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Sue Archer

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Fortune’s Shadow Out in Paperback

Hello everyone,

I hope you are all staying healthy and safe. What a year 2020 is turning out to be! I know I’ve found it difficult on many days to concentrate on reading, never mind writing. And yet both of these things are still helping me manage the challenges of this year.

So even though it feels odd to be promoting my work at this time, I thought I should let you know that my urban fantasy novel Fortune’s Shadow is finally available in paperback from Amazon. (It was a true joy to finally hold the proof copy in my hands!)

Paperback links:

Amazon US

Amazon Canada

Amazon UK

Or if you prefer an ebook from Kindle, Kobo, Apple, or other sources, you can find it here. (You can also request it from your library if they use Overdrive or CloudLibrary apps.)

Fortune’s Shadow ebook

Thank you to everyone who has already purchased it, read it, and left ratings and reviews. I’m honoured you put me on your reading list, and I’m so glad you’ve been enjoying it.

Work is slow on the sequel, but it’s going! I’ll be updating my progress here when I can and writing occasional blog posts.

How have you all been holding up? Do you have any books that that have been great reads for you during this time? I’d love to hear from you.

Take care,

Sue

Fortune’s Shadow Releasing Today!

Hi everyone,

Today’s the day, hurrah! My debut urban fantasy novel is finally out into the world and ready to be read. 🙂 It’s available at several major ebook retailers and is also being published on library catalogues if you’d prefer to request it through your local library (under ISBN 9781777085629).

Is my book for you? If you like the idea of reading about

  • An indie musician trying to make it big
  • A magical wish gone sideways
  • A secret from the past
  • A small town full of fun characters
  • A supernatural showdown

then I’d be honoured if you chose to spend time with Jocelyn and all the other characters I have grown to love.

For those of you who may be wondering, since this is the first book in the Nexus Chronicles: it is a standalone story, and I’ve been told it has a satisfying ending. 🙂 However the threads are there for future tales from the town of Bridgepoint, and I’m working towards writing and publishing at least two more. So if you read my book and enjoy it, I would be very grateful if you could leave a rating or review or share the news with friends.

This has been such a long time coming—I’ve been wanting to publish a fantasy novel since forever. Thank you to everyone who helped me get here!

And thank you, readers, for taking a chance on a new author. I hope you enjoy my book as much as I have enjoyed writing it!

All the best,

Sue

Coming Full Circle

I haven’t posted here for a while. At first, it was because I was taking on a lot of editing work—which was a wonderful reason not to have time to write! It’s been such an incredible experience collaborating with my indie clients to help them craft their stories, whether through the big-picture view of manuscript assessments or the nuts and bolts of stylistic and copy editing. I also had the opportunity to work on multiple series, and it was so much fun celebrating along with my authors whenever each new book was published.

Then something happened. As I experienced my authors’ passions for writing tales about kick-butt swords-for-hire or snarky urban sorceresses or courageous vampires or assassins with a fear of blood, it rekindled something in me—my desire to write my own urban fantasy novel. But I knew I was never going to get around to it if I didn’t even have the time to write blog posts!

So I made a conscious decision to only take on manuscript assessments going forward, and I set to work at seriously writing a draft of my own first novel after many years of starts and stops.

The indie authors I work with are the most generous people I have ever met. Now that I am the one jumping into the fray, they have been so supportive, offering advice and cheering me on. I have been so inspired by them, and I am thrilled to be working towards self-publishing my own story.

In Ottawa at the Byward Market with the talented Krista Walsh! (That's Krista on the left and me on the right.)
In Ottawa at the Byward Market with the talented Krista Walsh! (That’s Krista on the left and me on the right.)

Recently, I saw a Twitter post from an editor who was advertising her services by calling herself “100% editor”—someone who wasn’t a writer, and therefore would be a better choice as an editor because she was solely focusing on her clients.

As you might guess, I am viewing things a different way. I feel that by coming full circle, through experiencing the same challenges that my clients have faced in trying to bring their best stories to their readers, it can only make me a better editor.

I’m continuing to enjoy doing manuscript assessments, since I love working with structure and looking at how all of the aspects of a story can be reassembled to make it even stronger.

At the same time, I am writing, and I am so pleased to be able to say I have completed a full draft of my novel, which I am hoping to publish in May 2020!

I’m also going to do my best to write the occasional blog post again and share my thoughts on editing, writing, and self-publishing as I go through this new challenge.

Thank you to everyone reading this. I hope to post again soon! (Or at least, sooner than before!)

All the best,

Sue

 

 

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