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Hello, world!

I'm Ankaret Wells. That is, I'm not, but people mispronounce both halves of my given name and also I'm vain enough to think that when I get bad reviews, it'll be easier to take them on board constructively if they aren't addressed to me under my given name, because it won't feel as personal. This will probably turn out to be quite untrue, but we'll see. Hopefully I'll be able to keep in mind that it's a gift for a self-published book to get any reviews at all.

Ah, yes, the self-publishing thing. I've been sending this book round agents for a while, and getting 'we like it but not enough to buy it' replies, and if publishing on Lulu is good enough for several kick-ass friends of mine (not to mention Wil Wheaton), why shouldn't it be good enough for me? I really just want the book to be available to friends and family and anyone who wanders by and might like it, and this seems like the best option.

So, yes, people do say terrible things about self-published authors - delusional and swollen-headed seem to be the main ones, though I did see someone the other week saying that she thought we all smelled funny, to which all I can say is, don't worry, I have nothing whatever to do with the book between Lulu and you, so any odour is their business. But you know what? People say terrible things about everybody. Whoever you are, someone is going to despise you.

So here I am starting out on the journey, armed with AbiWord and the Gimp and a friend who's been through the Lulu process to hold my hand. Watch this space.
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