If You Are A Billionaire, Maybe Even A Millionaire, This Won’t Interest You. Everyone Else Read On!

16 Nov

 

Here’s the HEADS UP: there’s this FAB

Contest and Giveaway coming up!

(**squeals of excitement from the reading audience**)

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The giveaway will start around 12:15 a.m. on November 13th

(that’s TODAY y’all)

and will end at 11:59 p.m. on November 27th

That’s right – it will run for TWO ENTIRE weeks.

Just look at this perky poster below outlining the PRIZES!!

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Here’s the Blog’s page to enter THE MOST AWESOME BIG TIME GIVEAWAY.

And those signed print copies? Well, feast your little ol’ eyeballs on this assortment:

 

By now you’re probably sayin’ to yourself, “Self, this can’t be right. This is just too good to be true!”

Hard to believe, I know! But it’s true! (That’s WHY it’s the MOST AWESOME BIG TIME GIVEAWAY) . So get on over there any day between November 13th (TODAY) and November 27th to enter. That’s two weeks of time. Plenty of time even for a BIG TIME procrastinator like me.

G’wan. I’d love to sign a print copy for you! Cheers!

Starting Over

5 Nov

 

Back in 2013, when I released my first novel, titled Quintspinner – A Pirate’s Quest, I knew so little about book publishing and marketing that I didn’t even know how much I didn’t know. But I knew that I loved that title. It was unique, mysterious and always a point of conversation, whether it was at its launch party, or  book blogger interviews, or during casual conversations about my writing journey. And the subtitle surely explained what the book was about … didn’t it? (It’s an historical adventure/thriller set in the Golden Age of Piracy)

The book did really well at first. This was back in the day when the competition wasn’t so severe for indie authors. Quintspinner won over a dozen book awards and I had 49,000 downloads when I put it up for free with KDP Select. I quickly amassed 75 great reviews. So … I let it be and went to work on Deadly Misfortune, the second book in the same series.

I knew nothing about the importance of subtitles and their ability to improve a book’s chances of being found by readers in online searches. SEO was just a confusing acronym to me so I didn’t give Deadly a subtitle but it had a great cover – a floundering tall ship fighting to stay afloat in a massive rogue wave and a fierce facial image of a scary pirate-like guy across the top. THAT would let know readers what the genre of the book was, right? Right??

Then real life and several major traumatic situations got in the way of my writing and sucked the life out of me. For three years.

During that time I read a lot (A LOT, I tell you!) about the new atmosphere surrounding book publishing and marketing techniques. SEO – the enigmatic Search Engine Optimization. Book titles. Subtitles. Book descriptions. Book covers. Key words and key phrases. Split testing. Email subscriber lists. Newsletters. Lead magnets. Landing pages. Series branding. And on it went.

By then I had a major case of AFLE, a term which I freely admit I have stolen from Lynne Cantwell, an author who is a very knowledgeable and frequent contributor to the top-of-my-list-of most-helpful sites-an-author-could-ever hope-for, Indies Unlimited. Translated loosely, the letters, as Lynne explains it, stand for “another freaking learning experience”. I began to forget stuff as quickly as I read about it. My brain was overloaded. Still, in desperation, I read on. And on. And on.

Fast forward to 2017. A comment from the host of another course that I was taking broke my reading momentum with this comment: “Stop reading and start doing.”

I waffled for a month or so – old procrastination habits (excuses) are hard to get rid of. Then a financial downturn in my day job gave me a kick in the arse (nothing like financial panic to rev oneself up) and I thought that since the Universe had gifted me with extra time on my hands, I wanted to write again.

I decided that I would document my return to writing and my progress of said journey, on my blog. Perhaps some little tidbit would be useful to another author – a kind of paying it forward as a thanks to all of those learned authors whose informative blogs had kept me up to date with what I would need to do to get back in the author game. So here we go – for the next little bit, I will be sharing my actual experiences and choices.

 

As a starting point, I determined that I needed a new set of covers that would brand the series, as well as attract readers with their visuals. By now my first cover designer no longer did covers anyway, so I began to search for a replacement. I also decided that I was going to (gasp!) change the titles.

