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Ask A Question Thursday

June 13, 2019
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As you can see I ave been bust enjoying our road trip and did not schedule this post, so apologies for being late today. As writers we gain inspiration in numerous ways, so the question today is. What has been the most inspirational or fact finding trip you have taken?

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The photo is of money from around the world found in a small hamlet pub on our trip this week.

 

Last week’s question:  Where would you go for the perfect writing retreat?

Pamela Allegretto       The island of Capri at the top of Anacapri.

 Bren Leyland             Oxford. Or a room that overlooks a green space or garden.

Mandy Eve-Barnett   It will come as no surprise that I would choose Rome or beside an ocean.

Schedule for a 7 day Writing Retreat

June 11, 2019
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Road trips have become a regular occurrence since I came to live in Canada. I have been given the gift of an awesome friend, Linda, who enjoys the open road and finding new places and experiences. We leave the main highways and travel the back roads discovering hamlets, small towns and wildlife. Most of our trips are long weekends but this week we incorporated a book fair event into our plans and are making a week long trip to explore new places.

Having new experiences, meeting new people and discovering places and scenery we would not otherwise know about, fuels the writing muse. Due to the length of our trip this time I made a list of writing projects I would like to complete. Possibly wishful thinking but with a plan in place it gives me a goal. So this is the schedule, although in which order they are accomplished is open to how I am feeling at the time.

  1. Edit a fellow author’s manuscript.
  2. Revise WIP – Rython Legacy with fellow author’s editing suggestions.
  3. Complete an animal rescue story for submission to an anthology.
  4. Continue writing my steampunk story, The Commodore’s gift.
  5. Revise social media format/posts/branding.

Our trip so far (we left early on Sunday morning) has seen new places and the sighting of five bears! We also met a wonderful author by chance when we decided on an impromptu lunch in a small hamlet. We will visit local libraries and book stores on our travels as well because life is so much better with books.

When you open up yourself to new experiences you find abundance and food for the Muse.

Do you create a writing retreat/vacation writing schedule?

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The event we will be attending is below, if you happen to be traveling that way. Find me & Linda on the Dream Write Publishing table.


Summer Oldstice  Saturday 15th June
Host: Uptowne Olds
Description: Summer Oldstice Street Festival. Artists, Musicians, Performers, Bakers, Growers, Food Service vendors, handicrafters and more! 
Location: Uptowne Olds – 10 am – 4 pm

Marketing Tips from Authors

May 28, 2019
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As we are nearly at the halfway point for this year’s author interviews, I thought it would be interesting to review the answers I received to the question: What is your best marketing tip?

The answers are varied and, I think reflect how comfortable (or not!) writers are when it comes to promoting ourselves.

These are not on any specific order.

1) Be consistent on social media and within your local community

2) To have a blog

3) Build an authentic brand

4) Connect with other authors in the same genre and be a presence in specific social groups relating to it.

5) Word-of-mouth promotion

6) Promotional items sold separately reflecting the book/genre i.e. toys, necklaces, headbands etc. Also hand-out bookmarks everywhere you can.

7) Live videos/podcasts either on Facebook or YouTube – this can be book specific or about you as a person and your writing/genre.

8) Be original, authentic, and make intentional connections

9) Utilize your readers/tribe to help promote through social media and local connections.

10) Use your connections that are involved in newspapers/magazines etc.

11) Talk to your local library and bookstores. Offer your time to do signings/readings.

12) Use Canvas to create your own ads for Twitter and Facebook.

13)  Youtube book trailers.

14) Market yourself as an author before you market your books.

15) Take part in interviews, whether online or face-to-face.

What have you found works best for your book promotion?

 

 

Ask A Question Thursday

May 23, 2019
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Today’s question is: What is your motivation for writing more?

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My reply is that I have so many stories tumbling around in my head, I have to keep writing to get them all out. Many of you know I only began ‘writing’ when I came to Canada so I’m now making up for ‘lost’ time! I have always been creative but for whatever reason I had never written ‘stories’ before for the explicit reason of allowing other people to read them.

What is your reason – leave a comment below.

Last week’s question: Have you ever turned a dream or a nightmare into a written piece?

 Katie O’Connor.

I’ve done that. Some of my best ideas come to me in dreams. If I was a thriller or suspense writer, I’d have even more writing material. My brain likes to frighten me at night.

Author Interview – Joan Havelange

May 21, 2019
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What inspired your latest novel?

I was watching an old Agatha Christie movie. And I thought what if my amateur sleuths decide to solve a murder, but with much less skill. My ladies are a modern-day Miss Marple with a bit of bite and a lot of humour.                

How did you come up with the title?

I’m an avid golfer, but my golf shot does not always go where I want, like down the fairway. Hence the name Wayward Shot. The wayward shot leads the ladies into a wild adventure.

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Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?

Life does not end when you reach fifty plus, adventure is waiting for you.

How much of the book is realistic?

Nothing

Are your characters based on someone you know, or events in your own life?

No, no one I know, but bits and pieces of personalities I have meant over the years may poke up now and again.

Where can readers find you on social media and do you have a blog?

No blog.

https//facebook.com/mablemysteries

https//twitter/@joanjhave

https//Instagram/joanhavelange

Do you have plans or ideas for your next book? Is it a sequel or a stand alone?

I don’t know.

Of the characters you have created or envisioned, which is your favorite & why?

I guess Mabel, she says and does things we would like to, and Violet is the exact opposite, she holds Mabel back from disaster. Well, some of the time.

Do you favor one type of genre or do you dabble in more than one?

Mysteries, I like the puzzle.

Do you plan your stories, or are you a seat of the pants style writer?

I plan my stories. I start out with a What if. Then I plot out the story line.

What is your best marketing tip?

Your blog for one, you can have a fabulous book. But if the readers don’t know your book is out there. Fabulous won’t help.

Do you find social media a great tool or a hindrance?

So far it has been good to me.

OPTIONAL QUESTIONS

What do you enjoy most about writing?

I love the what if. I take an ordinary circumstance and then I do the, what if this happened.

What age did you start writing stories/poems?

I started writing in my twenties, romances, but I was never published.

Has your genre changed or stayed the same?

I now write Cozy Mysteries, I found out I was not very romantic.

What genre are you currently reading?

A mystery, but I do read other genres.

Do you read for pleasure or research or both?

Pleasure, but you learn as you read.

If you could meet one favorite author, who would it be and why?

Linwood Barclay, his mysteries are amazing I never figure out whodunit. I love his humour too.

If you could live anywhere in the world – where would it be?

Right here. except when it’s minus crazy.

What reward do you give yourself for making a deadline?

A cup of coffee.

Bio:

Joan Havelange has been writing fiction since her early twenties, beginning with romance stories. Always a fan of mysteries, she is an avid reader and writer of cozy mysteries.

She is an accomplished actor and director of community theater, which lends well to her writing. Joan is a world traveler and enthusiastic golfer. She lives on the Canadian prairies and has three grown children.

 

 

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