Let petals fall…


Sometimes you have to let petals fall. I’ll try and explain what I mean.

Last Easter I had a bit of a turn (some of you may remember) –  a frightening episode when I had a four-hour bout of transient global amnesia and ended up in A and E. Lots going on in my mind and a bit of a wake-up call.
A couple of weeks later, Endeavour Press went into liquidation. I could have joined their new outfit, but I decided to go it alone. I wasn’t sure what to do when another digital publishing house approached me after that. At the time, despite feeling I might be losing out on a great opportunity, I had to follow my heart and turn Bookouture down. I felt I couldn’t meet their deadlines. I didn’t need any more stress.
But Bookouture describe itself as family. And I really feel they care about their authors. I had a couple of long phone calls with one of the team, and she reassured me deadlines could be adjusted. Still undecided, my decision to eventually accept a Bookouture contract was helped by a stroke of serendipity.
In July I attended my first writers’ conference in Leeds as a new member of RNA (Romantic Novelists Association) and one of the Industry Professionals offering author slots was none other than Bookouture. I went to their excellent presentation, feeling like an undercover spy, nursing the knowledge that a member of this dynamic, forward-thinking team had told me she had “fallen in love” with my book. My fears of shadowy, non-existent people on the net were soothed by listening to intelligent, REAL PEOPLE standing in front of me in the auditorium.
The package included help with the writing process: structural edits, line edits, production schedules, copyediting, proofreading, typesetting, packaging, covers and, joy-of-joys: PUBLICITY. Yes, all those things that make my shoulders slowly reach up to my ears, as I hunch over my laptop and that constant fear of making a bundle of errors creeps into my brain. It is hard, but not impossible, to self-publish, but, boy, does it take away from writing time. And I am such a technophobe.
So, I’m glowing when I say I am now part of the Bookouture family and I’m determined to give of my very best.
“Tuscan Roots” will be altered and republished in June 2019 and I’m up for that. I wrote this debut novel in a rush for my Italian mother-in-law in 2012, when she was very ill, wanting to honour the many war memories she had shared with me. My writing has moved on since then and I can see there are tweaks to be made. And I’ve been commissioned to write a new Tuscan novel, to be published April 2020. I’m so excited about these projects.
So, I’ll be what’s known as a hybrid author. (I always think that sounds like an animal species: definition: “the offspring of two plants or animals of different species or varieties, such as a mule.”) “Mavis and Dot” is being self-published (I’m grappling with formatting at present. Grrr!) and will be launched December 1st.

Mavis & Dot promo

Sometimes we have to sit back and let petals fall, instead of thinking that if we relax for a moment, everything will fall to pieces.


About Angela Petch

Bit of a story dreamer, written two novels - a third in progress. I love my little family and in no particular order afterwards: Italian culture, food, wine, walking everywhere I can and especially in the Apennines, East Africa, tennis when I can, reading, reading and more reading. So much to discover still before I die.
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14 Responses to Let petals fall…

  1. What wonderful news, Angela. It was lovely to meet you at the conference and I wish you so much happiness in your new venture. Congratulations. xx


  2. Everything you write is a joy to read. Looking forward to Mavis and Dot.

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  3. What an informative post- thanks Angela. I remember when you had your health scare- seems like you managed it well I, too, am a ‘“hybrid author”. Best of both worlds. Congrats! And have a wonderful writers’ week!

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  4. It’s a great story for a well-deserved author. I’m so pleased for you. It’s what you most wanted and I think that journey proves that you don’t need to go down the agent & submission route. You proved you could write, got loads of positive reviews and they came knocking. A great way to proceed.

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    • Angela Petch says:

      Thanks, Rosemary. You’ve been such a big support and so patient with all my blunders. I just hope I can continue to deliver.


  5. Rose Constantine says:

    Can’t wait for Mavis and Dot AND revised Tuscan Roots AND a new Tuscany novel – treats in store! Congratulations and good luck with everything!

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  6. jessiecahalin says:

    Angela, you are my favourite species of author. Best of luck with your new endeavour ( no pun intended). You have joined a family of wonderful authors, as I peeked on their website. Well done!

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    • Angela Petch says:

      Thank you, lovely Jessie. Your support means so much to me. Sonja is upstairs having a siesta, getting ready for Write Away in Tuscany week. You recommended her and she is “perfetta”. We need a bloggers and authors reunion here one year. How about it?

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  7. What a lovely story, Angela. Good luck with Bookouture and good luck with Mavis and Dot. I can’t wait to read it.


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