Tuesday, December 18, 2007
It was a shame the event wasn’t better attended, as there were some very talented and interesting craft people there, selling textiles, pottery, leather goods, and even Christmas decorations made from dried chilli peppers, to name but a few. Some were doing demonstrations, and all were happy to explain to people the processes involved in making their product.
I was signing copies of my 2 children’s books: Doodle Mayhem and The Monster Under The Bed. The thing that struck me throughout the weekend was that everyone who looked at the two titles said “Ah …The Monster Under The Bed.” Which led me to wonder why they all said that title out loud rather than the much shorter, snappier title of Doodle Mayhem? I came to the conclusion that it was because everyone can relate to the idea of a monster under the bed, either from their own childhood memories, or from their children’s.
Some people shared their stories with me, and one young lady called her sister over and said: “You’ve got to read this… it’s about us.” Some parents view the title with slight suspicion and fear it might scare their child, but most are won over if they read to the end, and find the funny twist that shows the monster’s identity – and if you want to know what that is, you’ll have to buy the book, or find me at an event for a sneak preview.
So to sum up: It was a quiet event and very cold, but I did manage a small profit, and met some very interesting people, both customers and fellow traders. Some more of my books will now find their way into Christmas stockings and under Christmas trees, and hopefully I’ll have hooked a few more readers who will look out for my next book, a follow up to Doodle Mayhem which I hope to publish next summer/autumn.
Please feel free to leave comments on my blog so that I know I’m not talking into an abyss.
Tuesday, December 11, 2007
Monday, December 03, 2007
Tuesday, November 20, 2007
Quite a busy month; I had another feature in Writers' News this month (Dec. issue). I've got fairs coming up, and at the same time trying to get back to a bit of what I set out to do - write! I've got an article (to generate publicity) and a short story (I'm still after a competition win!) drafted out on good old fashioned pen and paper - it's good to go back to basics sometimes, especially after struggling with my website again.
I've got a children's story part way through a rewrite, which I hope to send out to publishers before getting down to illustrating my next 'Doodle' book.
So, as ever loads of different projects, all at different stages; which sometimes feels like a balancing act, but at least when one project is completed, or away being considered, I've got more to keep me busy.
Friday, November 09, 2007
9th Nov. Christmas shopping evening 6.30 – 8.30 Huntington Primary school, York.
23rd Nov. Christmas fair 6.30 - 8.30 Knavesmire Primary school, York.
7th Dec. Christmas fair 6.45 – 8.45 Manor school, York.
8th Dec. Christmas fair 11am - 1pm Acomb Primary school.
15th & 16th Dec. Christmas shopping event - Barley Hall, 2 Coffee Yard, off Stonegate, York
Monday, November 05, 2007
Wednesday, October 31, 2007
Thursday, October 18, 2007
I've also made a start on illustrations and a bit of rewriting for another book, which may or may not be launched into the slush piles!
The doodle series won't be getting sent out to any more slush piles, if sales go well I'll publish the second one next year.
Sunday, September 30, 2007
Doodle Mayhem 36
18 out on sale or return
The Monster under The Bed 9 this month - I haven't had a month without a sale for over a year now.
Today I planted a tree, as a living celebration of the publication of my book.
Thursday, September 27, 2007
Please let me know if you buy one in or for another country.
My Monster Under the Bed books are in the UK, Canada, USA, and Slovakia.
Saturday, September 22, 2007
Thank you to everyone who came and talked to me, and especially the ones who bought my books and made it a very successful day.
I sold 26 Doodle Mayhem books,
and 9 The Monster Under The bed ( I’ll be restocking Borders on Monday as I sold out of monster books today, but have more in stock at home).
It was lovely to meet people who already have, and enjoy my first book, feedback is always welcome:
If sales continue to go as well as today I hope to publish a sequel to Doodle Mayhem next year, so look out for me.