AND change the subtitle(s).

AND add subtitles where there were previously none.

I was met with severe resistance to this idea when I asked a handful of devout followers of my books to give me their opinions on my new title choices. They, too, LOVED “Quintspinner”. Why on earth, they asked, would I even consider changing it? So as not to infect them with severe cases of AFLE, I asked them to trust me and just carry on with their liked-most and liked-least title and subtitle choices.

Here was the first round of choices I gave them:

 

BOOK ONE (formerly Quintspinner – A Pirate’s Quest)

New title: Pirates of Blood Bay Island: A Novel

New subtitle choices: 1. Book One in the Quintspinner Saga

                                        2. Book One in the Quintspinner’s Tale

                                       3, The Quintspinner’s Tale of The Devil’s Deal ( or A Deal with the Devil)

 

BOOK TWO (formerly Deadly Misfortune)

New title: Pirates of Deadly Misfortune: A Novel

New subtitle choices: 1. Book Two in the Quintspinner Saga

                                       2. Book Two in the Quintspinner’s Tale

                                      3. The Quintspinner’s Tale of Vengeance

 

BOOK THREE (unfinished manuscript with tentative title of Tides of Eternity)

Optional titles: 1. Pirates of Peril and the Gift of Time

                            2. Pirates of Peril and the Sands of Shadows

New subtitle choices: 1. Book three in the Quintspinner Saga

                                       2. The Quintspinner’s Tale of the Far Side of Forever

                                      3. The Quintspinner’s Tale of (the)Tides of Eternity

                                      4. The Quintspinner’s Tale of The Tides of Terror

 

If you’ve stayed with me this far, that’s great. Feel free to give me YOUR thoughts on these choices. You might be surprised by the feedback I got on this first round. I sure was. Stay tuned to next week’s post for the results.

Holy Smackeroos! More FREE stuff!

4 Nov
PRIZES GALORE!

PRIZES GALORE!

Well, here we are in November, nearly at the time when Santa comes, and all of the feasting and gift-giving begins, but I’m deliriously happy to report that you don’t have to wait another whole month for that!

Nosiree!

Here is the opportunity to win all kinds of free stuff – books, Amazon gift cards, as well as surprise gifts during a month long give-away contest. THIS IS UNLIKE ANY OTHER GIVEAWAY YOU’VE SEEN. THERE’S A BUNCH OF NEW PRIZES EVERY THREE DAYS! Yup! Not a typo. EVERY THREE DAYS! That’s well over 100 prizes!

Do you want to win $250 in CASH? ‘Course ya do!!

Enter the Choosy Bookworm Holiday Extravaganza Giveaway #cbw #eNovAaW and you could win fantastic books by some of your favorite authors (awesome authorly friends of mine and –  ahem – also yours truly) and $250 in Cash! Choosy Bookworm has partnered with eNovel Authors at Work to bring you a month long celebration of Giveaways.

You can read the rules and  enter this fab giveaway HERE . There will be a Random Drawing on or about November 30th, 2015 for the final prizes(Two winners will each receive $250 Paypal Cash or Amazon Gift Cards–Winner’s choice, from Choosy Bookworm), but for now have a look at the prize list below:

November 4 – 6: Anne Kennison, Piper Templeton, PC Zick

  • One winner will receive a print copy of DEATH BY ROMANCE by Anne Kennison (US Only)
  • Two winners will each receive an eCopy of DEATH BY ROMANCE by Anne Kennison
  • One winner will receive a $10 Amazon Gift Card (from Anne Kennison)
  • Three winners will each receive print copies of RAIN CLOUDS & WATERFALLS by Piper Templeton (open Internationally)
  • Two winners will each receive an eCopy of RAIN CLOUDS & WATERFALLS by Piper Templeton (gifted from Amazon, open Internationally)
  • One winner will receive a $10 Amazon Gift Card (from Piper Templeton)
  • One winner will receive an eCopy of BEHIND THE ALTAR by PC Zick (gifted from Amazon, open Internationally)
  • One winner will receive an eCopy of BEHIND THE BAR by PC Zick (gifted from Amazon, open Internationally)
  • One winner will receive an eCopy of BEHIND THE CURTAIN by PC Zick (open Internationally)
  • Two winners will each receive AUTOGRAPHED print copies of BEHIND THE CURTAIN by PC Zick (US Only)

