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Journey into Creating a Publishing Company – Part Three

I never name call anyone. I am always polite and rational with anyone with any discussion. If or when a person earns my ire I tend to grumble a lot, though I do step back and think about the situation which has arisen. I will help as much as I can or as the client will let me…One thing I am clear about is when a client has approved a final file then they will need to pay for extra work, whether the original job was a swap of skills, paid or a package.

2016 was a big year with a lot of changes. It wasn’t a good year on many fronts though I did have a favourite. Needless to say this year was filled with bullying clients and gossip in the local writers group which I didn’t know about for nearly two years. I was devastated by both of these. Luckily for me I have stong family support from my husband and children and some really great friend. Many of those friends were students from my Business Management Course and my Incubate Course.

There was one bully who I worked with. They were like an advisor, going to do marketing for me on a local scale, introduced me to a local reporter for one of the free newspapers. All of this was appreciated. In exchange I formatted their first book, pulled together a book cover – all to the best of my ability at that time – both ebook and print, assisted them set up accounts with createspace and kindle. Now if one thinks about all the time involved the different things I was learning, it was a lot of work. I can’t really put a price on this.  They were happy with the result…UNTIL…They suddenly decided I’d not done the book properly (a word I now HATE) Thinking back I did two books for this person. The other was in exchange for a computer (desktop) he put a price of $300 on which strangley was raised to $400 during email discussions. It wasn’t acutally worth anything due to it’s age. Once again I did the second book plus two websites.
What I wonder now is if the second book was better set out than the first due to the growth in my learning…Would you redo a client’s book for free because you’ve learnt more about interior design?

One thing I will advise everyone with a small business…


Even in those days, I insisted all clients to proofread their own books for any formatting edits. Bits that need changing or taking out etc.  This person approved the final file. Six months later they complained I’d left their home address in the back of the book and I have the synopsis in the back as well.  EXCUSE ME…YOU APPROVED IT!!  Fed up with the ongoing emails, I redid the formatting which was once again APPROVED.  
    Now we come to the end of 2016. They had decided to sue me…I presume at small claims court. They were going to win and take all my business/money etc.

WOW.  Not only this, I had another client who disparaged my name (Yes I can still sue them for defamation of character) They contacted me for a meeting.  I went into a deep depression and fog for three weeks…It was one of the worst time in the year for this to happen due to course work for Business Management along with trying to claw my way out of the fog and stabilise once more. 

With the bully I was still getting emails. In the end I sent them an offer which most folks wouldn’t refuse. I got a unpleasent email stating I was to re-do the book, and upload it to createspace, and purchase 5 or so copies to be sent to them by a certain date. They had gone a step to far. I was now furious.
     Offering them one last deal. It took several weeks to prepare and over $500 out of my business…which is still a loss to this day.  I printed off all their emails I met with my business admin who I had to pay ($75) to go through them and advise me if I was correct with my assumptions. That was another $300. Yes I was correct. If they sued me I could prove they were in the wrong, not only that, I could re-sue them for defamation of character.
     The email was sent. It wasn’t accepted. I still don’t understand why. The email was sent via my business admin. Their reply.  “All I wanted was to have it edited”
    If a client has approved a final file then they need to pay for any further formatting edits. They also need to use the final file I sent them.  I have about 4 different files with different words counts on my computer…Which is the right one? Why should I continue to edit their work for FREE when they had approved final files. 

From this time one I went quiet on Facebook which of course, affected my business badly. This person was still on my friends list and in two groups I ran. It wasn’t until mid 2017 that I finally deleted them, unfriended and blocked them. This was all thanks to another online friend who is like a sister to me. The relief was immense, though with them still living locally I was real nervous going up town. Call it anxiety of thinking they’d verbally attack me in the street. This is also another reason few of my friends online know I went back to England. 


This same person also emailed saying they had paid for a membership to the Chamber of Commerce…NOPE they didn’t because I have my receipt.  However I still wonder today if they paid for a second year – without my permission due to the fact I still received post from this group. I have never been able to find out.


