Ellie’s Insights: Gerard Nugent

Gerard writes contemporary fiction and published his debut novel Let In The Light in January 2021. Not only does he write novels but he is also a skilled song writer!

Social Media Links: FB: @gerardnugentwriter I: @gerardnugentwriter T:@letinthelight20

Tell us a little about your writing.

I have written and self-published one book called Let in the Light. It’s contemporary fiction and I like to class it as uplit because, although it does deal with some serious issues, it has an uplifting message and conclusion. It is the first in the Hope Street series. I have recently started writing book 2 which will hopefully be available during 2022.

Where can we find your work?

Currently, I’ve self-published exclusively through Amazon – but I am looking to expand into other online retailers in the coming months. I also have a website www.gerardnugent.co.uk that features a blog and some of the songs I’ve written.

When did you start writing?

I have been writing songs since I was a teenager. So that’s years! Since then, I’ve written 3 albums. After finishing my last album, I enrolled on to an evening creative writing class with the sole purpose to try and generate some new ideas for songs. But I happened to start writing a story instead about a songwriter. Two years later, I published that same story as a novel!

Tell us about your writing style.

Let in the Light is written in the first person. It’s personal in places as a result – even though it’s nothing about me, parts of your personality will inevitably come through. The second book in the series will also be first person, but it’s written from a female’s point of view – which could be challenging!

What is your biggest writing quirk?

I think I used the word ‘perhaps’ way too much when I wrote my first draft of Let in the Light. I also use dialogue a lot – I find it easier to write!

What made you self-publish over traditional publishing?

I did try the traditional route but when there were no takers I decided to self-publish rather than keep on trying endlessly. When you work on something for so long like a novel, there comes a point when you need to draw a line under it, so you are still left with enthusiasm for it and also energy for the next creative project.

What do you think are the pros and cons of self-publishing?

The major downside obviously is the lack of widespread exposure you get when you get signed. Plus, you would also have expertise on hand to help with marketing, promotion, design etc. But, interestingly, that is also a benefit of self-publishing – you learn so many new skills by self-publishing and you have full creative control. I also chose to donate the profits of my book to charity – something I’m sure I wouldn’t have had the opportunity to do if I were traditionally published.

What platform do you use to self-publish?

KDP, Ingram Spark or any other? and why? For the first three months I have chosen KDP mainly because its where the majority of the market is at and it was very straight forward to publish via that platform. It was also really beneficial from a marketing point of view to be able to promote the book for free through KDP.

What is one thing you wish someone had told you when you started your writing journey?

That editing takes longer than writing! A lot longer! so you need to be patient before publishing your book. There is a temptation to make short cuts whilst editing because the end is in sight but it’s infinitely better to take the time to get everything possible right.

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