ENTER HERE

November 7 – 9: Traci Hall, Amy Vansant, TJ Shortt

  • Five winners will receive an eCopy of MASQUERADE BY THE SEA by Traci Hall (open Internationally)
  • One winner will receive a $10 Amazon Gift Card (from Traci Hall)
  • Two winners will each receive eCopies of both SHIVER COVE, Part 2: Val AND SHIVER COVE, Part 3: Sandi by TJ Shortt
  • Five winners will each receive Kindle versions of PINEAPPLE PORT BOOK II: PINEAPPLE MYSTERY BOX by Amy Vansant

ENTER HERE !

November 10 – 12: Jackie Weger, Nick Tory, Pete Barber

  • Five winners will each receive print editions of NO PERFECT FATE by Jackie Weger (USA Only)
  • One winner will receive (1) complete set of signed Print editions: NO PERFECT SECRET/NO PERFECT DESTINY/NO PERFECT FATE (USA ONLY)
  • One winner will receive a print copy of JOHNNY 12 STEPS (Book 1) by Nick Tory (US only)
  • One winner will receive a print copy of JOHNNY VEGAS (Book 2) by Nick Tory (US only)
  • One winner will receive a print copy of JOHNNY DRIVER (Book 3) by Nick Tory (US only)
  • Three winners will each receive an eCopy of JOHNNY REAL ESTATE by Nick Tory
  • Three winners will each receive print copies of WHEN A WARRIOR COMES HOME by Pete Barber (US only)
  • Five winners will each receive an eCopy of WHEN A WARRIOR COMES HOME by Pete Barber (gifted from Amazon)

You know what to do: ENTER HERE

November 13 – 15: Stacy Juba, Mary Smith, Dianne Greenlay

  • Five winners will each receive an eCopy of SINK OR SWIM by Stacy Juba (winner’s choice of Smashwords edition or Audible edition)
  • Five winners will each receive an eCopy of TWENTY-FIVE YEARS AGO TODAY by Stacy Juba (winner’s choice of Smashwords or Audible edition)
  • One winner will receive a print copy of NO MORE MULBERRIES by Mary Smith (UK only)
  • Four winners will each receive an eCopy of NO MORE MULBERRIES by Mary Smith
  • Two winners will each receive a print copy of DEADLY MISFORTUNE by Dianne Greenlay (US AND CANADA ONLY)
  • Two winner will each receive an eCopy of DEADLY MISFORTUNE by Dianne Greenlay (gifted from Amazon, open Internationally)
  • One winner will receive a $10 Amazon Gift Card (from Dianne Greenlay)

Hey,this batch above includes MY gifts to you: ENTER HERE

November 16 – 18: Aurora Springer, Jinx Schwartz, Dale Furse

  • Two winners will each receive an eCopy of GRAND MASTER’S GAME by Aurora Springer
  • Three winners will each receive an eCopy of any book from the HETTA COFFEY Series by Jinx Schwartz (winner’s choice of title, gifted from Amazon)
  • Three winners will each receive an eCopy of ESCAPE FROM ZANDELL by Dale Furse (Gifted from Amazon, open internationally)
  • One winner will receive a $10 Amazon Gift Card (from Dale Furse)

Like I said (lots and lots of prizes, ain’t there??): ENTER HERE

November 19 – 21: AJ Lape, Julie Frayn, Effrosyni Moschoudi

  • One winner will receive a print copy of GRADE A STUPID by AJ Lape (US Only)
  • Four winners will each receive an eCopy of any book from AJ Lape’s backlist
  • One winner will receive a SWAG Pack (US Only, includes bookmark and refrigerator magnets)
  • Two winners will each receive Audible Downloads of GRADE A STUPID by AJ Lape
  • Four winners will each receive eCopies of both ROMEO IS HOMELESS and GOODY ONE SHOE by Julie Frayn (gifted from Amazon.com)
  • One winner will receive a $10 Amazon Gift Card (from Julie Frayn, gifted from Amazon.com)

