The Authors Bloggers Rainbow Support Club #ABRSC has gone from strength to strength. I founded this Facebook group on 26th of February 2017 nearly six months ago, (goodness how time flies.)
This is the first post: https://mjmallon.com/2017/02/26/authorsbloggers-rainbow-support-club/
Just recently I was astonished to discover that we have over 150 members!!!
We have an amazing team of bloggers who add content everyday and I’d just like to thank them for being so active on the page.
Here are some of the wonderful, informative links that have been shared of late…
- Via Adele Marie writer of horror/fantasy/urban/worldbuilding – Who blogs at Firefly 465: – https://www.thebookdesigner.com/2016/08/how-to-legally-use-quotations-in-your-book/
- Via blog show radio host Annette Rochele Aben at The Magic Happens. Two wonderful shares: https://thestoryreadingapeblog.com/2017/09/07/do-it-yourself-a-10-step-guide-to-self-publishing-an-audiobook/ and the Book Publicist – Top Book Awards For Authors
- One from Annette and Christy Birmingham. Two minds think alike! Christy blogs at http://poeticparfait.com/ and http://whenwomeninspire.com/ and both these ladies posted about Sally Cronin’s media training for authors: https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/09/15/media-training-for-authors-introduction-dont-be-shy/
Some informative information via Belinda Miller https://belindamiller.me/: I spend a lot of time on marketing my children’s books. One thing I do is produce videos. Since I have worked with some fabulous illustrators, I have blessed with an abundance of illustrations. Two of my favorite apps are: Animoto and Ripl. Check them out. There’s another app, Lumyer, that can be used to enhance, add elements to cover art. I use that, too. Hope this gives you some great ideas! PSA — very addictive.
Via fellow Administrator – Debby Gies – D G Kaye Writer
Via Richard Ankers – Articles and tips for writers – http://www.liternauts.com/articles-for-writers/
Also, I have linked our group to three other Facebook groups which I’d recommend joining too:
- The Bloggers Bash founded by Sacha Black. The Bloggers Bash is an annual event bringing together authors and bloggers. This event is held in London and grows in popularity every year. I’ve been three years in a row and highly recommend it.
- The Author Helper: https://www.facebook.com/groups/the.author.helper/
To give you an indication of the benefits of joining The Author Helper. Here is one example. Recently, I enquired about international sales and setting up international author pages. I had help from:
Ben Zackheim who suggested – Fiberead which translates and distributes internationally. https://fiberead.com/auth/login
Debby Gies suggested this useful link: Setting up your international author pages by William Cook
Drue Hoffman said that – France, Japan & Germany also have Author Central pages and put up a graphic which suggested that the UK and the UK are the biggies in the e-book market.
- Big Up Your Blog is run by the lovely Suzie Speaks and Em Inkles who blogs at Em Linthorpe. Together they host Wednesday Work, Throwback Thursday, Social Saturday, #SundayBlogShare, etc, – Big UP Your Blog
Please support the following upcoming activities mentioned on #ABRSC if you can:
Charli Mills at her welcoming Carrot ranch are having a right all blogging knees up in October – Carrot Ranch New Barns Raised At The Ranch
Colleen Chesebro is having an October Spectacular with Author Guest Posts. This sounds such fun, I love halloween! So keep an eye out for that. Colleen shared this link too: https://buildbookbuzz.com/quirky-october-holidays-offer-book-promotion-possibilities/
Some of my recent finds:
Recently, I had the good fortune to be a guest on the #LisaBurtonShow. My interview: Lisa Interviews My Character Esme
I was curious about the poster art that Craig used. Here’s a link to the fabulous artist on Deviant Art: https://artbrosean.deviantart.com/art/Lisa-Walks-like-an-Egyptian-705536763
And I can’t remember whether I found this via rainbow or not but it might come in useful to someone…. if you want to enter at some point… https://www.tckpublishing.com/2017-readers-choice-awards/
Also there was a recent discussion kicked off by Colleen Chesebro about collaborations, which I am a big fan of. This became an on-line brainstorming session!!! Many #ABRSC got involved in this particular topic and we hope to have a Xmas collaborative event with this in mind. So stay tuned!
