Needing some editing motivation…

Need motivation to edit this book...

Need motivation to edit this book…

Please help! I have two stories for the Green Oaks Primary School series that are in need of editing, but I’m struggling to find the motivation.

I know what I need to do. The first has been through my editor and I have her comments. The second is in a much earlier stage, having just completed my first draft during Camp NaNoWriMo this month.

I have a plan for them, and deadlines, I’m just struggling with the motivation to get them edited, so I thought I’d reach out to my readers for their words of wisdom. [Read more…]

Friday Five – Things to look for in a book cover

Friday Five

Friday Five –Book Covers

Today I welcome Susan Day to Friday Five

Five things to look for in a book cover:-

With so many books published a day and, in some cases, appearing immediately online it’s important to have a stand-out book cover. This is your customer’s first point of contact and will play a large part in whether they decided to click on your book and purchase it. I have been designing book covers for a few years now and I have learnt a lot on the way. These five tips should help you create a book cover with oomph and pizazz and save you a lot of money too! [Read more…]

Creating a mobile book shop

Create a Mobile BookshopThere have been a few times lately where I’ve found myself without any books on hand. This has meant lost sales as the people I was talking to may have forgotten all about me when they went home (though they may have looked me up on Amazon).

For a while, I’ve been meaning to create a mobile book shop so I can easily have books in the car at all times. I used to have a crate with books in it, but it wasn’t particularly sturdy. [Read more…]

New Book: 52 Blog Post Ideas

52 Blog Post Ideas

52 Blog Post Ideas

I’m excited to announce the publication of my latest book: 52 Blog Post Ideas. This is the first in a series of eBooks with tips for authors, and is something I’ve been wanting to do for some time.

The idea behind these eBooks is to compile some of the tips that have been posted on this blog along with some fresh ideas and put them all in one place.

If you’ve been reading this blog, you’ll know I have been blogging for quite some time. A lot of authors are told that blogging is a great way to build a platform, but they have no idea what to write about.

I have compiled 52 ideas, one for every week of the year, to help authors get started. Whether you are new to blogging or looking for some fresh ideas, this is an eBook for you.

Get your copy on Amazon here.

“All about the books”

If you’ve been hanging around social media, you would have seen versions of Meghan Trainor’s “All About the Bass”. I saw this one in my newsfeed this morning & thought you’d all enjoy it too.

Book launch tips

Just before the launch, with my book

In case you missed the news, I had my first book launch last week. It was for Swallow Me, NOW!, a kids chapter book that was written during the 2013 Chapter Book Challenge. You can read all about it here.

The launch was a lot of fun and I can’t wait to do it again. Over the next few days, I thought I’d share some of the things I learned during the launch, and some of the things I would do differently.we had a lot of fun and I’ve learned a lot in the process.

I’m no expert, only having launched one book so far, but

I hope you’ll enjoy my posts and find them useful. If you have any specific questions, please ask and I’ll do my best to answer. If you’re more experienced with book launches, please add your suggestions for the different points in the comments.

I plan to start the posts on Monday.

Alternative places to buy books

Where to buy books

When you think of buying books, you probably think of heading to your nearest bookshop or going online to sites such as Amazon. There are some other places you can go to buy books, especially if you want to discover some new authors. While you can also get second hand books at some of these events, I’m thinking more about new books that can be used as gifts.

Here are just a few ideas, if you have any others, please add them in the comments. [Read more…]

Writer’s Reveal – Halloween

Halloween – scary

It’s Writer’s Reveal time again. This month the topic comes from Ashley Howland:

It’s almost Halloween…
Do you like scary stories? What characters scare you the most? How do you create a villain???
Pretty much anything scary for this month.

[Read more…]

Christmas is Coming….

Books make great gifts

It seems I can’t get on Facebook lately without someone posting a countdown to the number of days or weeks until Christmas. I always take a week off that as it tells me how long it is until Mr Z turns 11!

Along with the countdown posts, there are posts about ways to save money for Christmas and reminders about starting Christmas shopping early.

[Read more…]

Swallow Me, NOW! – ebook now available

Swallow Me, NOW! Available now as an ebook

It’s been an exciting day today, and it’s the first chance I’ve had to get here to share the good news, if you’re on my Facebook page, I posted earlier this morning.

Swallow Me, NOW! is now available on Amazon as an ebook! Click here to get your copy.

I woke this morning to find it had gone live.

The cover features the work of Cecilia Clark, and you can read more about how she created Sam here. I love her illustration of Sam and Cecilia did a great job of getting her out of my imagination and onto the page. [Read more…]

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