(10+) Winners of Individual eBooks (randomly selected titles)
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(10+) Winners of Individual eBooks (randomly selected titles)
Reblogged from TakeFiveAuthors
Huge Congratulations to author Mary Smith. See her blog post below
I’m delighted to announce the paperback version of Donkey Boy & Other Stories is now available.
I had a launch event recently along with fellow author Lynn Otty who has also brought out her own collection of short stories called Having a Ball & Other Stories.
It was a lovely evening and great to see so many friends who came along to share in our celebrations with fizz and nibbles, a couple of short readings, lots of sales and a lot of chatter. Only, we forgot to take any photos apart from one Lynn’s son took before our guests arrived.
Donkey Boy has already started to collect some fabulous reviews on Amazon and on review sites such as this one, which had me dancing round my desk, on Linda’s Book Bag:
“With under 80 pages, Donkey Boy and Other Stories can fit into any reader’s busy life.
What a little gem this book is. There’s a super variety of stories packed with atmospheric and entertaining writing containing both pathos and humour. Mary Smith manages to convey clear and distinct voices for each of her brilliant characters, from a Pakistani boy to an elderly Scottish woman. What I liked so much about every one of them is at I felt I knew them instantly and understood them completely but without the author imposing her own judgement on them as they make their way through life.
I loved the unifying themes across each of the stories too. Whilst each story has its own unique identity, Mary Smith explores themes that encroach into all our lives, from poverty in third world countries, through domestic abuse to mental health, grief, fear, love and disability. She does so with skill and finesse, never preaching, but conveying a wonderful sense of humanity for the misrepresented, lost and lonely and for those living unconventionally or outside social norms. I enjoyed every single tale, but especially the last in the book, The Thing in Your Eye, with its slightly supernatural undercurrent as Molly sees ‘Nasties’ in strangers’ eyes. The opening story, Donkey Boy, set in Pakistan also made me think about my own behaviour as I shall be travelling to India next year and will obviously be tipping those I come into contact with.
I really appreciated Mary Smiths wonderful craft in creating a sense of place, time and person so that although these are brief stories, each has a completeness and there’s real satisfaction in reading them.
I found Donkey Boy and Other Stories a moving, engaging and beautifully written collection that has the ability to touch the reader, make them thankful for their own life and to make them think. I’m delighted to have read it.”
And this ‘little gem’ of a book is an absolute bargain, if I say so myself, at only £4.50.
Buy it here: www.smarturl.it/dbaos
Under the shadow of this week’s eclipse, we ponder life’s great mysteries. Why do multiple possessions vanish into a black hole the second Lorraine puts them down? Why after many gruelling fundraisers on her tandem, did Pam choose a cycling holiday in Germany when she could be lying on a beach? Why does Binkie, out of all Lorraine’s ten chickens, have her own Facebook page? Why did she and her fellow hens choose to lay her eggs next to a massive snake. Most worrying of all, where is that snake hiding now?
We may never know the answers to these questions but we do have a fabulous giveaway featuring some brilliant and extremely entertaining women sleuths.
(26+) Winners of Individual eBooks (randomly selected titles)
Pam’s about to shoot off to Hamburg where she’s tandem cycling to Berlin over the next couple of weeks (her husband’s idea of a holiday), while Lorraine is nursing her husband’s bad knee. Don’t know who’s got the best deal but in the meantime we thought you might like to hear about a great competition at Authors XP.
(13+) Winners of Individual eBooks (randomly selected titles)
Good luck everyone!
Deadlines – you think when you’re an indie writer, you’ll be free of them. When I left magazine publishing, I was only too happy to escape the mounting panic as the dreaded date approached, production managers shrieking for copy, editors making last minute changes, art departments scrabbling to find a picture for that impromptu article just slotted in. Entrepreneur.com has an interesting article on it here.
‘Time urgency,’ they say, ‘kills attention spans, rational decision-making skills and, at its most acute, the body itself by contributing to factors that lead to heart disease.’ Now if that thought doesn’t cause you stress, I don’t know what would.
Still, deadlines can be both a blessing and a curse to authors. Reblogged from Take Five Authors
Light up the fireworks for a blazing hot 4th July giveaway extravaganza! And if America’s Independence day doesn’t mean much where you happen to live (like Pam), it’s still a winning situation. OK, maybe those bunch of pesky colonists still can’t brew a decent cuppa tea but they did bring us Starbucks and Desperate Housewives, right?
So while Lorraine fires up the barbecue and chills the beer, (Coors, of course, our local Colorado brewery), Pam’s making sure everyone gets a chance to take part in these two great offers. Free to enter, so good luck to all. Hope you win something.
Follow one or more authors and enter to win one of two $20 Amazon gift certificates! Just click on the picture and it’ll take you to Amy’s site at Authors XP.
Discover new authors and win free books. You may win one book or the grand prize – every book featured in this contest!
(40+) Winners of Individual eBooks (randomly selected titles)
Happy Independence Day!
And if you see something like this on the beach – run!
So you’re hot on language, your grammar is impeccable, your style puts Strunk and White to shame and like Akelah you could win any old spelling bee. Why would you, as an indie author, need to pay for outside help? Well, you only have to read a few Amazon reviews to know that readers can be an unforgiving bunch, quick to spot a typo or a missing space between paragraphs. As an indie author you have to make some difficult choices about how much assistance you can afford to enlist. We wrote a whole post on the importance of a good book cover and we still feel that unless you’re amazingly hot stuff at art, you’re probably wiser to leave that to a professional. But here’s Ellie Campbell’s take on things.
