Friday, 14 April 2017

Image change on my writing site

When I created the previous title image on my writing site I was messing around with things in PSP and put the cutout text and page curl on the site.

I've just created an avatar of me so used it to update the title image again!

My writing site is called Stories for children that you can see by clicking on the link that I've made out of the title and completely taken off the page curl and cut out.  It's not as creative, but definitely more professional!

Monday, 27 March 2017

Edit-a-thon after I've had me lunch today!

Gonna do it in date order, just need to remember to check if I've already edited one so that I don't overwrite or re-do the changes I've already made!  It'll be an early reader first, called "Adam at school" 'cos I haven't edited that or any other MS after that.

Gonna have me lunch first though!  lol

Sunday, 26 March 2017

How much I'm paid as an author

Just read this blog post and decided to add my tuppenny worth to it.

I published my first book in 2013.  No royalties or anything like that and I invested literally thousands of pounds to get it published.

My return on it?

Not even £13 yet.

£13 a second?  A minute?  An hour?

Nope.

£13 in the entire 3.5 years it's been published.

Not even the unemployed earn as little in a day than I have done in the last 3.5 years!

Am I rich?

I've got a wonderful husband, two wonderful best friends, a mum and a whole family of in-laws, I've got a roof over my head and food on the table along with chocolate whenever I buy it, so yes, I'm very rich, just not in monetary terms!

Saturday, 25 March 2017

Just had my publisher on the phone

I was promised at the end of last year that they wouldn't be asking me to pay for anything else.

They called not once, not twice, but three times this afternoon pressuring me to take a free trial and wouldn't take no for an answer.  They kept asking for my credit card number even though they said it was a free trial.

"Why do you need my credit card number if it's free?" says I.

"To ensure seemless access after the trial period.  I'll email and call you before the end of your free trial to see if you'd like to continue with it"

"Why can't you ask for my credit card number at the end of the trial?"

"Because we need to put it in to the system to create your own personal webpage"

"Why can't you do that before I give you my card number?"

"To ensure seemless access after the trial period"

Spotting a script here?

The third time they called, Steve answered the phone and told them to stop pressuring me into buying things I'd already told them I didn't want - that shut them up!  lol

Friday, 24 March 2017

And it's finished!

Just under 20 days (including a couple of day-long breaks) after starting it and I've just finished writing the MG MS so I can have the rest of the day and all weekend off then start editing the first drafts that have built up since my last editathon, then when they're all edited, I'll plan out my next MG/YA novel ready to write in May then repeat it all until November's NaNoWriMo!

Thursday, 23 March 2017

Last chapter tomorrow

Wrote chapters 28 and 29 this afternoon and evening.

Made a start on chapter 30 as well, but that's definitely a job for tomorrow.

Already taken me prescriptions so I'm having an earlyish night tonight ready for finishing it tomorrow, then I'll have a break and start editing again.

Nite nite orl!

Wednesday, 22 March 2017

2 down, 3 to go

Just finished chapter 27 so I've only got another 3 chapters to go.

Andrew and Helen are about to go and get patted down, then they'll ask where the seats are, watch the support act, go nuts when Take Five come on and fall asleep in the car on the way home.

The end is in sight!