A blog about everything I love! From Astronomy to music and everything in between. I cover 'sudoscience' - We've got aliens, and conspiracy theories, disclosure, want to ascend? Me too..... Then I spin it the whole other way and give you 'factual science' with cool stuff I've been learning at university. I share choice music, books, funny websites, silly hobbies, people, fun and food. Join me on a crazy ride through my life on this wonderful planet we call Earth!
Thursday, 30 October 2014
Wednesday, 29 October 2014
So you've published your first book and you are wondering how you can promote it.
Weather you are traditionally published, self published or have published an ebook of some sort there can never be enough promo. Even if you have been offered a contract by a publishing house and they have sorted out everything for you. Even if your one of the lucky ones and have secured yourself a top publisher to distribute and promote your book it doesn't mean it's going to reach the right people. Yes you are at an advantage with all the contacts and resources you have been provided but there are so many things you can do to further your chances of reaching more buyers and readers than ever before and you can do it from the comfort of your own home. This goes for self published and books too.
Basically what you first need to do it join as many social media sights as you can. A good place to start is all the big ones. Google +, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Tumblr, Goodreads. Spend time filling in all the profile details so your readers can find and follow you.
Post regularly on all your social media and add other authors, reading enthusiasts and people you find interesting.
Comment and like other peoples post as often as you can which will get you followers and interest in your page.
Do not continually post links to your book unless you also post other writing related or reading related posts that have nothing to do with selling your book. If you don't post other things then limit your promotion to 3 or 4 times a day at different intervals so you don't annoy people and they don't think you are pressuring them.
Work out optimum times to use social media to reach designated audiences. Eg if your target audience is in America and you live in Australia and post at 12pm it isn't going to reach who your trying to reach because they will be tucked up in bed and by the time they look at their feed it will be long gone.
Goodreads is a must add if your trying to promote your book so get on it! You can create a reading profile and an author profile that links to your book and allows people to purchase right off the site. You can also create a giveaway for your book to create interest and get people viewing your page and ultimately your book. People can review your book here too which can provide valuable feedback.
Word of mouth.
Get business cards made up with your book cover on it and pin them to bulletin boards, leave them everywhere.
Talk to local bookshops and see if they would be willing to stock your books.
Contact your local library and find out how you can get your books on the shelf.
Donate books to hospitals and charities.
Contact book reviewers in your genre and ask if you can send your book out to them.
If you don't already have a blog consider creating one where you can post links to your work, exerts from your books, and things that inspire your writing.
Email all your contacts with the press release.
Search for blogs that focus on your genre and email authors about featuring your book in a post or offer to review their book for a review in return.
Seek out local press and email or send press release for your book.
I should be working right now but the Gold Coast is experiencing a mini heat wave! Seriously it's so f'ing hot right now I can't even think - I read the rest of the book I have been meaning to finish sprawled out on a lounge surrounded by open windows, but may as well have been in a sauna - it took some serious dedication to string the sentences together and at one point felt like I might faint as I stumbled to get cold water out of my fridge - upon my return I found it easier to focus on the words with one eye shut which brings up all sorts of questions.... Do I have heat stroke, am I really going to faint - am I getting sick again, what the hell is happening?
Before sweat fest 2014 forced itself upon me, I was planning on getting some writing done for a ghost writing project I have been working on this year, and I also had grand plans to do some promo for Gold Digger - but with the concentration span of a gnat and the vision problems of a drunk person that's just not going to happen. The worst of it is my air conditioner is broken (which you never find out till your gagging for it.) It's super old and I haven't cleaned out the filters since last summer which is probably why it won't recognise the commands of the remote which is more than likely fucked too.... I managed to drag an old fan out of the back shed which has helped - maybe it will be cooler tonight?
Saturday, 25 October 2014
So obviously I work for myself - but lately I've been trying to manage my time a little better - it's easy to become complacent and just let life role past. Anyway I'm trying to do 30 hours of promo for Gold Digger a week as well as continuing everything else I have been doing - and kind of working out how many hours I do actually work a day and what else could I be doing to make my day more productive instead of languishing over breakfast, fielding a million texts and calls from distressed friends or meeting for too many coffee dates because friends think that because i work from home it's not a real job and I can just do whatever I want. And I can do what I want, most of the time, but it's not because I don't have work to do..
Friday, 24 October 2014
Thursday, 23 October 2014
Wednesday, 22 October 2014
Sunday, 19 October 2014
SO I was watching the Rachel Zoe Project, and she was talking about how quickly she went from working out of a small office space with 5 staff members, to having a multi level office with separate styling studios and over 30 staff after she had her baby. She was explaining all the new divisions she had implemented to grow her empire and one thing that really got me thinking was when she mentioned that she had hired 5 different tech savvy teens to man her social media.
Now, I follow Rachel on Facebook - well what I thought was Rachel, but instead more like some very well dressed teen hand feeding hopefully pre selected quotes and information from Rachael herself, but more like some general information about her whereabouts for that week with pics included - look here's me with such and such designer, a few name drops of superstar clientele and maybe a few round the office snaps that some overpaid publicist has okayed to boost her image and bring in more money through clothing sales and fittings from new celeb clients.
