I hope everyone is enjoying December, so far it’s been writing busy, fulfilling and with lovely surprises for me so that’s all good. Great start to the day, a Christmas story of mine will be used on Bedtime FM soon – thanks and Yay!
And this lovely tome went on sale on Amazon in paperback and Kindle this morning too. Another Yay and a Thank God! Some people have already bought it!!! It can be borrowed too – shameless plug moment!!
Here’s a little present from me to you…a senryu poem! I wrote this last Christmas time but it’s just as, if not more so, needed this year…
“Wrote to Santa Claus
Asked for wars and hate to cease
A gift of world peace.”
Have a great, safe and full of love and peace week, Joanne
Bonus flippant Yay…I’m a Celebrity is OVER!!!! not a lover of it, as you can tell.
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I been so busy in the last week working on various writing projects that today was going to be a day off BUT I woke up wanting to write something so, here I am. This might give me my writing fix so that I can relax for the rest of the day! Or, knowing me, I’ll keep writing!
Apparently there was daylight during my week in writing hibernation, I think I saw the sun once or twice but I’ve been absorbed in writing and editing a childrens book, doing a couple of freelance jobs and researching for my new history book.
The childrens book, The Amazing Treasure Hunt, is sitting with a publisher now so fingers and toes crossed that all is well…I might cross my eyes as well – Feel free to join in!!
The history book is part written and I’ve been building up the data so that I can write like a ninja from tomorrow onwards!
Meanwhile, I think I’ve sourced an artist for my “coming soon” children’s story website and I’m waiting on news for another couple of freelance jobs.
I’m so grateful and I guess relieved too when the client says that they like what I’ve produced, it really energises me to tap away on my laptop and let my imagination run wild.
Have a fab day,
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Besides my writing projects for my books I have decided to offer my writing skills on Fiverr too.
As I love writing poetry and have had the honour (yay!) of being published several times I’ve taken the next step and write customised poetry for a special person or special event with orders placed on their site.
For people who don’t know Fiverr it is a website that has sellers and buyers of creative skills and business related tasks too. All charged at…you guessed it $5 per task or gig as they call it.
So, let’s see if anyone wants to take up the offer, I’ll let you know.
I realised that although book sales are thankfully do very well (GRATEFUL!!) that it would be nice to have another revenue stream available for the slower book sale months…they might also turn out to be slow months on Fiverr but as the saying goes you’ve got to be in it to win it.
It also gives me even more variety in my work days, the customers provide the inspiration and get a unique piece of work in return. It’s a win win.
I have said before that I like to be busy – yep, I do, some things never change – now I’m off to research some more info for my book.
Just for a change haha the weather in England is pants today…not at all summery. If you see a drenched, bedraggled but happy five foot four inches tall researcher…it’ll be me!
Out on Amazon Kindle 31st May.
I am reading a detective novel AND a biography on the Hollywood and dance legend Fred Astaire (it would have been his birthday last Sunday) AND I’m researching my next book The Royal Race of 1818. Out on 31st July 2015. Think reading in rotation.
Anyone got any brain cells and eyes to spare?! I have a lot of words in front of me, rough count a zillion.
Can you tell that I never ever ever get bored? (Well I did once, it wasn’t my fault and I didn’t like being bored so decided not to be again.)
Um, why am I asking questions? Dunno.
BTW I’ve nailed a few more O.C.D. rituals too so whahoooo!
Have a fab day and weekend, treat yourself to a gift, be nice to yourself and take time to smile.
Besides my all consuming book editing I have just caught up on recent blog posts that I follow.
There’s a lot talent out there, thanks for blogging.
A writing community website that I look at frequently had the dubious honour of witnessing an argument between two writers in the last few days.
While it is not worth condoning their exchange I found myself laughing quietly at the ever more wordy diatribes. When writers have a spat, well, it’s an education…
The two gentleman were not just vying for the prize of the largest ego and declaring their rival was lacking in talent, even to the point of naming their publishers, their language was suggesting that:
a. Apart from their colourful language, they were checking dictionaries for the longest words they could find to launch their written missiles in a ridiculous game of one-upmanship.
b. Words are weapons in the wrong hands, one can only hope that they understood the meaning of ALL the words that they were using.
c. No matter how large your ego is, how much in royalties you earn from your book, who has the most prestigious publisher, how you dress up “constructive” criticism sometimes what you write is no more than an insult.