As for the second person…They are still in the background, pottering along with life, asking me for coffee…well until they found out I was back in the UK…

The strange thing is that the only clients I’ve ever had issues with were all local males to were I used to live. All my online clients have been amazing and I have loved working and growing with them.

As for the Writers Group. I gave the then chairperson – who is an Editor, a printed out copy of my book to look through and advise.  She came back that it wasn’t her style and a bit rude. Ok yes she is an older lady.  What I didn’t know was that she’d told the rest of the committee and god knows who else that I wrote Erotica.  The book at that time was called Malachy’s Unit – it is now called Hidden Secrets.  It is not erotica or even erotic. It is murder, mystery romance with a bit of spice.

Nearly two years later I took my children’s book in to sell and show to the writers group. Girlie and the War of the Wasps. One of the gentlemen who approached me to buy a copy said. “Oh, I thought you only wrote erotica.” to my reply. “I don’t write erotica.”  Once again I was as mad as hell. I never went back to the group. The thought they were all looking at me a a nonsense smut writer (yeah they were that bad) was beyond a joke.

The Best Part…

The best part of 2016 was assisting a client with three children’s book. ‘The Pottontots’ is a set of three books with wonderful art work by the author. Keith Broad was awesome to work with and his stories are a great read for any child.

Interviewing Karen Hansen – Stay

Friday has arrived and it is Karen Hansen’s turn to tell you about her extraordinary self. Such an accomplished young woman who is going places. Karen’s short story in Love from The Other Side – A Ghostly Writes Anthology is called Stay.


Introduce Yourself and where you’re from.

 My name is Karen Hansen, and I am from an amazing fast growing city in New Zealand called Rotorua. We are the birthplace of tourism in our country, and the posterchild for geothermal activity. To be honest, we live in the Rotorua Caldera, INSIDE a volcano. Crazy and Wonderful huh!

Growing up, I moved house a number of times – but the place I identified with most was a little yellow cottage in Tiketere on the outskirts of Rotorua. This cottage sat on the complex of ‘Hells Gate’, so named by George Bernard Shaw. “George, a famous Irish playwright living in England, visited the area for a week (in the early 1900’s) and on looking at the thermal park decided that this must be the gateway to Hell, which his theologian colleagues talk about.

He was well known as an Atheist, however after being here a week it is understood that he changed his ways. Our people were so taken by the playwright that from that time on, they allowed the area to be known in English as Hells Gate.” (Hells Gate Histories and Legends, 2018)

As a child of HELL(s Gate) I played with sulphur instead of sand, bamboo forests instead of tree houses, played with free roaming peacocks instead of caged birds, cooked kai (food) in natural geothermal cooking pools and swam under the largest hot waterfall in the southern hemisphere.. all in my back yard.

As an adult I have a close affinity with nature, studying herbal medicine and spiritual tradition from many cultures. I am  a social entrepreneur, with a passion for people empowerment and social change through multi-media and artistic expression. I have three beautiful children, and am currently completing my BA of Creative Technologies and creating out of the box high end events with a community arts focus.

Tell us about your writing journey?

My writing journey began when I was 5 years old. My Mother used to write poetry, and I remember being inspired by a piece she wrote entitled ‘Self Confidence Story’. She wrote this at a time when she was at her lowest point, in hospital. I have carried those words with me forever:


“I am a castle,

A fortress:

Built upon a rock,

In the midst of an ocean

of unfriendly faces,

unknown entities,

and nameless perils.

I fly my banner in the face of the world!

Whatever happens,

I shall triumph,

may occasionally falter,

But NEVER fail.

Though time may rip at my walls,

And batter at my gate,

I will not give in…

I shall survive…


(Gillian Hansen, 1988)

 When I was about 9 years old, I started writing my own poetry. I wrote my first childrens book “Karen’s Burglar” when I was 12, although that is sitting unpublished (to date). Around this time, I began writing horror inspired stories along the line of my favourite authors at that age: R.L. Stine and Francine Pascal. None of these survived.

Over the years, I have written articles, speeches and media releases for companies such as Miss Burlesque New Zealand. However, Fantasy, SongWriting and Poetry are my favourite mediums.

