Introducing Captain Jane Thorn, the world’s newest maritime heroine.

Pamela Grimm, New York commercial skipper and author, signs up SisterShip Press Ltd Pty.

Combine four women from opposites sides of the globe but connected by their passion for writing and sailing and what do you get? The ingredients for a powerful maritime novel with a strong female lead, Destiny’s Gold.

Pamela Grimm Author SisterShip Press

Pamela Grimm

Author Pamela Grimm combines her love of maritime history with experience as a commercial and recreational captain, sailing the waters of eastern US, the west coast of Sweden, and from Norfolk to Bermuda, to create an indomitable female character and a storyline that keeps you guessing.

It is 1820, and a young female sea captain, Jane Thorn sets sail aboard the schooner Destiny bound for the sugar plantations of Cuba and then on to the Baltic for iron. Political intrigue and mystery dog the voyage. Captain Jane Thorn is feisty, fun, and smart. She deals with men who under-estimate her skill and business acumen at their peril. This is historical, nautical fiction with a fresh new take!

Riding the front of the ‘women on the water’ wave, the SisterShip Press team are commercially qualified skippers, sailors, and authors themselves. Emerging author Pamela Grimm and her novel Destiny’s Gold epitomise all that SisterShip stands for.

‘We just had to sign Pamela up,’ explains Jackie Parry, Co-Owner of SisterShip Press and SisterShip Magazine, ‘We read the manuscript and LOVED it!

Belinda Collins, Chief Editor for SisterShip Press adds, ‘Pamela tells such a strong story, with fascinating locations and of course a marvellous heroine’.

‘There’s nothing better than working with a publisher who loves all things sailing as much as I do! My book feels like it is in good hands with the women of SisterShip Press.’ says author Pamela Grimm.

Historical maritime fiction tends to continue the dominance of nautical culture by men, both as writers and their characters. Destiny’s Gold breaks with that tradition

When asked why she is drawn to the 1820s, author Pamela states, ‘The early 19th century was an exciting time of change politically, culturally, and technologically. The Age of Sail was coming to a close as steamships became safer and more economical to run, while global forces were upending centuries of tradition leading to the downfall of monarchies and the cruel institution of slavery. Writing about a woman who leads and innovates in the midst of those changes is an exciting challenge that combines the romance of tall ships at sea with my fascination for “how things were actually done” during that era. The research phase is in some ways the most rewarding and fun part of the writing process and allows me not only to recreate Jane’s world for the modern reader, but also to provide insight into just how people solved problems before the digital revolution.’

The first in the series, Destiny’s Gold is set to be released in December.

Facing Fears Head On

Drum roll if you please…

And the winners of the SisterShip Short Story Competition on ‘Fear’ are… well you will have to wait a couple more days until they are announced in October’s issue of SisterShip Magazine (out soon!). Of course, the winners will be emailed as the magazine goes live.

Many of the wonderful stories are being published in the anthology: Facing Fears Head On – True Stories from Women on the Water – available for pre-order right now!

Click here to purchase (ebook, paperback to follow soon!)

SisterShip Press Book launch

Description

A collection of inspirational and practical stories from women on the water.

Gasp, cry and laugh out loud as forty-six women from around the globe reveal their deepest fears and coping strategies while voyaging on (and in) the world’s waterways.

Experience a unique journey and witness the emotional turmoil that fear can create as dreams, and loved ones, are threatened.

These true tales of raw emotion and courage will help you tackle fear, cast off the lines, and take heart in knowing you are not alone.

Not just for women, men should read this too. If you want to take your partner sailing these stories are a remarkable insight into the minds of women as they unfold the secrets to help you – help them – love life at sea.

Facing your Fears – Meet Amazing Women

Short story competition reveals true Sheroes.

An anthology for women on the water coping with Fear.

Not only for women – Facing Your Fear will go a long way to help men peek into the workings of women’s brains and trains of thought.

Women Facing their Fears on board

Short Story Competition

When we launched the Facing Your Fear competition, we thought it would be nice to share other women’s stories. A large part of SisterShip’s ethos is, after all, Support. But we were not ready for the level of bare honesty, gritty determination, open soul, amusing, tragic, sad stories.

Most mornings I read a story (I am not a judge, they are highly regarded boat women and authors), I’d sit with my coffee (and beanie – it’s winter) and cry, laugh, and gasp – my husband often asking, ‘What’s wrong?’

Upcoming ‘Shining Stars’

Young women have picked up the pen as well. There is a lot of extraordinary talent about to burst onto the scenes (‘Shining Stars’ is our new locker in SisterShip Magazine).

Facing Your Fears Anthology will be available in October.

The collection of stories analyse fear, lay it bare; it’s dealt with, beaten, coped with, sometimes winning, but mostly losing.

Always Learning

I’ve learned so much. Not only about some extraordinary women, but about myself and my fears and coping mechanisms.

Our Facing Your Fear Competition is about to close (17th August), but perhaps you have a pet onboard…?

SisterShip short story competition pets

How To Market Your Book

Marketing Tips to Sell Your Book

There is no great secret formula, there is no short-cut. It takes work, a lot of work, to ensure your book is seen, considered, and bought.