Before I go I’d love to share this lovely human interest story from Ritu, which is bound to put a smile on your face: https://butismileanyway.com/2017/09/14/i-love-our-oldies/
There are so many lovely bloggers and authors who participate in #ABRSC. Sadly, I haven’t mentioned them all due to time constraints but please take this as a huge thank you to each and every one of you for helping make #ABRSC such a fun, engaging place to share ideas, and help each other.
If you’d like to join the #ABRSC please do. Comment below. Let me know if you have any questions about the club, add your links to posts of interest, chat, come say hello.
Bye for now,
My social media links:
Authors/Bloggers Rainbow Support Club on Facebook
Fellow Administrators of our Authors Bloggers Rainbow Support Club #ABRSC on Facebook, myself, my good friends Colleen Chesebro and Debby Gies. Click on Colleen’s and Debby’s photos to be directed to their awesome blogs. These ladies rock!
“Try to be a rainbow in someone’s cloud.”
― Maya Angelou, Letter to My Daughter
Authors/Bloggers Rainbow Support Club is a friendly group on Facebook for authors, bloggers and book reviewers. The club endeavours to create a wonderful community, a place to make friends, and to foster meaningful, helpful connections with like-minded people.
Geoff blogs at TanGental: https://geofflepard.com/
He is a thoroughly decent chap, a friendly, amusing bloke whose blog I urge you to follow. He is also a top dog in the Annual Bloggers Bash in London – next event – Saturday 9th June 2018 – one of the current gang of four organisers – enough said. He’s a writer of wit, a keen flash fiction enthusiast, a course junkie, (Arvon, MA at Sheffield Hallam, etc,) dog enthusiast, walker, (that follows,) gardener, and has written four novels. One of which – Dead Flies and Sherry Trifle – I have read and reviewed, with a title like that how could I not!
Lisa W Tetting:
Author, Blogger, Poet, Writer of #LoveRotica.
L. Loren is a former call center supervisor currently based in Greenville, SC with her loving and supportive husband.
Growing up the youngest of seven in a small town in North Carolina, she embraced her love of reading which helped to develop her imagination.
Her desire to write lay dormant for years until she found the courage to look within and her passion could no longer be ignored.
Next up on my introductions list is member Galit Balli who blogs at Coffee and Notes.
Galit is ‘a writer of Fantasy, Urban Fantasy, YA, Science Fiction as well as a blogger, book reviewer, a declared coffee addict, a gamer and an avid reader.
Apart from writing and reading, She loves to stay creative and sketch, doodle, play video games (mostly gw2), Watch Dr. Who and spend time with my Husband and her dog Menta (Mint).’
Definitely a blog recommendation. She is a lovely friendly lass, I have been following her for quite some time.
Wendy Anne Darling.
In Wendy’s words: ‘If it involved creativity, Wendy was into it.’ Wendy has a lovely blog – The Dragon’s Lair: https://wendyannedarling.wordpress.com/
She blogs about topics dear to my heart: writing, dragons, magic & myths.
To find out more about her own book design business: https://wendyannedarling.wordpress.com/bookxeedo-book-covers/
Wendy will be designing my book cover! I’m so excited to see the final version. Can’t wait.
If you are interested in finding out more about the Authors/Bloggers Rainbow Support Club, please do get in touch via my social media links below, or by leaving a comment.
The club is growing, we now have 107 members and are looking forward to welcoming more.
Bye for now,
Twitter: @marjorie_mallon and @curseof_time
I’m so thrilled to have Colleen and Debby helping me.
I’ve had some questions regarding the Facebook club, so to answer these I’ve decided to write a sort of statement of club intention….
What is the Authors/Bloggers Rainbow Support Club?
Don’t worry folks, it is not a cult! LOL…
It’s a friendly community of authors/bloggers/book reviewers working together to support each other in a multitude of ways – e.g. by writing or sharing reviews, highlighting author spotlights/book launches/interviews, and posting writing/poetry/blogging tips, or… tips about writing reviews, or discussing general topics of interest.
