Good morning. I’m filled with the buzz of enthusiasm this morning as I launch this new site and my very first blog post from it. I’m delighted to share Three Shires Publishing with you and hope you enjoy exploring.
I love Spring, filled as it is with new life, longer days and always for me the heady optimism of easier times ahead. When you have dogs the joy of walking them without having to drag layer upon layer of thermal clothing on before trudging across muddy fields while being battered by a stinging north-westerly is significant. The difference made by not having to deal with filthy paws or the ever pervading smell of wet dog cannot be overestimated.
The arrival of Spring is weather dependent and therefore varies from year to year. I’ve always thought it was heralded by the appearance of the first daffodils. If that were the case then because of the extremely mild winter here that would have been January, which clearly isn’t right. However, the last few days have been bursting with the promise of this most positive of seasons. There is something almost tangible in the air, a new frenetic energy in nature as the ground warms under a smiling sun and the skies are alive with the chatter of birds intent on their nest building. Lambing is just around the corner and the fields around here will soon be filled with lamb gangs charging around as they play chase and king of the castle.
So to me the beginning of Spring is the perfect time to launch a new enterprise and that is what I’m doing today. I attended a workshop in the autumn. It was held at SilverWood Books in Bristol, run by Siobhan Costello of The Bestseller Academy and it has encouraged me to try something new. Some of you will know that last year I bought my own ISBN numbers which entailed me having to register a publishing company. Mine was Three Shires Publishing and my new enterprise will be run under that umbrella and using my real name.
There’s nothing better than chatting to like-minded people and since publishing my own books many have approached me and I’ve loved talking with them about the self-publishing process. I’ve been asked many questions by those who are writing or who have written something but don’t know what to do with it next that I thought I might have something to offer.
I’ve never been one to back down from a challenge, I’m enthused by this project and am looking forward to seeing if there is any appetite for the workshops I’m offering.
Any thoughts, comments or feedback are, as always, welcomed with open arms here.