Ben’s joke.

I had a photo of a wood pigeon that I think I have used before but hubby added a joke that I must share.

” Don’t you just hate it when a bird hogs the bathroom?”

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Out in the woods

A flavour of the countryside where we walked the dog today. I know it isn’t about writing but if I can find attractive pictures I hope I might get more folk interested in reading my back posts.

Peat beneath my feet

tall trees, almost leafless

delicate sunlight streams

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through winter branches.

February in Hartshill.

Family day

Our family had our Christmas get together yesterday and eight of us and one dog met in Surrey for a meal and gift exchange. It was lovely to see everyone, especially when we were joined by our daughter-in -law’s mother, someone we see very rarely.

There was a massive Christmas tree and we had a turkey dinner with all the trimmings and wine. Our granddaughter looked like a little princess and it was great to meet up with our grandson again as we hadn’t seen him since the spring.

Our son’s scooter magazine on line ( scooterlab.uk) is getting new readers all the time and he had a company Tshirt for his brother. I ordered one for myself. Maybe I’ll get it for my birthday.

My photos didn’t come out very well so I am promising to try harder in 2017. Pictures are the future, I’m afraid.

 

Marketing paperbacks

OK, I give up. I’ll try to stick to writing about writing and books, from now on, with, perhaps, the odd poem.

I’ve used the marketing title because the way we promote paperbacks is not the same as the methods used for ebooks. Our group has been reading about the email lists suggested on line and I suppose the land alternative is a snail mail postal list of people who have bought books. However, when you sell in person, as I do, it seems wrong to ask for an address at the same time. What I have always done wrong is not emphasised that a review would be helpful, but most of my readers do not own computers so where would they put the reviews? The only time I did ask if a reader would like to know about future books was at a launch.That was one out of hundreds!

Postal charges make self published paperbacks quite expensive so we will need to venture out of our local area and find customers elsewhere.

I think I should make my blog more interactive, too. I’ll put on a mystery photo and see if anyone can identify it.Happy Christmas.img_0049