DON’T FEEL THAT YOU HAVE TO DO ALL OF THESE!!!! LOL!!
Also I hope that it will be a place that you can ask for help and advice if you need it. Writing can be isolating so feel free to find some writing chums here. Just join in, as and when you can, or would like to. Any content about books is really welcome whether it is pretty pictures of books you’ve read, or libraries you’ve visited, etc. Also occasionally do feel free to post news to tell your blogging friends what you are up to. Especially, if you’ve just published a book, won a prize, been nominated for a award, or you’ve been somewhere creative, interesting, or exciting! Recently, I posted my British Museum photos which I had uploaded using Ripl, which I thought might be of interest to fellow Instagram enthusiasts.
IF THERE IS ANYTHING ELSE YOU HOPE TO GAIN FROM THE GROUP PLEASE LET ME KNOW.
Members can add your own blog posts to the members page, (email me, or Colleen, or comment below, if you want to become a member: firstname.lastname@example.org, or email@example.com) and do feel free to share, like and comment on your friends posts too.
Who runs the group?
Also we have quite a few new members!! Yippee….
First up, is….
Lizzie is pretty much woman extraordinaire as far as I can see. I’ve just had the delight of welcoming Lizzie recently for an Author’s Spotlight on my blog: Author’s Spotlight: Lizzie Chantree
Lizzie is an enthusiastic inventor, businesswoman and artist. She founded her first company at the age of 17 and has been creating products and driving her family mad ever since.
Lizzie appeared on Sky News, ITV Lunchtime News, This Morning, The Big Breakfast, BBC’s Worldwide Radio Service, amongst others for becoming one of Fair Play London’s Female Innovators for her invention, Runaway Spray. Runaway Spray is a ‘ladder’ stop spray for stockings and tights, which has been on sale for over fifteen years. She has also developed a range of greetings cards and puzzle books for children with phonics and short stories inside to encourage independent writing skills in children.
Lizzie lives in Essex, with her gorgeous husband, two bouncy children and a very unusual dog. In between the school run and baking cakes (or burning them!), she sits in her rooftop studio daydreaming about gaps in the market and how she can fill them. Babe Driven is her first novel and she has written two other novels, Love’s Child and Finding Gina. Lizzie is currently writing her forth novel.
Debbie’s blog is a visual delight, as soon as you step in you feel as if you are immersed in a land of wonder. Just like Lizzie, she sounds like a wonder woman:
I am Debbie – I am a wife; mother; daughter; sister; friend; blogger; reader; runner; walker; cyclist; Rail Trail enthusiast; traveller; Rotarian; Whovian; teacher.
And now I’m a retiree!! Very early retirement!
I’ve been called a humming bird on speed and WonderWomanDebs. There are stories there believe me!!
Debbie has a page on her blog where she lists all the books she’s read and she’s broken them down into years under the main menu.
Debbie loves reading, travel, family, photographing, running, cycling and blogging at debs-world.com.
She tries her hand at most things, poetry, flash fiction, even a children’s story: https://debs-world.com/2016/06/05/big-debbies-purple-boots/
Debbie participates in a book club but doesn’t always like the books she is given but she reads them anyway and learns a lot from the discussion. I couldn’t agree more – broadening your reading is such a fabulous adventure!
Debbie’s twitter: @wonderwomandebz
Marsha is a retired school teacher who loves to blog about books, travel, photography, blogging and writing tips.
I blog on two sites. The first one I started as an experiment 5 years ago after I retired from education. This is my travel, community activities and photo challenge blog primarily. https://tchistorygal.net/
My other blog is where I use my experience as a teacher, writers, and administrator to help new and hobby bloggers, writers and photographers with tips and longer articles. Both blogs started out as an experiment, and have blossomed from there. This one is my experiment in monetizing as well as helping people from my mistakes as I branch out! http://marshajustwrites.com/
‘Hi, my name is Marsha Ingrao and I created Always Write for us. You and me! Together learning.
If you know everything there is to know about blogging, writing, and photography, you will hate this blog! If you want to share what you know and learn from others, come on in.
