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Elizabeth Bailey

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An avid reader from an early age, Elizabeth Bailey grew up in colonial Africa under unconventional parentage and with theatre in the blood. Back in England, she trod the boards until discovering her true métier as a writer in her thirties, when she fulfilled an early addiction to Georgette Heyer by launching into historical romance. Eight years and eight books later, Elizabeth joined the Harlequin Mills & Boon stable, fuelling her writing with a secondary career teaching and directing drama, and writing plays into the bargain.

With 18 historicals published, she began to concentrate on the mainstream and in 2005, Elizabeth’s novel Fly the Wild Echoes was released in both the UK and the US simultaneously by Unlimited Publishing. The novel

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Elizabeth Bailey Hi Cintia - I completely understand where you are coming from. There's no doubt it's a difficult time for writers and the competition is intense. On…moreHi Cintia - I completely understand where you are coming from. There's no doubt it's a difficult time for writers and the competition is intense. On the other hand, there's never been so many opportunities and open doors. There are many new outlets opening up - independent digital publishers of all types of genres. When I began, it really was tough to get your foot through the door. It took me 8 years, 8 complete novels as well, before I wrote one that somebody wanted to publish. I had novels doing the rounds throughout that time. I wrote one, started sending it out, wrote another and so on. Rejection is part of the game and there are no sinecures in this business. So don't let rejection get you down. You only need one editor or agent to like it, however many don't.
My advice is to let go of the idea of competition and concentrate on just writing. Enjoy the process. It really doesn't matter about the wannabes out there. Your writing will still be unique. Your voice is your stamp on the work. Someone somewhere is going to like your voice.
Now - ideas. Practise people watching wherever you are. Watch the kind of movies or TV shows you enjoy and those in the genre you think you would like to write. Let the ideas flow over you. Don't try.
Observe the world around you, images, landscapes, urban or rural environments and let your imagination people them with characters.
Ideas for novels don't come fully formed. It's a snatch, a breath, an image, a song, a phrase, a person. It has to start somewhere. Breathe in the world and you will find it starts giving back little spots of potential.
Keep a notebook, write down anything that pops into your head. Physical notebooks are better than digital for this. You can flick through them and somehow seeing things in your own handwriting feels much more personal and that it belongs to you.
I hope there is something here that helps you. If you need to talk more go on my website and send a message from there which will get to my reader email and I can respond more if you wish. www.elizabethbailey.co.uk
Good luck!
Elizabeth Bailey Hi Ali. Thank you so much! I'm really pleased you are enjoying the series. Don't worry, the dowager is back in the next book, The Opium Purge, along…moreHi Ali. Thank you so much! I'm really pleased you are enjoying the series. Don't worry, the dowager is back in the next book, The Opium Purge, along with some more of the Polbrook family, and you will definitely find out what happens. And yes, I am writing more. I love writing them, which is why I'm so pleased you like reading them.
Thank you for taking the trouble to write to me.
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I'm very busy uploading my historical romances to Amazon and Smashwords. As I live in the UK, I have to use Smashwords to get books into formats other than Kindle, plus shops other than Amazon. It's a great way to ensure readers can get the books, no matter what e-reader they are using.

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“Love is only what you think it is at the time. Or what you make it. It doesn’t exist of itself. It’s born out of the spark that ignites when two people suddenly notice each other. Or it isn’t. I mean, sparks die too, or you kill them deliberately.”
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“To judge by the many crossings-out and the scribbles that adorned the discarded sheets, several of which had been screwed into balls by a frustrated hand and flung against the opposite wall, the muse this chill March morning was proving recalcitrant.”
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Elaine Elizabeth, thank you so much for the Fated Folly download. I will try to read as soon as, then leave a review.
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