Reaching an ‘editor-ready’ stage with your manuscript is a terrific goal. By this point most authors have run out of energy, and desire. The editing process re-kindles that fire for a while. The book is finally distributed and listed for sale – now all you have to do is let people know it is there.

If you are smart, while writing your book, editing, setting up distribution channels, etc., you also publish a regular blog (not entirely about your book!), set up Facebook pages: a personal one and one for your book, Instagram and Twitter.

Your website will advertise your forthcoming book, in the header or sidebar, your blog will be linked with your book; it will be about you, your writing journey but also other interesting topics.

It’s more work – but keep the blog posts short.

  1. No one has time to read lengthy blogs anymore
  2. You won’t have much time/energy to write lengthy blogs anymore!

There are tips and tricks for writing blogs, SisterShip Press Pty helps and supports our authors with this.

Read this article about marketing your book, it is helpful and raises some excellent points. SisterShip Press is connected with nautical women all over the world waiting for women authors connected to the water to transport them to another world – via fiction or non-fiction

Our multi-channel marketing platform is already in place.

Our team of authors/writers/editors have learned the right way to find the right people to purchase your book. The key is to start early and begin the marketing journey the right way. There is no guarantee, but with a tenacious attitude and effort, we can help give you the best chance.

A View For Every Occassion

An update from one of our Authors:

“You’re finally settling down?” Friends are intrigued.

“Well, no. We still travel but on home land, not foreign.” We explain.

I’ve discovered that travel is your mind’s view, not just your eyes’. Our own park-land replaces far-flung cultures. We still explore exotic communities, only this location fits better, like a warm, floppy jumper.

Moorea Island, Pacific Ocean

Moorea Island, Pacific Ocean

Now, the tender whicker from a happy horse saying g’day replaces the mellow swish of parting ocean waves.

The travel-music of boisterous, hull-pounding seas is usurped by sixteen strong hooves thundering against native grasses, feisty back-legs hurled in the air just for the hell of it! Their hoof-beats are my heart-beats.

Before, when watching thick fog roll over the vast plains of salt water to swallow us into its chilly wisps, my shoulders rose up to my ears as I tensed sensing unseen dangers. Now, as the mist claims our valley I calmly ignore the night-time brisk that nips at my extremities, and I witness the white swirls settle as a waterfall would slide into a river.

Mist rolling along our land under a full moon!

Mist rolling along our land under a full moon!

There’s no town illumination to dampen the cosmic display. The clear nights reveal mystifying galaxies that hang above us with such clarity that a sharp intake of breath could draw them in. The blackness is so silent we whisper, fearful that the glass stars may shatter.

Fragrant black coffee wafts through our tiny, temporary home, the steam rising in sync with the morning mist. The tang of sweet-smelling grass, earthy mud, sun-cream, grainy horse feed, burning logs, damp socks – are the aromas of fulfillment.

The mileage may be limited, but not my journey or freedom. Seventy acres of undulating heaven needs care, as do we. The steep-hill-exercise will keep us fit and strong long into our dotage. We take care of the land, it takes care of us.

As I take in the surroundings, I notice the vibrant bush fights for supremacy along the ridges and tall trees become custodian to flitting birds; a playground of leafy limbs for our feathery friends.

Proud gums come alive with squawks and chirps. Rainbow lorikeets flash by, flapping fire-red, ocean-blue and deep-sea green; in a pause between the cacophony the Kookaburras cut the stillness with a hearty cackle, are they laughing at us?

The creek hums a lullaby as it roams along pink and grey rocks painting them a shiny black. The clear icy water strays along the sandy bed carving new paths after flood rain, pushing at reeds that wave a farewell.

We’re creating our own travel history on romantic moors and enticing peaks. I’m awash with besotted intrigue – what’s around the next corner? Is that a new tree? Beautiful weeds are classed as noxious. I fight for control pulling, bagging, burning the grasses that want to take over but are not permitted. It’s hard labour that keeps my butt tight with effort, just like the constant moving on a sailboat during our sea voyages.

On the land, marauding wombats scratch cavernous holes under the cover of darkness, leading into a labyrinth of tunnels, like giant rabbit warrens. Beneath the scorching sun, wedge-tailed eagles swoop on air currents, their splendid tableau unique to them. Ants scurry within their mounded battlefields ready to take on a giant human at a moment’s notice.

Evening comes too fast, but we greet her with a cool beer and dirt-smudged faces. My hands feel the stretch of dryness and the sting of cracks, sore muscles remind me that I’ve achieved middle-age, my torn, grubby clothes don’t matter because I wear a bright, satisfied smile.

Fireside beer

Travel changes you. You change while everything back at home stays the same. Here, at our home, there’s a surprising synchronicity – time, place and people are changing together. Noel and I are in harmony. A perfect choir of love.

But as with each journey, my soul is reshaped. I’ve bid farewell to places where I know I’ll miss the people and the lands, but also a part of me because I’ll never be that way again.

I wonder what part of me I’ll leave in which corner of our natural Disneyland. And what new thoughts and outlooks I’ll collect to replace what I’ve left behind; refreshing my layers with a view for every occasion.

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My motto: ‘Be an encourager, there are far too many critics in the world already.’

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