Successes for 2016

Successes for 2016

Children’s author Julie Hedlund, challenged participants of her 12 Days of Christmas for Writers series to post SUCCESSES (rather than resolutions) on our blogs this year. She believes the way New Year’s resolutions are traditionally made come from a place of negativity – what DIDN’T get done or achieved in the previous year.  Instead, she suggests we set goals for the New Year that BUILD on our achievements from the previous one. I decided to participate in this Anti-Resolution Revolution! Here is my list for 2016.

This year has been a crazy year for me, and I felt like I hadn’t achieved much… then I wrote this list! [Read more…]

Merry Christmas – 2016

I would like to wish all my followers a very Merry Christmas and a Happy and Safe New Year.

The photo in this post is a nativity that my mum knitted for us, this is the first year we’ve been able to enjoy it, and it’s sitting in pride of place in our home.

I hope you all have a wonderful day, and receive many books to enjoy in the coming year!


A-Z – Juggling

Closest pic I had for juggling!

The lead up to Christmas is a busy time of year. If I’m completely honest, this whole year has been busy! As well as writing, I have a day job and two teenagers with chronic medical conditions. This year has been a whirlwind of work, medical appointments, school pick up, and keeping the kids fed… in between all that, I have been trying to find time to write – and not only on this blog.

Sometimes, finding time to write feels like juggling. Everything has to be working to get that time… and all the balls need to be thrown into the air at just the right time so they can be caught and the next ball can be thrown up. If things aren’t working, then a ball will fall. This will either result in less balls in the air, or a complete disaster with all the balls dropping.

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A-Z – Holidays

Christmas holidays

The Christmas holidays are fast approaching. I’m going to have three weeks off work and am really looking forward to the break!

I don’t know about you, but I find that holidays are are a good time to catch up on my writing, and my reading! By not having to run around quite so much, deliver kids to school and after-school activities, attend whatever appointments they may have… it’s a time to schedule some serious writing time, and get some of my half finished projects done, or at least closer to done.

Holidays are also great to use as writing prompts!

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A-Z – Goals

We all have goals

This may seem obvious, but we all have goals. For those of us who are writers, it’s no difference. I know one of my goals is to make an income from my writing and books.

If I’m completely honest, that goal seems really, really far away!

Back when I ran my business, we were told by a number of different people that it was great to set huge goals, but then, to make them more achievable, we needed to break them down into bite size pieces.

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A-Z – Editing

Editing is important

Editing is important

Any writer knows that editing is just as important than writing! It is something that we need to do to knock our writing into shape. I don’t know you, but my first drafts are quite rough. As I tell the participants in my Young Writer’s Group, a first draft is meant to be bad… it’s the editing that turns it into something that readers will want to read.

When I write my first draft, I go through the following process (not always in this order): [Read more…]

Day 21 – Keeping the momentum going…

Keep the momentum going

Keep the momentum going

Day 21 Prompt is:

This  is it – the last day! So what will you do to keep up your book marketing efforts? 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 and the new readers you’ve generated for your blog?

Wow! I can’t believe that three weeks has past already, and I’ve been able to blog every day! I admit, having the prompts has certainly helped as I haven’t had to come up with a topic for each post. It has been a good feeling to get posts written, especially as it’s been a while since I’ve blogged on this blog!

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Day 20 – Live author events

marketstall2-200Day 20 Prompt is:

With holiday shopping in full swing, ’tis most definitely craft fair season. Authors sometimes do well at craft events by virtue of being the only bookseller at an event. Not every live event is for every author – but they can be a great way to show off your book to the public and meet new potential readers. Have you done any live events? If so, how did it go? What’s your best tip for other authors to be successful? If you haven’t done them yet, what’s holding you up? What technique/display/idea have you seen a vendor use that might work for you or other authors?

This year, my friend Julie Grasso and I have been sharing a stand at a few markets. Some have been more successful than others, but usually we earn enough to cover the stand (though there have been a few exceptions).

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Day 17 – If you were to write a jingle…

Holiday Jingle

Holiday Jingle

Day 17 prompt is:

The holidays will be upon us soon. Ever notice all the holiday commercials that use jingles in their ads? A jingle is designed to be catchy and entertaining. If you were to write a jingle for your book, what lyrics might it contain? What music might you mimic/use? Now that you’ve thought about it, how likely are you to actually go out and create a jingle for your book?

If I were to write a jingle, it would probably be something for the series rather than an individual book, and it would possibly take the form of a school song, you know, the kind that was sung at assembly and everyone hated!

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Day 16 – How do you approach book marketing on social media?

Social Media for book marketing

Social Media for book marketing

Day 16 prompt is:

The first word in social media is SOCIAL. How are you using social media to promote your book, without coming across too salesy/pushy? What aspect of social media would you like to learn more about? What are your next steps?

I have Facebook and Twitter set up, though Facebook has been the platform I use the most. To be honest, I struggle with social media as I’m definitely not selling enough books to make up for the time spent there!

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