Times of Trouble
Ellen’s sister is in trouble. She knows something she shouldn’t and people want her dead. Ellen wants to help her. But how do you find someone who doesn’t want to be found? Ellen’s determination to find her sister leads to dead ends and near misses, lucky breaks, personal danger and devastating betrayal.
Times of Trouble is my first work of fiction. I finished the manuscript in 2009 and had the manuscript assessed. I then revised it, and made very tentative attempts to find an agent or publisher. It wasn’t a fun experience, but I guess it’s not meant to be. Most of the agents/publishers were advising on their websites that they weren’t accepting unsolicited manuscripts. I found a handful of Australian agents and publishers who were interested in crime, and appeared not to have their gates locked, and sent out a few proposals (somewhere between 6 and 10 from memory). I received a handful of rejection letters or emails, none of which contained any helpful information. I wouldn’t say I completely lost faith with having Times of Trouble published in the traditional way at this point, but I did decide not to send out any proposals, and instead investigated the ‘indi eBook’ option of self publishing online.
I started off offering my book for free on WattPad, and received some great feedback. To date, I’ve had over 14,000 reads on this site. Woo hoo!
I also listed my manuscript on Free E-Books and it was downloaded over 18,000 times. I removed it from this site recently as it is now available for sale.
You can also see my book on Smashwords, where I originally had it listed for free, and is now listed at $3.89. I’ve had almost 4,000 free downloads and most excitedly, some brilliant reviews. For an unpublished author like myself, each of these comments were gold nuggets. You can see them on the Smashwords link (5 star reviews!!) and, since I love them so much, here they are typed out below:
Excellent book. I concur the other reviews that it is indeed a can’t put down page turner. Looking forward to more work by the author. (5 stars)
This is an excellent book, full of twist and mystery. It was without doubt hard to put down. Hope you continue to write.
One of the best stories I’ve found on this site! Great job, looking forward to your next book! (5 stars)
Great story. I couldn’t put it down until it was finished. Awesome work! (5 stars)
Wow! Great story, full of twists and turns. Started out a bit slow but definitely turned into a fast passed page turner. Don’t start reading this story unless you have time to finish it because once you start you won’t be able to stop. I almost missed my bus because I didn’t want to stop reading. Victoria, I can’t wait for your next book! More please! (5 stars)
These aren’t my friends and family by the way! I know you were wondering. Most of my friends and family have read Times of Trouble and enjoyed it. But of course they would say that! The reviews on Smashwords are strangers, mostly from America I think, and maybe Canada. To all those people out there who have read Times of Trouble (people I know and people I don’t!) thank you for your support and lovely feedback. I’m glad you enjoyed it!
In March this year, I received an email from a man called David Platt from the UK. He had found Times of Trouble of Wattpad and enquired whether he could publish it as an eBook on Amazon, through his publishing firm, David Platt E-Publishing. I chose to remove it from the free sites, to see how it goes on Amazon and Smashwords at $3.89.
I’m interested to see how a price affects the number of downloads. Obviously a free book is much more likely to be downloaded than one with a cost (even if it’s only a small one).
Watch this space!