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Archive for July, 2012

Tiny Steps

I’m on holiday this week. A week away from work might mean lots of writing. Or maybe not 🙂
So far there has been quite a bit of watching the Olympics, and various erands that I haven’t got time for when I’m at work.
Today I’ve been out with the boys to Escot Gardens where we saw these lovely otters. Which is more what a holiday should be about. (more…)

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How to Plan a Book

Well, following the good advice I had yesterday, I have captured my fiction book idea on paper, and am back to focussing on my Self Publishing download. Today’s section is about planning what will go in your book. Which is quite apt really as that is what I did last night, albeit a rough sketch. (more…)

Temptation from New Ideas

I’ve never wanted to write fiction. That’s what I said when I started this blog. That is, until a conversation with a friend prompted a brilliant idea for a book. A sort of semi-fiction book based on a true story back in my husband’s family tree. I want to have a go at writing it so much it almost hurts. (more…)

How To Title A Book

In my Publish Your Book download, I’m now moving on to the second part, which is Creation. This is where you complete your first draft of your book including the title, text and cover. Today we are looking at getting a book title. (more…)

Creativity, Connectedness and Challenges

I’ve been thinking about creativity over the weekend. Wondering what it is and where it comes from. What I have noticed is that when people tap into the creative process, they often seem to get to a place I recognise, a place I would describe as a spiritual one. One easy way to see this is to look at the lyrics of songs. Often we half listen to a song and don’t really think about what it says. Or we might have a preconception of a certain age of musician or judge bands based on the type of music they play. (more…)

Financial Necessities

Continuing with the Preparation section of my ‘Publish Your Book’ download (which is collected together here), this is one dealing with the financial aspects – after all, you do expect to make a profit from your book, don’t you?

Set Up Accounting Records

“I know how utterly boring this sounds, but it really doesn’t take very long and you will be glad later on. This guide is intended to help you publish your book while spending little or no money, so you may be surprised that you have to keep track of any finances, but some of what you are already spending (like printer ink, for instance) can be offset against the future income from your books, which will reduce your tax bill. And now is the time to start keeping track.
If you are writing your book to support an existing business you run, then you will already be dealing with your bookkeeping. Otherwise, the simplest way is to start a spreadsheet. You will need to keep a record of how much you spend, what you paid for and when, and that is as complicated as it gets. Keep all receipts in a folder so they can be found easily.
You might want to create a section in your spreadsheet for income received – ready for when your book is complete and begins to sell. Also, if you do any travelling in relation to your book project you might keep a record of your journeys – the date, where you went and the number of miles travelled. You don’t have to take this from your mileometer, using Google or the AA website to tell you the mileage is fine.”

Out on a Limb again

No, this isn’t me talking about Book 3 again, it is me coming up against the reason I started this blog in the first place – to have the courage to talk about my deep thoughts and experiences whilst working on that book as well. After my wonderful weekend at Quest, you would have thought that was enough for now, but something happened to me on Monday evening that I feel I have to share.
As you may know if you’ve been following along, one of the changes I had made just before starting this process was to join a healing group (more…)