From the Ashbourne News Telegraph:
A Kirk Langley farmer’s daughter has written her own success story. Thanks to the powers of self-publishing Tracy Blythe has watched her first novel turn into a bestseller. She talks to Jill Gallone.
Imagine the story… a Derbyshire farmer’s daughter who can’t ever remember writing stories at school manages to pen a novel in two-hour blasts during her baby’s naps.
After years of hard graft she finishes the book, but it is rejected by 18 publishers.
Fast forward seven years and the book is plunged into the limelight after it is self-published online. Available as an ebook, it soars to the top of Amazon’s bestseller list. More than 200,000 readers snap it up.
It feels like a storyline from a novel, but it’s not; it’s happened to Duffield mum-of-two Tracy Blythe, now more famously known as Tracy Bloom.
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“Growing up on a farm creates a foundation for comedy,” she explains. “Farmers are very sharp and witty, so much so that when you are growing up the only way to get attention is to have plenty of witty replies.”
Tracy says she honed her humour from a young age. “Most farmers have a natural desire to say something funny. I think it comes from the fact that all farmers are running businesses, they are massive multi-taskers, work long hours and it can be quite solitary. So when they do meet up, they are ready to be very, very sociable.”
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Meanwhile, husband Bruce (occasionally mistakenly called Mr Bloom!) works at Rolls-Royce in Derby.
“We’re Derbyshire through and through,” says Tracy, who laughs when she hears about Bruce’s name mix-ups. “My agent suggested I wrote under a pen name because they said Blythe wasn’t very sparkly.
“Bruce finds it hilarious when he’s called Mr Bloom but in one article he was called John!”
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Tracy explains: “I was 36, had just had my first baby and gave up my career in marketing to move to America with Bruce. It was partly because I’d moved to a country where I didn’t know anyone that I started writing. It was my salvation. It gave me something to focus on – plus an excuse not to do the housework! I wrote in two-hour blasts when Tom went to sleep in the afternoons.
“I had always wanted to write. When I was in marketing it was the part of the job I loved.”
Without the day job, her creative energies could be poured into her funny and romantic novel, No-one Ever Has Sex On A Tuesday. And though she was in Connecticut at the time, it had its roots in Derbyshire ante-natal classes.
“I went to ante-natal classes before we went to America and it struck me that a very random selection of people meet up to talk about a very intimate and life-changing experience.”
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“It went on sale as an ebook on Amazon in April 2013,” Tracy explains. “Amazon spotted it and put it on promotion on June 1. By June 8 it had gone to number one in the bestseller list and stayed there for three weeks. At the time it was hard to comprehend. I was an unknown author. It seemed just ridiculous.”
With thousands buying the book online, it wasn’t long before a publisher came knocking on Tracy’s door. “I got a book deal with Penguin Random House.”
This year the book finally came out in paperback in the UK – which means Tracy can see her novel in book stores. Self-publishing catapulted Tracy to the kind of success she hardly dared dream of.
Link to the rest at the Ashbourne News Telegraph and thanks to Sharon for the tip.
Here’s a link to Tracy’s book, No-One Ever Has Sex On A Tuesday: A Very Funny Romantic Novel