The Author Marketing Secrets Writing and Marketing Challenge began on the 1st March, but so did the pain in my back and hip. The pain is often there, but it is normally controlled by my prescribed daily medication. This time the pain came with a vengeance and has been excruciating. I bumped up the meds which resulted in me falling asleep so I am not quite on my set target – luckily I did allow a couple of days at the end of this month to cater for unforeseen circumstances, but I didn’t expect to use those days up yet!
Nevermind, those of you that know me or are following my writing journey will know that I am always determined to finish something I start and will push myself to the limits to get things done. One of my favourite mottos is, ‘everything is possible’ and the words ‘give up’ are definitely not in my vocabulary. My motivation and self-discipline will always see me through and I will never let pain or any other unforeseen circumstances win. If you want to achieve something you have to work hard for it and not allow anything to get in your way.
I am really enjoying writing my crime detective novel, Dead Eyes, and really can’t wait until it is ready to be published. The protagonist, Detective Ellen Knight, is a strong character who loves her job as much as she loves her two daughters. In the first one of the series you will read how she tries to keep her life as a mother and her life as a detective separate but realises that this is not always possible. There are many twists and turns and I know that it has the makings of a best seller. I have done a great deal of planning and loads of research for Dead Eyes. When it is published, I hope that you will enjoy reading it as much as I am enjoying writing it.
My debut novel, A Few Bad Boys, is selling well. If you want to recommend it to a friend, here’s the link. If you have read it, please can you leave a review either on Amazon or on (Goodreads Link) As I have said before, reviews are so important to authors and I would really appreciate your help. I want my followers to be genuine, so I have been working on encouraging genuine fans. Off course I could buy lists to make my fan base look bigger than it actually is but I am not interested in fake followers. It may take longer to build a huge fan base but at least they will be real fans who are genuinely interested with what I have to say. I have recently received my first fan letter which was quite a surprise. You can follow me on Amazon and Goodreads and all my social media sites. My second novel, Survival At Any Cost, is still due for publication in the next few months and I am really excited about it. I’ll try not to keep you waiting too long.
Apart from my current project, Dead Eyes, I am also planning to start a monthly newsletter but I am still in the early stages. I will have to learn how to use another software programme and I am leaning towards Mailchimp for my newsletter platform. For those of you that have read some of my previous blogs, you will know that I am not techy at all, but I have realised that I have to move forward in this ever evolving world of technology.
My Goodreads reading challenge is still on target. I have completed reading ‘Missouri Waltz’ by Richard Dunk and the newly released, ‘The Scent of Guilt’ by Tony J Forder. I read the first in the series of Tony J Forder’s novel, ‘Bad to the Bone’ this year and enjoyed it so much that I couldn’t wait to read the sequel. I am currently reading ‘The Memory of Snow’ by the talented Kirsty Ferry and ‘The Good Widow’ by Liz Fenten. I have picked up a couple of other books and have decided early on that they aren’t for me but that does not mean that they are terrible books.
I have to go now since Detective Ellen Knight, needs my help to catch a killer.
Remember, don’t let unforeseen circumstances get in the way of your goals.
Until next time – keep chasing your dreams!
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