BUT most of all when people make the mistake of taking themselves too seriously and therefore abuse their gift, in this case their writing ability, it reveals the lack of respect to their fellow human, the misapprehensions that they labour under and it leads to a stormy reminder that rather than knocking others talents we could and should be grateful and supportive instead.
A war of words BENEFITS NOBODY no matter what language, genre or market you aim for.
Now for something lighter:
Outta My Mind
I’ve been working on my book
My head feels like I gave it a right hook
I’m almost, but not quite, out of words
I know it sounds daft, positively absurd
But I think I’ll dream about my subject
In Technicolor tonight until I roundly object
Tomorrow morn with zeal anew
I’ll edit on and immerse myself in word stew
But about it I’m really rather excited
My enthusiasm cannot been blighted
Real unknown people have pre-ordered it
Which frankly, sent me outta my mind for a bit!
Yep, I am sooooooooo loving being a writer bod! 🙂
Have fun, ENJOY life and your talents and don’t get into any online arguments 😉
OK, here goes…
This is an attempt at advertising on here and linking through to Amazon.com…If it works I may have to lie down in a darkened room to recover! 🙂
I thought I’d take a quick break from writing my aristocracy book and this is the result – I turned in to a link queen!
I’ve spent a lot of this week looking at markets, marketing and the business related aspects of being a writer.
Books won’t sell themselves (boo) and not everyone is a born sales guru.
Although in a previous life I was a travel agent selling “your dream two weeks in the sun” that requires a slightly different approach to book sales even though you can still work with a features and benefits base. e.g. This hotel is on the beach so you’ll only have a couple of minutes walk to get there or this book was written by a travel agent so you can be sure that you are receiving expert advice.
It’s interesting to learn about how certain phrases/writing devices/cover designs can affect how someone responds to your book.
I read something that is both obvious and yet often forgotten so it resonated with me: Don’t use passive language.
I posted a blog is an active sentence.
A blog was posted by me is a passive sentence.
The writer won an award is active.
An award was won by a writer is passive.
It makes sense to grab people’s attention if you want/need them to say “Wow, this looks like a great book, I’d love to read it,” rather than “blah, blah, blah,…oh, this other book looks much more interesting.”
I was reminded that no one is obliged to read a word that you or I have written, no matter how much blood, sweat and tears we’ve poured in to producing the work our precious books need as much help as they can get.
I shall edit even more carefully from now on!
I’ve been planning projects for 2015, which led to an odd train of thought…OCD – you gotta love it! – I was thinking of ideas for fiction and non fiction books when this ran through my mind. What if I run out of ideas? What will I do? Nice bit of OCD scaremongering, don’t you think?!
My answer – when I’d stopped “oh no, that would be awful-ling”…the world is full of stories, people, subjects, news, memories, anniversaries, inspirational events and inventors.
The list of things to write about should therefore be endless, not that my OCD liked that answer, it’s a bit of a doom and gloom monster so it forecasts that the end of the world will have to occur the same day that I don’t have fresh inspiration!
Besides, if I place pressure on myself to come up with a ton of ideas on the spot I can still only write one at a time so why not go with the flow instead and allow my mind to be open to inspiration as I amble along?
It’s a tough lesson but I’m sure that my brain will agree with me one day.
I saw a fantastic observation on writers block the other day…nurses don’t get nurses block, surgeons don’t get surgeons block, pianists don’t get pianists block…so why do writers sometimes cling to the myth of writers block? A great point!
Have a fabulous weekend.
It’s odd but sometimes ideas or suggestions seem to throw themselves at you until you notice and act on them.
I’ve had a bit of that this week.
My new tablet has the app for Google Play/Google Books preloaded on it. I also had to set up my mum’s new tablet…so I had the app staring me in the face the next day too…In recent months I’ve been Amazoning 100% but I took a look at Google via their app.
Two days later I was reading a 2014 published book which told authors that they’d found that diversifying had worked for them and that increasing the number of marketplaces had been a beneficial step.
Google Play and Google Books appeared as suggested markets (among others) and this made me investigate as this was the third day in a row that I’d seen the words!
I now have placed one of my novels on Google Books and Play and a German site, Xinxii, as well as my normal outlet, Amazon, to see how it performs in all these areas.
