Tuesday, 6 February 2018

Here's a Thought

    Recently  when I walked into my study, I thought OMG, this place is like a garage and I don't mean I have a car parked there.

    What I am meaning is that over a period of time it seems to have become a dumping ground. A dumping ground for a collection of writing magazines, newspaper articles and old photographs. All of which I believed may come in handy at a later date.

    I'm surprised I could even get near my desk and PC. Never mind my bookcases that line two walls of the room. I have no idea why I let it get into this state. It was time to get my sleeves rolled up and get stuck in. Thankfully, with the help of my husband we rearranged the room and cleared the clutter just before I left for overseas. Therefore, I am happy to say the place is now ready to welcome me back in a few weeks time.

    Here's a thought, I wonder how long it will take me to mess the place up again?

Thursday, 1 February 2018

Different Strokes Suit Different Folks

    Over the last week I have paid tribute to poet Robert Burns twice. Speaking to small audiences of around fifty people on each occasion over supper.

    I've heard actors, singers and stage performers say that their audience reacts differently each time they perform. Even at such small gatherings as I was speaking , both audiences reacted to me and my fellow speakers varyingly. I should add not in a bad way though.

    My conclusion on my speaking in public is that it is similar to writing,  different strokes suit different folks. We just have to do our best whatever we do all of the time.

Friday, 26 January 2018

Meet Book Publicist Bobbie Crawford

    I'm an author of three books and counting. I know first-hand that competition to sell a writer's work is both time consuming and daunting. That's why I was interested to find out what a book publicist can do for the author. Therefore, I've invited Canadian based book publicist, Bobbie Crawford from, Nurture Your Books, to feature in my blog today.


    An avid fan of reading, collecting old books and painting watercolors when the mood strikes, Bobbie Crawford is the Founder and owner of Nurture Your books and she works on a little bit of everything, focusing primarily on the one-on-one with clients as a Book Publicist and Virtual Book Tour Coordinator.


  • Where in the sequence of publishing does a publicist fit in?

    Typically, a publicist gets to work once a book has been successfully published.

  • Many of the large publishers we know use professional publicists. Does Nurture Your Books, offer services to both publishers and independent authors?

    Although we do offer our services to traditional and indie publishers, approximately 90-95% of our clients are self-published and indie authors.

  • Do you specialize in one particular genre?

    No, I wouldn’t say that I specialize in a single genre. I have experience with assisting authors in nearly every genre out there

  • What would you say is the most important function of a book publicist?

    I would say that the most important function of a book publicist is to be knowledgeable about industry trends and news. They should use solid information and leads to keep themselves up-to-date.

  • Do you offer different publicity representation packages?

    Yes, we offer publicity representation packages in 4 different levels. They vary according to the amount of time allotted per month and the services included.

  • Ideally when should an author wishing to use your services get in touch?

    There’s no time like the present. We offer a free initial consult so there’s nothing to lose and potentially everything to gain.

  • Bobbie, for those authors based outside Canada who are interested in using Nurture Your Books, can you also offer them your services?

    Absolutely! Although we are based in Canada, thanks to the Internet, we promote and assist authors from every corner of the globe. Thus far we have clients in Canada, the USA, the UK and Australia.

  • Finally, can you tell us what the most exciting part of your job is?

  The most exciting part of my job is finding and helping a new client. I’ve spent over 7 years in the industry and I take much of my knowledge and expertise for granted. When I’m able to impart some of what I know to an author and help them achieve some of their goals, I am beyond thrilled.

      Thank you for this wonderful opportunity!
      It was a pleasure getting to know you Bobbie.

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Tuesday, 23 January 2018

Ae Fond Kiss to Robert Burns!

    In celebration of the anniversary of the birth of poet, Robert Burns, I'm featuring him today in my poetry spot. His song Ae Fond Kiss, I can remember my uncle singing to my aunt every New Year's Eve and the words therefore have special memories for me.

     I've also included pictures of the cottage he was born in. It isn't very big and considering two adults and seven children shared the home with livestock, it's no wonder that Burns health wasn't tip-top in latter years.

