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Crossing the Finish Line by Lucy Felthouse (@cw1985)

Hi folks,

I’m sure I had a facial expression pretty similar to the woman above when I finally finished my latest novel this week. It was slow going, the very final stages not helped by the arrival of a bunch of workmen to dig up the road and driveways to replace the gas mains. I am typing this blog post to the dulcet tones of their shouting and drilling and smashing. I wish they were done already!

Anyway, the book. It started life as a novella. Then life, as it does, gets in the way. The original publisher closed down, but fortunately my rights were returned to me, and since I’d kind of been thinking there was more of the story to tell, I used the opportunity to extend the novella into a novel. It took longer than expected, but still, I got there in the end.

And now I feel so much lighter. I know some writers hate the editing stage, but it doesn’t bother me at all. I’ve got the story down, I’ve done the hard part. Now all I have to do is read through, checking for consistency, repetition, extending, cutting and polishing. Then it can go off to my beta readers, who will likely pick up on a few bits and pieces I missed. Then edits, then boom – send my baby out into the world. Then you get the part about worrying whether people will like it or not!

The book in question is a sexy spy thriller called Hiding in Plain Sight, and it’s available for pre-order now, and will release on the 27th July. The pre-order price is a bargain 99c/p, which will go up on release day, so if you’re budget-conscious, grab it now: http://lucyfelthouse.co.uk/published-works/hiding-in-plain-sight/

Happy Reading!

Lucy x


Author Bio:

Lucy Felthouse is the award-winning author of erotic romance novels Stately Pleasures (named in the top 5 of Cliterati.co.uk’s 100 Modern Erotic Classics That You’ve Never Heard Of, and an Amazon bestseller), Eyes Wide Open (winner of the Love Romances Café’s Best Ménage Book 2015 award, and an Amazon bestseller), The Persecution of the Wolves and Hiding in Plain Sight. Including novels, short stories and novellas, she has over 160 publications to her name. She owns Erotica For All, and is one eighth of The Brit Babes. Find out more about her writing at http://lucyfelthouse.co.uk, or on Twitter or Facebook. Sign up for automatic updates on Amazon or BookBub. Subscribe to her newsletter and get a free eBook: http://www.subscribepage.com/lfnewsletter

It’s Crazy Out There…

heap of booksThe world of publishing is a crazy and often scary place. I’ve been in it a few years so I’m used to it now, but I remember back in the beginning I didn’t have a clue what I was doing. So here are a few bits and pieces I wish I’d known back then…

1. Don’t sign a contract without reading it. Not all publishers are legit.

I’m not naming any names here, not at all, but I remember how exciting it was to be offered a contract to publish my work. I thought it was the best thing ever and didn’t stop to think what would happen if something went wrong with the publisher further down the line. So look at the length of your contract (between three and five years is about average), what rights the publisher is asking for, and so on. If you’re not sure about a particular contract, ask other authors that write for the publisher in question for their opinion. Most of us are pretty helpful.

2. Learn to edit yourself.

The work you submit to a publisher should be your absolute best. Yes, you’ll be assigned an editor, but that doesn’t mean you should send in a piece riddled with spelling errors, and wrong punctuation and grammar. Nobody’s perfect, but you want to stay on your editor’s good side, as well as being professional, so edit your own work before sending it in. I find reading out loud helps.

3. Read lots in your chosen genre.

That way, you’ll get an idea of what’s being published, what sort of quality, what plots, what publishers are publishing what genres and pairings, and so on. You shouldn’t try to emulate anyone’s writing, you should always develop your own style, but it will help you learn about the more technical side of writing.

I hope this helps any budding writers out there. And other authors, please feel free to chip in with any other pieces of advice.


Lucy Felthouse is a very busy woman! She writes erotica and erotic romance in a variety of subgenres and pairings, and has over seventy publications to her name, with many more in the pipeline. These include Best Bondage Erotica 2012 and 2013, and Best Women’s Erotica 2013. Another string to her bow is editing, and she has edited and co-edited a number of anthologies. She owns Erotica For All, and is book editor for Cliterati. Find out more at http://www.lucyfelthouse.co.uk. Join her on Facebook and Twitter, and subscribe to her newsletter at: http://eepurl.com/gMQb9