Sunday, November 29, 2009

Christmas fairs

I've had an excellent first week of Christmas fairs, some have been busier than others, but over all, sales are going well. I've got a bit of a break now before the final 3 fairs next weekend, hopefully I'll be able to get some writing done this week. I'm working on the next book in the Doodle series.

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Among the reindeer

Yesterday I had another successful fair among a herd of reindeer (of the cuddly toy variety) at The Farm Shop, Wigginton Road, York. It all got off to an excellent start when my first customer bought 6 assorted books, while I was still setting up!
There was a variety of local craft stalls, and I even managed to fit in a bit of Christmas shopping of my own.
I'm at Knavesmire Primary school tonight - it's all go this week...

Monday, November 23, 2009

Christmas fair

Yesterday I had an excellent start to the Christmas fair season. I sold 40 books at The Main Furniture Company Christmas Fair in Green hammerton! This is a new personal record, beating my previous record of 37, achieved at a Borders book launch.

I talked to lots of interesting people, it was great to see people having a chuckle as they read my books.

My next event is on Wednesday at The Farm Shop, Wigginton Road, there'll be local crafts, and reindeer in the field outside.

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Profit from a self published book

My big news of the week is that my second book: Doodle Mayhem has now gone into profit!! I've always said I'd get there in the end.

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Unique Christmas gifts

What could be better than a book for Christmas and the time to sit and read it!

Signed books make a unique gift, especially if you meet the author and have the book personalised. I'm getting ready to go round Christmas fairs in my local area selling signed first edition copies of my books, and there's 4 to choose from this year!

Christmas fair dates 2009

22nd Nov. Main Furniture Green Hammerton 10.30am - 4.30pm
25th Nov. The Farm shop Wigginton Road 11am - 3pm
26th Nov. Knavesmire Primary School 7-9pm
27th Nov. Headlands Primary School Haxby 7-9pm
28th Nov. Acomb Primary school (to be confirmed)
4th Dec. Manor School York 6.45 - 8.45pm
5th Dec. Strensall village hall 12-4pm
6th Dec. Fulford school 11am - 3pm
More dates may be added - watch this space!

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Christmas books at Borders - York

I supplied Borders in York with a fresh stock of 'Lost in the Christmas Post' yesterday. Then I got lost myself in their lovely array of Christmas books...

Christmas books are great for reading during advent to help to get into the Christmas spirit. I'll be seeking out my own advent read soon, in the hope of getting at least a few quiet moments to read it.

Friday, November 06, 2009

'But I'm Not Sleepy' featured in Writers' News

My book is featured in the December issue of Writers' News!
There's a write up about my newest book But I'm Not Sleepy as well as pictures of me and my book.

It's only a couple weeks now to the start of the Christmas fairs, and that's going to be a busy week with 5 fairs across 7 days, then a cluster in the following week, and a couple still to confirm.

I've been having a good success rate with articles this week, with 3 accepted and 1 awaiting a decision.

Tuesday, November 03, 2009

Writing cocoon...

It's definitely the time of year to be a writer... sat in a warm cocoon listening to music while the weather rages outside. I don't usually play music as I write as the words can interfere with my train of thought - or I start singing along and get nothing done! But today I was struggling to write an article about bands - and the missing ingredient turned out to be music!