As you may know, yesterday author Adrienne Lecter had to cancel her appearance due to ill health. I hope that she'll get well soon and that our paths will cross again in the future.
Luckily, author Kal Uddin is available to replace her.
Here's the schedule:
Lela Markham 3 pm-4 pm BST or 6 am -7 am Alaska Daylight Time
Tim Lewis 4 pm-5 pm BST or 11am-12pm EDT
Jessica Veter 5pm-6pm BST or 12pm-1pm EDT
Helena Trooperman 6pm-7pm BST or 1pm-2pm EDT
Angela Guidolin 7pm -8pm British Summer Time or 2-pm-3pm EDT
Terence Mitford 8pm-9pm BST or 3pm-4pm EDT
Kal Uddin 9pm-10pm BST or 4pm-5pm EDT
Melissa Macfie 10pm-11pm BST or 5pm-6pm EDT
To find out the correspondent time in your time zone, just follow the link:http://www.thetimezoneconverter.com/
And here are the Giveaway Prizes:
By Lela Marham: The Willow Branch-Book 1 of The Daerman Cycle (Fantasy); and 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); and Magpies and Magic-Book 1 (Fantasy)
By Jessica S. Veter: The Eyes Have it (Science Fiction)
By Helena Trooperman: Good Fortune: A Futuristic Techno Thriller (Thriller)
By Angela Guidolin: 2 copies of Across Spacetime (authorgraphed)
By Terence Mitford: The Scarlet Club, (Thriller)
By Kal Uddin: Rise of the Red Harbinger-Book 1 of The Drowned Realm (Fantasy)
By Melissa Macfie: Fate's Hand- Book 1 of The Celtic Prophecy (Fantasy)
See you there!
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!