So, the culmination of several months of work finally hits the streets today. Selling Online: A Beginner’s Guide is my first book that hasn’t been self-published, and I was even paid an advance by Need 2 Know books for writing it … whooo hooo! I’m celebrating by offering a free signed copy to one lucky commenter, and if you’d like to be in with a chance of winning just leave me a message below.
Well it’s been an exciting and interesting few months to say the least. I’ve learnt a lot about processes, planning and project development, as well as more about the experiences that women have when they have a hysterectomy and finally, the ‘In My Own Words: Women’s Experience of Hysterectomy‘ project is drawing to its close.
According to the BBC self publishing is a wonderful phenomenon. Now we all know this already but it’s great that Aunty has finally caught up. “Total revenues of £3.34 billion were the highest ever recorded. Digital sales (ebooks and audiobooks) were up 66% to £411 million, while sales of physical books fell less than expected – by 1% to £2.9 billion.”
There are many reasons why JK Rowling’s series about Harry Potter, the boy wizard worked its magic in such a universal way. Much has been written about how the story and plot appealed to both adult and child because of the core archetypal themes that were presented. However, I’d like to suggest that there may be an even simpler reason as to why the books were so popular; they appealed to all the senses.
Be An Author is not a ‘how to’ book – it’s a ‘what would it be like if …’ book. In its pages you may just find what you need to inspire and motivate you to fulfil your potential as an author. If you’d like to be in with a chance of grabbing a copy for yourself, all you need do is leave a comment at the end of this post.
Thought I’d share another few writerly tidbits that I’ve happened across on my travels around the web recently, starting with one I spotted today.
I spotted this update from the Guardian called Writing Books Isn’t Supposed to be Fun .. and wondered what your take on that statement would be. You can read the full article here: http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/booksblog/2013/mar/28/writing-book-fun
All the latest short story and poetry writing competitions have been added below for you. And I’ve added listings for all the competitions that are ending this month too. You can find a complete list of all competitions I’ve found to download on the UK and International Writing Competitions overview page.
Just to let you all know that the latest edition of Orbis is now available for Winter 2012. The cost is £5 (Overseas: £9/€12/$15).