After so many months of zero book promotion I decided that it’s time to give my scribbles a tiny party. As always, life always finds it amusing to toss me a curve ball just when I’m getting ready to rock something. This time though, it’s tossed me something really interesting as well, and quite cool to know. I won’t bore anyone with the details of this particular life trip wire, suffice it to say that I stomped it nicely so it’s out of the way. The thing with the promotion is what’s interesting. I discovered too late that with PayPal in this country you can’t just spend what’s deposited in your account. No. You have to first transfer PayPal earnings to your South African bank account, and then you have to transfer whatever you want to spend back to PayPal from your South African bank account. Lovely way to make money dear old bankers. Anyway. That meant zero paid advertising for my books. Zero advertising actually since I didn’t add any of the deals to any free sites.
Nevertheless, I was ready to zoom along with things *enter sneaky life tripwire* when I was rudely tossed from my zooming way. So I got in one – singular – tweet about one free book early yesterday. Just one tweet. Echoes of Narcissus zoomed up to a couple of the free bestseller lists – number two when I looked just now. That was the only book I tweeted, so fair enough. Sands of Time headed up to number five with no mention at all. Same goes for The Visitation and Fly Birdie. Which just goes to show.
African Me & Satellite TV is now 99 cents on a Kindle Countdown deal which ends on the 27th when it goes back to its regular price. Click on cover image to see it on Amazon.
For all you Indies out there, The Absolute Indie is also now only 99 cents on Kindle for the same amount of time. This book is for both beginners to self-publishing and also those of you who are at various places along your journey. I use my paperback copy all the time, because remembering loads of things runs contrary to the amount of things going on in my noggin at any one time. If you do buy the paperback, by the way, you get the Kindle version for free with it, which is great for all the clickable links I’ve put in it to take you to helpful sites. It’s a great little helper on your publishing journey, even if I do (humbly) say so myself.
So if you haven’t already got the freebies, please do help yourselves, and if you do fancy buying and reading African Me or Absolute Indie, you will make me a very happy scribbler indeed.
Click on the book covers to find them on Amazon.
More of Sally’s wonderful Odd Job Girl.
Where we left off – Imogen as excelled at selling property and car adverts and is asked to run the personal section of the newspaper which brought her into contact with some delightfully quirky and charming people. Now it is time, in a break in her recollections to get her own act together in the present.
Chapter Thirteen – Extensive Renovations.
It was time to prepare for my shopping trip into central London. I planned to hit the shops and enjoy a bit of a spending spree. I took a shower and decided, for some obscure reason, to put my reading glasses on to apply my makeup. Big mistake!
My hair at one time had been auburn and had flowed down my back in a heavy wave. Over the years, I had my cut shorter and shorter, but it was still shoulder length. Unfortunately, that is where the good news…
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Some writers love being edited, and others really, really don’t. Once we’re finished with our darling that we think is absolutely perfect as it is, the last thing we want is criticism. Ann Rice refuses to be edited. Other than proofreading, her words are all written exactly as she wants them. Most other writers, famous or otherwise, tend to have their work edited.
Getting your manuscript back with comments all over the place, and your favourite scene completely trashed could very well lead to apoplectic rage or rivers of tears. If so much is wrong then obviously you must be an absolutely rubbish writer and you may just as well give up could be your next thought—the one that comes after writing the rudest, most insultingly literate letter to your editor before hopefully having the good sense to delete it.
The thing to remember is that when it comes to…
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It is 1896 in the Yukon Territory, Canada. The largest gold strike in the annals of human history has just been made; however, word of the discovery will not reach the outside world for another year.
By happenstance, a fifty-nine-year-old Huck Finn and his lady friend, Molly Lee, are on hand, but they are not interested in gold. They have come to that neck of the woods seeking adventure.
Someone should have warned them, “Be careful what you wish for.”
When disaster strikes, they volunteer to save the day by making an arduous six hundred mile journey by dog sled in the depths of a Yukon winter. They race against time, nature, and man. With the temperature hovering around seventy degrees below zero, they must fight every day if they are to live to see the next.
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Sally’s remembering her last move to Ireland while house hunting for her current move there. Can’t wait to see the house finally decided on this time, and the puppy which is sure to follow.
Welcome to the first Memories are made of this…. from Ireland.
It is 19 years since our first return to Ireland from Belgium in 1998 which was intended to be a permanent move!!. We had rented a house in Sandymount in Dublin in November 1997 and started to look for our new home. Because the Celtic Tiger was gathering momentum, we decided that rather than saddle ourselves with a huge mortgage, we would move out of Dublin to the north into the countryside.
History is repeating itself now in 2016 as we are also looking outside of Dublin for our next home and if you read On the Move yesterday that is proving very interesting.
Back to 1998….
We would go out in the car at the weekends, driving around together to look at houses that I had short-listed from my explorations in the week. In those days there…
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This is a guest post to promote the fact that the first book in the Legends of Windemere series has been made permanently free.
So grab yourself a copy, and curl up to this delightful treat! I will let Charles take it away from here.
Thank you to Cyrus for helping to spread the word that Legends of Windemere: Beginning of a Hero is now free. Back when I started publishing this fantasy series in 2013, it was the only genre I was working in. Now, I’ve branched out into Rated-R dystopian adventures with a lot of action and humor. That book is called Crossing Bedlam and I’ve been asked to talk about what it’s like to write such different types of stories.
First, you need to know what each one is about. Beginning of a Hero follows Luke Callindor, a young warrior from a famous family…
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One of the best books to have in your writer’s tool box is Steven Pressfield’s The War of Art. Just like any other profession, we scribblers should have books by those who have so successfully gone before to inspire and teach us. Steven’s original claim to fame was the bestselling novel The Legend of Bagger Vance, but he has quite a few great non-fiction books out there now too.
One of our biggest stumbling blocks in our writing lives is resistance. In fact in all aspects of our lives resistance can cause us to refuse to even take on a hurdle rather than risk falling at it. Resistance is what leads to procrastination. Steven is a religious man and some disagree with him when at one point he likens it to evil. All of us have battled resistance in one form or another, and I for one agree with…
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