I love emotional books and am delighted to be part of the launch celebrations for S.D. Robertson’s debut Time to Say Goodbye which was published by Avon, an imprint of Harper Collins, on 11th February 2016. Time to Say Goodbye is available in ebook and paperback from Amazon UK, Amazon US, direct from the publisher and in all good bookshops.
It is my pleasure to share with you Stuart Robertson’s journey to publication in a guest post too.
Time to Say Goodbye
HOW DO YOU LEAVE THE PERSON YOU LOVE THE MOST?
Will Curtis’s six-year-old daughter, Ella, knows her father will never leave her. After all, he promised her so when her mother died. And he’s going to do everything he can to keep his word.
What Will doesn’t know is that the promise he made to his little girl might be harder to keep than he imagined. When he’s faced with an impossible decision, Will finds that the most obvious choice might not be the right one.
But the future is full of unexpected surprises. And father and daughter are about to embark on an unforgettable journey together . . .
My Journey to Publication
A Guest Post
by S.D. Robertson
It’s been a dream of mine to become a published author ever since I was a little boy reading Secret Seven books.
Losing myself in a good novel has always been one of my greatest pleasures. I knew one day I’d like to try creating one for myself.
When I went into newspaper journalism, it was mainly because I wanted to write professionally. I wasn’t ready at that stage, in my mid-20s, to construct a novel. I didn’t feel like I’d experienced enough. But I hoped that writing every day and interviewing people from all walks of life would set me on the right course.
Nine years later, after rising through the ranks and becoming an editor, my chance finally came. Major cutbacks meant voluntary redundancy was on the table. Tired of long, unsociable hours and dwindling resources, I saw light at the end of the tunnel. Maybe this was my chance to have a go at writing that novel, while also spending more time with my young daughter.
First I had to convince my wife – then a stay-at-home mum – to swap roles. Somehow I got her to agree and, before I knew it, she’d returned to work; I was a stay-at-home dad and would-be writer.
Now if this was a fairy tale, I’d tell you I finished my first book in no time, found a literary agent, who in turn found me a publisher. But that’s not how it worked.
After a couple of false starts, I did manage to produce a novel. It was a romantic comedy set in a local newspaper office, loosely based on my early days as a reporter. I was even quite pleased with it. Unfortunately, I didn’t manage to find a literary agent or publisher willing to take it on.
Obviously I was gutted, but I took heart in the little-known fact that few authors get their first attempt published. So I returned to the drawing board – and what I came up with was Time to Say Goodbye. Inspired by the close relationship I’d developed with my daughter since quitting work, I chose to write about the unique bond between a father and child in the dramatic context of a worst nightmare come true.
The novel’s had several tweaks since then, but the essence of the story I first imagined has remained the same. After lots of writing and editing, the time came to send it out. A few knockbacks followed. Then I found an agent who loved it – and totally understood where I was coming from as a writer. She passed it on to a commissioning editor who also loved it. And the rest, as they say, is history.
My journey to publication took several years; an amazing, very understanding wife; the help and support of a great set of family and friends; a thick skin and bucket loads of determination. There were several times along the way when I doubted it was ever going to happen. But now I’m so glad I persevered. Being published is an amazing feeling. I’m so excited to think of people far and wide reading my story and hopefully getting lost in the world I’ve created.
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