I have just finished correcting the proof to My Writer and emailed it back to David at Publish Nation. I am so pleased with the layout and everything and I am more convinced than ever that this book will reawaken interest in Creative Writing because it is the kind of book I would buy for myself - as I buy every book I come across that has a connection to Writing - no matter how vague or for what age group. I now need any advice anyone anywhere can give me on marketing this book to its best advantage. I have a lot of ideas - and a lot of contacts in the Writing and Publishing world. And I have marketed a lot of stuff before -not only my own work, but in various jobs, for the Young Writer group, for a kids' drama group back in the 80s - so I know there are plenty of options. But I am still open to fresh ideas so please get in touch if you, or someone you know, has any suggestions. I'd be eternally grateful!
Had a bit of a panic earlier. Could not get the internet up on my laptop for love nor money! Had to ring Sky and they helped me re-boot it all so at the moment - touch wood - it is working fine. Panicked because I was determined to get this book back to David today, even if it meant sitting up all night. Anyway - it has winged its way back. It's David's move next.
Still struggling with Kindle. So desperately want to use it. Almost makes me sad. I was so grateful when my cousin Stephen said he could help me with it. I did send him a message back saying thank you, but haven't heard from him yet. Me and my cousin Steve were really close as kids. He was like the big brother I never had and I loved him to bits. Still do. But it is the same old story with families really. As they grow up, find lives of their own, move, have kids - the contact between them just kind of drifts off and that is a real pity.
I can remember one particularly funny story about me and Steve. We decided to go to London for
the day. He would have been about seventeen or eighteen and I was a bit younger. We were growing up. Spreading our wings. Becoming independent people. And we thought it would be great to go into London for the day so off we went to see the sights - Trafalgar Square, Regent Street etc. We stopped for lunch in a cafe - I can still remember what we had - cheese and beans on toast - then we went off in search of St Paul's Cathedral. Couldn't find it after endless walking around. Finally came across a Tourist Information centre so we went in. Went up to the counter. Said "Can you tell us where we could find St Paul's Cathedral?". The girl behind the counter looked at us a little incredulously and pointed. "It's over there," she said. Our eager gaze followed her finger - and there it was - exactly opposite. How on Earth had we not seen it? It's big enough! That still makes me laugh even after all these years. Anyway I just heard that Steve and his lovely wife Fiona have moved into the beautiful Northamptonshire countryside and I wish them all the best. And I will say it again - PLEASE tell me what I can do with my Kindle ......