Grab a cuppa coffee and sit down and visit. Blogging is my hobby, my experiment, my life changer. Welcome! Maybe, like me, blogging is your hobby. Or maybe you write books or are an amateur photographer. Join the party.’
I was very impressed recently upon discovering this excellent article written by Marsha about writing professional book reviews: Always Writes – Marsha’s advice on writing top book reviews
Marsha’s twitter : @MarshaIngrao
Adele Marie Clerk
Adele is a ‘writer of horror/fantasy/urban/wordbuilding all those nice things which mean I get to use my imagination.’ Adele has just been nominated as a contestant in The Next Great Horror Writer Contest. Her bio on her blog reads, “Horror invaded my life and I devoured everything it threw at me. Stephen King, Ramsay Campbell, Anne Rice and Clive Barker. Horror holds my hand tightly. I can’t escape and I don’t want to. I write to scare. The monster under the bed is my reality. Welcome to my world.”
On her blog’s about me page she describes herself thus:
m Adele Marie Park a writer. Simple.....what? I`ve got my muse in my ear telling me I have to write more than just that. Okay….sighs.
m originally from Rousay. An island in the Orkney which is rich in folklore and legends. I learned these legends and folklore from the cradle lol. I write about folklore but with a modern or faerie themed twist. I am also passionate about horror. I love vampires and grew up with the Hammer Horror version before cutting my teeth…pardon the pun…on Buffy and Angel.
So…I write urban fantasy, folklore fantasy urban or otherwise, horror and apocalyptic fiction. I like to write character-driven fiction and I hope that somewhere someone reading my work will gain an insight into themselves from it. That is not meant to sound all egotistical, I gained many insights into myself through reading others work and still do.
I am happily married. We live in a very happy house, a mad house but a happy one.
Adele’s Twitter: @Binky567
Sacha’s blog is a delight – full of writing tips, art, and her weekly wonders. Sacha is the founder of the Bloggers Bash, a fabulous annual event held in London: Sacha Black’s blog, which I have had the pleasure of attending twice since its inception in August 2015.
These two short paragraphs sum up Sacha’s love of writing in the most wonderful way: Sacha was always meant to write, she was the girl who spent her lunch break tucked away in the corner of the school library, head buried in a pile of books, pencil in hand, weaving stories on the page. But she grew up, stumbled and fell forgetting her dream and then spent a while lost in a dark and twisted place.
Then, one day she sat in front of her laptop and started to write. She remembered that all she’d ever wanted to do was write stories in far away places filled with curious creatures and magical happenings. Characters started to talk to her, fill her brain with incessant chatter and demanded their stories be told. And so, The Netherworld was created, and Eden’s story began.
Sacha is currently in the process of editing two novels: Keepers, the first book in a planned trilogy, and Adultland. More about that here: Sacha Black – Novels
Sacha also has a non-fiction book entitled 13 Steps to Evil, ‘the ultimate guide to crafting Villains,’ which will be released in 2017.
Sacha’s twitter: @sacha_black
Lorinda J. Taylor
Lorinda’s (also known as TermiteWriter in cyberspace) is a retired librarian who worked in academic libraries as a cataloger and now lives in Colorado Springs, CO. Besides an M.L.S, she has a B.A. and an M.A. in English, and some work toward a Ph.D. As a child, she was always making up imaginary worlds, but she didn’t start writing fantasy until she read “Lord of the Rings” in 1969 and discovered that even serious scholars like J.R.R. Tolkien can continue to create such worlds far into their adult lives. In the early days she attempted unsuccessfully to get published, and then family considerations forced her to take a hiatus from writing from 1983 until 2000. Since then, she has self-published twelve books, mostly science fiction or a science fiction/fantasy hybrid, all with a literary slant. Her books deal with future history, psychological subjects (one of the most interesting alien environments is the human mind), and first contacts, including the adventures of a species of giant intelligent termites who relive Earth myths. She has a special interest in constructing languages for her extraterrestrials to speak. She has published the first part of The Man Who Found Birds among the Stars, a fictional biography of the spaceship Captain who first made contact with extraterrestrials in the 28th century, and she is continuing to work on additional volumes (it’s epic length!)
