The Aftermath

On the lead up to the launch I was concentrating hard on blogging about my book, not that that’s a bad thing, but now the book is officially ‘out-there’, I am sat in the unladylike position of a resigned slump, a sigh escaping my mouth and a crooked half-smile playing about my lips as I sit on my chair and consider what I want to write about on here. How lovely the word ‘write’ is 🙂 It feels like I’m talking about a long-lost friend I’ve just found again.

At first, in the aftermath of the launch, I didn’t really know what to do with myself. My mum even asked me ‘what now?’ and I honestly couldn’t answer. I was wondering what to do in all my free moments. I was curious as to what would consume my mind now that The Widow’s Redeemer  no longer laid claim to that activity. Of course, this is not to say I was sat in a darkened room thinking and doing nought, no, in fact, I was carrying on as per usual; having had a few weeks off blogging, being ill and recovering, writing essays and revising for uni exams, continuing my part-time job, watching TV, cruising FB and attempting to finish the murder mystery by Georgette Heyer that I’m reading.

I still can’t say who the killer is, what I can say however, is that I have genuinely missed blogging *said to a crescendo of ‘awww’*

Horse - Philippa Jane Keyworth - Regency Romance Author
A token horse for a picture….do you think I’ve lost the hang of this blogging lark?

When contemplating what next to do, I spoke to a few people and magically the answer came to me like a delightful smack in the face – write. Sometimes, if you’re like me, you do that thing where you forget what the point of something was – especially when you’re arguing about something petty with someone. With all the busyness recently, I sort of forgot that I hadn’t written anything new for about six months.


Shocking considering how much I love to write. Then again, I suppose I’ve been busy…still, this revelation got me to thinking. I always said that I’d keep writing whether or not I ever got into print but I never considered too seriously what I would do afterwards. With my uni work wound down and the Christmas holidays blazing along in full throttle, as well as all the lubbly jubbly fun of seeing family, eating great food and giving presents (I was rather proud of the ones I got for my husband), there is something else…free-time.

Oh, what sweet, sweet words. I just have to say them again, free-time!

I have just the thing to make it unfree-time. I have already printed off the manuscript for my next story and read it – it’s currently half the length it should be, riddled with spelling mistakes plot-holes and awful writing and it just gets me so excited even typing about it. Although it’s a total mess, from reading it I can remember why I wrote it and hopefully see what it could be with a serious amount of work. I know authors complain about revisions and editing, and it is ANNOYING sometimes, but it’s also such fun (as Miranda’s mother would say) seeing the transformation of a 2D novel into a 3D world, at least, because my writing’s so bad on the first draft, that’s the transformation my stories usually make (hopefully).

So, goodbye concentration on uni work and hello writing, how I have missed you and how I desire to re-acquaint myself and spend inordinate amounts of time with you 😉

Published by Philippa Jane Keyworth

Philippa Jane Keyworth, known to her friends as Pip, has been writing since she was twelve in every notebook she could find. Originally trained as a horse-riding instructor, Philippa went on to become a copywriter before beginning a degree in History. A born again Christian, Philippa lives in the south of England with her handsome husband. Philippa has always written stories and believes that, since it is one of her loves and passions, she always will. In her early writing career, she dabbled in a variety of genres, but it was the encouragement of a friend to watch a film adaptation of Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice that began her love affair with the British Regency. Since then, she has watched every Regency film and TV series she could get her hands on and become well acquainted with Georgette Heyer's novels which gave her the inspiration to write her own. Both as a reader and a writer, Philippa believes it is important to escape into a world you yourself would want to live in. This is why she writes stories that will draw you into the characters' joys and heartaches in a world apart from our own. Her debut novel, The Widow's Redeemer (Madison Street Publishing, 2012), is a traditional Regency romance bringing to life the romance between a young widow with an indomitable spirit and a wealthy viscount with an unsavory reputation. The novel has been received well by readers and reviewers who have praised the heartfelt story and admirable characters. Her second novel, The Unexpected Earl (Madison Street Publishing, 2014), explores another romance in the Regency era when an impetuous young woman has her life turned upside down by the reappearance of the earl who jilted her six years ago. So, what are you waiting for? Get swept away into another time with characters you will learn to love, and experience the British Regency like never before.

7 thoughts on “The Aftermath

  1. I sure hope you’re writing! I’m looking forward to your next book 🙂 It’s difficult to find excellent Regency Era fiction and you certainly delivered in The Widow’s Redeemer! Wishing you a productive and peaceful New Year.

    1. Oh, I am, no worries! I’m just sitting down to a little editing session before hitting the sales at the mall. Thank you for your praise of The Widow’s Redeemer, it is genuinely so lovely to hear people enjoying it so much because I love the story. Happy New Year to you too!

    1. Hahaha! I know what you mean, it’s just a never ending temptation to improve! Hope the proof-read goes well and a Happy New Year to you too!

  2. Great article, Philippa. And after publication it’s still down to publicity and spreading the profile – blogging – and trying to drum up professional reviews and interviews. But writing the next book is the important one – and the more books you have up for sale, the more it will help the sales of each one. Good luck.

    1. ‘…the more books you have up for sale, the more it will help the sales of each one…’ is a phrase I’m hearing a lot of at the moment, that’s why I’m going back to writing….that and the fact I love it!

      Happy New Year! Thanks for reading this post and the helpful advice 🙂

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