Hearing Problems

Flashing her pass, Margaret boarded the bus and shuffled up the aisle, daydreaming about the ocean pie that she would be having for her tea. She was interrupted by a familiar voice.

“Oh hello, Margaret!”

It was Betty. Silly old Betty from Tuesday Club. Margaret couldn’t be bothered talking to her, so she began to edge away. “Sorry love, I can’t talk – haven’t got my hearing aid in.”

Margaret scurried off to the back of the bus. She thought nothing more of the awkward encounter until she bumped into Betty a week later.

“Oh hello, Betty! Do you like my new coat?”

Betty’s face tightened. It took her several long seconds to reply. “Oh sorry love, I didn’t see you there – don’t have my specs on.”

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Available Now: Pearl’s Hereafter

At long last, I have published my first book!

Pearl's Hereafter - Nick Peterson

It’s been quite a while since I took the deep plunge and wrote Pearl’s Hereafter. Since then, I have written two more books and I’m now planning my fourth! Something tells me that I’ll always be writing something and it has always been my intention to share my creations with others.

Before now, I have tried to get my work published in the traditional manner and submitted my manuscripts to countless literary agents, but all of these gatekeepers responded in the same way: “Your work isn’t what we’re currently looking for”. In other words, they could not guarantee the commercial viability of my work in the marketplace.

Just as I was finally considering self-publishing, Olympia Publishers came along and requested to see the full manuscript for my book. I was absolutely overjoyed because I thought that someone finally had faith in my work and was taking a chance on me. But alas, it transpired that this company was a vanity publisher and they requested ¬£3200 towards “production costs”. I smelled a rat immediately, but they certainly didn’t do themselves any favours by getting my name wrong – TWICE!

Nevertheless, I should thank these sharks. Even though Olympia Publishing tried to extort me by preying on my hopes and dreams, they gave me the determination to follow through with self-publishing. In the wake of the letdown, I sprang to action and here we are a month later, with my first book available for your reading pleasure!

Pearl’s Hereafter¬†is a curious tale about a regretful woman who gets to re-live her life. If you wish to get transported back with her to 1950s Northern England, then you’re very welcome to do so:

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00TKBNO6W

It feels great to finally share this with people. After all, books are meant to be read, aren’t they? There may very well be people out there who desire to read this yarn, so why should they be denied this right just because the agents said no?

I will also be making my other books available too, along with the print version of Pearl’s Hereafter, which I’m sure that my Grandparents will appreciate! Personally, I prefer to have a physical copy in my hands, but I know that many people are reading ebooks these days – both methods have their perks, I suppose!

So anyway, I should probably go and celebrate or something! There’s some sort of love festival happening in town, so that sounds like just the thing to immerse myself in. Happy love day, you lovely people!

Patience Is A Writer’s Best Friend

Being a writer is a long-term commitment.

If you’re not patient, then you will get frustrated that things aren’t developing faster or even beat yourself up for not going fast enough! We writers can be tough on ourselves, right? But you’ve just got to relax and enjoy the process.

We can only ever take one step at a time, so try not to worry about what lies ahead. Focus on the task at hand and fully immerse yourself in it! If you follow your plan of action accordingly, then you will get to where you want to be in due course. Being impatient just causes lots of unnecessary suffering and stress.

Forgive me, for I’m about to quote a Miley Cyrus song (back from the days when she was a Disney gal), but here’s what she said about patience: “Ain’t about how fast you get there, ain’t about what’s waiting on the other side.. it’s the climb!”

This just clarifies what I said about enjoying the process. It’s all about the climb; it’s all about your journey from A to B. Rather than focusing on the end goal and becoming impatient, just focus on putting one foot in front of the other (doing one small task at a time) and get to the top of that mountain! Everyone seems to be in a rush these days, but speed isn’t everything… so sloooooooow riiiiiiiiiight down and revel in every step of your amaaaaaaazing journey.

Being more patient will definitely benefit you as a writer. Writing a book isn’t something that happens overnight, so you’ve got to be prepared for that. And if you’re more patient, then you’re less likely to cut corners, which will increase the quality of your work. It doesn’t matter how long it takes to write your book… what truly matters is that you’re willing to stick with it from beginning to end.