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Jenny Brigalow Talks About Helping Hands and Giveaway!

The road to publication can be long. I wrote  a number of manuscripts over several years before I finally achieved publication. Number thirteen was lucky for me! But, of course, it wasn't all luck. I have been supported and aided every step of the way. The writing industry is just brimming with talented people. Many of them are generous enough to share their knowledge.

For me, the first step in the right direction, was to join the Queensland Writers Centre and Romance Writers of  Australia. Both the QWC and RWA have been instrumental in encouraging me  not only to write, but to aspire to write better. They inform and encourage. For instance, their competitions are a great tool for motivation and  valuable feedback.  RWA and QWC  have given me access to  a vast pool of knowledge  and a  sense of belonging to a wonderful and vibrant industry.

Through these organisations I have been fortunate enough to source professional  individuals whose input has been worth its weight in gold. After I wrote my first rural romance, I approached  the wonderfully talented  author,  Louise Cusack,  who bravely accepted  my manuscript for assessment. End result? A lot of red ink and a learning curve that went right off the Richter scale!  Since then Louise has worked with me on other  projects. Each assessment  has been invaluable.

So, I  finally got that first contract,  an e-publication. And, once the initial buzz wore off, I was faced with the reality that I am a techno-gumby.  I needed help. And lots of it. Help rode in on a metaphorical white horse in the delightful  guise of Nas Dean. To be honest, Nas should have received a knighthood  for her  patience. Not only did she steer me through a terrific blog tour but managed  to instil enough knowledge into my brain to enable me to manage the fundamentals.   My kids were so impressed!

So - in a nut shell -  don't go it alone. Reach out and accept a helping hand.  You won't  regret it.
 
Thanks for sharing Jenny! Jenny says:
 

Born in Britain, I arrived in Australia as a young woman in 1985 for an impromptu holiday and never left. I fell in love with the Australian bush, its unique flora and fauna and the colourful personalities that inhabit the country. I live on a small acreage close to Toowoomba with my family, dogs, cats and ponies.
I love to write. I write rural romance, young adult and, more recently, literary fiction. When I'm not writing, I'm reading, walking or riding my Connemara pony, Romeo. Rural romance is a natural extension of my passion for all things country. I believe that romance is the universal language of love. And besides, I'm a sucker for a happy ending.

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Jenny Brigalow's latest release is:
 
 



An original paranormal YA about an unconventional girl, an unconventional boy, their extraordinary transformations, and the secrets of the Scottish Highlands.

When skater girl Morven Smith turns sixteen, she develops boobs, acute appendicitis...and a pair of pointy teeth. While she is stunned by her metamorphosis into vampire, her best mate, the enigmatic Zest, is not. For the young werewolf, Morven’s transformation is an answer to his lonely prayers.

But they are unable to celebrate their mutual paranormalcy for long — there are too many dangers, too much suspicion, and too many questions. It’s only in Scotland that Morven can learn the truth about her past. But she discovers more than she bargained for when she meets her birth family — an ancient feud between vampires and werewolves. They may both be Children of the Mist, but only one species can survive.


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A Kindle copy giveaway of THE CHILDREN OF THE MIST for one commenter.


And in my news, I found a new review for my novella-One Bite Leads To Another by multi-published author Jenny Schwartz. She liked it! Yay! Here is the review if you are inclined to read it.

 

27 comments:

  1. Oh, I know what you mean about helping hands. I've had so many wonderful people assisting me down the road--and I adore them all.

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    1. Hi Crystal, thanks for dropping by. You're right, you never forget someone who helps out. And - off the subject - just love Dean Koontz too!

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  2. This journey (and many others) isn't possible without helping hands. A wise person remembers that. :)

    The RWA in Australia is not associated with RWA in the US, right?

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    1. Hey Stina, lovely to meet you. Too true. Life would be hard road without a helping hand along the way. And, as far as I know, the Australian RWA isn't associated with the US one (although that would be lovely). Have a great day.

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  3. Congrats, Jenny! Love the cover for your book! And that's the great thing about writers. We're such a supportive group and willing to lend a hand.

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    1. Thanks Cherie. Must say I love the cover too, although I can't take any credit for it. Writers are a great group. I went to GenreCon a few weeks ago which was fantastic. Came home really uplifted.

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  4. Hi Jenny,

    Thanks for the mention. You were willing to learn so you learnt. And I do know Louise Cusack does wonders when she helps with manuscript development.

    All the best Jenny!

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    1. Hi Nas and welcome! It's hard to believe how much I have learned in such a short time. Wouldn't have believed it was possible twelve months ago. Thanks!

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  5. Jenny, best of luck with the new release!

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  6. Hi. It's great to "see" you again and thanks!

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  7. That is a great interview. I agree Jenny Brigalow. Nas Dean is definitely a helping hand to everyone she meets. She has helped me tremendously in the short time I have known her. Good luck with the book. Happy writing.

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    1. Thanks for dropping by Shirley, it's great to be here today with Kelly. What a wonderful and exciting time it is to be writing. Not only do we have oceans of amazing help out there but also access to a social media platform that allows us to share. And happy writing to you too, Shirley.

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  8. Hello Jenny. Congratulations! It must be so exciting! I think we all need a helping hand now and again.

    Hello Kelly! I just wanted to drop by and thank you for visiting and commenting at my blog. Nice to meet you. :)

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    1. Hi Daisy good to see you. It is exciting, thank you!

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  9. Congratulations on your new book, Jenny! It looks great!

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    1. Hi Sherry, thanks for dropping by. It was a fun book to write. I love YA! Hope you're writing up a storm (or something more appropriate) too!

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  10. I love Nas and think it is wonderful that she has been such a big help to you! How cool that 13 was a lucky number for you! I agree with you that it is important to connect with other writers and people in the industries through organizations and conferences.

    Wishing you much success!
    ~Jess

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    1. Aww...Jess. So lovely of you to say that.

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    2. Lol...forgot to say it is *Nas* logged into Romance Book Haven today!

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    3. Hi Jess, thanks for dropping by. We certainly have a great writers support system here in Australia. Guess we're lucky.

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  11. Thanks for sharing your experience with us, Jenny! It's writers like you that make the publishing journey doable!

    What a great feature, Kelly!

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    1. Thank you Beverley, it's lovely to meet you. Thanks for dropping by. Publishing is doable (great word) and I think that with the whole epub revolution there is opportunity for all writers of every genre. Such an exciting time to be writing!.

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  12. All the best writers have an amazing support team behind them.

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    1. Hi Lynda, good to see you again. That team effort is critical and as Stina pointed out, we need help on all our journeys through life. Have a great day.

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  13. I always appreciate writers who admit that success takes years and doesn't happen over night. You give me hope, Jenny. Thank you.

    xoRobyn

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    1. Hi Robyn, so pleased that this post has helped in some small way. Keep writing! Took me six years, lots of rejections, lots of manuscripts and - of course - lots of chocolate and a bit of luck to finally get that break. We are part of a wonderful community. Couldn't have done it on my own. XO

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