I am currently working on two non-fiction books on life coaching and philosophy, and two fantasy novels “Pictures of the Lost” and “Ysabel’s Gate” I am aiming to have one of each released in 2019.

What is your story about?

Stay’ is about a love that transcends time. “A love so powerful, it stopped her heart”. It follows the main character Annie, through her lifetime – and a star crossed relationship. I won’t say much more, as it’s only a short story! You’ll just have to go read it 😉

Why did you choose this topic/genre?

I chose this genre, as I have always been fascinated with the paranormal … and you know… I’m a terrible romantic! I cried writing my own story.

Why publish in the Ghostly Writes Anthologies?

 The Ghostly Writes Anthologies is a fabulous platform! I’m all about empowering the people, and it offers indie authors all over the world the chance to submit their work and be included in a number of collections. I am honoured to have this, my first piece of published work, accepted and printed for the world to see! Onwards and Upwards .. Watch out world!

Share your experiences of helping each other in the Ghostly Writes Group.

The Ghostly Writers Group is full of creatives, which is my kind of place to hang out. We all lift each other up, and offer constructive criticism and our own talents to help push the industry and the platform further. Thanks Plaisted Publishing, for offering such a great space and putting in many hours of complimentary work in order to bring our stories to the world.

Thank you for participating.

(Thank YOU for the opportunity, the love is reciprocal!)


Interviewing Cathy-Lee Chopping – Burying Love

Introducing you to new Author Cathy-Lee Chopping who wrote Burying Love which is in our Ghostly Writes Anthology – Love from the Other Side

-Introduce Yourself and where you’re from.

I am Cathy-Lee Chopping, and I am from Perth, Western Australia. We are located in one of the most beautiful cities in Australia, and I am lucky enough to live around 4 minutes from the beach and my local café where I love to sit and write overlooking the Indian Ocean.  My background is Hospitality and Administration, and I currently run a successful distributorship selling cosmetics and skincare. I am married with a 6-year-old son, and my hobbies include reading (of course), writing short stories, listening to music and enjoying downtime watching reality tv about cooking and renovating.

-Tell us about your writing journey?

I started writing when I was around 12 years old, as a way to cope with immigrating to Australia from New Zealand.  I had to make all new friends and that pushed me into my own little world which I expressed by writing short stories about the people in my life and the new friends I made.  It was a way of journaling for me, and one that I thought was a secret, so imagine my surprise when 20 years later my younger sisters told me that they used to sneak into my bedroom and read my latest short stories when I wasn’t home.

I started taking it seriously when I turned 21, and in the last 14 years I have amassed a huge folder of stories that have not yet seen the light of a publishers screen.  I have enough material for my own anthology of short stories, to which I am seriously considering having published.  I have also been working on a novel that I am planning to release in early 2019, and I am really looking forward to this.  Why did I decide to start publishing my secret work?  To be honest it was when a friend of mine passed away in January.  She was 34, too young to have been through a heart and two lung transplants over the last decade, and she once told me that I was crazy to not want to show my work to anyone; that life was too short.  After she passed away I submitted my first ever published piece of work to Plaisted Publishing House. 

I realised a story not written is a story not told, this has motivated me to start publishing my work.

-What is your story about?

I wrote this story as it came to me one afternoon in the middle of January 2018.  I had just received the news that my friend had passed away, and being in the UK on a family holiday I was unable to get back in time to pay my respects.  This was my way of coping and honouring her.  My character in ‘Buried Love’ is a woman who is saying goodbye to someone, and needs to get a message to the other side so that everyone can move on.

One of my favourite lines in the story is “I wonder why people wait to say nice things about people until they’re gone. Why did they not say thank you and how much they loved and appreciated her when she was right in front of them?”

Why did you choose this topic/genre?

I was invited to submit a piece of writing for the Ghostly Writes Anthologies Valentine Edition for 2018, and as I was grieving for my friend, I thought that this would be a perfect opportunity to write about love and the passing of a loved one.  I wrote “Buried Love” especially for this Anthology.

-Why publish in the Ghostly Writes Anthologies?

