What a hectic month this has been - but good hectic with all of it progressing towards the launch of My Sunshine Coast. There are so many learning curves to overcome, most of them technical and none of them straightforward, but at least the little grey cells are getting a work out and that has to be good.
I recently read ‘The Alchemist’ by Paul Coelho and one sentence resonated particularly with me ‘When someone makes a decision he is really diving into a strong current that will carry him to places he had never dreamed of when he first made the decision.’ How true that is. I have discovered so much this last year, met so many wonderful people who have become friends, learned so many things that I never thought I would need to. It pleases me no end that despite the many challenges of writing this non-fiction book, there have been so many rewards along the way. Perhaps if I had known what problems were ahead I may not have taken it on, but having dived into the current it has been worth every minute especially when I received the hard copy proof of my book. I was quite blown away with the final result and can’t wait to get out there and share it with people.
Spring is the traditional month for Spring-cleaning and I have been promising myself that I would clean out my wardrobe and get rid of all the clothes that no longer fit me. Can I admit there are more of those than there are those that fit? Procrastination has been my constant companion when it came to that particular job, but when you have the threat of 500 books arriving on your doorstep any day and nowhere to keep them, it is time to delay no longer. I need the wardrobe for book storage. It shall be done.
I was honoured this month to be interviewed by a popular women’s author Maggie Christensen for inclusion on her website. Maggie is an author I admire very much. As well as writing jolly good stories she is a writer who has managed to market her books very well too. And that is something else again. It is a common moan amongst writers that they would rather be writing than marketing, but we have to face the fact that if we don’t promote our books, nobody will buy them. Maggie seems to be really doing both things well. Check out the interview on http://maggiechristensenauthor.com/category/cafe-cala-2/
The first move in my own marketing programme is the celebration and launch of My Sunshine Coast on Sunday October 23rd. Did I mention diving into a strong current earlier? Here we go on another learning curve! Never let people tell you that you are too old to learn, honestly once you set your mind to it anything is possible. I shall report back on that one next month when I’ll be back with more news from the Sunshine Coast.