Having a good editor is brilliant. Our first editor, Emma at Arrow Books, was instrumental in whipping How To Survive Your Sisters and When Good Friends Go Bad into shape. She pointed out that the endings were too short, the middle was too long, told us which characters needed motivation or fleshing out, where we’d over-described, repeated ourselves, or missed some vital information. After our rewrite, she did a massive line edit, cutting, stretching and pulling those babies until they cried uncle and turned into halfway decent novels. And did we learn a lot from her! These days we rely on our two sets of eyes, multiple drafts and hard-won experience to get the story tight and hopefully catch any glaring errors. We might then send the book to one or two amazing friends who can be trusted to say things like ‘your hero’s a bit of a creep’ instead of just ‘it’s great, honest’. BTW, if you have discerning friends like that, never let them go. They’re pearls beyond price.
Then copy editors, what an amazing job they do. Who knew that you’d been misquoting Shakespeare or the words of that pop song for your entire existence? Or what year Madonna adopted her black biker jacket, cropped bleach hair, ‘bad girl’ look? How could the fact that your own heroine changed from blonde to a redhead halfway through the manuscript escape you? A copy editor will check facts, correct misspellings, grammar and punctuation, notice when you switch from British to American English, or say ‘10’ instead of ‘ten’, warn you of potential lawsuits and altogether bring clarity and consistency to every element of your manuscript.
In fact Ellie Campbell has been saved from all kinds of awkward bloopers by copy editors, and anything they might have missed (or we’ve introduced in the flurry of a last-minute re-write), our proofreader, Wendy Janes, will spot. Traditionally proofreaders come along at the end of the process, when the edited manuscript has been printed as a proof, looking out for printing errors, spotting those awkward word and page breaks – and of course the dreaded typos.
Meanwhile, about those typos – isn’t it amazing how you can read and re-read the book numerous times, scan each word line by line, yet still those little devils slip past you? Apparently the reason it’s so hard to spot your own typos is because your clever busy brain skips over details like transposed or missing letters because it knows the meaning you’re trying to convey and focusses on that. In other words it sees what it expects to see. And that, more than anything, is why we need outside help.
But perhaps you have a different experience. Or another professional you – and your writing career – couldn’t live without?
This post also appears on https://takefiveauthors.wordpress.com/2017/06/03/editor-proofreader-whats-in-your-indie-budget/
along with other great writing tips from our fabulous fellow authors
Hard to believe it’s already Memorial Day weekend! We’re back from Costa Rica and celebrating the US unofficial start to summer with a romantic suspense giveaway, including our own When Good Friends Go Bad, as well as a fabulous chance to win a Kindle or cash prize.
As for our own holiday, well it was memorable! Beautiful beaches, zip-lining, catching our own fish dinner, hiking jungle trails with monkeys and poisonous dart frogs, sharing our rental house with macaws, iguanas and geckos – while Boulder got hit by yet another blizzard that Lorraine wasn’t sorry to miss. We’re thinking of using this for our new profile pic. What do you think?
Iguana sunning himself
Poisonous dart frog. Cute but no so cuddly
It’s time to remember, and celebrate with a $400 Memorial Day Giveaway. Here’s a chance for you to win one one of two 8″ Kindle Fire Tablets or one of four $50 Amazon gift cards. Just click on the link and enter . It’s easy & fun. If you love reading, enter now; giveaway ends May 29th.
Prizes: Two (2) 8″ Kindle Fire HD tablets ($100 value each), and four (4)$50 Amazon gift cards. [6 winners total]
and our second offer through the lovely Amy at Authors XP
(25+) Winners of Individual eBooks (randomly selected titles)
We’ll leave you with our last image of Costa Rica. Aah well. Back to reality.
Good luck with the competitions!
May madness brings prizes, promotions, a mega-giveaway and some crazy weather! Pam is basking in English sunshine while Lorraine and four horses shivered this weekend through a foot of snow dumped on Colorado after the driest mildest winter ever.
Meanwhile we’re packing for our next exciting destination, Costa Rica where we’ve planned some intensive explorations – searching for toucans and howler monkeys, along with the best beach, best national park, best zip-lining experience, best lethal cocktail – naturally, all done in the worthy and extremely professional goal of collaborating in some future Central American novel 🙂 And of course we’re bringing hubbies and Pam’s family along to, well, assist in the…ah-hem…hitherto-mentioned research and also because they refused to let us go without them.
And here are the promotions we promised.
For all Australian readers
Looking for La La has been chosen by Amazon to be in their Mother’s Day Sale. Price drop to AUS $1.49.
For all UK Readers
For those in the UK, both of these novels are on a 99 pence May Madness sale.
For US Readers
For readers in the US, here’s two new Amazon giveaways. Love, Lies & Other Deceptions, our brand new collection of short stories, and When Good Friends Go Bad, our chicklit romance. All you need do is follow us on Amazon for a chance to win – 22 winners!
For Love, Lies & Other Deceptions Click Here
For When Good Friends Go Bad Click Here
And for everyone else: Authors XP are holding a MEGA giveaway where you can win e-books from 180+ of your favourite authors.
(1) Gift Basket for each major genre!
(180+) Winners of Individual eBooks (randomly selected titles)
So choose your favorite genre, pick your favourite authors, and good luck to all.
Hooray, finally, it’s out! Our short story collection – LOVE, LIES AND OTHER DECEPTIONS – is for sale on Amazon, birthed perhaps with more of a raspy mumble than a shout. Oh, we’ve mentioned it in our newsletters, blog posts, blasted a multitude of tweets on Twitter, posted the news on our personal and professional Facebook pages and offered it at a special launch price of 99 cents. Our review team has received advance copies and so far we’ve garnished five reviews, happily all 5 star. And so off goes another book baby into the big wide world.
Which begs the question – how do you get your book noticed? Read more at Take Five Authors…