But, for all the typos, misuse of some words (not very often), and run-on sentences in Dark Secrets one, two and three, it didn’t stop people from reading and falling in love with my books. When listed for free on Smashwords, Dark Secrets was downloaded over 48,000 times in one month. The books have done remarkably well considering they came from an author that did not graduate high school and had to Google ‘protagonist' when she first started writing. I have worked hard to get where I am, to develop my technique and make my writing what it is today.
Dark Secrets, well, the first few books, have been left behind in my climb to Authordom, though. As I up-skilled and then wrote and released the later books in the series, books one, two and three stayed as they were. I did later go back and cut some of the bulk from book one and then send it to a real editor, but I have not yet repaired books two and three. They are, you could say, a bit of a mess, and I do apologise to anyone that comes to read them. Most people don't notice the errors and those that do are pointing out the Australian spelling, calling them errors, but there are some people that see words missing (like 'the', because my brain types faster than my fingers, and my editors never noticed) and just can't deal. So I also ask you not to judge too harshly. Keep reading, because the story itself is amazing and I promise the errors are few and far between in subsequent books. I do intend to go back and fix them up, but as it stands I have 4 kids, one of them is a toddler, and I’m currently working on two other books. I have decided enough time has been spent living in the past, fixing errors, so it will be a task that I get to ‘eventually’. One I will, however, definitely get to.
Dark Secrets is my first series and I feel it does not define me as a writer. So, from one under-educated-now-eduected writer to my possibly very educated book lovers, read on. I would love to have you in the DSS family. And remember, these books are independently published. I haven’t had someone leaning over my shoulder and telling me what to take out, put in, or how to order things. This is all me. Every drop.
One day I will seek out an agent and eventually get these books into a big publishing house, but until I have time to fix all the errors of inexperience in the first few books, they will remain the imperfect lovechild of a passionate storyteller and the endless world of words.
Until next we meet, read on, my friends.