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A Blogtastic New Year!

Oh so good to be back on the blogosphere! My last post was in April 2012 just before a massive relocation took my family and I to New Jersey. Much as I planned to continue writing, tweeting and all that good stuff, I found I just couldn’t do it. I like to think I’m a multi-tasker but the reality was, that settling my family into a new home, new schools and new area was completely all-consuming. In the end I stopped trying to squeeze it all in and put my personal writing goals on hold.

But now we’re at the beginning of a New Year and it’s impossible to resist the lure of New Year’s Resolutions. Not that I’m making any. I mean the last time I made an official New Year’s resolutions list it consisted of something like: 1) Get fit 2) Get good grades and 3) Get a boyfriend.  So yeah it was a long time ago! 

However,now in the lull after Christmas and before the onslaught of Everything Spring, I am catching my breath, taking stock and planning ahead.

2012 whizzed by and shall hearby be known as The Year of Admin; it was all about change of address stickers, making new friends, organising and reorganising cupboards. But 2013 will The Year of Action, The Year of Not-Putting-Things-Off, The Year of Personal Fullfillment! Oh and also the year of watching as many Oscar nominated movies as possible (hmm… must keep looking for a good babysitter!)

What I like about these sorts of resolutions is that they are suitably vague yet vaguely inspiring.  And also sort of fail-proof; after all if I manage to keep the house stocked up on loo roll all year who’s to say that’s not personally fullfilling?  No-one has to know I set a personal goal of completing my second novel by March. (Eek! Did I just say that out loud?)

Or if I take my car for an oil change well before the warning light flashes isn’t that in fact an indication that I am not putting things off? You see where I’m going with this… I think the key is to keep your expectations (and everybody else’s) low.

So come on…what were your New Year’s Resolutions? It’s a safe place and no one will judge you…I promise!

 

 

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Too good to pass up…

I saw this quote a couple of days a go and it’s been on my mind ever since.  It’s just good to pass up so I thought I’d share it on my blog.

“Try and fail but do not fail to try.”

I love it because that’s exactly the theory I apply to my writing…or at least I try to anyway!  The fact is that when you’re working away alone on a computer, typing (or not, as is often the case) it’s hard to keep the negative thoughts from floating to the surface and getting in the way.  It’s far too easy to find a reason not to write, a distraction to keep you from sitting at your desk. 

I’ve been procrastinating recently.  It’s been an age since I had a good solid couple of hours to write.  And I’ve been getting frustrated but tomorrow is the day.  I will not answer the phone, I will not drive out in the car, go to the supermarket, write emails or do the washing.  I am going to hole up in front of my computer, make a pot of tea and eat toast all day. I don’t know if I’m going to produce anything worthwhile but I’m going to TRY! 🙂

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News!

Gosh it’s been a while since I did a blog here, or for Josie, so I thought it must be time to catch up and let you all know what’s going on at the moment.  It’s been quite busy in the High-Heels And Slippers department and I haven’t had much time to write much at all (even though I am VERY excited about getting my second book, currently named Holding Me Up, ready for publication).    Truth is that book marketing takes up a lot of time!  

I am ECSTATIC  to let you know that High-Heels And Slippers is now officially available for $12.99 in paperback at Amazon:  http://www.amazon.com/High-Heels-Slippers-Ella-Slayne/dp/1466239328/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1319042043&sr=8-1

A shipment of books is currently on its way to me  in readiness for a book launch party planned in November (eek!).  Must give another shout out to Marek Jagucki for the AWSOME cover!  Such a talent – check out his website: http://www.mjcartoons.co.uk/

I’m also so excited to let you know that the High-Heels And Slippers online blog tour will take place between the 28th November and 19th December.   Thank you to all the FIFTEEN (eek!) reviewers taking part  I can’t wait to hear what you think of the book! And a BIG thank you to Samantha Robey who swiftly and efficiently organised the whole thing!  Click on this link for her contact details and details of the tour: http://chicklitplusblogtours.wordpress.com/2011/10/11/high-heels-and-slippers-by-ella-slayne/

I will be posting updates on the blog. 🙂

I’m also thrilled to taking part in an author Q&A at Chick Lit Central on January 5th.  This website is a must for Chick Lit fans! Check it out: http://chicklitcentraltheblog.blogspot.com/

So it’s all go and no doubt Josie is feeling a tad neglected but I’ll get to her in the next few days – I promise!

Hope you’re all having a FAB week! Please feel free to stop by the blog and say “hello!” 🙂

 

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I Felt The Fear – And Did It Anyway!

Gulp! I have self-published High-Heels And Slippers as an ebook.  And it feels super-scary and super-exciting at the same time.  And it has been a HUGE learning curve! 

I’d been thinking about it for a while but had stalled because of the fear of rejection and the negative image that self-publishing has had in the past.  But all that has changed, more and more people are using ereaders and with that authors now have the opportunity to put their work out there, if they choose, without the middle man.  There is no doubt that the world of publishing is changing and I decided to take advantage of that.

I am not a computer whizz by any stretch of the imagination.  A lot of time was spent stressing over the formatting.  I downloaded software and  taught myself about the difference between a word document, epub and html.   There’s so much information available and thank goodness most of it in comprehensible for a computer-dummy like me!  I bought my ISBN numbers, I set up accounts on Smashwords, Amazon Kindle and Pubit.  I read ebooks on epublishing and emarketing – which I’m still reading of course! 

There was so much to learn and at times I thought my head would explode!   I have to say that I found the Smashwords StyleGuide by Mark Coker essential reading and would highly recommend anyone thinking of epublishing their book to read it – here’s the link: http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/52  There is also a marketing guide which is very useful: http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/305  They are both FREE!

After the initial struggles, the rest of the process was relatively easy.  In less than 24 hours my book for sale on both the Amazon and Smashwords websites!  I put a link on my Facebook page and almost immediately someone bought my book – it was incredible!   Since then I’ve had some more sales  – it feels amazing after three years of work that there are people out there reading my book! 

I’m not sure whether self-epublishing will ever replace the benefits of having a professional agent though, obviously it’s a huge benefit to be able to access the wealth of information and contact that someone in the world of publishing has. But I do think self-publishing my book and having it out there in accessible to the public is much better than having it sitting on my computer hard-drive or stuck in an agent’s slush-pile. 

Now of course I’m working on my marketing strategy and I’m waiting for the feedback  – eek! I must confess to bouts of panic as I wonder what the response will be.  It will be the feedback of the readers who will determine the success of my book. 

Ultimately though, I feel empowered by my epublishing experience and I’m so glad I took the plunge!

What about you? Are you thinking of breaking out into the world of epublishing?  Or are you too apprehensive? Maybe you already have?  Is it working for you? I would love to hear about your epublishing experience! 

Ella 🙂

PS: High-Heels And Slippers is available now @ http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/75878  and http://www.amazon.com/dp/B005E8KCUG

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Nearly Finished!

Am very excited today because am on the final sprint to finishing Holding Me Up.  I have made a large pot of coffee,  shall remain unshowered for most of the day and am wearing my grunge gear so that I am not tempted to leave the house.  Time to get my head down and DO THIS!!!!!!!!

This mug was given to me by a dear friend - it reminds me of home!

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