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Book Blog Tour and TOMS GIVEAWAY!!!!

The High-Heels And Slippers blog tour is well underway and I must say it is incredibly exciting (and just a bit nerve wracking) watching the reviews come in.   So far the response has been great – yay!  I thought it might be fun to see Josie’s reaction to the feedback and unsuprisingly she seems to be a little dramatic about the whole thing! 😉 Check it out here: http://highheelsandslippers.wordpress.com/

Thank you to Michelle @ Just Jump for her rave review: http://lovelivejustjump.blogspot.com/2011/12/book-review-high-heels-and-slippers-by.html

And to  Molly for her 5 Book rating and review @ http://lovelivejustjump.blogspot.com/2011/12/book-review-high-heels-and-slippers-by.html 

Thank you both so much – I’m thrilled you enjoyed the book! 🙂

Well that is definitely enough about me! I am VERY excited to say that I am taking part in the TOMS Book Blog Giveaway!!!  I’ve  just finished reading Blake Mycoskie’s book “Start Something That Matters” and loved it! I’ll be posting a review in the next few days and I have one copy of the book to GIVE AWAY!!!!  YAY!   And I will send it anywhere in the world! 🙂 I’ll keep you posted with details of how you can win this FREE copy. 

In the meantime if you have never heard of TOMS shoes please check out their website: http://www.toms.com/  The one for one programme is such a FAB concept and the shoes are super-comfortable – really everybody should have a pair! 😉

Have a FAB day everyone! Ella

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Tentatively Entering The World Of E-Books!

Ok so I admit to being extremely wary of the whole e-book thing.  Up till now I have resisted entering the world of e-reading and e-publishing because my own personal preference has always been to read books the conventional way – on paper bound together.  That way I can carry them around with me, in my car, on the beach, in the bath, without worrying.  I don’t have to charge a battery to read them.  There’s no screen to shatter, no micro-chip to malfunction.  If a book gets stolen I can easily and inexpensively replace it.   I don’t mind if my book gets bashed to bits, in fact I prefer them that way – I bend the corners over, I fold the covers back, I write in them  – you can’t do that with an e-book!

Then last week I decided to have a re-think.  I decided that even though, I liked the old system, I would only get left behind by being a stick in the mud.  Change happens whether you like it or not and the best thing you can do is embrace it – or at least work with it.  

 So I ordered a Kindle – which arrived today.  I have taken it out of the box and plugged it in to charge.  It is sleek, it is new and smooth.  I already like it a lot.    But I have yet to buy an e-book – the next vital step –  I’m working my way up to that.  

And I’m wondering how you feel about the e-book phenomenon?  Have you embraced it yet?  Or are you still resisting its pull?  I’d love to know what you think! 🙂

For now,  I’m heading off to Borders to mooch around the book-shelves  – the old-fashioned way!

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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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A Contest – eek!

OMG – am just slightly excited, and nervous, that I am taking part in a Secret Agent Writing Contest on Miss Snark’s First Victim’s blog: http://misssnarksfirstvictim.blogspot.com/p/secret-agent.html   If you don’t already know of this blog,  it’s worth having a look – I just found out about it recently (I’m usually way behind everyone else) – and it seems to be a really supportive and active writing community providing useful advice and positive vibes  – which always come in handy! 🙂 

For the contest entrants have to submit the first 250 words of a manuscript.   Only 250 words but it feels as if I’m laying my whole soul out there for comment.  I don’t know how my work will go down (I’ve submitted the first letter from Josie in High-Heels And Slippers which opens the book) but I’m trying to tell myself to take it on the chin and use all feedback as a way to move forward, as I have done before.  We’ll see what happens…

I have to say that accepting criticism and feedback has been a hugely helpful, though not always easy, part of the steep writing  learning curve  for me.  It started by attending a critique group three years ago,  trembling as I read my work aloud and then listening red-faced as people I hardly knew, commented on what I’d written. 

Over a year ago, I took part in an ebay auction and paid a substantial amount (which went to a charity) for an experienced agent’s critique.  Her comments arrived by email on Christmas Eve and knocked me for six!   She had some extremely encouraging things to say but also some criticisms  – I found myself focussing on those and my spirits slumped.   I fell out of love with my book and with writing in general.  But after processing it for a while, seeking advice from my writing group who had now become dear and trusted friends,  I came to see that a lot of what she said was valid and extremely valuable.  I took a deep breath, sucked my in gut and got to work revising. 

I think (hope!) that I came out with much better book after that and now I am extremely grateful for that initial agent feedback.

It led me to take part in another blog contest which to my utter joy and surprise led to a full manuscript request!  Oh the high of knowing that maybe I was onto something, that I wasn’t being a complete fool dedicating so much of my time to this strange occupation that is writing.

I still don’t have an agent contract  – oh the illusive contract – but I feel that if I can keep putting my work out there for feedback and take it all in,  I’m hopefully, getting closer to one. 

So I guess that’s the point – to keep going and continue to learn  – and I suppose that’s handy for lots of things in life, not just writing! 🙂

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