I find that reading other writers guides and helpful advice can be a fantastic way to get me out of a particular train of thought or encourage me to keep going along a particular course of action.
They can also illustrate why certain activities or approaches can prove time consuming for little return when tested.
Prompted by a theory I read month or so ago I placed an advert for my books on a free UK online advertising/selling site.
I’d read that customers find clicking from an ad (third party) site to the book retailer site a pain…and I can tell you that after a week my ad had been viewed over 1500 times and clicked on for more info 65 times.
So, it could just be me, I could be ridiculously hopeless at pricing, marketing etc. (hope not!!) but from my sales stats I can conclude that whilst It wasn’t a lost cause to place the ad it also wasn’t a hugely productive promotion activity.
Who knows? Someone out there could have found it a wonderful exercise to increase sales. Maybe. At least I’ve tested the theory.
It started me thinking that many books advise to do all the online and social networking that you can, to throw yourself in to the public eye and be noticed and there are others that state that online outlets will promote you insite and that the product will still sell if you do no third party advertising.
It’s too simple and limiting to say A is correct, B is incorrect.
I read other writers and publishers books to learn – what to do, what not to do, to challenge their findings, to acknowledge that they’re right and that in some cases what works for one writer might not suit another.
I think that it’s important NEVER to think that you know all that you need to know or assume that nothing changes.
It does, all the time, whether it’s market share, new outlets, styles, management, publishers, agents…the list goes on and on.
Whether in the world of writing or any other business sphere there is always something new to learn, Always.
It pays to keep your knowledge base topped up so that you can make wise business decisions that can aid creativity and productivity.
Happy Thanksgiving to those who are celebrating today and Happy Day to everyone.
My brain has been super-duper productive this last week or so which is fabulous.
However, I can only assume that it has been so busy coming up with new ideas because I told myself that I was going to work on a longer fiction piece for a while which must have sent my creative brain cells into “ha ha, that’s what you think!” mode and this week I have set aside the editing from last week, the new fiction project and the new article and I’ve written three short non fiction e-books.
I love finding out about things so researching is never a problem, even before the OCD turned up I used to get excited by learning, now that OCD has focused that even more I can get lost for hours finding out about something that until the idea popped in to my head I hadn’t really considered that I was overly interested in it.
Curious but true – my brain is a home for the most unlikely trivia, especially words and history related.
One of the books I wrote was on the meaning of colours, colour psychology and their use in marketing.
It was great fun to do and it was inspired by a comment my therapist made which set me thinking…I had been watching a Garfield cartoon (guilty pleasure) and his orange-ness had triggered a memory that we needed to process and disarm so that it didn’t affect me anymore (PTSD.)
She said something along the lines of “orange means things in psychology, interested. Hmmm.”
That was it, curiosity heightened and here we are a book later!
Orange apparently means new beginnings, creativity and confidence among other things so I am going to thank good old Garfield for triggering the memory that set me on the path to a brighter day and a book! The marketing side of colour usage I already had a broad knowledge of anyhow thanks to my previous life in offices.
The other books were about confusion over words and animal names.
Now I’m off to find out about Empress Maria Theresa of Austria (Marie Antoinette’s mum) as I ponder on which of the ideas my lovely brain has conjured up to work on next.
Have a great weekend and remember that we’re only 39 days until it’s Christmas.
If you’re Christmas shopping…Good luck, it’s busy out there!
It’s been a few months now since I started to write professionally and without tempting fate…so far, so good.
I must think, and have thought, that I have the ability to be a writer and yet whenever a piece of work gets placed or an editor is kind enough to say that a story doesn’t require much editing or they take time to explain how something could be made stronger before they hopefully accept it, I am genuinely amazed.
I wasn’t born arrogant and so I don’t assume that editors will be bound to accept my work, I am not naive enough to think that they are sat there waiting for my story/article/verse to land on their desks to proclaim it a masterpiece and for every single yes there are a ton of no’s, as most writers know.
It’s not an easy business to be in, but the love of writing can move mountains.
So, I am a very grateful person, I am pushing ahead, working hard and making the dream a reality…with a lot of miracles and help from above.
Whatever you aspire to do, take a deep breath and try to do it…It’s really rewarding to your soul!!
Trust me, this comes from someone who had 0% confidence a year ago.