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My New 12-Month Plan

Regular readers of this blog may have noticed, back in February I launched several self-published titles via Amazon Kindle.

Subsequently, some of the titles were pulled.

Yesterday, I pulled the remaining two titles.

I am also trying to get Good Reads updated to see if my author page can be closed, the titles removed and my Amazon author page shut down.

Whether I can un-register as self-employed with HMRC or not is a whole other issue.

The titles have not sold any copies. I take the blame for that. I did not have a marketing plan or a group of advance reader’s to review my book. I do not have the time or money to invest in proper promotion and advertising.

I decided to self-publish because I was frustrated with the difficulty getting traditionally published, not because it was something I really wanted to do.

I’m a Pisces, I can never make up my mind.

So I consider this a failed venture, on my part. I’ll take the hit for this.

I’ve done a lot thinking over the past three months and have reached the following conclusions:

  • I want to be traditionally published, by a large publisher or by an independent one
  • I don’t have the confidence, time or money to be an independent author
  • I have been unable to sell the two novels I’ve written so far so will put these aside and start something completely different

So my focus for the next 12 month’s:

  1. Complete the first draft of a new novel, I have an outline for a YA novel, something very different from my usual stuff
  2. I have numerous outlines for collections or sequences of poems, I will choose one and focus on writing and editing it
  3. Pay for a professional critique / feedback
  4. Focus on getting my work published in more magazines, anthologies, e zines, hopefully with some professional sales
  5. Finish my Pinterest site

I don’t feel bad that I tried something and it didn’t work out. Shit happens. Screen wipe. New scene.

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Shout Out To Peeking Cat Poetry Magazine

I’m pleased to announce that my poem ‘Conversations With Dead people’ is published in the April Issue of Peeking Cat Poetry Magazine.

You can download a FREE PDF of the magazine from Lulu here.

My poem is on page 23.

I’m really pleased this poem has been published. I wrote the first draft many years ago. The poem is about grief and how it can make you think crazy things.

The poem has gone through multiple versions since my original draft.

The title is taken from an episode of Buffy the Vampire Slayer. I am being serious. Shh, don’t tell anyone.

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HAPPY – A Collection of Poetry and Prose on Happiness and Being Happy CONTRIBUTION ANNOUNCEMENT

I have several poems published in the latest anthology from Collections of Poetry and Prose – HAPPY – A Collection of Poetry and Prose on Happiness and Being Happy.

My poems are:

  • Just Me: A woman celebrates her individuality
  • I’ll Have So Much Fun: A woman vows to stay young and active no matter how old she is
  • My Secret Place: A woman lives an elaborate fantasy life inside her head where she is safe from all harm
  • Wings: A poem about being completely free
  • A Hopeful Soul: An alternative version of Emily Dickinson’s poem ‘hope is the thing with feathers’

This is the fourth time several of my poems have been published in anthologies released by them.

 

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How To Be Bare (Haiku) ANNOUNCEMENT

The haiku I wrote last month has been compiled into a collection called How To Be Bare (Haiku).

This collection is now on sale on Amazon.

The collection is £1.99/$2.49 and FREE with Kindle Unlimited and Prime via the Kindle Owner’s Lending Library.

Blurb: Haiku is the shortest form of Japanese poetry, consisting of only three lines. Poets can string several haiku together to form a longer poem. Traditional European haiku use a strict syllable count per line: 5/7/5. During February poets can take part in National Haiku Writing Month (NaHaiWriMo) where they can explore everything this short form has to offer. The haiku in this collection were written in February 2017 during my first time taking part in NaHaiWriMo. Some were written as a result of official prompts others just came to me. These haiku explore universal ideas of love, relationships and seasons with the intensity.

If you boy or borrow the book I’d appreciate an honest review.

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20 Signs Things Are NOT Okay ANNOUNCEMENT

So it’s official, my book 20 Signs Things Are NOT Okay (Poems) is available to pre-order from Amazon. The price is £1.99 and the book will be released on the 1 March.

