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‘Fessing up and learning from my mistakes!

Oh gosh this whole epublishing thing is a real rollercoaster!  I was on such a high when I published High-Heels And Slippers in July, thrilled to actually sell some copies and convinced that I had edited every typo away.

I downloaded my own copy immediately, so that I could read it through on my Kindle and check it.  But I felt physically sick every time I opened it up.  Really.  I just couldn’t face it. So I chickened out and put it to one side.  It was utter cowardice on my part, I admit.

Then slowly it transpired through chatting with various friends who had bought copies (THANKYOU SO MUCH), that there were indeed still some errors lurking in there – AARGH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  (Although luckily, this did not seem to mar their enjoyment of the book  – phew!)
Now I felt sick, for a different reason – I was embarrassed that I had succumbed to my impatience (I was a tad over-excited) and published my book without making another final edit. I had spent a substantial amount having it professionally edited and formatted, so I had assumed it would be ready to publish.  But actually that was part of the problem – every time a manuscript is handled by someone else an opportunity for correcion AND ERROR is opened up.  The responsibility for the final edit has to lie with the author. 

I’ve chided myself for being a wimp, learned my lesson and vowed not to make the same mistake again!  And now I hope that I have managed to get rid of all the typos, although I’m sure there must be one hiding in there somewhere!!!

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Blown Away!

Ok so the internet apparently turned twenty a couple of days ago.  Seems unbelievable that it’s only been twenty years since it was launched and now it has become such an integral part of our lives.   I’ve been even more aware of this since I released High-Heels And Slippers as an ebook.  Not just because of the whole epublishing thing, which would simply not have existed twenty years ago, but because I’ve been researching and sourcing relevant networks, forums, websites.  It is absolutely incredible how much is out there.  How much support and advice you can find just by doing careful internet searches.  And it blows me away!

It’s fantastic that you can reach like-minded people all over the globe, that you can share info and learn from each other.  I love humans – I love humans because of what we can achieve, because we have this wonderful urge and ability to reach out and communicate.  It’s empowering and humbling at the same time.

I’ve been reaching out on Twitter, Facebook and the internet.  I’ve joined new forums like SheWrites and ChickLit Writers. I’ve subscribed to more blogs so that I can learn from the poeple who write them. I’m making comments and asking questions. And I’m meeting some lovely people along the way – thank you to the internet for making this possible.  Happy 20th Birthday!

Have a great day everyone! 🙂

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A Little Motivation – if you need it!

Three quotations to provide a little motivation  – because this writing malarkey can seem a little overwhelming at times! 😉 I’ll be using these as inspiration this week…

You cannot plough a field by turning it over in your mind. Anon 

Yep – time to get those ideas down on paper.

The best way out is always through.  Robert Frost

I know! I know! It’s just that editing is sooooooooo hard!!!

Constant dripping hollows out a stone. Lucretius

Just gonna take it one step at a time…hope it’s a good week whatever project you’re tackling! 🙂

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To re-post or not to re-post? That is the question!

After a little deliberation I’ve decided to re-post Josie’s original blog entry.  It’s the very first blog entry and explains a bit about Josie and her blog!  Can’t believe I’ve been writing her blog for over a year now.  When I first started I was so worried I wouldn’t have anything for her to say but as it happens that wasn’t the case – thank goodness! Josie Jenkins is still going strong and I’m still hoping that her book will be published soon! 🙂

http://highheelsandslippers.wordpress.com/

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New Addition!

I have recently acquired a new mug and it is currently holding a rather nice cup of coffee – perfect for keeping me company as I type away.  Oh happy day!  🙂

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Josie post!

Josie’s back! http://highheelsandslippers.wordpress.com/2011/04/26/sobbing-in-public-its-nothing-to-be-ashamed-of/

Have you had a public sob today? 😉

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The Results Are In!

I didn’t win the contest.  😦    But I did get some very useful feedback – some of it great, some encouraging and some more critical (and more hard to swallow) but  – and here’s the main point I guess – ALL of it was totally valid and hugely welcomed!  And after I had recovered from my bouts of sobbing (boo-hoo!) I managed to pick myself up and have a think about reformatting the first chapter.  Which I’m currently doing and I have to say I’m really enjoying it!  

I’d like to say a big THANK YOU to the Miss Snark’s First Victim  for providing such a great opportunity (check out her hugely helpful blog @ http://misssnarksfirstvictim.blogspot.com/, to the Secret Agent  for her valuable feedback, and to the other contestants for sharing their own work and comments. 

 Hearty congratulations to the winners! 🙂 

It can be tough putting yourself out there, asking total strangers to comment on your writing and it’s easy to take it badly when you don’t find that everyone gushes effusive praise for your work (but it’s a total rush when someone loves it of course!)  Deep down we are probably all searching the infamous lucky break and when it doesn’t come it’s hard not to feel a little down-hearted.  But I think Nina Badzin’s recent post –  http://ninabadzin.com/2011/03/28/you-will-never-publish-a-word/comment-page-2/  – serves as a good reminder that hard work and perseverance carry a lot of weight in this writing business. 

One thing is for sure:  if you give up you most certainly won’t get that book deal, on the other hand, if you keep going, you just might! 

“You’ve got to be in it to win it!” 😉

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