Lesson learned

OK, so you don’t like pictures without the text! I feel this blog is becoming a waste of time as I still have to edit the proofed version of my next book and telling the world about my other ventures should come well down the list. I really continued with it to give the visitors to my website http://www.juliecround.co.uk something fresh to read, keeping them up to date with my writing progress and trying to be more than a name on a cover. Also, it serves as an outlet when I have a poem to post. Maybe I’ll go quiet for a while until I have another verse as that is the only thing that gets me more than one or two readers.

All new copies of ‘Lane’s End’ have now been sold, which is a pity as the next book is the fourth in the series. However, as each book can stand alone the story will make perfect sense on its own or if the reader has read ‘Un-Stable Lane’ and ‘The Third Lane.’

None of the ‘Lane’ books are on kindle but Amazon do have them as used copies.


The Bookshow picture.

I have had to load my photos onto Google gallery to get them on here  but this is the one I wanted you to see from the book show a few posts back. From now on I might be able to put the pictures with the text!


Image hunting

Finding images for book covers is getting more complicated. I keep seeing the ones I want but they are either in landscape format, which won’t work for a book cover or they are houses for sale and I don’t know if I have permission to use them!

I have saved some on Google and will try to find a way to collect and save them without having to make a purchase, but I need to show them to other people so I need to be able to send them.

I’m going to try to find one  now and see if it will go on here. Am I allowed, I wonder?


Proof reading

I know, ‘Never Proof Read Your Own Work!’ but when the manuscript has an error on almost every page one has to. Most of my mistakes are spacing errors because of my lazy typing but there are places where I should have used contractions, especially in dialogue and there are times when I have called someone by the wrong name ( unforgivable!)

Anyway, the first draft of the next novel is complete so I’m transferring all the corrections from the manuscript to the computer.

I still haven’t found a cover picture I like, although there are a few possibles.

All planning now in hand for the Southern Book Show on March 4th. All previous books will be for sale but mainly’ A Lesson for the Teacher’ as it has a wider appeal than just Worthing. All I need is lots of readers who remember the 1960’s!

One for writers

Double speech marks or single? I have noticed recently that double speech marks seem to be out of favour but I always used to use them so that singles could be kept for internal  thought.

The fourth story in the ‘Lane’ series has come to a natural end and is rather short. Should I leave it or try to add a couple of chapters?

As my style is very like ‘soaps’ on TV it is full of action and dialogue and I have tried my best to introduce description where it is necessary but I am not a literary writer and quite like the way people say they can finish a book in a few hours.It shows they find it difficult to put it down once they have started.

Anyway, now comes the part I don’t like – going through as an editor looking for errors. I’ll ask one of the sea scribes to beta read it before I send it to be printed. I’ve a new idea for the cover so that’s the fun to come!

SWWJ tea.

I made my way to the National Liberal Club yesterday for the SWWJ tea. I had not been to London for over a year due to the rail strikes. Confusing directions led me to go a long way round but I arrived in plenty of time, with books for sale as requested.

The room was laid out so beautifully I took a photo with my mobile phone but, unfortunately, when I got home it wasn’t there. I hate smartphones.

We had a delicious tea and I chatted to a group from Surrey and bought a copy of a book by Mary Rensten called “Letters from Malta.” However, I had to leave early to return to Worthing and missed the final part of the session. I left a copy of “Reflections” for the raffle.

The whole trip made me feel old as, across the day, I had four offers of a seat on the trains and tube, FOUR! I must look awfully ancient.

UK readers

Wow! It seems I am read in the UK, too. I wonder if any of you like easy reading stories based in the past- not the distant past – the 1960’s. I wrote about young love and adventure in the UK in the 60’s when life seemed full of possibilities but people were basically more innocent, when girls hitchhiked alone without fear of consequences and it was possible to afford a flat share.

The book is called “A Lesson for the Teacher” which was probably a mistake as the word ‘teacher’ puts some people off. I called it that because, as a young teacher one tends to think that you know everything and it is only when you are out in the big wide world you discover how ignorant you are, especially about men!

It is probably my last novel (of six) as I have turned to drama and poetry. I’ll try to find a cover picture.

A lesson for the Teacher cover