You got it!: ENTER HERE

November 22 – 24: EM Kaplan, Roberta Kagan, Phoebe Matthews

  • One winner will receive a print copy of THE BRIDE WORE DEAD by EM Kaplan (US ONLY)
  • Two winners will receive an eCopy of THE BRIDE WORE DEAD by EM Kaplan (gifted from Amazon, open Internationally)
  • One winner will a Swag Pack (includes bookmarks, pens, Josie Tucker bag) from EM Kaplan (US ONLY)
  • Two winners will each receive Audible downloads of THE BRIDE WORE DEAD by EM Kaplan (open Internationally)
  • Three winners will each receive a Kindle copy of ALL MY LOVE, DETRICK by Roberta Kagan (gifted from Amazon)
  • Two winners will each receive paperbacks of ALL MY LOVE, DETRICK by Roberta Kagan (US ONLY)
  • One winner will receive a $10 Amazon Gift Card (from Roberta Kagan

Even more chances: ENTER HERE

November 25 – 27: Laurie Boris, RP Dahlke, Bronwyn Elsmore

  • One winner will receive a print copy of A SUDDEN GUST OF GRAVITY by Laurie Boris (US only, brand-new release!)
  • One winner will receive a print copy of DRAWING BREATH by Laurie Boris (US only)
  • One winner will receive a print copy of DON’T TELL ANYONE by Laurie Boris (US only)
  • Three winners will each receive an Audible downloads of DRAWING BREATH by Laurie Boris
  • Five winners will each receive an eCopy of any backlist book from RP DAHLKE (reader’s choice, gifted from Amazon/Kindle)
  • One winner will receive a $10 Amazon Gift Card (from RP Dahlke)
  • Three winners will each receive an eCopy of EVERY FIVE MINUTES by Bronwyn Elsmore (gifted from Amazon (USA or UK Only)

Aren’t these prizes great?: ENTER HERE

November 28 – 30: Ellie Campbell, Donna Fasano, Melinda Curtis

  • Five winners will each receive a Kindle copy of  MILLION DOLLAR QUESTION by Ellie Campbell (gifted from Amazon, open Internationally)
  • One winner will win a $15/£10 Amazon gift voucher (from Ellie Campbell, US and UK Only)
  • Five winners will each receive Audible downloads of LOOKING FOR LA LA or HOW TO SURVIVE YOUR SISTERS by Ellie Campbell (US/UK Only, gifted through Amazon)
  • One winner will receive a print copy of RECLAIM MY HEART by Donna Fasano (US Only)
  • One winner will receive an eCopy of TAKING LOVE IN STRIDE by Donna Fasano (gifted from Amazon, open Internationally)
  • One winner will receive an eCopy NANNY AND THE PROFESSOR by Donna Fasano (gifted from Amazon, open Internationally)
  • One winner will receive an eCopy of MOUNTAIN LAUREL by Donna Fasano (gifted from Amazon, open Internationally)
  • One winner will receive an Autographed copy of one of Melinda Curtis’s Harmony Valley series of books from Harlequin Heartwarming – winner’s choice (international winners will receive an ecopy)
  • One winner will receive an eCopy of ALWAYS A BRIDESMAID by Melinda Curtis

Here’s yer last durn chance: ENTER HERE

Best of luck to all entrants. And congratulations to all who win. What a spectacular assortment of stories to be enjoyed!

Cheers! – Dianne Greenlay

Reading: good for your mind and soul.

Reading: good for your mind and soul…

July Rafflecopter – The Great Give-Away

6 Jul

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Ever hear of a “Snake Gun”?

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Ever seen one?

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Me neither.

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But I am fortunate enough to have been accepted into a rather elite group of authors “eNovel Authors at Work

(and by “elite” I mean authors who have proven to have

a very high standard of writing and publishing).

 

How did I earn such an invitation you ask?

? ? ?

 

No idea actually, but I’m eternally grateful to

one awesome lady of the pen and best-selling author, Jackie Weger,

who is both founder of the above mentioned group

AND owner of the legendary Snake Gun.

