Tuesday, 31 March 2020

Another week has come and gone and like everyone else, we have been pretty much isolated. Luckily we have a nice walk we can take along the river and stay away from people so it's not as bad as having to stay within the four walls. I wish I could say I was using the time wisely and writing up a storm, but sadly that has not been the case. Just haven't had the drive.

I have been keeping busy though with working on my taxes (yeah fun), reading and adding names to my genealogical file. It has been enough to do as long as the weather is good enough to go for long walks in the afternoon and after supper.

All this doesn't mean I have given up getting my next book published, but it is going to be slow. It might happen a little later in the year. Of course as I don't have a sales team or a well set up network, I don't have any pre-sales or even the possibility of pre-sales. I would love to sell some copies, but I know I write and publish more for my own well being. It would be nice if someone read and was entertained by my books though.

Maybe I will get a little writing done this next week. I'll let you know.

Until next time.

Monday, 23 March 2020

Hi there. It's Monday but somehow it doesn't feel much like the start of a new week. It's looks like a little more of the same. The streets are quiet, most of the stores are closed, the stock markets are going down again and the news is full of how many new cases and how many dead.

The good news is that we here are all alive and healthy. So far none of my family or friends have come down with the virus and we are all isolating or at best, social distancing. We have a great path along the river that isn't so busy where you can go for a walk and still stay away from everyone.

I am also still writing my next book, 'Bentley', and working towards having the 4th book in the Tannion series published. My major problem now is formatting and within that problem it is mostly adding appropriate page numbers. I want all my books to have the same look and that means the same page numbering. I haven't been able to figure that out on my own yet and have found someone who will help for a price, but I haven't gone far enough yet to make the decision to pay them. That will come in the next month or so.  So if anyone has a better idea, please email me.

I've been working on other projects as well including my collections, my kids genealogy, going for long walks and watching Netflix. As all of us are hoping, I hope this stays away from everyone and is over soon. I doubt either of those is possible, but we can hope.

I would also like to sell a few books. At this point sales are very flat and I'm not sure what would give my sales a kick start. Please send me any ideas.

Thanks and until next time.

Monday, 16 March 2020

Okay. It's been a while. Between doing some travelling and maybe being a little lazy and now this virus, I haven't been that motivated. Time to get that way especially when, like everyone else, I will be spending more time at home.  I hope Covid19 leaves you all alone and that everyone stays healthy.

Now to update you a little on what I have been doing, book wise that is. I have more or less completed the editing with one more pass through required to make sure I caught all of the editor's changes and that I didn't add any problems going over her edits. That should take a while, but it isn't my biggest problem. I need to complete the purchase for the cover, but that is already decided and I only need to make the purchase. The major problem I face is formatting.

I need to format the document before I pass it to be published. I plan on using Amazon Kindle Direct Publishing but having never used it before, I think I have a lot to learn. I used Createspace in the past and I would pay them to format my document prior to publishing.  My major problem is page numbers. I want this 4th book in the series to look very similar to the first 3 and that means similar formatting and at this time I don't know how. Please send me any ideas if you have them.

I also hope to keep this blog up on a regular basis as I have tried before and failed. Maybe this time I will succeed.  Until next time.