All her books may be found at:
Amazon UK http://amzn.to/KdNtR1
Barnes & Noble http://bit.ly/1Lz1NRQ
She has two blogs, mostly inactive these days.
www.termitewriter.blogspot.com (Rumination of a Remembrancer, covering general topics and material on The Termite Queen and The Man Who Found Birds among the Stars, plus information on my Mythmaker syster)
www.termitespeaker.blogspot.com (The Labors of Ki’shto’ba Huge-Head, covering that series plus information on myth in literature)
Her twitter handle is @TermiteWriter
I will be featuring the next bunch of members next time: Geoff LePard, Galit Balli, Wendy Anne Darling, Daniel Rumanos, , Annette Rochelle Aben, Laurie Peterson Oien and Cynthia T. Luna, Shehanne Moore.
Our group page is growing: Authors/Bloggers Rainbow Support Club
So do come and join the club!
Bye for now,
Today I’d like to step back in time and look at my very first post on this blog:
What magical ingredients made me become a blogger/writer? I think if I was doing a sum it would be a strange black cat, plus a book: (Dorian Gray,) add some thoughts about art and lots and lots of reading. No minus equations allowed, creativity always involves a stack of pluses and no negativity!
Recently my eldest daughter asked me for some old photos of her when she was little for a project she is currently doing for University. So I opened my large oriental camphor wood chest and we had a lovely time searching through many photos. I came across a really cute photo of my cat Chester when he was a tiny, adorable kitten, and I was a mere slip of a girl. I realised that my very first post on this blog is missing a very important ingredient. What could that be? An easy answer – some delightful old photos of my much-loved cat Chester. He was such a magnificent fellow, and I loved him very much, so let me share them with you….
Me with Chester, looking all energetic!!!
Here he is exploring interesting little hiding places:
And he had an inquisitive nature:
This is how magnificent he was when he grew up! This photo doesn’t quite do him justice, he really was a handsome fellow, with striking markings and a character to match.
If you’d like to join in with my bloggers monthly link up, please draw attention to your old posts by writing a short blog post as I have done and then add your links to the comment field of this post. If you wish you may use the photo at the top of this post as your blog post header. All link up posts will go up on the second Thursday of the month, and join in whenever you want. No pressure!
Also if you wish you can link your posts to a popular hastag #Throwback Thursday #THT or if you’re posting on a Friday #FBF #FlashbackFriday. These are great link ups for old photos, or memorabilia…
More about that here: Lifewire – Throwback Thursday
Shake out your old posts and give them a new lease of life.
Bye for now from less energetic grown up me!!!
THE PARTIES NOW OVER BUT FEEL FREE TO STOP BY AND LEAVE YOUR LINKS, ETC, IN THE COMMENTS BELOW…….
Let’s have a big splash, a veritable Mad Hatters Xmas Party…. Invite masses of bloggers over to share cake, music, their links and stories. Wait a minute, it’s a bit cold for swimming… so let’s pop over to Winter Wonderland.
So first things first – provisions – I’m off to Cambridge market to get some nibbles…. I better wrap up warm, it looks cold out there. I’m just starting to recover from a bit of a nasty illness. No worry, I’m sure some hot jacket potatoes, olives, tasty bread, cheeses, fruit, and whatever else takes my fancy, will warm me up and make me feel much better. Don’t worry, I promise not to eat it all!
Now with that done, phew these bags are heavy. How are we going to get to Winter Wonderland? We could walk but that would be boring, and Kyrosmagica doesn’t do boring. So, let’s go ….
Via Rudolf’s magical golden sleigh of course. One sleigh?
No of course not… Rudolf has an army of reindeers and sleighs to take us there. This one is just a mini version stationed at the Grand Arcade in Cambridge. One twirl of my Kyrosmagica wand and we are all set. See those presents? There is one for each of you, just open and see what’s inside. Pop your present on your lap, and let’s hop aboard….
This is your Christmas Link Up Party, have fun, share links but please try to….