The book is £1.99 / $2.50 or FREE via Kindle Unlimited and Prime.

This is a sequence of poems written over a few weeks which explore a woman’s descent into alcoholism as her life and drink habits spiral out of control.

The link above will direct to the correct Amazon site where you live.

The book is short so I don’t plan on releasing a paperback version. Not at the moment anyway.

BLURB: Joanne likes to go out drinking and have a good time. Since the love of her life left her for someone younger and prettier she goes out a lot more and drinks a lot more. Time passes and she realises she’s not in a good place. She likes drinking a bit too much and struggles to remember the exact sequence of events when she’s been on a binge. The poems in this collection explore her gradual descent into depression and binge drinking and the signs something is very wrong in her world.

You can claim a free copy of the book until launch date via InstaFreebie here.

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Happy Launch Day To Me Pt. 2

My book, 100 Words About Love (Stories) is on sale from today.

They are also FREE with Kindle Unlimited and Prime via the Kindle Owner’s Lending Library.

This book was also part of an InstaFreebie Giveaway which has now ended. A couple of copies were claimed so hopefully, this will lead to some reviews.

Nobody has bought or borrowed my releases from yesterday. I knew nothing was going to happen overnight but I can’t help feeling a little twinge of disappointment. All I can do is have my titles available and promote and advertise them.

I just need to keep plugging away and if I believe enough in myself and my work something will happen.

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Love is a universal emotion that everyone feels at some point and can take many forms. In ‘Deep & Lowdown’ a woman feels her baby kick for the first time when her lover abandons her. In ‘The Old Woman Who Lives Down The Lane’, a young girl carries out an act of kindness for a neighbour. In ‘To Miss, With Love’, a young boy finds a way to express his crush on a teacher. In ‘What Sisters Are For’, a teenage girl helps her younger sister deal with a life-changing situation. These stories and the rest in this collection explore the idea of love and what it means for different people in different situations.

The book can be bought/borrowed here.

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Happy Launch Day To Me

I can now officially call myself a published author.

Three of my titles are now available for sale, exclusively as e-books on Amazon. They are FREE with Kindle Unlimited and Prime via the Kindle Owner’s Lending Library.

The InstaFreebie giveaway for each book has now ended. A few titles were claimed so hopefully, these will lead to some reviews.

I’m not expecting to become a millionaire. I have my feet a bit more grounded in reality. Today is also my birthday. I turned 36. I am edging closer to 40. I knew I had to self-publish now or I never would.

I can’t just wait for the things I want to happen.

Life is short and I need to do what makes me happy. Writing and publishing my work ticks the box.

I have another release tomorrow, one on the 1 March and another on the 1 March which I am finalising just now.

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This is a diverse, kaleidoscope of poems and stories, many of which were published over a number of years. My first published pieces including Girl on A Riverbank, Lonely Heart Letters and Sewing Season which were published in Carillon magazine in 2009 and 2009. In For The Sake of June, a woman struggles to keep smiling in the face of her daughter’s struggle with anorexia. In The Left of Centre, a young man pays the price for breaking from his routine and investigating animal mutilations in the area. In What Will Be, an old woman realises she is haunted by events from her past. In The First Sight of the Enemy, a woman is confronted by the harsh reality of her affair with a married man. These pieces and the rest of the work in this collection cover a wide array of subjects including love, death, grief, desire, growing up, getting old and struggling to find your way in the world.

Buy/borrow here.

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Everyone is capable of sin. You, me, the old woman on the bus in the seat across from you who nibbles a packet of cheese & onion every day, the woman in the business suit you see on the subway every day who’s always on her phone, the old woman who lives next door and never opens her curtains, even the chubby, red-faced, slightly balding man who’s usually ahead of you in the chippie queue every lunch time. Lust is considered by many as the most cardinal of sins but is about more than surrendering to passion. The Girl In Question is told from the viewpoint of a man who has impure thoughts about his teenage daughter’s friend. Them Next Door is narrated by a gossip dishing the dirt on her unsavoury neighbours. Waiting to Breathe is about two people struggling to define what is acceptable touching when it comes to friends with benefits. These stories and the others in this collection explore the many different aspects of lust; an intense, often all-consuming desire for someone or something.

