A useful, succinct guide through the maze of marketing and social media.
· Methodical, easy to follow, and advises me to start a new notebook – what’s not to like?
· As someone who’s started along the path, but become a little lost and muddled, it was really helpful to see where I was getting things wrong, and what I could do to get things back on the right track.”
~ Jennifer C Wilson. Author of the Kindred Spirits series.
As writers, we know how hard it is to try and get our books in front of the right readers, which is why I wrote ‘Building An Author Platform’. Over the years, I’ve made many mistakes. (Like loads!)
I’ve had lots of good advice, from within the industry and from working within marketing for charities and retail, and this is what I’ve figured out: there is no one-size-fits-all for marketing, there is no right answer, and it can cost a fortune.
But, there are certain ‘have to dos’ ~ and if you can get those out of the way as quickly and as cleanly as possible, then you can get moving on finding your stride and building your tribe. (Yes, I rhymed; go ahead and roll your eyes.)
The other thing I wanted to do is keep it cheap. We’re writers; we don’t all have the movie contracts and butter-beer rolling in, so this is the brass bolts of getting set-up, not letting it rule our lives and doing it on a shoestring.
A ‘True Cats’ Non-Fiction Book
How do you cope when you’re faced with a life of constant, unrelenting pain? Sometimes mild, sometimes severe, but always there, nagging at you, driving you to distraction in the search for relief.
You can cry. You can complain. You can fight or you can give in and allow it to dominate you.
Life With Arfur is an autobiographical account of one man’s battle with osteoarthritis. A progressively degenerative disease, arthritis is no laughing matter, but humour is precisely the medicine David Robinson uses in his daily battle with Arfur.
With knees that click like castanets, and fingers losing their Yorkshire-born grip on a five-pound note, he takes us through the early days of a twinging knee through the full-blooded agony of an arthritic flare-up to the final acceptance that his life is a Life With Arfur.
Humour is a joyous thing. It enables us to recognise the ridiculous, and to empathise with life’s disasters.
Take the lives of a self-deprecating couple from England, steeped in life’s troubles, and whisk them across the Channel. Laugh with them as they encounter hilarious situations en France – from troublesome workmen, the infamous bureaucracy, and even sex à la française!
Take notes on this transition from English doom and gloom to la belle vie française, and follow the exploits of this oh-so-recognisable English couple.
What could possibly go wrong?
Fear of other people? Most of us feel this occasionally, when giving a presentation or being grilled in a job interview. This is not social anxiety disorder.
Fear of what other people think of you? We have all felt this, too. It is why we dress as we do and generally try to behave in a way that is expected of us. This is not social anxiety disorder either.
But when those fears become so prevalent that they take over your life? When they cause you to hide away, either literally or by not revealing your real self? When you keep quiet in an attempt to avoid those raised eyebrows and the possible thoughts behind them? That is social anxiety disorder.
And it is much more common than you might think. In the mental health table, it comes third – after alcoholism and depression – and yet most people don’t even know it exists.
If you have social anxiety disorder, this book is for you.
Even if you don’t have social anxiety disorder, you might have a friend, a relative or a work colleague who does. You might see it developing in your son, your daughter, or a child you teach. This book is for you, too.
Social Anxiety Revealed is created by people who yearn to ditch all these problems and live their lives to the full.
Can you help?
Discover your ancestors. Grow your family tree.
Trace your Roots is an invaluable guide for every budding genealogist.
Full of effective tips and advice on tracing your family’s history, from gathering background information and deciphering old documents, to discovering and consulting less well-known records and reading between the lines when tackling civil resources.
An easy-to-use guide for your ancestry research.
Bethel Manor. This inspirational romance takes place during the Victorian era with engaging characters such as the wealthy Fredrick Shaw and his feisty daughter, Clare. Enjoy the rugged countryside as James Winthrop Blackwell travels across England. Revel in the setting, Bethel Manor, a place of magnificence and style where servants know secrets and the owner is a man of propriety and integrity.
Independent Jenny. I slept with someone else. Those five words changed everything. After her husband Ross drops a bombshell, her emotions go hay-wire. Things are made even more complex when his brother Aiden makes a confession of his own…
The Book of Lismore. While visiting the beautiful Hebridean island of Lismore, Cas and Sam stumble upon a new chapter of the island’s past. Once again, they are confronted by the ghosts of the distant past, and ancient tragedy combines with present danger as each is faced with a fresh challenge.
Rebellious Cargo. Spring 1803. Jane Charlesworth, daughter of a code breaker, is the only person deemed capable of deciphering a vital government document. But when a naval frigate is sent to enlist her services, Jane is horrified. Haunted with terrible memories of an earlier voyage, she has no intention of putting herself under the protection of the Admiralty ever again.
Pill Wars. The government has rushed through drug trials to release Pacifex, a powerful anti-depressant. Inventor Torin Oakwood is a hero! Jessica Fleming is thrilled to start her new job at Oakwood Industries. Yet, as she arrives, Torin Oakwood flees from the army sent to arrest him. Chased by government agents and anti-government activists, she must find Oakwood. Can her first day at work get any worse?
Trace Your Roots. Discover your ancestors. Grow your family tree. Trace your Roots is an invaluable, easy-to-use guide for every budding genealogist. Full of effective tips and advice on tracing your family history, from gathering background information and deciphering old documents, to discovering and consulting less well-known records and reading between the lines when tackling civil resources.
The Secret of Lakeham Abbey. 1948. When Percy Sullivan’s family take over Lakeham Abbey for the summer, it was a chance to get away from battered post-war London and be cossetted by the capable and pretty housekeeper, Anne Pargeter. They soon learn that the Abbey conceals a dark secret; one that someone was willing to kill to hide. When Anne is convicted of murder, Percy is determined to do all he can to save his friend.
Topaz Eyes. A peculiar invitation to Heidelberg embroils Keira Drummond in the search for a mysterious collection of extraordinary jewels once owned by a Mughal Emperor; a hoard that was last known to be in the possession of Amsterdam resident, Geertje Hoogeveen, in 1910. Greed, suspicion and murder are balanced by growing family loyalty, trust, and love.
Returning Eden. A gothic ocean mystery. In a world of monsters, sharks, castles and corpses it is up to Eden to keep the ocean\’s beasts at bay. Eden Hollow is being hunted. A dark secret from her past has followed her to the remote island of Cantillon, where she is due to start college.
Messandrierre. Sacrificing his job, Jacques Forêt has only a matter of weeks to solve a series of mysterious disappearances as a Gendarme in the rural French village of Messandrierre. But, as the number of missing persons rises, his difficult boss puts obstacles in his way. When a new Investigating Magistrate is appointed, he becomes the go-to local policeman for the case. Will he find the perpetrators in time?
Five Guns Blazing. Never had she imagined she would be brought so low, and all for the love of a very bad man. 1710. Convict’s daughter, Laetitia Beedham, is set on an epic journey from the streets of London, through transportation to Barbados and plantation life, into the clutches of notorious pirates John ‘Calico Jack’ Rackham, Mary Read and the treacherous Anne Bonny. Who will win her loyalty and her heart?
The Ghostly Father. Romeo & Juliet – was this what really happened? When Juliet Roberts is asked to make sense of an ancient Italian manuscript, she little suspects that she will find herself propelled into the midst of one of the greatest love stories of all time. But this is only the beginning. As more hidden secrets come to light, Juliet discovers more about her famous namesake.