Monthly Archives: November 2014
I am thrilled to be able to share some news I’ve been sitting on for a while…
As a digitally published author, I am excited to announce that one of my books, THE JANUARY WISH, will be put into print as part of a limited edition compilation of 3 Australian coastal bestsellers! This will be my first print release. 🙂 🙂
The book is called TIME FOR THE BEACH, and will be officially released on 1st January 2015 but should be in stores about a week before Christmas, making a perfect Christmas gift! This is an Australian release published by Harlequin Australia and will be available in BigW stores and Target. If you see it in the wild please take a photo for me!
I’m sharing this exciting book with two wonderful authors: Victoria Purman and Eliza Redgold.
Here is the summery cover!
And here is what each story is about:
NOBODY BUT HIM by Victoria Purman
She didn’t expect to run into her first love… or to fall back in love with him! At eighteen, Julia Jones left for the city with a head full of grand plans for an exciting life that certainly didn’t include her home town of Middle Point – a main street with a pub – or Ryan Blackburn.
But fifteen years – and a lifetime later – she’s forced to put her big city life on hold when she heads home to finalise her mother’s estate. Which is where she runs smack bang into the town’s new champion… the same Ryan Blackburn. The sensible thing to do? Stay the hell away from him and head back to Melbourne as fast as her stilettos can carry her. But Julia finds his offer of a helping hand and a hot body too delicious to refuse and dives into a reckless, one-time fling. What she doesn’t realise is that tomorrow has a way of sneaking up, and that saying goodbye to her home town – and to Ryan – is much harder the second time around.
THE JANUARY WISH by Juliet Madison
When Dr Sylvia Greene makes an impromptu wish at the Tarrin’s Bay Wishing Festival, it’s the most out of character action she can think of. Hers is not a life of wishes. Hers is a controlled life of order, plans and preparation…of science and research and diagnosis and treatment. But her past has been weighing on her mind, and decisions made long ago have far-reaching consequences.
A week later, the daughter she secretly gave up for adoption at sixteen arrives in Sylvia’s small coastal town with secrets that can’t be shared. Between feelings of guilt, gossip, and a growing attraction to an emotionally unavailable colleague, Sylvia’s well-ordered life is soon thrown into chaos. She is no longer alone, and for the first time she feels as if her world is open to possibilities.
They say be careful what you wish for, but, for Sylvia, the unexpected consequences may be just what the doctor ordered.
HIDE & SEEK by Eliza Redgold
He thought he knew all there was to know about the birds and the bees, but he’s about to get schooled.
A little birdie tells Hope Buchanan that American hotel developer Sullivan O’Dare isn’t just in town for a holiday. As the manager of Hot Tropics Bird Sanctuary, Hope has more than a vested interest in protecting natural habitats.
Hope pulls out all the stops to convince Sullivan to come out with her to the WA bush, with its beautiful trees and unique wildlife. Surely the stunning scenery and a dose of ‘Broome time’ will show him what is at stake. But what is initially about saving the Sanctuary soon becomes about finding a connection. Could it be that Hope has finally found the bird of a feather to form her own flock?
Maybe you’d like to add TIME FOR THE BEACH to your Christmas wish list, and I’m sure you have some friends or family members who would love to receive a gift of three beach reads in their Christmas stocking! Remember, it will be a limited edition release so once they’re sold out they’re sold out, so get in quick before Christmas or early in the new year!
Big thanks to Harlequin Australia for putting this together, I can’t wait to see it on the shelves! 🙂
*The January Wish is the first book in my loosely linked Tarrin’s Bays series. February or Forever is also available as an ebook, and Miracle in March will be releasing in March 2015.
The Secret Underworld of a Writer’s Inbox
Let me start this blog post with a picture:
I’ll wait while you pick your jaw up from the floor.
Okay, ready? Wait, you have some drool on your chin…
Thanks, that’s better.
I have seven email addresses, each with a different purpose. This comes from my past business life where the only way I could manage the email overload was to divide things up so I could focus on dealing with certain types of emails at a time, instead of flitting about from one topic to the next and cluttering up my mind. One for enquiries, one for sales notifications, one for clients, one for family and friends…etc.
Nowadays, my business life is winding down as my writing life winds up. Cue new types of email overload!
Not a day goes by without an email. Or ten. Or twenty. I’m sure you can relate. Checking my inbox is the first thing I do when I wake up, because for writers, there could be a VERY important email you don’t want to miss, like a contract offer, a movie deal, or a ‘hey, did you notice your book is in the Top 100?!’. It’s easy to get addicted to checking your email, especially now we have smartphones.
Oh, there I go again. I literally just checked my inbox because I heard it ping… Bummer, no movie deal today. It was just a facebook message from some person I don’t know with a name I can’t pronounce, calling me darling and telling me I have a nice profile, then impressing me with their impeccable grammar by writing: ‘i hope to Read from you soon. Bye kiss please.’
The Inbox is a world in its own right. A curious, addictive, equally annoying and exhilarating land of information and communication. To become a Master of The Inbox would become a full time job.
Instead, I’ve trained my eye to scan through the inbox and mentally filter certain messages, focusing on the important ones. It’s like reading a list of ingredients on a packet of food.