Ae fond kiss, and then we sever
Ae fareweel , alas, fore ever!
Deep in heart-wrung tears I'll pledge thee
Warring sighs and groans I'll wage thee
Who shall say that Fortune grieves him
While the star of hope she leaves him?
Me, nae cheerful twinkle lights me;
Dark despair around benights me

I'll ne'er blame my partial fancy
Naething could resist my Nancy:
But to see her was to love her
Love but her, and love for ever
Had we never lov'd sae kindly
Had we never lov'd sae blindly
Never met-or never parted
We has ne'er been broken-hearted

Fair-thee-weel, thou first and fairest!
Fair-thee-weel, thou best and dearest!
Thine be ilka joy and treasure
Peace, Enjoyment, Love and Pleasure
Ae fond kiss, and then we sever
Ae fareweel, alas, for ever
Deep in heart-wrung tears I'll pledge thee
Warring sighs and groans I'll wage thee

Robert Burns 25 January 1759-21 July 1796

    I'm looking forward to my haggis, neeps, tatties and a wee dram on January 25th, whatever you're doing enjoy. Slangevar!

Friday, 19 January 2018

When I Grow Up


    I was watching breakfast TV this morning and there was a feature about children in the UK's future career aspirations. The item didn't catch my interest because it was stating that their choice is gender-stereotyped, but because one little girl said that when she grew up she wanted to be an author.

    I can remember saying that too, however I can't recall as to what the particular reasons were I had for making such a choice. In an early blog I explained I had a love of stories because of my mother and when I got my first typewriter I was desperate to get down to storytelling. I loved writing stories about poor children rescued from a terrible fate, princes saving street urchins and bad boys turning good amongst many other things.

    The touch of a book page, a colourful outer cover, the loud thumping noise in the library when the librarian slides the piles of books along the high shelves to insert a book. As well as the fabulous worlds I could be transported too, both when reading and writing, all played a part.

    The little girl on TV this morning gave her reason as wanting to make people happy, laugh, and smile. Yes, she knows what writing is all about, something that stirs emotions. One thing she will find out though is that writing doesn't just make readers happy, laugh, smile, fearful, or cry. It has the same affect on the author and that's the most important person in the equation.





Tuesday, 16 January 2018

How Do I love thee?

    One English poet I was fascinated with as a kid was, Elizabeth Barrett Browning. Reading her poetry swept me into her world, my imagination ran wild. I could see myself wearing long, flowing skirts, walking hand-in-hand with my love.

    Unfortunately, at some point reality does kick in and a little girl's dreams faded. However, Elizabeth Barrett Browning's words live on in the poem I've featured today.

How Do I Love Thee?

How do I love thee? Let me count the ways
I love thee to the depth and breadth and height
My soul can reach, when feeling out of sight
For the ends of being and ideal grace
I love thee to the level of every day's
Most quiet need, by sun and candlelight
I love thee freely, as men strive for right
I love thee purely, as they turn from praise
I love with a passion put to use
In my old griefs and with my childhood's faith
I love thee with a love I seemed to lose
With my lost saints, I love thee with the breath
Smiles, tears, of all my life and if God choose
I shall but love thee better after death

Saturday, 13 January 2018

An Author's Life


    My post is a little later than I had wanted it to be. But, hey! 'Asi es la vida!' The thing is I've been really busy. I've been preparing some questions for some impending author interviews and a book publicist who is going to give us an insight into her world. As well as my regular blog and of course pending books. Yes, it's a busy 'author's life.'

    In a few weeks time I'm going to be guest speaker at two Burns suppers in the Canary Islands. That is, suppers celebrating the life and works of the great, yet unofficial poet of Scotland, Robert Burns.

    I've been doing this for charity the last couple of years and it doesn't really matter how often I do it, the old butterflies take over my tummy. I've been preparing my 'Immortal Memory' toast to the  bard and although I may be speaking to a different audience this year, I do like to keep it fresh. Saves me boring my friends and myself to death.

    That's an update into my world to date and I will let you know how my supper evenings go in future posts. Have a fabulous weekend guys.

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