Anyway pre this blog post I was genuinely interested in staying up to date with what was going on in her life and the life of other celebrities that I like. (I actually have written a book called Glamour Girls, in which one of the main characters or the protagonist if you will, is actually a stylist to the stars) Which obviously has drawn me to Rachel Zoe, because obviously there is a few similarities, despite me writing most of it before I found out who Rachel was. I actually discovered her whilst doing some last minute research to boost the character I was working on.
Anyway so on this particular episode - the one where she is boasting about having social media covered because her teen minions were uploading links, pics and posts on her behalf so she can get on with the real job at hand - styling stars and jet setting around the world to all the fashion weeks to keep up to date with all the latest trends and air kiss designers asses in the hope of getting first dibs on certain items she deemed worthy for her famous clientele.
Basically, Im sort of put off by the fact that when I read or see pics about her its not actually her thats posting any of it. Its just so sterile and impersonal. Does she even read it herself? Probably not. So why should we?
I don't get famous people! They are in fact famous because the majority of the population likes them. Its 2014 they can communicate with fans better they could ever have in the past, and I get they are busy being famous and doing their movies or writing their songs or dressing celebrity's which has somehow made you a celebrity but I feel like they should throw us lowly followers a bone and write their own posts or offer us something real. I don't doubt that they are super busy and they cant do everything, and would still require certain help to post all the pics and event links and such but maybe like once a week or once a month just give something back for all the support everyone is giving them.
Anyway, now that I have delved into how it actually makes me feel to be subjected to posts from teenagers instead of the actually celebrity I am following i don't feel like they deserve my time. If they cant pump out a few words on the phone or iPad they would have available at all times to tell their fans something real then I'm out. Instagram selfies dont count and neither do tweets with @whoever that means nothing like it's some inside joke that no one can decipher. Don't get me wrong I'll probably still check in to see what's going on but why follow them if they cant give back?
Which is what this blog post is about. In my opinion it would be a wise move for any celebrity weather it be an actor or musician, play-write or novelist to actually do some of their own social media spruking. I know that Jessika Alba and JOSH Duamel as well as Danielle Steel are three such people that have worked it out. Jessika and Josh do a lot of their own Facebook posts and Danielle writes a post on her website once a month filling you in on what she has been up too. I mean its just obvious to me how much more approachable they are and how easy it is to see how liked they are because of it, by connecting with their audience they are ahead of the game and gaining loyal followers that some other celebs may lack which is kind of evil genius!!
I love organic - can't get enough. If you don't get why people spend more for products that you think are the same why don't you do a little test. Buy yourself one tomato from the supermarket and then purchase an organic tomato - cut the two open and then smell them, squeeze them and taste them! If you don't say that the smell of the organic tomato wasn't the best thing you have ever smelt whike the juice from it is dripping down your arm and it's poor cousin from the supermarket is dry as a chip is any coparison and probably is a month old and the taste of the organic one is so delicious you don't even know how to describe it I don't know what I'll do - but it will be something involving a pineapple and a snorkel!
Look after your body by putting fresh quality foodstuffs into it! If you want a long healthy life eat good shit -It's that simple!
Cocktails for Three by Madeline Wickham, which is really Sophie Kinsella. I dont get it when people i.e authors, write under another name - but i guess they have their reasons.
It is something I plan on finding out and reporting back to you in a future post, but for now, lets just focus on Cocktails for Three......
Maggie: capable and high-achieving, until she finds the one thing she can't cope with -- motherhood
Candice: honest, decent, or so she believes -- until a ghost from her past turns up
At the first of every month, when the office has reached its pinnacle of hysteria, Maggie, Roxanne, and Candice meet at London's swankiest bar for an evening of cocktails and gossip. Here, they chat about what's new at The Londoner, the glossy fashion magazine where they all work, and everything else that's going on in their lives. Or almost everything. Beneath the girl talk and the laughter, each of the three has a secret. And when a chance encounter at the cocktail bar sets in motion an extraordinary chain of events, each one will find their biggest secret revealed.
In Cocktails for Three, Madeleine Wickham combines her trademark humor with remarkable insight to create an edgy, romantic tale of secrets, strangers, and a splash of scandal.
So, I've just counted, and I have 34 books sitting on my "too read" shelf at home.
Its getting kind of ridiculous because I cant go into a bookshop without convincing myself I really and truly need to take that particular book home with me - because, eventually it will be read, and could potentially be a missed and totally regrettable opportunity to read an amazing book that I might never ever get the chance to buy again.
Its basically been a weakness of mine all my life, one that I full support and am proud of. Not all weaknesses should be admonished or are change worthy. In my extensive reading career I have been on the receiving end of pure pleasure and bliss, and I'm not ashamed to admit my love above all else beside family and friends and food obviously for reading.
