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  Lorri Proctor's Success Story
Doing My Own Thing

I'm at an age now when the idea of being under a publisher's thumb doesn't appeal. I actually started writing at a young age, way back in the Sixties. I wish now that I had persevered more but I gave up after a few efforts to find a publisher (agents weren't that neccessary in the days of typewriters when writing was hard work!) My reasons were due to the fact that I had two young children and realised I was spending a good deal of my time dreaming up stories rather than paying proper attention to the little ones. I made a decision there and then to stop writing and have never been happier.

However, when I retired to the lovely county of Worcester, UK, with lots of spare time, I had a sudden urge to write, finish and revise all those old stories in the bottom of the cupboard. It was meant to be for my own amusement and pleasure and the first two stories I wrote gave me some really happy, fulfilling moment. I poured my all into them and enjoyed the research. These books were Gisla's Hill and The Long Shadow.

Sadly, I didn't research the market well enough and being in a hurry, decided to self publish The Long Shadow which was set in Greece. My mother, a Greek, was becoming very ill and I wanted her to hold the book, read it and enjoy it while she was able. It led to a very bad choice of publisher who still hold me to a ridiculously lengthy contract despite the fact they haven't sold a single book for me in the last few years. I've done all the work myself and it is still selling thanks to my efforts and the fact that people really seem to love this unique story set in Salonika in WW1.

When it came to self publishing my next story, I chose a very good UK publisher this time and they have made tremendous efforts to help me sell. I have already sold more in a year than in five years with my first publisher.

I still make sporadic efforts to find an agent but it's no easy task and the trouble is I do like to be in control. I want the book to look the way I want, to be have my own voice even if it isn't a fashionable one. To produce my own work of art however lacking in brilliance.

All in all, I have achieved a fairly large audience around the globe. People who like stories that are gentle, philosophic, about real people, sometimes with a hint of supernatural but above all, love stories with happy endings.

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