The wait is almost over!
I meant to write an update last week, but just after I came home from London I fell ill. I was even forced to cancel my appearance on The Worm Hole Show last Wedneday as I couldn't speak. I was dejected to miss it, but luckily the hosts agreed to reschedule my appearance.
The other reason I didn't do it is because two authors I had met at the ALLI party (see my blog post The London Book Fair: Day 2) Terence Mitford and Adrienne Lecter had fallen ill too and haven't yet confirmed whether they can make it or not. Fingers crossed!
Lela Markham 3 pm-4 pm British Summer Time or 6 am -7 am Alaska Daylight Time
Tim Lewis 4 pm-5 pm BST or 11am-12pm EDT
Jessica S. Veter 5pm-6pm BST or 12pm-1pm EDT
Helena Trooperman 6pm-7pm BST or 1pm-2pm EDT
Angela Guidolin 7pm -8pm BST
Terence Mitford 8pm-9pm BST
Adrienne Lecter 9pm-10pm BST
Melissa Macfie 10pm-11pm BST or 5pm-6pm EDT
To find out the correspondent time in your timezone, just follow the link:http://www.thetimezoneconverter.com/
PRIZES (digital editions):
By Lela Marham: The Willow Branch-Book 1 of The Daerman Cycle (Fantasy);
Life As We Knew It-Book 1 of the Transformation Project Series (Science Fiction)
By Tim Lewis: Timeshock: I Want My Life Back-Book 1 in the series (Science Fiction);
Magpies and Magic 1 (Fantasy)
By Jessica S. Veter: The Eyes Have it (Science Fiction)
By Helena Trooperman: Good Fortune (Futuristic Techno Thriller)
By Angela Guidolin: 2 copies of Across Spacetime-authorgraphed (Science Fiction Romance)
By Melissa Macfie: Fate's Hand- Book 1 of The Celtic Prophecy (Fantasy)
On Wednesday 15th March I attended Ian Howe's seminar on editing. He explained the difference between the roles of editor, copy-editor and proofreader (Figure 2), although with self-publishing now the differences are more and more blurred.
With tests like Spot the Typo, To change or not to change? Is that what you really mean? and Contest is key, Howe touched on the intricacies of grammar, punctuation (Figure 3) and spelling (Figure 4).
I truly enjoyed this seminar, Get Over Yourself: There's no such a thing as 'the reader'. James Spackman (Publisher and Consultant) and Katie Roden (Publishing, marketing and content strategist) showed us the results of a research on the general public's relationship with books. There are three clichés that we must forget about:
The solution for editors and publishers is to get out of the office and observe people in bookshops and supermarkets and approach them. Playing videogames will help as well because that's what books are up against!
In the evening I went to The Albion Pub in Hammersmith Rd. As a member of the Self Publishing Formula Community founded by author Mark Dawson I had been invited to join a party thrown there by The Alliance for Independent Authors. Although I am traditionally published, this community is helping me a lot on the marketing front.
Before joining the party (I had forgotten we were ALLI's guests), I looked for Mark everywhere. I asked a barmaid but all she could tell me was about the ALLI's private party. However, a gentleman, Terence Mitford, heard my question and told me he was there for the same reason.
We started to talk about our projects and the editor of What's Hot London, Eddie Saint-Jean, joined in. He offered to write a review of my book (which he will receive in paperback after publication).
Imagine my surprise and excitment when last Tuesday I read this post:
After Eddie left, we decided to check out that ALLI party and of course Mark Dawson was there! It was a real pleasure to meet him and exchange a few words.
I also had the chance to meet writer Adrienne Lecter and podcaster Tim Lewis, who, along with Terence Mitford, are going to be my co-hosts at my Facebook Book Release Party. See you there!
I can't believe that the book launch is so near now!
When just over a month ago I appeared on The George Wilder Jr Show for the first time, I was nervous at the beginning of my interview. Host George’s relaxed style made me feel more and more at ease, so the rest of the interview went fine. Actually, better than fine. After I read an excerpt from Across Spacetime, George said he was mesmerised and wanted more! He must have meant it because a few days afterwards he invited me back to the show.
As you can imagine, I am flattered and thrilled!
I look forward to talking to George and his audience and hope you can join us tonight at 6.30 pm CST (0.30 am GMT). Save the time!
In order to launch my new book “Across Spacetime” in a professional manner (and not to panic!), a few months ago I hired an experienced coach, Louise Crooks. One of the things she encouraged me to do was to appear on radio shows.
Me, talking on the radio? No way!
However, as I was paying for her advice, I decided to give it a go.
We decided that the first interview would be on her radio show and that I had to find other shows interested in having me. I got in touch with various radios and I had positive answers. (Please see the details below.)
What would I talk about in the half an hour the radios hosts have allocated to me? My book is a short read, a science fiction romance and half an hour can be very long if you’ve got nothing to say.
But through a well thought-out questionnaire Louise has helped me to prepare for our interview. I’m so relieved, I tell you!
So, my first proper interview will be with her on Thursday coming 26th January at 12 noon EST or 5 pm GMT. I will write another blog post to share the link once Louise has created the event. Please join us!
We’ve been working on this interview for the whole week so I’m confident the experience will be great and I’m looking forward to it. I’m very pleased to be on her show before appearing on the others because she knows me and my work and can help me if I need it.
However, my first appearance on a radio show was last Thursday, 12th January.
Richie Allen, the host of my favourite radio show (The Richie Allen Show), broadcasting from Manchester, England, opened the lines for his listeners to discuss whatever they wanted to.
I’d been tweeting Richie during previous episodes of his show, commenting on the evening’s topics. To my astonishment, in the beginning of December he sent me a Direct Message inviting me on his show. We meant to discuss the details of my appearance in the following days, but he cancelled our appointment due to his busy schedule.
So, when he opened the line for callers last week, I phoned in. In the ten minutes I was on air, I shared my thoughts on the targeting of the homeless around the world and especially here in the Shepway District (in Kent, South of England, UK), on a topic in the school curriculum of my 11-year-old daughter that I find disturbing (the role of the armed forces in the fight against terrorism) and on my opinion on Brexit.
You can listen to the all show (it lasts for 2 hours) or just to my piece (from 26:38 to 37:35). I’d like to know your opinion on the chat so please leave your comment below. Thanks!
Upcoming Radio Interviews:
The Business Springboard Fanpage on Facebook Thursday 26th January at 12 noon EST.
The George Wilder Jr. Show: January 31st from 6.30 pm to 7 pm CST (0.30 GMT) on http://blogtalkradio.com/georgewilderjr
The Worm Hole: March 22th from 8:25 pm to 8:55 pm EST on http://blogtalkradio.com/radioafs
105.9 Academy FM Folkestone (UK): TBA