White Glove

o-AUDREY-HEPBURN-570Galway-based writer, Evie Gaughan, invited me to write a guest post for her blog to kick off a series she’s doing featuring authors and their different roads to publishing. I describe my experience with agent-assisted self-publishing in the Amazon White Glove programme.

You can read about it here.

(Image of Audrey Hepburn from Getty Images)


  1. Wow, what a lot of well directed effort you’ve put into promoting your book. Love it. It’s nice to hear about that side of the industry, even if it does rub some of the glitter off of the idea of having a book ‘out there’. Glitter was never my thing anyway. Not since Diamond Dogs came out.
    I have to say it’s eye opening reading your last couple of posts about the fashion, and now, the publishing industry. You’ve got some MOXIE child! GO! JACKIE!

    • You are too sweet, Laura, I think it’a all just baby steps because if I knew everything to start with, I’d just eat the contents of the fridge to drown out any ambition and collapse on the couch. But I didn’t and that was best. And everything is changing in the industry so quickly–both industries, actually–that you can’t really know what’s ahead. You can just follow your gut. And my gut is always talking and taking me by the hand. But baby steps are my preferred mode of transport 🙂

      • Then my next baby step will be to edit and re write, even though I want to start another one RIGHT NOW. My brother sent me a link to SwoonWorthy and I’ve had a book boiling away on the back burner for a long time. My little nieces idea that she wants to see in writing. Just up their alley, too. But perhaps (baby steps) I should learn the craft. I am trying to imagine plot points on cards on the floor. I really need to learn how to plot and draft. Save myself lots of time and head banging and fridge raiding.

      • I have the same struggles. My husband, who is a screenwriter and therefore fixated on plot above all else, continually asks”Yes, but where is it going? How is that advancing the story?” and it drives me INSANE!! But at the same time, it has been hugely helpful because I can spar away on the wings of a pretty sentence and not be seen for days! A book I really enjoyed when I was editing and redrafting was “Master Class in Fiction Writing, Techniques from Austen, Hemingway and other Greats” by Adam Sexton, and also “The Plot Thickens, 8 Ways to Bring Fiction to Life” by Noah Lukeman.

      • Thank you! Off to find those books right NOW! since I’m sort of stuck-day off-excuse to spend it in bookstore, what could be better?

  2. I find it interesting you are making more money off the Kindle than the actual paper book, which costs three times as much. Even accounting for printing costs, it must be Amazon’s ploy to push customers towards a Kindle. Interesting article I am sharing with a couple of friends who are right now mulling the same exact options.

  3. Whoops, meant soar away…

  4. Wow, this was certainly an eye-opener! Where do you even find the time to write your second book, I wonder? Hats off to you Ms Mallon! (plus I’m glad I opted for the Kindle version :-))

    • I am doing my best to squeeeeeeeeeeeze in blocks of writing time, Lia. My concentration level has become a bit patchy but I’m mending it as I go along. I’m glad you did too 🙂

  5. Another great read–thank you for sharing with us, your readers, openly and honestly…
    so appreciate how you educate and inform with such a humble and gracious spirit…
    and please know that the pretty green and white awning has enticed…
    and like many, bypassed Whole Foods to come through your door…
    so your book is now ordered and on its way and when it arrives…
    it will be placed on the top on my reading pile—can’t wait~ xo
    PS went for paperback version hoping that one day it will be a signed copy 😉

  6. No, thank you for being interested! And for investing in my humble little labour of love, I’m very touched. And I look forward to hearing your thoughts as one who knows a thing or two about it and to one day signing it for you too 🙂

  7. Hi Jackie, Just wanted to say thanks again for sharing your world and your words 🙂 It’s great to have a writing community that supports each other and I think your post gave a great insight into a writer’s life. Btw, I think your hubby might have to sleep with one eye open while you’re editing! “What do you mean where is it going???!”

    • No worries, Evie, it was a pleasure. I know how confusing it all was/still is so if my words can help budding novelists, I’m glad. I know, what a cheek he has, right? Bless… 🙂

  8. Gut all the way. That and hard work..sprinkled with a large does of talent!! Go girl! xxx

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