I’ll be doing more book signings in the next few months, and there are signed copies of my book in stock at Borders – York. It can be ordered from any good bookshop or amazon.co.uk
Email me if you would like a personalised signed copy but missed me on Saturday.
Thank you for your interest and watch this space to see where I go from here.
Monday, September 17, 2007
I don’t know how I missed that back in January (Feb issue)!
The good news keeps coming: 4 Doodle Mayhem books have already sold - even before the officail launch!
Wednesday, September 12, 2007
At Borders York Saturday 22nd September
Find out what happens when Eric’s doodle comes to life and starts creating havoc.
New paperback for 5 - 8 year olds by local author
Anne M Stephenson
Meet the author and buy a signed copy – just £4.50
(By the same author as The Monster Under The Bed – to be found in the children’s picture book section at Borders)
Tuesday, September 04, 2007
Friday, August 24, 2007
There's a lot of work ahead, but it's good to pause and enjoy the milestones along the way.
Monday, August 20, 2007
Friday, August 17, 2007
Eric would rather doodle than write a story, but when the words start to disappear off the page in front of him, and his doodle starts talking to him, he thinks he must be dreaming.
Eric’s doodle has come to life, and he’s getting bored; he jumps into Miranda’s story, where he gets attacked by a rubber, then he’s blown off his feet when Natasha sneezes. Miss Roper is getting angrier by the second. How will Eric ever finish his story, when his doodle just wants to have fun, and create havoc?
More details to follow - watch this space!
Monday, August 13, 2007
Monday, August 06, 2007
Monday, July 30, 2007
Monday, July 16, 2007
I’ve decided to buy the ISBN through the publisher too, it’s time to hand over a few of the tasks and get back to what I really set out to do – and that’s writing.
Tuesday, July 10, 2007
Monday, June 25, 2007
Sales of my first book are still plodding along, with news of two sales from a bookshop, and a school fair do at the weekend – I just hope it stops raining.
Sunday, June 10, 2007
It is a children’s book, for ages 5-8 with a word count of 3,500 and black and white illustrations throughout. I’ve been looking at other books aimed at the same age group and am looking towards a 48 page paperback perfect bound book. I’ve been spending the past few weeks working on illustration, so that I can start getting quotes for self-publishing, and thinking about such details as whether to apply for my own ISBN or arrange it through the publisher, and whether to do my own formatting. As a former technophobe some of these things involve a steep learning curve, but I find that if I want to do something badly enough I will find a way to overcome any obstacles. With my first book I used a package from Trafford, but for my second book I feel more confident to take on more myself.
Monday, April 16, 2007
But on a brighter note; on Saturday my copy of The Self Publishing magazine slipped through my letter box, carrying a double page spread of my article about my experience of self-publishing my first book, The Monster Under The Bed.
My way ahead is once again clear, I've waited long enough for main stream publishing – I’ll be gathering my information and quotes for another self-publish!
The industry has moved on a lot in the two years since my first book was published, and my next book is for an older age group, and though it will have illustrations, they'll be black and white not full colour.
Tuesday, February 06, 2007
On Saturday 3rd February 2007 I did my first book signing in a book shop! I’d done signings at school fairs, at a library which I opened and even a swimming gala, but this was my first time in a bookshop.
I arrived at noon as arranged and set up on a table at the top of the stairs, near the children’s books. All the staff at Borders were very friendly and helpful. I had my trusty stock of bookmarks to hand out, which I find are the best way to spark up a conversation and get people interested who might otherwise have walked past. I met a lot of interesting people, many of whom, even if they didn’t buy my book, enjoyed looking through it and reading it. As I attend more book signings I come across people who have already bought my book and they all say how their children have enjoyed it – and that’s what it’s all about, getting as many books out there as possible for people to enjoy.
So if you’re reading this after coming to see me on Saturday, then thank you for your interest in my work, and look out for me again; I’ve got another book ready for publication, and more in the pipeline. If you bought a book on Saturday I hope you’re enjoying it, if not, there are signed copies in stock at Borders – York, or email me for a personalised copy.