Friday Five – Book Launch Invites

Friday Five

Friday Five –Book launch invites

A book launch is pretty boring if no one comes, you need to invite people. How do you get people to come? You need to invite them…

For many people,they simply invite family and friends, however they are a great opportunity to invite people who are already your fans, and spread the word to people who aren’t your fans….. yet.

Here are five ways you can invite people to your book launch. [Read more…]

I’m Bored – School holiday activities

School holiday activities from authors

School holiday activities from authors

As I write, it’s half way through the second week of the school holidays here in Victoria. In other states, it’s the first week, and in the Northern Hemisphere I believe it’s the Summer holidays. It’s usually around this time in the holidays that parents start hearing those dreaded words:

“I’m Bored.”

Never fear – your kids favourite authors could come to your rescue. [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…]

Friday Five – Reasons to have a book launch

Friday Five

Friday Five –Reasons to have a book launch

It’s been a while since I’ve posted a Friday Five…

I have two friends launching their books tomorrow. The first is Jemma Phillips with her book The Bucket Sheep, and the second is Julie Anne Grasso with her book Frankie Dupont and the Science Fair Sabotage.

Book launches are a lot of fun, as well as work to put on, but they are worth it. For this week, I look at five reasons authors should have a book launch. [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.

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…]

A revelation

Cubing inspires a story and a revelation

Cubing inspires a story and a revelation

Last night, I completed the first draft on another Green Oaks Primary School story. This one is based on a fundraiser my 13 year old did earlier this year. After not writing much for a while, it was great to have the words flowing again.

Writing this story helped me realise something about my writing process, and explain why I didn’t complete the Chapter Book Challenge this year. [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.

Friday Five – Goodie Bag fillers

Friday Five – Goodie Bag Fillers

Friday Five –Goodie Bag Fillers

In my day job, I work for a company that runs a number of conferences and workshops. I have also attended a lot of events that give out goodie bags. These events can be a great way to promote your book by including something in goodie bags.

For an author, the most obvious thing to include is a bookmark.

Did you know that bookmarks can get lost in a sea of paper and other brochures? [Read more…]

Friday Five – Metaphorically Speaking

Friday Five –Metaphors and Similies

Friday Five –Metaphors and Similies

This week, I welcome Nola Passmore to Friday Five.

Which of the following sounds better?

‘Nell woke when the phone rang at 3:30 am.  She reached out her hand to pick up the receiver.’


‘Captured in a moon shadow grotesquely magnified against a white wall, the hand is a tarantula suspended above a ringing phone.’ (From The Memory Stones by Kate O’Riordan).

[Read more…]

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