Friday, December 19, 2008
The book launch at Borders was by far the best event of the year.
Next year I need to work more on publicity and getting my books out to a wider audience. 3 of my 'Monster' books have sold in Norwich recently direct from Trafford, so that's a step in the right direction.
Merry Christmas to everyone reading my blog, and here's to a successful writing year ahead.
Thursday, December 04, 2008
With the weather the way it is (snow, turning to rain with gale force winds on the way) What better pastime than reading. Let your mind travel the pages while you stay snug and warm. To order on-line zap over to my website http://www.anne-m-stephenson.com/ (pay no p&p throughout December 2008)
Monday, November 17, 2008
The Main Furniture Company, The Green, Green Hammerton, near York.
As well as organising fairs, I've been writing articles. I was asked for a piece on book signings/launches for the Self Publishing magazine, I sent an article and photo in, which were accepted for their spring edition to be on display at London Book Fair!!
I've also done some rewriting on a story. Work is currently been held up by the antics of a kitten who is demanding I throw a rolled up piece of paper for him, as bored kittens find their own mischief. He's such a character he's bound to turn up in one of my books before long.
Monday, November 03, 2008
Sunday, October 26, 2008
25 Lost in the Christmas Post (15 to customers + 10 copies to Borders for their stock).
7 Doodle Mayhem
11 The Monster Under The Bed
The success of the day wasn’t only in the sales figures though; it was lovely to talk to so many people who are interested in my books, and it’s always good to hear from people who have already bought and enjoyed my first two books.
It was a long day; I was there from 11am till 5pm, but far too good an opportunity to cut short, especially on such a busy weekend, being half term. And the time passed surprisingly quickly, though I’ll admit I did nip up to the top floor to the coffee shop half way through.
Thursday, October 16, 2008
- I sent out my press releases last week, by email and post.
- I've added my book launch to a list of local events on the press website.
- I emailed an update to Writers' News, who have contacted me for more info for a feature.
- I've made posters, bookmarks and postcards on my computer to advertise my book.
So now I'm nearly ready for the launch, then it'll be straight into Christmas fair season:
27th Nov. Knavesmire Christmas shopping event - Knavesmnire primary school, York
12th Dec. Scarcroft primary school, York
More will be added as I get confirmation.
Tuesday, October 07, 2008
It's certainly easy to give books away - I have sold one though! and others are at outlets on sale or return. I'm working on marketing now: press releases, magazine articles, posters and bookmarks to hand out at the book launch on the 25th Oct. Bookings are coming in for Christmas events for book signings, mostly at school fairs.
Sales of my other two books are plodding along nicely, and new stories are bubbling away in my head waiting for me to have time to write them - that's the down side of doing everything myself - it eats into writing time.
Thursday, October 02, 2008
Friday, September 26, 2008
http://www.yps-publishing.co.uk/ I'm delighted with the books. YPS have delivered a friendly and professional service and I look forward to working with them again. But for now I'm just enjoying the moment - one of those BIG GRIN MOMENTS that make everything worth while.
Monday, September 15, 2008
Wednesday, September 10, 2008
As well as... keeping my other two books moving along.
I posted out another 10 copies of each to one of my outlets yesterday http://www.independentauthors.co.uk/ If anyone reading this has published a book and wants an outlet, Gary at independent authors is very good at keeping sales moving along throughout the year. What I need is more outlets, so that I can concentrate on writing
Thursday, September 04, 2008
Sunday, August 31, 2008
The proof copy looks great - so exciting to hold the book in my hands after all the hard work getting it to this stage. Now I have to check thoroughly to make sure no mistakes have slipped through, then sign it off and have the first print run done.
Next step is marketing, I've got some busy months ahead!
Friday, August 15, 2008
Tuesday, August 05, 2008
My first book with Lost in a Book will be:
Lost in the Christmas Post due to be published in September 2008. The book is ready to go to the printers...
Wednesday, July 23, 2008
Friday, July 18, 2008
As I'm applying for my own ISBN this time I now need to think of a suitable publishing name, easy you might think, but so many are already taken...
Monday, July 14, 2008
I did sell a book to a lady who will be sending it to Australia for her Grandchildren. So that's the first 'The Monster under the Bed' in Australia!
And a bit closer to home - I talked to some printers in York today, and it looks like my next book will be printed in my home town - which will be great!
Friday, July 11, 2008
I'm still not sure whether to buy my own ISBN or go through a self publishing company. I plan to get some quotes next week for printing.
Today I was in York supplying more 'The Monster Under The Bed' books to one of my outlets as they'd nearly run out!
Tuesday, July 01, 2008
5th July 12 - 2pm - Knavesmire Primary school summer fair (York)
13th July 2-4pm - Sunday fun day summer fair. - Duriston Drive sports field Stressal (near York)
2nd August from noon - Esrick pre-school playgroup 40th Birthday party celebration. (near York)
Wednesday, June 25, 2008
Monday, June 16, 2008
As it's a Christmas story I'll have to get it published by the autumn or I'll miss the season. - What this space.
Friday, May 30, 2008
Monday, April 28, 2008
Tuesday, April 22, 2008
Thursday, April 17, 2008
Monday, April 07, 2008
Saturday, April 05, 2008
On a more technical front, I got a website for my birthday this week! So as soon as I've got someting put together on that, I'll add a link to my blog and share it with the world!
I've done a bit of work on a short story for a competition, after getting a story shortlisted last year I'm determined to try for an actual win this year.
Wednesday, March 12, 2008
Sales of my books are still plodding along, and I've got a stall booked to do a book signing at the Merchant Adventurers Hall in York on 18th April, as part of the 'More than a Mum' event.
Thursday, March 06, 2008
Next I'll get started on the illustrations...
Wednesday, February 27, 2008
Tuesday, February 26, 2008
Thursday, January 17, 2008
Now I'm working on my second doodle book, the story is written, but needs a little tweaking, and the illustrations need doing.
Thursday, January 10, 2008
My deadline is the end of January, which will give me a month out on something completely different, before I get on with illustrating and preparing my next book for publication.
Wednesday, January 02, 2008
Doodle Mayhem 25
The Monster Under the Bed 18