(Authors can be SUCH a rowdy bunch and sometimes deadly force

needs to be threatened and even enacted to keep us in line…)

 

Anyhoo, I digress.

In less than two years, eNovel Authors at Work has grown to 44 members from all around the world – members who write in all genres and offer fabulous reading choices to readers

(also from all around the world).

 

HOWEVER,  for the month of July,

all you lucky readers are getting daily chances

to win our BOOKS AND GIFT CERTIFICATES

(for FREE, FREE, FREE!!)

(Yup! – ahem … my little ol’ QUINTSPINNER – A Pirate’s Quest

is in the offering…)

This all happens during our promotional partnership

with another awesome site,

The Fussy Librarian.

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July 2 – 31, 2015

Oh my Gawd!

This is excitin’ stuff!!!

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And it’s only a couple of clicks away to get an entry for yourself for a chance to win books as well as gift cards!

(How easy is that, I ask you??)

 

Just click the icon or URL below for a direct link to the month’s activities.

G’wan – you know you wanna …

Who knows?

Might even be a Snake Gun in the offerin’ …

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http://www.thefussylibrarian.com/for-readers/giveaways/

 

 

To learn more about eNovel Authors at Work,

please visit our website:

http://enovelauthorsatwork.com/

or follow us on Twitter:

https://twitter.com/eNovelAuthors

 

An Angry Rant from a (Very) Dissatisfied Customer

14 Jan

Hey Bell Media! And The Source! And Apple! Well actually, here’s a call out to Mr. George Cope , CEO of Bell Media Canada, and Mr. Tim Cook , present CEO of Apple. (You gentlemen DO have a Google alert set up on your names and companies, right?) You look like very nice men and obviously you are both very savvy computer/tech/ business guys to have gotten where you are, so I’m hoping you will see past my “mad” in this rant, and take notice of my complaint therein. This may be of some interest to you ….

Here’s the scoop: I am a confirmed PC user who over the past 2 years has been slowly converting to Apple, via my iphone (gift from the kids), and MacPro laptop (gift from Hot Stuff Hubby). All through this past Christmas, I was receiving emails from The Source (and I’m not gonna link that, ‘cause I’m mad at The Source, too, so won’t be sending any readers to that site via ‘the Source’s’ link!). Anyhoo, the emails were advertising the Apple 16 GB ipad mini 3 (in the new color of gold, no less) for $99! My books to this point had been available exclusively on Amazon, but I was toying with the idea of also putting them in Apple’s online store, intending to write my next book directly on my ipad mini.

I tried to order one online. Nope. Stores only.

I phoned my local ‘The Source’ store (2 of them, actually) only to be told that the special was only for a handful of select stores in all of Canada (and we’re a damn big country). However, I was told that I could have my local store order one in, as long as I agreed to sign a 2 year contract with Bell for the device. Hell, yessiree, I’ll do that!

Three weeks later, (yesterday actually) I got the call from a very nice employee at ‘The Source’ store, telling me my ipad mini 3 had arrived and that I should come on down to sign up for the Bell contract. Now, apart from my job as a writer, my day job is that of a self-employed sole charge physiotherapist in a busy clinic. This means that I had to clear my schedule of patients for a one and a half hour slot (mucho lost income) to go do this. No matter. I wanted the mini. No more lugging the comparatively HEAVY Macbook Pro around on holidays with me so I could continue to write whilst away.

Well, jumping to the conclusion of this sad story, after several attempts, the nice man at The Source was unable to get me signed up. He put in a call to some kind of Help line and was told that he would be unable to sign me up for a contract with Bell because I had not had a cellular contract with Bell within the last 90 days.

HUH???

Well, says I, I have NEVER had a cellular contract with Bell, let alone within the last 90 days, but hey, that’s why I’m here – I WANT to become a Bell customer and I’m fricking frothing at the mouth to sign a 2 year contract with them so I can have my wonderful, light-as-a-feather, portable-as-hell ipad mini 3.

C’mon, C’MON, GIVE ME THE CONTRACT – WHERE DO I SIGN??

