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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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!
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Thanks and have a great rest of the weekend, Joanne.
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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 been another busy week in the world of Joanne Hayle.
My website is currently being built (excited!), I’ve been doing a lot of marketing and research and I even managed to find time to write some poetry!!
Years ago I read a book on being a freelance writer which said that once you’re published, your work is far from over, there’s a whole heap of promotional things to get on with and that you need to remember that you’re a writer so that you don’t spend too much time doing everything except writing.
Back then, I thought really? Sweet naive person that I was!
NOW I know that writer was telling the truth and whilst it’s 100% necessary and challenging to do the publicity and selling work it’s not as much fun as writing!
By yesterday morning I was missing just sitting down and writing – not for an hour or two before I started the sales related work but for as long as I wanted to.
Freedom, I guess you might say, from “work” and back to the playground that is my imagination.
So, I’ve cleared down as much as possible so that for the next few days I am at full liberty to let the words flow, the images appear and the characterslive…BLISS!!!
And that’s why I know I’m a writer, not a sales person, a marketer, an IT developer…although they’re part of the business, it comes back to the same thing…I LOVE to write and I MUST write.
Have a great weekend.