Friday, January 9, 2015

Sheryl Browne: It's Been Quite a Year!

We are delighted to welcome Sheryl Browne to the blog today.

Thank you so much for helping me to share the latest news in my up and down writing journey. After a trying year, which saw my partner diagnosed with prostate cancer (I mention this, because I ended up having to apologise all over the place for my constant state of befuddlement. I should also mention that his prognosis is extremely good after early diagnosis - and that he is now very positive, agreeing to share his progress with Prostate Cancer UK in hopes of encouraging other men to seek help early), I finally DO have some lovely news to share.

Having written seriously for fifteen years, mystified agents, and achieved several near misses, I am also super-pleased to announce that I have recently signed with Choc Lit for my upcoming novel, currently titled The Rest of My Life. This development is all the more special because Choc Lit read the book on recommendation of someone who restored my faith in my writing. Excitingly, the news was announced first in The Bookseller! Wow! Little me rubbing shoulders with Burt Reynolds and Julian Clary (form an orderly queue, guys). I owe this person a huge debt of gratitude for picking up my book, loving it, and being prepared to say so in the right ears.

As mentioned, I have been ‘at it’ for some time. Although I’ve been a little bit shy, I have been a member of the RNA for some years. I was originally a member of the New Writers’ Scheme, which offers invaluable advice on where your manuscript might be flagging (or shining!) and generally encourages and supports new writers. My manuscript was sadly flagging, something I was aware of. However, writing definitely being a journey in my mind, I listened and learned, redrafted and rested that manuscript, and I couldn’t be happier that that book, Warrant for Love, is finally published and currently “touring”.

I therefore also owe huge thanks to the NWS, an editor recommended to me by the RNA, and to Safkhet Publishing. I have six books published with Safkhet, who not only commissioned me to write my first book for them, having read and loved my writing, but opened an imprint for three further novels. Despite my determination, I was at a point then where I wondered whether continuing to pursue my dream was sheer self-indulgent, and rather exhausting, madness. Safkhet believed in me.  Bloggers, readers and reviewers believed in me, cheering me every step of the way. I really can’t say thank you enough to those wonderful people, who give of their time and work so hard for authors.

For me, being published with Choc Lit is a dream come true. The best part of that dream is that it allows me to do what helps me through, during good times and bad – and we ALL have the latter, the one thing that keeps me sane (though some would question that!). It gives me the impetus to keep writing. Maybe I would have kept going anyway. It is my passion (can you tell?). I do know, though, that having a support network counts for an awful lot. Published or self-published, there are some extremely talented authors out there. I’m proud to know many of them and share in their publishing journeys.

COMING SOON from Choc Lit
The Rest of My Life - Two damaged hearts, a sizzling sexual connection. Can love find a way to bring Adam and Sienna together? 

Heartache, humour, love, loss & betrayal - and a little Ohhhh la la! Sheryl Browne brings you edgy, sexy, poignant fiction. A member of the Romantic Novelists’ Association and shortlisted for Innovation in Romantic Fiction, Sheryl has six books published with Safkhet Publishing and has now been signed with Award winning Choc Lit Publishing.

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Thank you, Sheryl, and good luck with The Rest of My Life. 

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Clare Chase said...

Very inspiring post, Sheryl. Hope your partner’s health continues to improve and 2015 is a really good year for you. Can’t wait to read The Rest of My Life!

Sheryl Browne said...

Thank you, Clare! I can't wait to see out there, particularly after some lovely news today re audio right. I am totally thrilled.

Sheryl Browne said...

Thank you so much, Natalie for featuring me so beautifully on the RNA blog. I really do owe a huge debt of gratitude to those people who have supported me. Thrilled to bits to be continuing my writing journey. x

Margaret Kaine said...

Welcome to the Choc Lit 'family' Sheryl. it's lovely to read of a success story, especially about someone who has come through the NWS. Your novel sounds intriguing and I shall look forward to it. Fingers crossed that all continues to go well for your partner.

angela britnell said...

Lovely to read your story Sheryl and I'm looking forward to reading your first Choc Lit book!

Mandy said...

You've had such a lot going on in 2014, Sheryl! I'm so pleased for you signing with Choc Lit and I hope 2015 is an amazing year for you!

Mandy :)

Sheryl Browne said...

Thanks so much, Margaret, Angela and Mandy. I can't wait to see my book published with Choc Lit. I'm thrilled to be in such lovely company. Wishing you lots of love and luck in 2015! xx

Isabella Connor said...

Hope 2015 is good for you in every way, Sheryl..both in your professional and personal life. Really thrilled that you've joined Choc Lit, and can't wait for the next novel as I've read them all now :)

jill mansell said...

A lovely piece. Good-news stories are always a joy to hear about! xx

Linn B Halton said...

So well deserved, Sheryl. You've had such a lot on your plate and to just keep going must have been very hard at times! Looking forward to that new book ... I LOVE your novels!

Chris Stovell said...

Many congratulations to you - and great news about your partner.

Sue Fortin said...

So deserved Sheryl. You are one of the most supportive writers I've met and a fab writer too.

So glad to hear the prognosis is good for your partner.

Wishing you every success.


Zanna Mackenzie said...

Huge congratulations, not just with the fabulous Choc Lit news, but with all of your books! They're brilliant. Best wishes Zanna x

Caroline James said...

Your hard work has paid off and you deserve this success Sheryl, I love your books. Great news re your partner too. Hope 2015 is a special year for you both xx