Holy Moly, winter arrived in New Zealand with a bang. It seemed that the leaves had only just started turning to rich autumn shades and whammo, three mornings of thick frost covered lawns and the ski slopes all over NZ were open. Maybe one day I’ll get up the courage to try skiing or snow-boarding, but it’s not something us South Africans commonly do! When it’s snowing and below zero all I want to do is sit in front of a roaring fire with a glass of sherry in hand.
Well, my baby Bear is officially 1, and what a party it was! She was so spoilt, and her brother didn’t feel the least bit neglected as most of the kids who came were his age. He just loves having friends around. Hubby and I used the opportunity to catch up with friends we only get to see a few times a year (usually at kid’s birthdays). It’s always a fabulous way to spend an afternoon. I was quite proud of the cupcakes I made – all edible bugs and butterflies J – and some butterfly cookies too!
Book 4 is still speaking to me very loudly (always a good thing) though I’ve had to take a short break to do my income tax return this past week. Blah! Thank goodness that’s now done and I can get back to writing. There are some exciting scenes spinning around in my head, including a cliff-hanger for the end of the book. You’ll probably hate me, but want book 5 even more *evil author grin*. I have a working title, and will give it a few weeks to see if it sticks. I might just reveal it in the next newsletter if it does.
Sadly I didn’t win either of my categories in the Sir Julius Vogel Awards this year, but it was an honour to have been nominated and acknowledged.
I had one disappointing note to my week last week when I was thumped over the head with the realisation that, sadly, many people still don’t think of Indie authors as ‘proper’ authors. A very well-known Urban Fantasy author made comments on her blog and Facebook to the effect of; ‘non-traditionally published authors do not pay for things like book covers, proofing and editing, so their e-books should be much more cheaply available on e-book platforms than traditionally published books’, using a picture of a cheap, shoddy hamburger and obviously alluding to the sentiment that ‘you get what you pay for’ when you buy an Indie published book. I would just like to step in here and assure you that I, and most Indie authors, do indeed pay for covers (mine are exclusive, one-off designs) proof-readers and editors directly from our own pockets. I’ll continue to be a proudly Indie author, knowing that I (and the vast majority of my Indie author peers) put a quality product out there for all to read and enjoy.
Another thing that came to my attention last week was a case of a book blog trying to pass off a pirated copy of an e-book as a prize in one of their giveaways. As if ‘normal’ e-book piracy isn’t enough of a headache for authors to deal with… So I simply ask that if you ever win a giveaway and get asked for your @kindle address (and for you to add a blogger as an approved sender) for the blogger to send you your prize that you check with the blogger that the prize is legitimate. No paid for copy of an e-book will ever require your @kindle address, and very few authors will send out a copy like this unless it’s an ARC (advanced review copy), and in that case it should be noted clearly during the giveaway. If you’re unsure, or get the runaround from the blogger concerned, try to contact the author directly, most of us have a website or FB page these days. That being said, this doesn’t seem to be a wide-spread issue yet, and by far, the majority of bloggers are awesome people and would never do something so underhanded to an author or reader!
A new Giveaway: Click on over to Rafflecopter http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/be11036/ or my Facebook page to be in with a chance of winning. There are e-books from author friends; Rachel Walter, Tiffany Flowers and Nicki Scalise up for grabs, as well as signed bookmarks, and the chance to be one of the first to receive Hellcat book 4 when it’s released later in the year. I’ve also got one VERY special prize; the chance to name a character in book 4!
Huge thanks to all of you who join in the fun on Facebook, I think my favourite of the weekday regulars is What’s Up Wednesday – I just love to hear what you think and like.
As always, thank you for your continued support of my work.
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