Tuesday, March 08, 2011

For/From Indie Authors: Sibelle Hodge

Sibel Hodge has dual British/Turkish Cypriot nationality, dividing her time between Hertfordshire and North Cyprus. She is a qualified personal trainer, sports and massage therapist, and writes freelance feature articles on health, fitness, and various lifetyle subjects. Prior to this, she also worked for Hertfordshire Constabulary for ten years.

Her first novel, Fourteen Days Later, was short listed for the Harry Bowling Prize 2008 and received a highly commended by the Yeovil Literary Prize 2009. It is a romantic comedy with a unique infusion of British and Turkish Cypriot culture. Written in a similar style to Sophie Kinsella and Marian Keyes, Fourteen Days Later is My Big Fat Greek Wedding meets Bridget Jones.

The Fashion Police is her second novel and was a runner up in the Chapter One Promotions Novel Competition 2010. It is a screwball comedy-mystery, combining murder and mayhem with romance and chick-lit, and the first in a series featuring feisty, larger-than-life insurance investigator, Amber Fox. Written in a similar style to Janet Evanovich and Myron Bolitar, The Fashion Police is Stephanie Plum meets Harlan Coben.

My Perfect Wedding is her third novel and the sequel to Fourteen Days Later.

Advice:
  • Get your manuscripts edited and critiqued professionally before you publish them. I think this is invaluable to a newbie (or indeed any writer) for producing a top quality novel. 
  • Avoid too much backstory early on. Only introduce what is essential for the reader to know at exactly the time they need to know it. I know when I started writing my debut novel, I wanted to add a lot of backstory  in the first few chapters. You need to tease the reader. Give them a bit of intrigue and work in the backstory bit by bit to show little revelations along the way.
  • There are plenty of online forums and blogs that give a vast wealth of information to newbies looking to become an Indie author. Kindleboards and JA Konrath's blog (A Newbies Guide To Publishing) are just a couple of them. We've all been in the same situation when we were starting out and the Indie author community is very helpful. I’ve learned so much information from them in the last two years, and knowledge is power! 


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4 comments:

  1. Thanks for featuring me, Kathleen! :)

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  2. Spot on abut back story Sibil. Too much back story usually means you're writing the wrong book! ;-)

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  3. Morgan, I know. I was guilty of it myself before! :)

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