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!

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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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