Other People Manage

Other People Manage is a novel about the pain we carry and the love that gets us through the day. The publisher, Swift Press, describes is as “a powerful, moving, engrossing story of two women whose lives together start with an unexpected and terrible tragedy, and whose love for each other and their family endures the joys, disappointments and triumphs of life. This is that rare thing in the publishing world: an extraordinary book that was not bought for a six-figure advance in a twelve-way auction, but that will have a huge impact.”

It also happens to be mine, and although it’s not the first one I’ve published I’m incredibly excited about it. It will be available in April 2022, and (not that I’m trying to sell you anything, you understand) you can pre-order it from Waterstone’s. That’s a British bookstore, but it’s open minded enough to ship to other countries.

The reason I’m telling you about it now is that pre-orders can give a book a real boost and I’m shamelessly trying to do that for this one. I think (she said modestly) that it’s good, and I want to get it out into the world where people can find it.

You can find an early review here. And if you’re a reviewer yourself, you can get a copy from NetGalley. If you have any trouble with the link, let me know–I can get you in through the back door.


Next Friday, we’ll resume our regularly scheduled programming with a post about Britain. Or possibly the pandemic. In the meantime, thanks for you patience.

60 thoughts on “Other People Manage

  1. Firstly, many congratulations! Secondly, I have HUGE title envy.
    Finally, I look forward to receiving my copy when it’s available. I hope it’s a roaring success.

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    • Thanks, Deb. I might as well confess that the title was one the publisher came up with. Titles are like smoke. Out of four books, only two have emerged with their original titles, and with one that was only after c detour through half a dozen other possibilities.

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      • Titles are killing me. For now, I’m just focusing on getting enough words written. I’ve got working titles for most of my WIPs, but they’ll probably change – hopefully by having a fabulously talented publisher (fingers crossed).

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  2. Congratulations, Ellen! I can tell you’re (understandably) hyped by this! :)

    But… I no longer buy dead tree books; it’s been eBooks only for me for some time. I’ll look forward to your next shameless self-promotion announcing the release of the electronic version.

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