Fewer mistakes.

Reading the newspaper this morning I found another sentence where the reporter used ‘less’ instead of ‘fewer.’ I do believe the word is going out of fashion. Nobody cares whether the word refers to quantity or plural- it’s ‘less people, less days, less readers – when it should be fewer. ‘Less’ should only be used when there is less sugar, less sunshine, less importance.

Is this the fault of English teachers? Do they still say, ‘Let the child be creative and don’t worry about spelling or grammar?’ I just feel anyone who is in the business of using words to convey information should be able to do it correctly.

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Breaking the writing ‘rules.’

Hooray, my blog is back where I can see it. I guess I was too impatient, or my computer didn’t send it properly.

Anyway, more marketing news. I have updated Goodreads and am about to have a go on Amazon Author Central.

I became aware , recently, that i had broken a few writing rules when I wrote ‘A bend in the Lane.’ I think it’s because I have been writing plays and there one can switch from character to character, whereas in books one is advised to stay with one point of view, at least for a chapter.

I found that when my main character was not present I wrote from another point of view, even if it was only for a short ‘scene.’ I didn’t notice while I was writing. It just seemed normal. I suppose that’s why people say my books are like reading a ‘soap.’

I’ll use my bookworm image so folk know this is a writing blog.

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Vanishing blog

Now what have I done wrong? Although someone must have seen my last blog my reader list says it was updated five days ago so I can’t see what everyone else sees. I have tried to re-follow myself to see if that works.

I posted the books to the Deposit Library and have sent a couple off for reviews. Now to try to update Goodreads and Amazon.

I had fun designing the invitation but I won’t put it on here as my laptop seems to stop working every time I post a photo.

I’ve had five orders already. That’s the ticket!

When to promote?

My next book is with the printer and I have been reading advice about marketing. The general consensus seems to be that one should tell all and sundry that the book is coming out months in advance. However, I don’t feel inclined to do too much until I have the copies in my hand. I know this is different for people who use Print-on -Demand but I sell so many privately that I order 100 at a time.

I will be giving more details in the future but here is the cover.

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Editing

AAAAH! That will teach me. I thought the proof of my book was ready for printing but NO WAY. After three goes at editing it myself, one beta reader and two more proof readings I thought I’d got it right. It isn’t enough!

My problem is my poor typing skills. I may have found all the spelling errors but I still don’t leave spaces in the right place, especially when I put dialogue within the text, rather than starting a new line.

‘Good morning,’ he said.’I hope you are well?’ should be – ‘Good morning,’ he said. ‘I hope you are well?’ It doesn’t show in this font but it does in more old fashioned ones. That’s a whole book I’ve got to change! My fault for trying to get up to date.

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Book launches

I’m taking a break from editing my new novel to check emails and I thought I’d write a piece about my book launches.

My first launch, in 2007, was held in our house as I did not expect many people to be interested. The second was held at a local garden centre as one featured in the story and I treated the visitors to free tea and a scone! The next was held at a leisure centre as the girl in the story was a sportswoman and the fourth was held in a local pub/restaurant because, by then,I wanted to make sure everyone could find car parking and, if they wished, stay for lunch after the free coffee.

The fifth book was launched in our favourite pub, which I had also put in the book, although I hadn’t named it and for the sixth I launched with a couple of other writers in the previous hostelry. However, this was not quite as successful for me, probably because I had not initiated the advertising.

Book launches do not seem to attract newspaper reporters unless the proceeds are going to charity. I did get a photographer to the launch in the Leisure Centre although I never did see the write-up (if there was one)

I don’t launch in bookshops as the wholesaler only supplies shops if they are ordered. They will not accept books from me as the publisher.

I hope to sell at least a dozen copies at each launch and do have a few readers who support me every time and one who buys in bulk for Christmas presents.

I am now scouting for somewhere to launch my next book. It must have parking, refreshments and preferably a connection to the story. I think I may go back to the garden centre. I would like somewhere on a bus route but nowhere comes to mind.

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Lesson learned

OK, so you don’t like pictures without the text! I feel this blog is becoming a waste of time as I still have to edit the proofed version of my next book and telling the world about my other ventures should come well down the list. I really continued with it to give the visitors to my website http://www.juliecround.co.uk something fresh to read, keeping them up to date with my writing progress and trying to be more than a name on a cover. Also, it serves as an outlet when I have a poem to post. Maybe I’ll go quiet for a while until I have another verse as that is the only thing that gets me more than one or two readers.

All new copies of ‘Lane’s End’ have now been sold, which is a pity as the next book is the fourth in the series. However, as each book can stand alone the story will make perfect sense on its own or if the reader has read ‘Un-Stable Lane’ and ‘The Third Lane.’

None of the ‘Lane’ books are on kindle but Amazon do have them as used copies.