by NoViolet Bulawayo another 2013 Man Booker Finalist which I don’t know a lot about so I am very eager to give it a go.If you have any suggestions to add to my list do please let me know in the comments. image
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My First Recipe Book

When I started working on “Sharing Food – Something for Everyone” I wanted to be involved in the whole process, from writing it to printing it, but as I learnt that’s not 100% possible as more often than not a third party printers is involved because of resources available. 10 years ago its safe to say that self-publishing was quite laborious and fairly risky – what if you end up with hundreds of copies of your own book? It is proof that we can be determined enough to take that risk. Nowadays the process is much easier, using Amazon’s Createspace or other such platforms for styling and printing your book on demand. There are of course issues with this system too – some question the service levels – wouldn’t you rather be able to go and see the person who was printing your books? Practicality dictates however that this is not always an available option. Having now been through the process I would say there are now elements I would prefer to get the assistance of someone with far more experience than I.

You can sit and debate the business aspects of selling a book but really it is about what works for you. Would you prefer to handover the process and let someone else guide you through the project or would you like to be involved every step of the way? Budget also plays an important part but it should not stop you from achieving your dreams – if you want it find a way of getting it. There are grants and funding options available for writers – check out the latest through Google or social media.

The sense of achievement I felt when the first print of my book came was incredible, even though I had seen it 100 times electronically I hadn’t been able to touch it or feel it, the excitement and the knowledge I had achieved my goal!

If you might be interested in purchasing or downloading a sample of my book I have included links below.

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