Buy/borrow here:

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Not everyone is happy all the time. Some people are unhappy most of the time. I used to be the latter. For as long as I could remember, I knew something about my life didn’t quite add up. Years of bulling emphasised the fact I wasn’t like other girls. I grew up thinking I had a red circle around my head with the word ‘Freak’ inside it. My life changed forever, for the better in 2003. I fell in love with a woman, some stranger I saw on the bus every day. If my life was a fairy tale we’d have ran into sunset holding hands. Real life tends to be a little different. She never loved me back, of course, this isn’t one of those stories. My heart got broken. I cried a lot. I realised something fundamentally important about myself I sort of like girls. This was a revelation, a key that unlocked my heart and I was happier, healthier and better for it. The fairy tale never happened. I fell in love, got hurt, picked myself up, got knocked back down and just kept going, feeling my way into a bright new world with a wide open heart. The poems collected in My Heart, Laid Bare were written over a period of two years when I was still learning who I was and who I wanted to be. They explore the themes of sexuality, love, growing up, relationships, desire, passion and loss.

Buy/borrow here:

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On How Life Is ANNOUNCEMENT

51qmkpljlnlSo it’s official, my book On How Life Is is available to pre-order from Amazon. The price is £1.99 and the book will be released on the 1 March.

The book is FREE via Kindle Unlimited and Prime.

This is a sequence of poems written over a period of few months. The poems focus on encounters between lovers, husbands and wives and strangers.

The link above will direct to the correct Amazon site where you live.

The book is short so I don’t plan on releasing a paperback version.

BLURBAn important part of life is our encounters with people; family, friends, loved ones, people we work beside, familiar strangers we see on the train every day, our neighbours and even people we pass in the street. In ‘One For Sorrow’, a woman wakes up to discover her lover has abandoned her and her life is forever changed. In ‘Three For A Girl’, a woman is changed forever by a chance encounter in her local library. In ‘Seven For A Secret’, a woman’s life is turned upside down when she exposes her husband’s lies. These poems and the others in this collection explore life-changing encounters between lovers, husbands and wives and strangers.

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100 Words About Love ANNOUNCEMENT

416jgk1m9lSo it’s official, my book 100 Words About Lust is available to pre-order from Amazon. The price is £1.99 and the book will be released on the 21 February.

The link above will direct you to the Amazon site where you live and was created by a really useful site known as BookLinker.

The book is FREE via Kindle Unlimited and Prime.

This is quite short so I don’t plan on releasing a paperback at the moment.

The stories are the ones I wrote during January for my 100-word story writing challenge.

 

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Vote for me on Kindle Scout

coverSo my crime novel, The Ballad of Sarah Rose has been approved for a Kindle Scout campaign.

My book can be nominated for 29 days.

The image on the left is the cover.

To find out more, read and excerpt and vote visit this page.

BLURB: Ronnie Rose is a terrible mother.

Pregnant at sixteen to a much older man who enthralled her, she’s never bonded with her children. Her husband likes his women young and perky and grows tired when her body fills out. She seeks refuge from an unhappy marriage in the bottom of a bottle of vodka while her children raise themselves.

Years later, everything changes when Sarah is born. Her daughter is a mistake, a change of life baby and her husband wants her to have a termination. Ronnie refuses. She wants and loves the life growing inside her more than she has anything in her life.

When Sarah goes missing, Ronnie’s life is torn apart. Dark secrets threaten to destroy her. Who is the secret boyfriend known only as MusicLover and what are his true intentions? What really happened at the unsupervised party for Sarah’s sixteen birthday? When was Sarah planning to tell her mother she’s pregnant and who’s the father?

Who can you trust when your whole life has been built on lies?