Yukon North Of Ordinary

News archive for February 1, 2013

Readers flock to embrace Yukon writer’s novel

It was a personal challenge for Allison Martin, to write and self-publish her debut novel in just under four months.

By Ainslie Cruickshank on February 1, 2013 at 4:37 pm


Photo by Vince Fedoroff

WORK IN DEMAND – Allison Martin, seen holding her first novel, Tight Knit, says she’s been ‘shocked’ by the overwhelmingly positive reception of her work.

Tight Knit
By: Allie Brennan
E-book: $2.99
Print: $9.99

It was a personal challenge for Allison Martin, to write and self-publish her debut novel in just under four months.

“I am the world’s worst procrastinator, and if I don’t have deadlines and I don’t set myself specific goals that are challenging for me, I just won’t do it,” the Lake Laberge-area resident told the Star recently.

The idea for Tight Knit came to her last August, Martin explained.

Since it’s a Christmas-themed novel, her options were to write, edit and publish in four months or wait another year.

Written under the pen name Allie Brennan, Tight Knit is the story of two broken people.

“(They) feel very alone in their worlds and in their circumstances, and they’re brought together through happenstance,” Martin said.

The young adult novel follows Talia Gregory and Lachlan McCreedy as they overcome personal obstacles and loss only to discover an inner strength neither thought they had.

It’s also a story about family. Both Talia and Lachlan are very close with their grandmothers, one of the only things they seem, at first, to have in common.

“This story was inspired by my own grandmother; it’s dedicated to her,” said Martin.

“She passed away in 2005, and she was definitely a pillar in my life. There are pieces of her in every character in the book, different personality traits that either I adored or annoyed the heck out of me.”

Since publishing her novel on Jan. 4, Martin has sold 3,500 copies, the majority through Amazon.com.

Most self-published novels are e-books. It’s the easiest and cheapest way, Martin said.

Tight Knit is available in paperback through a print-on-demand service.

“I decided to self-publish because I wanted to keep control of my work, my stories,” Martin explained.

A graphic designer by trade who works in the Star’s production department, Martin was able to design and format the novel herself.

But self-publishing is no easy feat, Martin said, especially if you’re committed to producing a quality piece of work.

“As a self-published author, you have to do everything; you have to wear every hat. You have to oversee all processes, and it can be hard to get readers sometimes.

“I had to arrange who my editors were, I had to pay them out of my own pocket; I had to do the design. Fortunately, I can do it for myself,” she said.

Martin doesn’t recommend working within such tight timelines.

“I spent a lot of time squeaking out any spare moment I could to write,” she said. “I didn’t have enough time to let things sit and simmer as much as they maybe should have.”

But she knew that at the end of those four months, if she wasn’t happy with the finished product, she wouldn’t publish.

Today, Tight Knit had an average rating of four stars out of 276 ratings on Good Reads.

Martin said she’s “shocked” by how the book’s done so far.

“I just had a story I wanted to tell and I told it,” she said adding that she hadn’t thought much beyond hitting “publish.”

But, she said, “I’m happy with the way it’s been received.”

Martin is tentatively planning to release her next two novels this summer. They will include Under the Dusty Sky, the first chapter of which is included at the end of Tight Knit.

“Apparently, I didn’t learn my lesson setting tight deadlines,” she joked.

Fans can keep up to date on her progress and maybe even get a few sneak peaks by visiting her blog at alliebbooks.wordpress.com.

CommentsAdd a comment

No comments yet. Why not be the first?

Add a comment

In order to encourage thoughtful and responsible discussion, comments will not be visible until a moderator approves them. Please add comments judiciously and refrain from maligning any individual or institution. Read about our user comment and privacy policies.

Your full name and email address are required before your comment will be posted.

Commenting is not available in this section entry.

Comment preview