I haven’t been for ages…… Every Saturday I (teenage me!) used to go to Murrayfield Ice rink in Edinburgh. Grab your skates, no one will fall, I promise. In fact Kyrosmagica’s Wonderland skates are magical, so everyone, even me will be able to do all sorts of fancy footwork! Wherever you go you will leave a trail of magical golden ice in your wake. Isn’t that just so cool?
- Hugh @ Hugh’s Views and News is bringing some mince pies… There is mulled wine too, and party food a plenty, so tuck in, drink, and be merry!
- Leave at least one comment – what you say is entirely up to you – write a short poem, don a party hat, bring your crackers, tell your worst Christmas jokes, play your favourite Yuletide music, do whatever you fancy.
- Share your stories, or if Christmas isn’t your favourite time of year you have my permission to be a total humbug, ignore the other guests and fall asleep in a corner. Who is our resident Scrooge? Hey, confess!! But snoring isn’t compulsory. Keep the music and the snoring down, we don’t want to upset anybody!
- Let us know what Christmas books you are reading… I’m currently reading Mistletoe And Murder, A Murder Most Unladylike Mystery by Robin Stevens which is set in Cambridge.
Thereafter, I will be diving into Hugh’s Glimpses – his recently released short story collection.
More about that here: Kyrosmagica Awesome Author Interviews : Hugh. W. Roberts
- What else? Do encourage gate crashers, the hostess may be in and out so you can ask who you want. Bring your dog and cat, if you want, but please keep them off the ice. This is an open house. Yes, you heard right, you can leave your links too if you’d like to. Oh, before I go I better remember to share some posts to get the conversation going. Perhaps this one for future reference – Natalie @ There She Goes – Xmas Cake Recipe.
This is the mix…..
The cake…. as it came out the oven…
- Dress up in your finest, it’s nearly Christmas !! Or if you can’t manage that, show us your quirky Christmas jumpers, ties, or earrings. Tell us what unusual presents you’ve bought. This year I bought a lovely amber jewellery set from fellow blogger Irene Irene Design 2011 for my mum – (mum isn’t very internet savvy so I know I can put this up and not worry about her seeing it before Christmas!)
- Somebody better sing, definitely not me, it wouldn’t be recommended. Find someone willing, or suitably inebriated amongst the guests.
- Have fun – talk amongst yourselves, have a glass or two of bubbly, an obligatory piece of Christmas cake which I have lovingly prepared for you dusted with my special recipe of magical sugar dust and don’t forget to stand under the inspiration mistletoe. One kiss and all your stories, (for authors,) and dreams, (for normal folk,) LOL will come true…
Happy Christmas Wishes.
Bye for now,
If there is ever a moment when you wonder who to follow in blogging land – never fret I have the answer! (And so does Chris at The Story Reading Blog. ) Who am I talking about? Our very own Blogger’s Bash organiser, one of the stupendous gang of four: Sacha Black. Her blog is awesome, full of amazing writing tips. Do follow her you won’t regret it. 🙂
My name is Sacha Black. I am, like many of you, an aspiring author. But I am also mother to a one year old, a wife and full time worker bee. I am currently also a student at the Writers Bureau, and a qualified Nail Technician. So I really struggle to find the time to squeeze in writing. Which is one of the reasons I blog. It forces me to write. But it also enables me to draw together a series of really useful writing tools, which I take pride in sharing.
The aim of my blog is to share with fellow writers, bloggers, novelists, authors and any interested parties all the knowledge and tools I am gaining on my journey to being published.
I write short stories, flash fiction occasionally poetry, but my true passion lies in writing novels. I am currently 53K into my first one, and…
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This is for all of you have come under the threat of the spam monster. It has been quite a problem recently for several bloggers, our well intentioned comments not appearing on blogs…. So I wrote this little poem with that and Halloween in mind.
The Spam Monster
It’s all hallows eve,
You’ve no time for a pet peeve,
The wretched spam monster making curds,
Of your well thought out words.
He insidiously turns your comments into mush,
Sweeps them all away with a hot-wired brush,
He’s all wires and circuitry,
His gadgetry puts you into purgatory.
But, don’t fret, don’t worry, help is at hand,
The Happiness Engineers Askimet band,
Party together, they’ll help you out.