And then comes the necessary ‘action required’, which can be one of the following six things:
- Reply immediately
- Flag to reply later
- Move to another folder (to fool yourself into thinking you’re being organised and efficient)
- Unsubscribe, then delete.
- Leave where it is because you don’t have time right now or couldn’t be bothered figuring out what to do with it (and herein lies the explanation for my 50k+ emails in the photo above) 😉
Sometimes, I fluctuate between number 4 and 5. To unsubscribe or not to unsubscribe, that is the question…
If I unsubscribe, what if the email they’re going to send tomorrow is exactly what I’ve been waiting for? Okay, I’ll wait till then, and if it’s nothing special I’ll unsubscribe then.
The next day:
Well, it’s sort of useful. I’ll give them one more week to impress me.
The following year:
Why am I still getting these emails? Didn’t I unsubscribe ages ago?
There are some informative emails, newsletters, or promotions that I like getting, but please people, for the love of all things holy, YOU DON’T HAVE TO EMAIL ME EVERY FREAKING DAY! And so I don’t always unsubscribe because if I like the person or company or information source I know that I will probably take action on one of their emails at some point (or have in the past), but also, with daily emails I start to become immune to them and don’t really take notice anymore. I’ve been involved in email marketing myself and know how it works – email too infrequently and people won’t remember you or think you’re only emailing them to sell something new, email too often and you get lost in the overcrowded inbox and generally annoy people.
So what finds its way into this writer’s inbox and what do I do about it? Here’s a snapshot of a day in the life…
- Daily inspirational quote – always read as it makes me smile and only takes a second.
- Message from Mum – always read.
- You made a sale! – Cool. Wonder if it’s enough to help pay for a personal email assistant.
- Book blog #1 – I’ll read later. Maybe.
- Book blog #2 – As above.
- Book blog #3 – Hmm, maybe I need a new email address exclusively for book blogs.
- New facebook message from CP #1 (critique partner) – Check immediately. CP’s are fun, and SHE might have a contract offer or movie deal or a book in the Top 100.
- Publisher or editor or agent – Read immediately. If contract or movie deal, jump around and squeal, while accidentally deleting another email and stressing in case it was something important. Oh, it’s not an offer of any kind. It’s forms or paperwork. Yes, I can certainly complete this by the end of the day. After I’ve completed my daily word goal. And checked Facebook. So I could probably wing it back to them by 11:59pm 😉
- A friend has tagged a photo of you on facebook – A friend from primary school. Bloody hell. What kind of embarrassing photo of ten-year-old me is online now?
- Rejection letter from an agent – Um, always nice to get a response, even if it is over a year since I sent the query, but it’s a bit late. I already have one. (yes, this happened).
- 24 hour sale from fave clothing store – Flag. I’ll look at this during dinner. Oh, but now I remembered there was this dress I saw that I could wear to next year’s RWA conference. I better check now in case they get sold out.
- Facebook Ads Team: Your Facebook ad has not been approved because the picture uses 20.01% text and our guidelines have a limit of 20% text – Grr. Do you want my money or not, Facebook?
- Request for guest post or interview – Read, but will deal with this on Mondays when I organise my marketing.
- Last chance! Don’t miss out! – On what? I can’t remember what they’re selling. Delete. Oops, should have unsubscribed. Oh well, I’m sure they’ll email me tomorrow saying their last chance offer has been extended for another day due to overwhelming demand. I’ll unsubscribe then. Unless I forget and hit delete again.
- Invitation to book event. In the USA. – Delete. I’d love to go, but I can’t really see myself spending a fortune on airfares and accommodation to attend a one hour event on the other side of the world.
- New facebook message from CP #2 (critique partner) – Check immediately. She might have some important goss and I can rant and rave about my overflowing inbox.
- New facebook message from CP #1 (critique partner) – Check immediately. CP’s are fun, and SHE now might have a contract offer or movie deal or a book in the Top 100.
- Writing newsletter – Check the contents. Either file away to read later – aka – maybe never, or delete. The article on how to make time for writing would take too much time away from my writing so I better just write. After I’ve checked the rest of my emails.
- Blog or facebook chain letter: write about your 5 favourite gourmet condiments or other such vital information, tag 5 friends, blog on this particular day at this particular time, tag 5 blogs telling them which particular day and time to blog, and instruct them to do the same, sending everyone crazy – Possibly reply if I know the person well, or delete. My brain hurts just thinking about it. Besides, I have books to write. And emails to check.
- Request to read someone’s manuscript and give feedback – unless they are my critique partners I decline. I love to help where I can, but deadlines and my family life come first and I simply run out of time.
- Free shipping offer, today only! – Damn it. I did want to purchase something from them, but now that I have to get this publishing paperwork in by today I won’t have time. Let’s hope they follow the lead of the email that said ‘Last Chance! Don’t Miss Out!’ and send another email tomorrow saying they’ve extended their free shipping offer.
- Some company – delete.
- Some other company – delete.
- Some other company – delete. I’m really late for my working day now. Note to emailers – email me first thing in morning as those emails are more likely to get read!
Now, time to settle down with my manuscript and churn out some words.
Okay, I’ll just check it one last time…
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