01/10/2013

Author News: Self-published Author Gets Book Deal

With utmost elation, I'd love to announce that Ruth Mancini, author of chick-lit Swimming Upstream has been offered a book deal.

Ruth's book became a bestseller in April and was picked up by Booktrope this month. Her publisher will be releasing a new version later this year.

Blurb: “I once read that the end of a relationship is like being involved in a road traffic accident. Which is quite fitting really, given what happened.”

Lizzie has begun to achieve all the things she thought she had ever wanted, but realises instead that she is far from happy. Then she steps out into the path of an oncoming car, and her life begins to unravel, setting off a life-changing chain of events.

Lizzie leaves her boyfriend and her home and moves to London to pursue her career. There, she attempts to overcome the legacy of her past and find out how to be happy alone. In doing so, she reconnects with two old friends, Zara and Catherine. Each friend, however, harbours a secret that is slowly revealed to Lizzie until Lizzie’s life takes another shocking twist and the friendship of all three women is threatened.

Swimming Upstream is a thoughtful but often humorous book about life and surviving its knocks. Set in the early 1990s in Cambridge and London, it is also a story of friendship, love and divided loyalties – and the moral choices that Lizzie ultimately faces, when the chips are down.

Described as “Eat, Pray, Love” meets “The Last Weekend”, Swimming Upstream is similar in style to books by Jojo Moyes ("Me Before You"), Elizabeth Gilbert ("Eat, Pray, Love"), Nick Hornby ("How to be Good") and Blake Morrison ("The Last Weekend").

What reviewers are saying: "I really enjoyed Swimming Upstream. There is a nice rhythm and pace...credible dialogue, compelling protagonist, recognisable settings and good supporting cast." - Eloise Millar, journalist and award-winning novelist

"Within just a few pages I was heavily invested in the lead character, Lizzie, and couldn't wait to find out what would happen to her...My page turns were getting faster and faster as I neared the end of the book! All in all, a great read which I will be recommending to friends and family." - Ribs Susiaho, writer and editor

"Gripping, pacey...I truly enjoyed Swimming Upstream. This is thinking women's chick lit!" -Catherine Amey, author.

"SWIMMING UPSTREAM by Ruth Mancini isa poignant story about one woman's journey to finding out what she really needs in life. The novel is well-written and descriptive, instantly pulling you in and making you care about each of the characters." - Caroline Fardig, bestselling author.

"A brilliant "chic lit" novel that is gripping and hard to put down. I found myself totally absorbed in the story and feeling Lizzie's dilemmas... A book about life choices, coming to terms and moving on." -Karen Marquick, blogger and reviewer.

How It All Went Down...

I heard back in April this year from a fellow author that Booktrope was open to submissions and so I approached them and in May I sent them my manuscript. I heard nothing for several months. In the meantime I'd self published my book on Amazon.and realised I needed professional help with publicising it. I hired Sarka Jonae miller of SJ Publicity who coincidentally had contacts at Booktrope. She made a strong pitch on my behalf and the next thing I knew I had been offered a deal. I signed the contract this weekend.

I am delighted to have been offered a deal with Booktrope. The world of book publishing is changing rapidly with the advent of the internet and online social media and publishers are having to move with the times. Booktrope has an innovative style of publishing that takes into account these changes and I am excited about being part of that.

A little about Booktrope...

Our goal is to change the way books are created.

Booktrope has signed on writers like Sarka-Jonae Miller, Meredith Schorr and now Ruth Mancini.

Well, Swimming Upstream's success has only just began from it's start in April, want to be part of it?

It's Available on Amazon.

Congrats Ruth, Great job Sarka Jonae Miller.

Expect my review of Swimming Upstream later on the blog.

Signing off,

Kobby .

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