Help line guy says, yeah you can sign her up but only for the full purchase price of the mini 3 – an outrageous sum of just pennies under $600 CAD). Not available no way, no how, for the advertised price of $99. And apparently ‘The Source’ is only allowed to sell Apple products in conjunction with Bell contracts.

Besides seeming to me, to be just short of a fraudulent marketing ploy (as there was no disclaimer or restrictions policy outlined anywhere other than to say “see local store for details”), this is an EPIC MARKETING FAILURE. Not only did Apple and The Source and Bell fail to make a sale (albeit a small one, but still…) but they now have an unhappy customer who writes. And blogs. And who has followers who will share. (You will, right?)

Now I want to compare this to Apple’s biggest competitor, AMAZON and the amazing marketing move of Jeff Bezos . Amazon has sold its tablets AT COST to customers, who then become Amazon converts and buy a bazillion dollars worth of stuff from Amazon, more than making up for the mark-up loss incurred with the sale of the tablet.

PURE. MARKETING. GENIUS.

(Hey Jeff, if you’re reading this, feel free to leave a comment!)

Just thought I’d share this tip with you Bell Media, The Source, and Apple. Give it some thought.

Oh, and if any of you afore-mentioned three want to make amends and make the $99 purchase with 2 year contract happen for me, well, I’m willing to bury the hatchet. And I’d blog about that, too.

In the meantime, I’m feeling as snarly and revengeful about this whole thing as Mrs. Hanley was when she made her infamous stew, which revolted some readers (“Eeww! I can’t believe she did that!”), and enthralled others (“OMG! I just LOVE Mrs. Hanley and this story! I can’t believe she did that!”).

The stew scene is in Chapter 73 in QUINTSPINNER – A PIRATE’S QUEST.

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Quintspinner – A Pirate’s Quest

 

For those of you who don’t know what I’m talking about, why not buy the book? (C’mon, you KNOW the suspense and the curiosity is now gonna drive you crazy, don’cha?)

It’s $.99. On Amazon everywhere.

That’s 99 cents, not even $99 (dollars) like the mystical, non-accessable-to-me-ipad mini 3 offer. And I bet you’re gonna LOVE Mrs. Hanley’s stew scene!

There. I feel (slightly) better now. I’m going to charge up my little ASUS PC netbook (which is pretty portable and which has a wonderfully responsive keyboard) and then I’m off to compare Amazon tablets because I have a reading/writing holiday coming up …. Thanks for listening.

 

The 12 Blogs of Christmas – Our Finale! Guest Post by Martin Crosbie

25 Dec
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The 12 Blogs of Christmas

Hello and Merry Christmas to all of you and best wishes for this day, in what ever form you like to see it as. I have been privileged to be part of a two week Christmas Blog tour with the following authors: Sarah Lane, Laurie Boris, Heather Haley, Helga Zeiner, M.L. Gardner, Roberta Kagan, Wendy McClelland, Jamie Lee ScottJennifer Ellis, and RJ Crayton. Each of us has provided an article with a Christmas theme and I hope that you have enjoyed the variety so far. Today I’m posting the last one in a fine line up of topics and I could hardly wait to share it with you!

Well, here it is! The day we’ve all been waiting for. My guest blog by the amazing , best-selling Canadian author, Martin Crosbie!

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(We’ve saved the best for last, haven’t we?) Here, on Christmas Day itself, Martin brings us the intriguing background information for Charles Dickens’  much-beloved “A Christmas Carol”. I KNOW you’re going to love this! And I’d love to hear from you on what what thoughts that Christmas brings to you.

 

The 12th Blog of Christmas is written by bestselling author, Martin Crosbie.

Martin lives on the west coast of Canada and has written five books including Amazon bestseller My Temporary Life. His popular Christmas novel Believing Again: A Tale Of Two Christmases is available in e-book format in the US and UK as a Kindle Countdown Deal from Dec. 24-27 for only 99 cents.

 

Marley was dead, to begin with. There is no doubt whatever about that. The register of his burial was signed by the clergyman, the clerk, the undertaker, and the chief mourner. Scrooge signed it. And Scrooge’s name was good upon ‘Change for anything he chose to put his hand to. Old Marley was as dead as a doornail.

