Debbie Howells

That day I got a call from an agent…

By on 11th December 2013 in Blog Posts with No Comments

Okay.  That thing about dreams.  They’re a thing I have – I posted about them a while back too, because I’ve had this one for quite a while. It goes like this.  You sweat blood over that precious manuscript, get it as polished as you can, peruse your list of the best possible agents, write cover letters and […]

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September…

By on 12th November 2013 in Blog Posts with No Comments

This one’s more of a ramble than a post.  It’s been the most wonderful, glorious summer, hasn’t it… Weather to camp and go to the beach in, warm enough to spend long evenings outside under the stars…(Drinking wine obviously) It’s hanging on in there, too, though the blackberry-laden hedgerows and misty mornings signal that autumn’s not long […]

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On Dreams…

By on 16th June 2013 in Uncategorised with 8 Comments

Several years ago, I had this dream to have my own flower shop – preferably in the old barn next to the cottage where we lived, with rough wood shelves and metal buckets full of beautiful seasonal flowers, with which I’d decorate weddings for all the brides who’d flock to see me. There’d be a […]

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Author Q & A…

By on 2nd May 2013 in Uncategorised with 2 Comments

Just a quick post, because I had a lovely email last night from Free eBooks Daily.  They’d found Wildflowers and asked if I’d do a brief Q & A for their readers.  Of course, I said I’d love to!  Here it is: Why do you think your readers are going to enjoy your book? Readers tell me it’s […]

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On KDP SELECT and book covers…

By on 29th April 2013 in Uncategorised with No Comments

It’s been an astonishing, exciting week… I’ve been glued to my computer checking downloads watching hundreds of downloads turn to thousands, as Wildflowers shoots up the Kindle top 100 free ebooks. I realise it’s  the top 100 free ebooks, not paid.  That it didn’t make me any money.  But that’s not the point, because now I feel I haven’t been wasting time, self-indulgently […]

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Next book…

By on 18th April 2013 in Uncategorised with No Comments

I don’t know if this happens to other writers, but just recently, I’ve begun with this idea that’s just bursting with life – in my head – and then stopped, because for whatever reason, however hard I try, although there’s the beginnings of a story there, on paper, it just doesn’t flow.  Maybe that’s because I’ve a lot to learn, but it can feel […]

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Wow

By on 7th April 2013 in Uncategorised with 1 Comment

It has been the most AMAZING weekend.  So far.  And it’s only Sunday… It began, like the best weekends do, on Friday night, with a party – wonderful people, music, fantastic food, free-flowing wine – it had all of that.  BUT.  This one wasn’t just any party.  We were all there to celebrate someone who nearly […]

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On following your dream…

By on 1st April 2013 in Uncategorised with No Comments

Once upon a time, when my children were babies, I made wedding flowers from home in whatever space I could find for them.  The kitchen table, a table in the shade opposite the back door, even the garage.  And how I wished, with all my heart, for my very own shop.  For years, I had a picture in […]

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On rejection…

By on 23rd March 2013 in Uncategorised with No Comments

THIS IS COMPLETELY TRUE… http://www.fizzygrrl.com/the-five-emotional-stages-of-a-submitting-writer/ All those weeks/months/years you’re in your little bubble writing that story that’s shouting at you that you have to tell it, that’s fine, because ABSOLUTELY NO-ONE READS IT.  As every writer knows, you have the perfect excuse because if you tell someone too early, the magic goes.  And for as long as […]

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day 1

By on 22nd March 2013 in Uncategorised with No Comments

Publication-on-Amazon day! http://www.amazon.co.uk/wildflowers-ebook/dp/B00BXOBP9M/ref=sr_1_fkmr0_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1363852257&sr=1-1-fkmr0 WILDFLOWERS is about a girl who has a dream, but like so many dreams, the reality isn’t quite how she imagines… Having written the book, sent the full manuscript off to the five literary agents who requested it (none of whom loved it enough to represent me), redrafted I hope what was […]

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