My week off Day Job is over (sigh!) but the summer heat is not, at least not over here. Anyway, I spent most of it working and exploring forums and reading manuscripts, and writing Latest Baby (more on that in future post) and preparing for the October workshops, Kindle forgotten for lack of time to put it to full use (besides I have still 3 PDF left and have plenty of time to explore it further).
I sent selected paperbacks to Amazon and checked my Author Central situation: it now looks much better (i.e. I haven’t investigated what happened to that seller, and I don’t care) AND Jessamine climbed the Kindle titles list because Amazon realized it’s free elsewhere and set its price to FREE (again, I did nothing but wait – apparently it pays off! ;-)). I’ve had over 1300 downloads from Amazon US but only 2 from the UK site. And of course, I’ve had my first “low star-count” review on Goodreads. How do I feel about it? Like I said on my favorite Goodreads forum, it’s the first title I put out there, and it badly needs a professional editing. I might do a rewrite whenever I do all the Amazons tales (2013), so I hope it doesn’t turn off future readers! ;-)
Speaking of Goodreads, the most wonderful group I found over there, Creative Reviews, is hosting a charity anthology for Christmas, so there’s a call for stories between 1K and 10K with a deadline of October 15. If you have anything that has something to do with Christmas or is good enough for a Christmas collection for a charity (we haven’t a poll to vote which one yet, but join the group if you’re on Goodreads and learn more) please contact our group moderator Amy at amy (at) theeyesforediting (dot) com – also with questions if you have any. I’ll be doing the book trailer for that one, yikes! :-D
Now, to writer friends announcements: Melissa is having a blogfest, I think there’s still time to sign up – hurry as it’s for this Friday. And so is JC Martin, hop off to sign up to her Rule of Three. I’ll have to pass on both, especially the second as I’ll be away in October and wouldn’t be able to do it. By the way, I’d like to have some guests – to be scheduled in advance – so I need 8 volunteers who can either be interviewed or write a blog post for me… Published or unpublished doesn’t matter, if you’re a writer, I want to hear from you! :-)
And I got an email from David Baboulene:
Great news for me – and hopefully for you – my Story Seminars are finally rolling, and we’re a-comin’ to the West Midlands on October 1st 2011, Birmingham City University.
I m determined to make these seminars massively useful for anyone who wants to understand story and where the power lies and how to harness it.
As a friend of mine and a supporter of my work, I would love to see you there. If you want to come along, choose the concession rate when booking, and make sure you come up and say hi!
Not sure when /where subsequent seminars will be. I m confident they will continue to other areas, but nothing else is confirmed as yet.
Click my revamped website below and I hope to see you there!
PS. Even if you can t make it (some of you are not exactly West Midlands!) would you mind retweeting/facebooking my web-site out to your world, please? I m really anxious to make these a success and your help would be greatly appreciated xxx