No need to storm, stamp, and shout!
Stick your perky pumpkin by your computer,
Light it with a ferocious candle to neuter,
That bloody spam monster with his big hooter,
Mr snooty, snotty, snooper.
© Marjorie Mallon 2016 – aka, Kyrosmagica. All Rights Reserved.
If you need any help with this problem Hugh has written a great post how to contact the Askimet engineers – here’s the link: Hughs Views And News: What To Do If your Comments Are Ending Up in Spam Folders
Bye for now,
Hope you liked the silly poem!
Hugh from Hugh’s Views and News has some news that he’s desperate to share with us, (even though he’s on a bloggers break.) The Bloggers Bash is one years old! If you’d like to join in with the next event keep your eyes out for posts like these…. This bash is growing, gaining momentum, be a part of it! Watch this baby grow. Happy Birthday Bloggers Bash!
The Bloggers Bash is celebrating its First Birthday today.
Happy Birthday, Bloggers Bash.
On the 1st August 2015, just over 20 Bloggers attended the very first Annual Bloggers Bash event in London. Here are just a few of those who attended.
The Bloggers Bash was the brainchild of Sacha Black. She invited Ali Isaac, Geoff Le Pard and myself to join a committee to organise the event. Part of the event included The Annual Bloggers Bash Awards (also known as the ABBAs) where the blogging community was able to nominate and vote for their favourite Blogs and Bloggers in six award categories.
It was a nerve-racking day for many of those who attended, as this was the first time many would meet other bloggers, face to face, for the first time. Since then, many of these people have formed friendships which may never have formed had it not been for…
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A bit of a sing song Bloggy style for the forthcoming Blogger’s Bash from our very own Ritu at But I Smile Anyway. We’re all getting very EXCITED!!!!! Can’t wait for Saturday. But, I’ve warned her that if I sing at the Blogger’s Bash I might just clear the room FAST, my singing voice ain’t too good! Unless you’re all tone deaf and it’ll be ok….. So to preserve your ears I’ll whisper or hum along to the tune, unless I get tipsy and there’s no knowing what I might do… Excellent lyrics my dear.. xx
It is less than a week to go, and I am so excited, I just can’t explain myself… heck, I can’t contain myself! I am driving my family nuts as they can’t understand why I am so excited to meet a bunch of strangers, as they see it, but I don’t think that, I think more that we are a blogily and each and every one of you that I interact with are special people!
I will be meeting people, not just bloggers. People who have become part of my daily life, and some who have become so close to me that I couldn’t even imagine them not being there now. There are many who can’t be there for various reasons, but hey, lets be positive… there is always next year!
Many thanks to Sacha Black and her team for organising such an amazing event! The Official page for the…
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Soon, on Tuesday 5th of May, there is to be a Writers’ resources evening at Cambridge Writers, the group that I am a member of, so with this in mind, I thought I would do a little warm up, and type up some helpful website links for Writers, Bloggers and Book Worms.
I have been gathering the details of this list for some time so hope that it will be a useful resource.
So to kick it off my first discovery was Wasafari, who are they you might ask?
“Wasafiri is Britain’s premier magazine for international contemporary writing. Published quarterly, it has established a distinctive reputation for promoting work by new and established voices across the globe.”
Book review/Bookish sites:
and Lovereading.co.uk http://www.lovereading.co.uk/
Read books for free: https://storycartel.com/search
Tips for authors on how to make book trailers: https://effrosinimoss.wordpress.com/2013/12/02/tips-for-authors-book-trailer-made-easy/
Tips on writing book blurbs, they may be short but it doesn’t mean they’re easy to write! http://www.terrytyler59.blogspot.co.uk/2015/01/book-blurbs-as-hard-as-writing-book.tml
How to protect yourself – editing clauses in publishing contracts. http://accrispin.blogspot.co.uk/2015/02/editing-clauses-in-publishing-contracts.html
Features written by or about female writers.https://thewritesofwoman.wordpress.com/2015/02/01/in-the-media-25th-january-1st-february-2015/
Excellent website for all writerly things including author/agent interviews, writing, and self-editing advice: talltalesandshortstories.blogspot.co.uk/2010/12/agent-interview-jenny-savill-at-andrew.html
“A new home for your short fiction.” http://inkins.com/
http://alanamunroauthor.com/about runs support a writer on google.
