Book Week at the Royal Children’s Hospital

A waste of kids books??

A waste of kids books??

This year, the first time since my kids started school, there have been no book week dress ups to do. This is because my older son is in high school and my younger son is currently homeschooled. Book week nearly passed us by completely. If it wasn’t for all the book week posts on Facebook, I may have missed it altogether… that’s until we turned up at the Royal Children’s Hospital in Melbourne for a check up for Mr Z.

On arrival, we saw a couple of tables set up, covered in pages from children’s books. There were some books on display, and it was those that caught our attention. We were invited to sit down and the theme of Book Week was explained. This year, the theme is Books light up my life. [Read more…]

Weekly Goals: 10 August

Weekly Goals

Weekly Goals

Can you believe it’s Sunday already? I can’t. This week has gone by so quickly.

Here are my goals from last week. There were a few things that have been added to my normal weekly timetable that I hadn’t expected when I created them. My editing didn’t progress as much as I wanted, but it is progressing. I did the blog posts written for here and my author site, though the other posts didn’t get completed, but they are planned. [Read more…]

Friday Five – Using a Virtual Assistant

Friday Five

Friday Five – Using a virtual assistant

I don’t know about you, but there are a lot of tasks I would love to hand over to someone else. Not the writing side, but more the business side of being an author.

When I ran my own business, I used virtual assistants quite a bit to do tasks I didn’t have time to do, and I dream of the day when I can make use of them once more. A virtual assistant (or VA) is a bit like a right hand man, someone who can do the jobs you don’t have time to do, or simply don’t want to do.

Here are five tasks a virtual assistant can help you in your business of being an author: [Read more…]

Friday Five – looking after yourself

Friday Five

Friday Five – Look after yourself

I posted a few days ago about remembering to look after yourself. I don’t know how many of you fit writing around other activities, such as day jobs, kids, family commitments, and so on, but I do.

I find there are times when looking after myself gets lower on the priority list. These are times when I am likely to fall in a heap and no writing happens as that also gets lower on the priority list.

Here are five ways you can look after yourself and keep going: [Read more…]

Remember to look after yourself…

Remember to look after yourself too...

Remember to look after yourself too…

Last night, I had a migraine. I was exhausted and my head was killing me, all I wanted was an early night. But, I’m a mum, so I had to get the kids their dinner and into bed before I could collapse.

I hastily wrote a blog post, and looked at the comments from my editor for the next chapter. The goals I posted on Sunday stated that I would edit at least a chapter a night this week, but all I wanted to do was sleep.

It was about the point when the screen was looking funny I decided to turn the computer off, take some pain killers, and head off to bed. I gave myself permission to look after me first, my editing could wait. [Read more…]

Weekly Goals: 27 July

Weekly Goals

Weekly Goals

You may have seen my post the other day about needing motivation to get my manuscripts edited. After looking at different things, I’ve decided to do an experiment on my blog and post my goals for the coming week on a Sunday afternoon in the hope of being kept accountable, and get my manuscripts done!

If you’re feeling brave, you can join in and add your goals in the comments and we can all work together to achieve our goals. [Read more…]

Keeping your book dry!

Keeping Your Book Dry!The week I started sending copies of Swallow Me, NOW! to those who had ordered copies through my crowdfunding campaign, it was raining heavily. I had bought cardboard envelopes from Australia Post in bulk and was worried that my books would get ruined with the wet weather.

I went searching for a way to keep my books dry. I know as a recipient of books how annoying it is to get a soggy book in my letterbox, so this was important. [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…]

Looking at accounting software

Looking at accounting software

Looking at accounting software

This may seem like a strange topic for a writing blog, however if you are making money from your writing, you will need to keep track of the money.  In my day job, part of what I do is bookkeeping. We use a number of different programs to suit our clients, so I have some idea of what I’m doing.

For my writing, so far I’ve been keeping a spreadsheet of sales and a shoebox of receipts ready to give to my accountant, however I’ve come to realise I need a better option. [Read more…]

My blog has been moved…

It’s been a little while, but I’ve finally been able to get my blog moved to a new server. This has been a much longer process than expected, but it’s now been done.

There may be some broken links still, but I’m working hard to get it all back up and running.

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