Confession 2: Up until then, I was pretty much oblivious to the rise in the indie e-book market. As an aspiring author, working on my book Chasing Pavements, I should have been hyper-aware of this new trend in the market. Even worse is the fact that it was a friend of mine, one who hardly reads books (well, most of my friends hardly read books!), that alerted me to this exciting avenue available to unsigned writers. Very poor form on my part!
I won't be too harsh on myself though - Chasing Pavements wasn't a planned project and until I started writing it, I hadn't been in author-mode for years.
Anyway, the year was 2012, the month March, my manuscript for Chasing Pavements constantly being edited and re-edited, when I became aware of how easy it had become to self-publish our writing. After some Google searches, I came across e-book distributor Smashwords. I can't remember exactly, but I think I stumbled upon Demon Girl (now renamed Glamour) by indie author Penelope Fletcher through one of the searches on the site - perhaps on the first page of the highest-rated free e-books chart? The cover and synopsis grabbed me and the favourable reviews on the book page enticed me to download the book.