Train Wreck is the only way to describe the thing Miley Cirrus has turned into! I'm not really one to cyber bash people or celebs because I harbour some deep jealousy because I am not famous or have what they have - I am really a happy fun loving girl with a somewhat warped view on the world but in a really good kind of cool way! But this rant has been building for some time and I really needed to get it off my chest. With the internet the way it is there is, a lot of stuff floating around out there both good and bad, and we get a better look at the people who we have deemed as celebrities. I would like to say for the record that a few years ago I actually thought Miley was a really cool girl/women who had some sweet songs and spoke really well. But now she really gets under my skin. I agree in self expression and I wouldn't discourage anyone from finding their true self, but with Miley shes done a complete about face and gone from sweetie pie to Harajuku girl, cross bar skank, cross baby, cross asshole!
I read an article where she defends or solidifies her behaviour as okay in her head because she's only reliving the childhood she has apparently missed out on because she was too busy working, and making the millions of dollars which should set up any normal person for life.
Firstly I would just like to say that I don't know of any childhood scenario where it would be okay to lop off your luscious locks and bleach the leftovers white and don gstring one pieces with knee hight socks and gyrate all over the place whilst poking your tongue out to full reach whenever there was a photo op which is seemingly a lot, and if their isn't one, she is quiet happy to create her own by providing her once pure fans and even people that truly think she sucks with an eyeful of her body in not so sexy and mostly cringeworthy selfies.
She has gone from Beauty to Beast as far as Im concerned and, I am concerned! She looks and acts like the biggest skank I have ever known and I feel so bad for her. is this a Britney Esk type cry for help, an 'Ive lost my shit' type situation, or is she just really that person now? Or, according to her always was - apparently her characters and song choices that made her famous repressed the poor girl from being her true self! Which is - Some closet babyskank dressing freak that is finally showing her true colours.
Anyway - I kind of feel ripped off! She climbed to fame as a sweet darling of children's television and smoothly progresses into music, and then drops in on a wrecking ball to ruin the party and show us her Vjay jay while she is at it.
We made her famous because she was such a sweetheart, now once that fame has built her up and she has the audience wondering what next cool thing she might be involved in, she has decided to show us what she is actually really like! Basically duping us, and now thinks she is going to use that fame to flaunt her fucked up reality. Miley you are washed up...having to witness any more of your childish slutty but definitely not sexy bullshit just doesn't sit well with me! I can only imagine what your ex fiancé is thinking and I can safely say he's probably thanking his lucky stars that he got away from you when he did.....
I say anyone who is sick of watching Miley rub up against other peoples husbands and poke her tongue out whist twerking in a g banger and frightening children who loved Hannah Montana and the old Miley in general - that we boycott her skanksville attitude and general slutty behaviour and replace her with someone worth watching!
Im sick of Miley - NEXT!!!!
Saturday, 18 October 2014
Friday, 17 October 2014
As Gold Digger gains momentum, and I don't have to focus most of my time on getting it published (now it's more about promo which still takes up a lot of time apparently I'm supposed to promote my book and myself for about 36 hours a week which realistically is nuts - but I'm making it work and actually seem to have freed up some time somehow which means, I will have more time to spend on Ally in Disguise, my 3rd novel.) It has been a work in Progress for a few years now, which is usually longer than it takes to write a book - but I have had plenty of distractions both good and bad along the way to stop me from giving it my complete attention. It's kind of hard to make something a priority when you have many eggs in other baskets and they all want and need time. Despite not getting enough time to give to Ally in Disguise which I hate, it's been a very full and interesting year. I went on a cruise, I was struck down by Swine Flu (I was practically on my death bed for the best part of two months) and I met Justin Timberlake, and got to hang out and chat with him for about 2 hours among other things.
Anyway, as you may have heard me mention, having my first novel Gold Digger published has taken up a huge chunk of time with all the editing, and back and forth that is involved in having a book published. It's not as easy as sending it in and hoping for the best - but it's a nice dream, one I will allow you to have for the moment. Apart from that, I have been involved in many other writing projects which I have discussed in previous blog posts, they include but are not limited too about 200 freelance articles for various websites and publications, and a ghostwriting project. I also maintain this blog, and a few other photo blogs which take, yep you guessed it, time. So combine all that with living my life - which is kind of a priority, and you can see that there isn't much time to sit down and focus on writing a best seller, which if I'm honest is all I really want to do. But now that Gold Digger has been published and is available for purchase and my other writing projects start to wrap up, I can finally finish the story and then start the arduous process of doing the first read through of draft number 1. You might think, cool.... 1st draft, not long to go and it'll be done. That is where you will be sadly mistaken. More like 6-8 months of add ins, rearranging, deleting and so much more, and then you might have a seventh draft that could be okay, but you trawl through it another 10 times, making even more changes that are completely necessary, and then You finally might let someone read it, but you might not, and then You will re read it and decide, yes it could be good enough and you send it and sweat on it and maybe, just maybe they will like it, and it all starts again!!
Looking back - The way I have described the last part could be misconstrued - you might be thinking 'oh that doesn't sound like fun' and you might even think I was kind of whinging as I summarised the process, but it is fun, and I'm not complaining. I love the whole process despite being a known whinger when it comes to the typing - I love being a writer - I love creating the story, writing is my soul!!