Changing direction

Still writing – but entering competitions at present,  while I’m waiting for “The Lesson for a Teacher” to fly. There’s no use not having faith in one’s own work.

I’m also trying to get to grips with windows 10. The computer seems to know more about what I’m doing than I do. It sings to me whenever I get a message and constantly asks me to update.We got the printer working, sometimes – but it still insists it is off line.

Singing group on Thursday was fine and yesterday we went to the Open Day Fair at the old soldiers’ home. There was a band but it didn’t march and the two prizes I won on the tombola were unsuitable so I gave one away and will keep the other for younger members of the family.Bag of Books were there so I donated a couple. Marketing is my main project at present. Julie the Reader Hunter!

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amazon

Would you believe it? I am now a seller on amazon and they have at last listed my paperback. All my books can now be ordered at different prices from all sorts of people.

Poor old ” Never Pretend” hadn’t had any sales except the ones I had made personally but that’s my fault for making it a follow-on. From now on all my books will be single copies. If I write any more! I am tempted by publishing partners but I’ll try to be patient and see how “A lesson for the Teacher” does.

Not being based in Worthing it needs to find readers from elsewhere. I have a few ideas. I’ll let you know if they work.

Writing again

Hi there, readers. Just a whisper that I am beginning a seventh book although whether I self publish or get help will be decided when it is finished.

There are so many options now that will avoid all the problems of marketing that I am having at present that it is probably worth investigating Feedaread and Creataspace and other packages.

It depends whether I can easily give up control. If I can find someone who will let me choose my own cover I might go with them. It won’t be until next spring, anyway.

Until then I shall be content to distribute ” A Lesson for the Teacher” to all who request it and take it along to WI meetings with the other five novels. Fifty have gone already. It’s not many, I know, but having it as an ebook might reduce the numbers wanting the paperback.I suppose it is only a month but it is a perfect beach read.I’m waiting for bookshops to ask for more copies ( really?)

 

 

Health?

One thing both of us have started to do is join a singing group. Don’t laugh. Neither of us have ever pretended to be musical but this is at the surgery and is supposed to be a different way of keeping healthy. As walking and other exercise seems to be getting harder and harder we thought we’d give it a try.

To our delight the songs are mostly folk songs and music show favourites so we know the tunes. It’s a good job because we don’t read music or have an ear for a pitch. There are nearly as many men as women so it sounds quite balanced.

I had a try at a poem for a competition but it isn’t good enough. It was supposed to be a Christmas poem for children. Here it is:

“Follow, follow, follow me.” The piper’s flute was shrill.

The children walked into the cave as if they had no will.

“Your parents pay me what they owe, I’ll set you free,” he said.

“But until then you’ll stay with me, this rocky floor your bed.”

“Please, piper, do not harm us,” called a little brown haired boy.

“Is there nothing we can do to bring our families joy?”

“Why, yes,” the piper smiled and winked,” Look further in the cave

You’ll find some Christmas presents there that Santa’s helpers gave.”

“I’ll make a promise to you now if you will help me choose

The gifts that fit the children who I pick – you cannot lose.”

He turned his head and pointed to a girl whose face was glum,

Her blue-grey eyes were full of tears. She cried, “I want my Mum.”

” That girl has been quite ill,” he said – but all you do is tease.”

” Let’s give her a new Teddy Bear. That one is sure to please.”

“That tall, thin boy is lonely, too. He can’t see very well.

That’s why he wears those spectacles. What present would you tell

Would make him happy, you decide? ” “A game I think will do

With robot men and racing cars and lots of music , too.”

“You get the idea,” piper said,” And that small, red-nosed lad

What could you give him that, for sure, would stop him feeling sad?”

“A friend” the boy said, seriously. “I’m sorry we were cruel.

Each one of us is different – Can we go back to school?”

“I never thought I’d hear you ask, but now you can return.

To care for others is a gift. You’ve not a lot to learn.

Of course I’ll take the children home-for that’s where they should be

And all should keep their promises. We’re one big family.

For Christmas love can last all year and for the times to come

And all the joy that we can give can spread to everyone.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Back from the Midlands

We spent the referendum weekend away from home, near Atherstone, one of my favourite places. I think it may be because it feels as if it still has buildings from Georgian times and the layout is typically English. I did get a bit annoyed when I found the Post Office wasn’t in the High Street. I just can’t walk as far as I used to. The long main road is really part of Watling Street – the Roman Road that went from South to North in Britain.

Now we are waiting to find out what happens to both political parties.

I am also waiting to see what reviewers make of “A Lesson for the Teacher” and, although I said I wouldn’t, I have started the next book. Now I’ll have to buy some more ISBN numbers.

We live in turbulent times.

Giveaways

Over 250 people asked for a free copy of ” A Lesson for the Teacher” on Goodreads. That is so gratifying. As soon as I get home the five winners will get their copies and I’ll put a couple in our local library but I will have to sell the rest.

For anyone yet to see the cover I’ll add it to this post. Thanks, everyone. I hope you enjoy it. I have it

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A lesson for the Teacher cover

on kindle and paperback and find the book easier to follow. Best Wishes, J.

Amazon experience

More production news. Amazon now have ” A Lesson for the Teacher” on kindle but without a cover picture as I couldn’t work out how to change the size of the photo. Of course it’s on here  on Pages (May 2016)and also on the paperback page so people can see it.

I’ll tell my followers a secret. I thought I had given up writing novels but a story is creeping into my subconscious. All I have to do is decide whether to self publish again or go with a publishing group. Maybe I’ll just let it stew until September and then start putting it on paper. I suppose I could serialise it on line?

I’ll feel better when I get my printer sorted. Giving this a rest for a week.j.