It’s my anniversary.

Twelve months ago I launched my debut novel, ‘Climbing the Coconut Tree.’ Three years ago I commenced my writing journey, made a heap of mistakes and learnt a lot along the way.  How time flies.

So how’s it been going?

Here’s my report card on Climbing the Coconut Tree-:

  • It received 23 reviews across various sites.
  • It’s available to buy across UK, Europe, USA, Australia and NZ in print format and across more than 70 worldwide digital platforms including Amazon, Kobo and Apple.
  • E-book sales are 12.6% of my total sales.
  • It’s available in seven libraries and two independent book stores in Melbourne.
  • Three book groups have included it on their list.
  • It’s travelled the length and breadth of Australia, across the Pacific to the US and  Europe in the hands of multiple readers, many of whom have embraced the beach lifestyle and drink of choice, gin and tonic.
  • It’s been spotted with a number of celebrities, including past Presidents, sportspeople and movie stars although they may have been in a wax museum . . . see my earlier post on that one https://sckarakaltsas.wordpress.com/2016/10/25/whos-reading-my-book/

What else is coming?

My collection of short stories, ‘Out of Nowhere’ is completed and once the cover is finalised will be released shortly.

A short story, On the Side of a Hill was recently published in the Monash Writers Anthology. Another called, ‘The Surprise’ was short listed in the Lane Cove Literary Awards in 2016. Both stories will be available in my collection.

I’m also working on another historical novel called, ‘The Perfect Stone’  set during the Greek Civil War in 1948. Hopefully it will be out in 2018.

Whew! I guess I have been just a little bit busy.

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12 thoughts on “It’s my anniversary.

  1. Anonymous March 21, 2017 / 7:23 pm

    Congratulations Sylvia. You sure have been busy!

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  2. Val Mills April 5, 2017 / 4:59 pm

    Fantastic, hoping for more success for you.

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      • Val Mills April 6, 2017 / 10:35 am

        Bought your Climbing the Coconut Tree on Kindle. Only had time to read a few pages so far, but loving it, absolutely engaged right from the beginning! I love the way you’ve related riding a bike to life … I wobbled at first then felt exhhilerated as I pedalled on my own.

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      • S.C Karakaltsas April 6, 2017 / 11:20 am

        How lovely of you to buy my book and thank you for your feedback so far. I hope you enjoy the rest of it.

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      • Val Mills April 8, 2017 / 2:57 pm

        Finding your book fascinating so far. Curious re your research – have you been there or have you had to do intensive research?

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      • S.C Karakaltsas April 8, 2017 / 3:51 pm

        I had to do a lot of research. Unfortunately, I was unable to get to the island. It’s desolate now and virtually uninhabitable – only one supply boat a year goes there. So I interviewed a lot of people who had lived there so that I could get a feel for the place. Plus lots of reading. I did get a bit obsessed. 🙂

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      • Val Mills April 9, 2017 / 7:40 am

        I find the research process so fascinating. That must have been a lot of work locating people who had lived there. I’m only making slow progress reading as I’m reading other non-fiction things at the same time. But so far I can definitely feel the reality of it all.

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      • S.C Karakaltsas April 9, 2017 / 11:42 am

        That’s true. There were times when I realised the research could overwhelm the actual story.

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