UK Southern Book Show on Sunday was a success as far as I was concerned, with six books sold and lots of interest from people who took bookmarks and chatted about writing. The pity was, that although there was a great deal of advertising on line and the organisers sent out loads of flyers there did not seem to be any large posters round the town and the local people did not seem to know there was a free event going on at the Pavilion in Worthing.
Young people must be aware that the older generation rely on posters and word of mouth to find out what is going on locally and many of them still do not use smartphones or computers.
The choice of genres was fantastic and authors had come from Yorkshire and Birmingham to show their books. Hopefully, word will get round and the next one will be even more successful.
I had a great time selling books at the UK Southern Book Show on Sunday but now the photos I took won’t load. Still, I gave out lots of bookmarks (and barley sugars) so the marketing efforts might have worked. I’ll have one more go at the pictures today and if it doesn’t load I’ll try tomorrow.
No’ it would not load. Says there’s an error -but not what the error is!
I know, ‘Never Proof Read Your Own Work!’ but when the manuscript has an error on almost every page one has to. Most of my mistakes are spacing errors because of my lazy typing but there are places where I should have used contractions, especially in dialogue and there are times when I have called someone by the wrong name ( unforgivable!)
Anyway, the first draft of the next novel is complete so I’m transferring all the corrections from the manuscript to the computer.
I still haven’t found a cover picture I like, although there are a few possibles.
All planning now in hand for the Southern Book Show on March 4th. All previous books will be for sale but mainly’ A Lesson for the Teacher’ as it has a wider appeal than just Worthing. All I need is lots of readers who remember the 1960’s!
I know some folk have hundreds of followers but I have just reached ninety nine. You are still mainly abroad but I’ve got used to that. If I don’t follow you it is probably because I am trying to reduce the time I spend on line in order to finish my novel. It is fascinating to see which blogs attract the most readers. If I could put a poem on every week that would seem to be the most popular.
There are so many activities going on this summer, book launches, the Southern Book Show and an event the Sea Scribes are planning to bring together music and words.
Add to that the fact that my next novel is almost all on computer( in draft form) and I have been scrolling through images to find a cover picture, life is getting hectic.
My other task is to advertise the Worthing Friendship Centre, a social group for over 50’s and there are so many outlets on line , now, that we have to use to complement the local newspaper. I don’t know how many pensioners use the computer but if money is anything to go by, they’ll be left behind if they don’t! We are looked at in amazement when we try to pay in cash in loads of places and I’ve even heard of a local bar that won’t take cash!
It is Diesel’s birthday today. He is thirteen years old. I don’t think he’s really 92-he acts much younger than that, although he doesn’t always hear when we call him. Hubby says that’s ‘selective hearing.’
I keep thinking of improvements to the last page of my novel. I want the reader to feel satisfied. I know I hate rushed endings or those when one has to go back and check that you haven’t missed anything.
Our writing group is going from strength to strength. Wendy Hughes has local launches of her book all this month and I am planning a ‘Music and Words,’ event in May. Most of us will be at the Southern Book Show on 4th March.
I’ll add a picture of Diesel as it’s his special day.
At last somebody has thanked us for the pantomime. I was hoping for some feedback and when they said it was’just brilliant’ and’made them chuckle’ I was so grateful. I’m not sure I’ll do another one, especially as I am focused on the next novel at present but it makes me feel it wasn’t a waste of time. I was really proud of the cast and they deserve to know their efforts were appreciated.
Sorry I can’t tell you about the book. I know some folk put excerpts on line as tasters but I like to feel the reader can identify with the characters and that’s impossible in a short piece.
I am looking forward to the book launch on 17th February when Elaine Hankin will have ‘Footprints on my Doorstep,’ Anne Saker will have ‘Matilda and the Waltz of Life’ and Wendy Hughes will have ‘ The A to Z of Curious Sussex;’ three very different books by excellent local authors. The venue is Heene Road Community Centre in Worthing, time- 10am to 1pm.
Voice of Progress, the website I asked people to visit to hear the Christmas Pantomime ‘The Wizard of Was’ is changing its name to Sussex Coast Talking News in an effort to give folk a better idea of who we are and what we do.
Every two weeks three volunteers record items of news from the local papers and send them out on CDs for those people who are registered blind or sight limited who have asked for this free service. The area covered stretches from Bognor to Shoreham and encompasses Worthing and Littlehampton.
Extra volunteers for reading or editing are always welcome. The recordings take place in Rustington and the contact number is 01903 776569.