Entering writing competitions

As an emerging writer I’m big on entering writing competitions.  It’s a great way of getting noticed, getting invaluable feedback, and of setting yourself the all-important goal of getting better at your craft. In the first writing competition I entered I came 19th – out of around 50.  I was surprised very happy with this…

Ice Hot – New short story out now

Just a quick blog post to announce I’ve recently published my newest erotic short story – Ice Hot.  It’s available to download on Amazon Kindle for the rather jolly price of 99p or free on Kindle Unlimited! Here’s the blurb… One night stands aren’t Sophie Reece’s style. The quiet young interpreter isn’t the kind of…

Exciting times afoot!

While I’m awaiting a publication date for my romantic novel, The Virgin’s Gamble, I’ve decided to embark on a new project.  For the first time, I’m going to dip my foot into the world of self-publishing, and it’s all rather thrilling – and scary! I’m going to self-publish a series of erotic short stories.  Two…

New book cover revealed!

It was with some trepidation that I awaited the reveal of my debut novel’s cover.  Cover art is everything.  What if I didn’t like it?  What if it didn’t represent my story or characters well? There is nothing quite as exciting as seeing your book cover for the first time.  Getting the contract is exciting…

That’s very Pinteresting!

I’ve been writing for five years now, and can’t tell you how useful I find Pinterest.  Unlike other social platforms, it’s soooo easily.  Basically, it allows you to search for pictures, then put them together on a board. Like most people, I’m quite visual, so looking at a photo of my character, or seeing where…

Dare to Write – only 24 hours left to enter!

I’ve just come back from a great weekend at The RNA’s annual conference, where I learned more about Mills & Boon’s much-anticipated new line – the sexually explicit DARE. You can learn more about it here, and found out how to enter their new blitz competition. But quick!  There’s only just over 24 hours left…

A sneaky peek at my new erotic novella – Secrets of the East Wing

I’m eagerly awaiting the release of the ‘Spicy Bites’ anthology, due out in August, which will contain my first foray into erotic writing – Serendipity.  This is a short story romance with graphic erotic scenes. As the release date approaches, I started researching what publishers of erotica are calling out for.  Straightforward Male/Female stories seem…

My naughty story is coming out for the world to see!

Three days ago I received some great news but had to wait to today before I was allowed to share it. Back in January I entered an erotic short story competition run by the Romantic Writers of Australia (I’m an international member).  Earlier this week I found out that I came 8th, and that the…

Getting published without an agent

Contrary to popular belief, you don’t always need an agent to get published.  There are now a number of completely reputable, professional publishers who accept manuscripts from unagented authors.  Here are some of the ones I have discovered: Bookouture Bookouture is a relatively new digital publisher, which has won awards for the way they treat…

An Exciting Insight into the Publishing Process

I have recently signed with a publisher and am quickly learning about the publishing process. I have to say, I was clueless as to how it all worked before, but am finding the whole thing fascinating as it unravels. I naively thought you write a book, they decide if they’re going to publish it and…