Archives for June 2012

Update: Princess picture book…

Update on my princess story

Back in March, I entered a Flash Fiction competition and won! My story, My Princess Wears a Superman Cape, was well received and I have been working on it to turn it into a picture book.

The first step was to send it off to Julie for a critique, I was a little bit nervous about this… but I didn’t need to be. Julie gave me some excellent feedback on my story and direction of how to turn my snippet into a picture book. Unfortunately the blog post I did about this disappeared when I had some blog issues…

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I’ve been awarded a couple of Blog Awards!

Lovely Blog Award

Just as I was starting to wonder what to blog about now the Author Blog Challenge is over, the lovely Becky Fyfe has awarded me a couple of Blog Awards.

The first is the Lovely Blog Award, and the second is the Reader Appreciation Award.

Thank you so much Becky, this was a lovely surprise and a lovely start to the day.

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Prompt #28 – Blogging momentum

Keeping the blogging going

The 28th prompt for the Author Blog Challenge is: (can you believe this is the last one???)

What are you going to do to keep the blogging momentum going? What plans do you have to continue your connection with other Author Blog Challenge participants?

I have really enjoyed this challenge. The prompts have been thought provoking.

So, how am I going to keep this up?

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Prompt #27 – Best part of the challenge

Best part of the challenge

The 27th prompt of the Author Blog Challenge is:

What has been the best part of participating in the Author Blog Challenge? What are your suggestions for improving the next Author Blog Challenge?

I can’t believe the challenge is almost over. It has been a wonderful ride. The prompts have been wonderful, helping me thing about myself as a writer.

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Prompt #26 – My next book…

Down with SuperMum!!

The 26th prompt for the Author Blog Challenge is: (can you believe we’re so close to the end?)

What is/will be the subject of your next book?

I have a number of projects on the go right now, when I get stuck on one story, I work on another one.

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Prompt #25 – Time for some shout outs

“Hi, I’m a Shouty Man” (with apologies to Horrible Histories)

The 25th prompt for the Author Blog Challenge is:

Time for some shout-outs. This may mimic your acknowledgement page, but whom would you like to publicly thank for their help in creating your book or completing it to the point where it is presently?

I have to admit, an acknowledgements page isn’t something I had thought of adding to this site. It’s now been added to my To Do List (should I have a page per book? Hmmmm…)

Anyway, there are lots of people to acknowledge in getting me here.

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12×12 in 2012 – Party Time!! Half way there

It’s party time!

Can you believe it – we’re half way through the 12×12 in 2012 challenge? I know I can’t.

To celebrate, Julie is hosting a blog party. Check out her post, it’s cool and full of daggy 80s songs, including our amazing new anthem. At the end of this post, I’ll link to my contribution for the music playlist, courtesy of suggestions from my kids.

Now, on to reminiscing…

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Prompt #24 – Book as a business

Book as a business

The 24th prompt for the Author Blog Challenge is:

If your goal is to sell books, you must view your book as a business. In what ways do you treat your book as a business? Where could you improve? What resources could you leverage to improve your book business?

When my books are published, the biggest thing I want to put in place is the “behind the scenes” support. Realistically, I will still be working at a job for some time, even after my book are published, though I can dream that my first book will be a bestseller and I can quit my job…

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Prompt #23 – Hollywood Calling

When Hollywood calls…

The 23rd prompt for the Author Blog Challenge is:

If a Hollywood agent were to come knocking on your door with an offer to turn your book into a movie and told you that you could call all the shots, who would you have direct and star in it? Write the first paragraph of Roger Ebert’s review of your film.

This might seem odd, but I would rather an Australian director come and want to turn my Jimmy James stories into a TV series for ABC3 rather than a movie, however the Accidental WAHM stories would be good movies.

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Prompt #22 – My First Book Sigining…

My first book sigining

The 22nd prompt for the Author Blog Challenge is:

Describe your first book signing – real or imagined.

I have a few different projects on the go and I have different ideas for signings for each of them (as opposed to the book launch).

With Accidental WAHM, I imagine a table at a work at home Mum conference or event. The table will have books and an assistant to take the money while I sign books.

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