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I hope that everyone had a great summer/winter depending on where you are in the world. If your brain is misbehaving I sympathise and just keep going even when you really don’t want to/see the point. Keep walking towards sunrise. It’s beautiful when you reach it, promise.

First a brilliant quote I read from Joanne Harris, writer of Chocolat:

Depression is no more curable by saying it’s “all in the head” than cancer is by saying it’s “all in the cells.”

That lady talks sense…and writes great books!

I, unsurprisingly spent a lot of my time writing. I know, anyone would think I was a writer…oh yeah, I am! Lots of freelance work and regular work…happy, happy, on anti-depressants-happy! And grateful.

Also writing the next book:-)

Occasionally I look at reviews for my books on Amazon and Goodreads , not too often though because it can be a teeny weeny bit scary seeing what people think of your writing.

Guess what? There is no definitive rule about taste and reviews. For the same book I have had a 1* and 3* and a 5* so for any writers out there who get disheartened by reviews just remember that a review is someone’s opinion. That doesn’t mean it shouldn’t be respected but you can agree to disagree with someone’s opinion.

It’s very easy to read a review of your book that showers with praise and very tempting to kick the furniture when you see a less friendly one. A 1 star makes you want to shout “I put blood, sweat and tears in to this and you gave it a 1????” A 5 star lets you puff out your chest proudly in the knowledge that “someone appreciates talent/dedication/late nights and rewrites.”

 

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My 5* counsellor led me to devise a system where when I read reviews, good, bad or indifferent, that I spend no more than 30 seconds reviewing the review. I assess whether there are useful points which would enhance the book or if I should agree to disagree. Then I move on. This means my emotional state doesn’t fluctuate with the reviews. I can be objective. Just think if mood was dependent on reviews, it’d be like being attached to an internal unpredictable bungee rope!

Happily, my brain is still healing and the progress is promising. I just have to remember not to make myself too busy, too under pressure and too focused on work. Relaxation and rest are important too! Who knew?

I have also enjoyed more reading time lately, currently reading Sabine Durrant’s new book Lie With Me and it’s very good so if you fancy a psychological thriller you shouldn’t be disappointed with this one.

Of course, being the history buff that I am I have been looking at a book by Anita Leslie on her great aunt Jennie Churchill, Winston’s mum.  Interesting, inside view of the family.

Happy rest of September and as the seasons change try to find the poetry in the moment.

Jo

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PS: If you’re giving a review please remember that there is normally a hard working person behind the book/piece so please be constructive, think helpful!

 

 

 

Editing, Publishing And A New Website

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The family birthdays are over again for a while so it’s back to work for me. (A year older, not sure that’s a year wiser!)

Great news: joannehayle.co.uk is now live! YAY…YIPPEE…WHAHOOOOOO!

The whole site can be accessed on the above address including access to my blog -I will still post via WordPress.

The children’s section can also be accessed from http://www.childrens-stories.net and I believe that in due course there will be links from that site to my children’s website.

I’m soooooo glad there are techy bods out there to do such magical things…Thanks Simon at WWW Support Services    (No, I don’t get a reduced bill by mentioning him, but credit where it’s due. 

At the risk of applying an archaic stereotype as I’ve been editing my latest book and its direction has sharpened and altered course slightly so I have employed the female prerogative to change my mind.

A few weeks ago I mentioned that it was called British Aristocracy and Titles with the cover that I uploaded on here.

Now, mid edit and with a wish to catch more people’s attention I have changed the title and the cover to this:

Now, that’s an Indie author privilege, you get to chop and change at your own will and not on an editor/agent/designers instruction. No offence, I like the freedom.

I’ve also added my author page to the French and German Amazon’s. My bio was already on .co.uk and .com but I wasn’t expecting the very nice surprise of the Eurozone embracing my books.

Tomorrow (25th Feb) my new children’s book comes out on Kindle: Deserts For Kids.

More For Kids books coming soon but not until my latest is edited to the point of wanting to throw it out of the window! Kidding-honest!

Keep smiling and have a great rest of the week.

Joanne

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