A Christmas Carol, Charles Dickens

Those delicious words open the Dickens classic. Previous to the publication of A Christmas Carol, Christmas was barely recognized. Although it was a holiday it didn’t have the romantic vibe that it has today. Mr. Dickens and his novel changed all that. And, if he’d waited for his publisher to release the book it may never have happened.

Charles Dickens wrote his masterpiece in six weeks. Somehow he was able to channel the story and get the words on paper (or parchment probably) in less than two months. At that time he was suffering financially. His wife was pregnant with their fifth child and the wolves were closing in on their door. His previous novel had not sold well and when he submitted his new manuscript (after having it beta-read surely), to his publishers they were slow to warm to it. I’m not sure how rejection letters were sent out in 1853 but his publishers indicated that they were not interested in publishing the story of Ebenezer Scrooge’s epiphany. Anxious to have the book released by Christmas Dickens went the print-on-demand route and self-published. He hired his own illustrator and contracted his publisher to print the books. And, he did the legwork himself. Then, in those very, pre-Konrath days he decided to lower the price to five shillings – a price that most folks would be able to afford. He wanted his book to be read and perhaps he even thought that readers might enjoy his other works if they liked his Christmas tale.

 

Read more …

The 12 Blogs of Christmas – Guest Post by Wendy McClelland

23 Dec
The 12 Blogs of Christmas

The 12 Blogs of Christmas

As we settle into Christmas Eve, I’m so pleased to be able to host this wonderful post by Wendy McClelland, a hugely successful entrepreneur, and highly skilled author and storyteller. Wendy”s post is titled “A Christmas Love Story” and I’m certain you’ll enjoy it.

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Wendy McClelland Bio:

Wendy McClelland is a business pioneer; as one of the first small businesses to get online in the mid 1990’s, her first website was chosen by the NY Times as “one of the best biz sites on the ‘net”. She is an award winning entrepreneur as well as a past nominee for “Canadian Entrepreneur of the Year”. She has spoken to over 10,000 people in live audiences throughout western Canada and the U.S. Wendy’s newest project is her book “27 Steps to Freedom – What Learning to Walk Again Taught me About Success in Business & Life” is a story of rebuilding her life after a near fatal illness. You can buy Wendy’s book and get 17 BONUSES with purchase – http://27stepstofreedom.com/book-launch-bonuses/

I’m really thrilled Martin Crosbie asked me to participate with him and eleven great authors to share Christmas stories.

I’m honored to be working with ML GardnerDianne GreenlayRJ Crayton, Jennifer EllisHelga ZeinerRoberta Kagan Author, Heather HaleyJamie Lee ScottSarah Lane and Laurie E. Boris.

 

A Christmas Love Story (12 Days of Christmas Blog Hop) by Wendy McClelland

I remember 1967 really well. It was Canada’s centennial – our country was 100! My parents had a fun backyard BBQ party and the whole neighbourhood came. The party went on well into the early hours of the morning. I’ll never forget seeing my parents dance together. We never know when we are experiencing something for the last time – especially as a child. That would be the last summer my mother would be alive.

As the fall approached, I started back to school and was a carefree eight year old, with three younger siblings. My parents Brian and Eileen adored each other and loved us. They were both originally from the UK, but had met in Toronto at a house party. When my dad first saw her he turned to his friend and said, “I’m going to marry that girl.” Sure enough, less than a year later they were married.

Ten years and four children later they were building a life together. Then in early winter, my mom began to feel ill, by late November she was gone. She had been feeling tired and went to the doctor. He asked her to wait in his office, called my dad at his office and had him come in. He told my mom she had leukemia and had less than two weeks to live! Can you imagine? You are only thirty years old, and have four children under eight years old. I remember feeling like the bottom had fallen out of my child’s world, I cannot imagine what she felt.

Read more – http://wendymcclelland.com/a-christmas-love-story/

Links:

 

Amazon Author Page (all books):  http://www.amazon.com/author/wendymcclelland

Facebook Fan Page (daily inspiration and motivation) http://www.Facebook.com/WendyJMcClelland

Websites: http://www.WendyMcClelland.com               http://www.27StepstoFreedom.com

 

 

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