During many years of helping writers reach an audience I’ve met just a small number who stimulate and excite me when I read their work.
There’s a woman from Brooklyn who does just that.
Perhaps a dozen years ago I was sitting in bed on a lazy Sunday morning. There was no reason to get up. I was tired, needed a rest, and it was warm and cosy wrapped in a duvet.
Seeking an excuse to remain I picked up a manuscript, one of many sent to me by budding authors. Usually they were mistaken, I couldn’t help them, and to be brutally frank nor could anyone else. They were not writers. It’s true that some had a story to tell, and we should all write our own life story. Your kids may ignore it, but it will inspire a future generation. They should be written. I made my first big mistake when asked to edit the biography of a man who had served in the Second World War. I worked on the first three chapters, checking spelling, sentence construction, and verb tenses. Sending my work to him as a sample he was mortified, although he couldn’t express it well the changes I’d made had destroyed his ‘voice’. A mistake I’ve since tried to avoid.
I’d not got to the end of the first page before my imagination started to soar. Here was a writer! This was a book I could enjoy.
Very quickly this became Daughter Dedannan and the Cauldron of Undry. Like all (most) of my current titles it can be found at http://astore.amazon.co.uk/braiswick-21 or ordered through any good book shop.
Having slowed down a little and become more considered and reflective I recently asked Eileen Merwin, the original author, to revise it a little. This book travels through the myths of Irish history and we wanted to make sure we gave true weight to that ancestry.
It’s a jolly good read, and cheap as an ebook at just £1.99, and can also be ordered at http://astore.amazon.co.uk/braiswick-21 where it joins a growing band of ebooks that we have on offer.
Incidentally 2015 will see some really exciting developments in ebooks – as we work with an international corporation to present more good works.
Since 2005, when Daughter was first published, we have moved on. This last year we have started to look at marketing with serious intent. We can no longer remain as poor scruffs content to nibble at hard cheese. We plan to spread our word.
She begins to demonstrate her genius as a writer, developing plots that keep the reader turning the pages.
The original print version is still available, but a revised ebook will soon be here, with a changed title of Wolfdogs Rising (yeah this graphic is missing an ‘S’).
The genre is IT-narrative, so it’s like many of Walt Disney’s characters, animals that behave like humans, but the real tale is profound. It examines the growing dependence upon interns, and shows how these unpaid workers can be badly treated – not much better than dogs, doing their master’s bidding.
This is the first book in a planned series. Buy this first edition now and be in the forefront of a new trend. This is a quiet revolution book that will make us all question the world we have created. It may be the catalyst for real change.
Eileen Merwin has other ebooks available, linked to her work as an English language teacher – we’ll talk about those later.
All these titles can be found at Braiswick at Amazon
Piccolo has his own web site: http://www.piccolonyc.com
Some of Eileen’s English as a second language materials can be found at http://www.eng-pop.com
Expect far more from this vibrant writer. Next year she is planning a new series of English Ebooks, and is already finishing volume two of Piccolo, and has started volume three.
This old publisher is stumbling behind her – in awe. Please help me bring her talents to the world. Just buy her books!