The Ghostly Writes Anthologies offer a wonderful platform for budding authors from around the world to showcase their work.  I am very happy another author, who is also published in the Anthology, contacted me to let me know that they were taking submissions.  I look forward to working with them again.

-Share your experiences of helping each other in the Ghostly Writes Group.

As a newcomer to the publishing game, I had a lot of questions which were happily and quickly answered by the members of the group.  I would like to extend my thanks to every one of them who pointed me in the right direction so that I made the deadline.

Thank you for participating.

(You’re welcome!)


Interviewing Michael Lynes – Scary Love

Introducing you to Michael Lynes one of our authors who published his short story Scary Love in our latest Ghostly Writes Valentine’s Anthology called Love from The Other Side.  Don’t forget it is FREE in ebook 

Introduce yourself and where you’re from.

My name is Michael Lynes. I am an engineer by training and a serial entrepreneur. I’ve been married for almost thirty-five years with four sons and two grandchildren. I enjoy baking bread, feeding seasoned hardwood into my ancient Timberline woodstove, working on various cars, bird watching and taking amateur photographs. I live in Sussex County, New Jersey, USA – a beautiful rural area of the state.

Tell us about your writing journey?

I was inspired to write my story mainly because I personally love the short story as an art form, both as a reader (first) and now as an author. I also like the process of creation. I enjoy the technical aspects of story craft. I get a thrill when I have managed to incorporate a rhythm or a set of syncopated lyrical elements into the warp and weft of my storyline. Balance and smooth narrative flow are also key in telling an effective story. I am delighted and humbled when my writing is able to evoke an emotional response in the reader. It is a privilege to witness the transmission of emotion, felt at first by myself or by my character, into the readers’ separate emotional space. Getting feedback through a review or comment is extremely gratifying.

What is your story about?

My story is titled ‘Scary Love’ – it is a short story about the power of love, how it transcends the end of life and how through love all hurts and fears can be overcome. My main character is Himi-Ko Sarume. Her name in Japanese means ‘Daughter of the Sun’. Himi-ko is confronted both by the demons of her past and by her aching sense of loss and despair. She comes to realize that only love can provide her the answers she most desires.

Why did you choose this topic/genre?

Well, genre for this story was contemporary, with a twist of the supernatural. It seemed to fit well with the theme of the anthology. As for the topic, I’ve always been fascinated with the Shinto religion and this was an opportunity to write about it in short-story form.

Why publish in the Ghostly Writes Anthologies?

The anthology provides authors with great exposure and the opportunity to meet a terrific bunch of other writers and collaborate with them on a project.

Share your experiences of helping each other in the Ghostly Writes Group.

I am not sure if I helped anyone directly but it is fun to read all of the other stories and also to vote on the cover and title of the anthology.

Thank you for participating.


The French Kiss by Chloe King

We are happy to announce another New Release this time from our only Erotic Author Client, Ms Chloe King.  This is her first short story which protrays a husband and wife who enjoy discovering their sexual needs. This book will be 99c on all ebook stores. Links will be updated as they come in.





The French Kiss…Isn’T what you might think. Following the exploits of a husband and wife one who loves sex and the other who is turned on watching the act.
A Swingers Party! A Business Meeting and an Investment. What will happen to Stacie and Carter – No he’s not her husband.

Ghostly Writers are back with a NEW Anthology

It is nearly All Hallows Eve and the Ghostly Writers Group have pulled together a new Anthology to scare you. DON’T FORGET THE EBOOK IS FREE

A new Ghostly Writes Anthology for 2017, gives you sixteen authors from around the world with ghostly stories and poems for you to read. Each short story will take you to a new place, be it the future, present or past.

Plaisted Publishing House is happy to present this book to you – our readers. Please note that all stories are written in the English of the country the Author resides in.

Amazon Link eBook



https://www.kobo.com/gb/en/ebook/ghostly-writes-anthology-2017 – Kobo says it isn’t available in UK…

Google Play


Print on Createspace


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Ghostly Writes is a group of Indie Authors from around the world who get together to produce an ebook for Halloween. You can find them at www.facebook.com/ghostlywritesanthology