Writers links via no wasted ink. http://nowastedink.com/2015/03/02/no-wasted-ink-writers-links-161/
“World Literary Cafe is a multi-faceted community that promotes everyone in the literary realm, from readers to authors, editors, reviewers, and author services.” http://worldliterarycafe.com/content/support-wlc-authors
A book about writing, funding, crowd-sourcing, editing, sales, file conversion, guerrilla marketing, social media, blogging, and reviewers via Jan Moran writes. http://www.janmoranwrites.com/2012/12/30/book-review-ape-by-guy-kawasaki-and-shawn-welch-for-authors-publishers-and-entrepreneurs/
Writer’s advisory services
There are a lot out there but which to recommend? I’ve heard good things about these two:
Hilary Johnson Authors Advisory service http://www.hilaryjohnson.com/index.html
Cornerstones who have their very own publishing house http://threeharespublishing.com/#latest-work, and have written a self help guide, Write a blockbuster and get it published, authored jointly by Helen Corner and Lee Weatherly, “it offers not simply a guide to writing a novel, but an introduction to writing a plot-based, action-focused blockbuster.” http://cornerstones.co.uk/
I’ve just recently rediscovered my love of poetry and with this in mind I would highly recommend joining in with Ron’s Weekly Haiku prompt challenge. It’s fun, and gets the old creative juices flowing on a weekly basis and that can only be a good thing! Ron has an excellent blog overflowing with all sorts of interesting articles so he’s certainly one to follow.
Haiku prompt challenge: https://ronovanwrites.wordpress.com/category/haiku-prompt-challenge/
Wikihow to write a Haiku poem. http://www.wikihow.com/Write-a-Haiku-Poem
What is Haiku, and how to write it. http://toyomasu.com/haiku/
Here’s his helpful link about merging blogs: https://ronovanwrites.wordpress.com/2015/03/23/how-merge-blogs/
Artists and Illustrators:
Marketing resources for artists. http://artistmarketingresources.com/about/
Using Corel suite instead of Adobe for illustrators: http://oreosandspiltmilk.com/2015/02/17/food-illustration-ramen/
Finding Agents and Publishers
Switch your torch light on, don your spy costume, now on to the nasty business of finding agents, and publishers. This is when life becomes complicated, the writing is easy in comparison, I know I’m in this process and it seems to be a never ending slog of decisions, (which is utterly painful for someone like me who tends to be indecisive,) waiting, trying again, waiting. So with that in mind here are some resources to help my fellow wannabe authors out there who may be struggling like me to find a publisher or an agent. Never fear, help is at hand. Good luck!
List of agents and editors.
The Writer’s and Artists’s Yearbook is a must have ISBN 9781408192450. They have an excellent site: https://www.writersandartists.co.uk/
Another way to approach agents is to meet them in person. There are many events which are organised with this in mind, conferences, workshops and talks are all good opportunities to meet agents and tell them about your story, so have a look for those – locally in the UK there is the Norwich Writers Centre http://www.writerscentrenorwich.org.uk/ and plenty will come up from a google search on the internet.
SCBWI do some, too. Who are SCBWI? They are The Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators: https://www.scbwi.org/ The Writers and Artists also hold events: https://www.writersandartists.co.uk/events, the next hook an agent event is in London, in June: https://www.writersandartists.co.uk/events/how-to-hook-an-agent-children-s-fiction
How to pitch to publishers: http://www.karentyrrell.com/pitch-publishers/
http://www.davidficklingbooks.com/Submissions.php – David Fickling Books are opening up submissions in a competition type style event from May 5th to May 19th.
Guide to self publishing and promoting, click on the tab on the top left section of author E. Rawls blog, there are all sorts of writing tips too as well as haikus, book reviews, blog hops, author interviews. https://rawlse.wordpress.com/
Increase your blog traffic: http://www.molly-greene.com/increase-blog-traffic-subscribers-8-tips/
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