My Writing and Publishing Odyssey: 2015 in Review

NYE2016New Year’s Eve 2015-16.

What a wonderful chance to reflect on the joys, dramas, tears and achievements of this crazy obsession called writing!

I thought I’d share some of the highs and lows of creative writing and of promoting my debut novel, Baby Farm.

In 2015 I became a social media tart.

  • Joined Twitter. After 253 tweets (yes, it’s still baby steps), I have 366 followers. Many are fellow writers or people who generally love books.
  • Started a writer’s page on Facebook (check it out at Terranova Publications).
  • Spruced up my Goodreads author site and wrote a few reviews.
  • Rejigged my WordPress website, combined my blogs, set up links to Paypal so that people can purchase books from the website direct. Do you have a copy yet?
  • Wrote 15 blog posts (not enough, I know), seen by people in 56 countries. Most were from Australia, closely followed by the US, the UK and Brazil.

Baby Farm went on tour.

  • Gave author talks at ten South-East Queensland libraries and met lots of fascinating people. Many shared personal stories about adoption with me, some for the first time ever. I hope that, in some small way, this has stepped you towards greater understanding and forgiveness.
  • Did book signings at six bookstores in Brisbane, where I chatted to scores of readers, writers, and would-be writers.
  • Ran a booklovers’ stall at a Christmas market in forty-degree heat. Even the bookmarks melted.
  • Sold lots of books and got lots of lovely feedback.

My new novel underwent a massive structural edit (sort of).

  • Sadly I didn’t get too far due to work commitments (yes, there’s a day job) and my efforts in promoting Baby Farm.
  • The new book is called Angel Tattoo and it’s another crime mystery.
  • My 2016 New Year’s resolution is to publish it.

 Happy New Year … and happy reading!


About Debbie Terranova

Debbie Terranova is an Australian author of contemporary and historical fiction. 'The Scarlet Key' published in 2016 is the second Seth VerBeek mystery. The crime-busting reporter is back with a new cast of unforgettable characters and a new puzzle to solve. It's about live, love, death, and tattoos, with a touch of the mystical. 'Baby Farm', her debut novel, is a cozy crime mystery about forced adoptions of the 1970s, and a surrogacy and baby trafficking racket. It is the first of the Seth VerBeek series. Debbie Terranova is a prizewinning author of short stories: 'Mowbray Brothers' about growing up in East Brisbane in the 1920s; and 'Mischief' about reinventing yourself and in the process falling in love ... with an adorable but mischievous cat.
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