Bruce Blog 2021

October 16th 2021
 
Bruce is in its 4th month of sale. Thank you to those who have purchased it. To those who were gifted copies, it would make my day to see some reviews! Good, bad or indifferent, reviews help me grow as a writer and they also have an impact on sales ranks on Amazon.
 
I haven’t started a second children’s book yet. The travel blogs, interviews and book reviews have taken over at the moment but a second children’s book is planned. It will not be with the characters from Bruce. It will be a whole new story based around a brother and sister.
Heres to that new story and the future.

October 4th 2021

Bruce is in his 4th month of sale and fingers crossed, its selling! Covid put paid to a lot of the promotion that I could do so I sent out copies to all the “kids”  I know. The kids being children of children I grew up with. Time flies eh! 

Some reviews have come in but I always love to hear more. 

The hard work has been done and its just seeing if it sells now. Copies also have gone out to people in the media, Im anxiously waiting to see if they can help me out! 

Now is the time for patience! 

September 25th  2021
 
My recent jaunt to the Gold Coast has given me a few ideas that may be able to be worked into a children’s book.
As the characters from ‘Bruce’ are not being used anymore, I have 2 new characters…a brother and sister. I now have some ideas and just have to fit it together.
Bruce is in its 3rd sale month and feels like it’s been out for ever. Due to Covid, publisher on a different continent and time delays, it seemed to take forever to come to fruition. Ive never been patient.
Bruce continues to sell (I hope!) and first royalties for that wI’ll come in March of 2022. Fingers crossed.
Remember to review it too📖👍🏻
September 10th 2021
 
Month 3 of sale. I still smile every time I see this in the world and when someone sends a review. It reminds me that something good came out of my first Christmas alone. This book.
 
I wrote it over about 5 days and quite literally didn’t want to stop. It was eat, drink, write, eat, write, out and repeat!
 
My plans for a Bruce sequel are no more. There wI’ll be a new book but with completely different characters. They are ready to go, I just have to find the right plot to house them. There are a few ideas circulating.
 
On that note……remember to send in your reviews.

September 5th 2021

“Bruce” is now in its 3rd month of sale, which  literary terms really is , in its infancy. Yet it feels like it’s been out for ever. I have had several reviews for the book which I am putting in the reviews section.

Before any reviews ever arrived, I made the decision to keep them as  anonymous reviews. I have documented them as “email review”; “verbal review” and so on. Many of the reviews are coming directly from children. 

Bruce has gone out to radio stations and some celebrities too so I am anxiously waiting to see if I get any social media coverage or feedback from them! 

Its all about patience! 

August 29th 2021
 
This week a Brisbane school hosted me for a school reading. I had a great time. I read chapter one of the book and encouraged questions from the kids. There were lots of laughs when I chatted to the kids about whether brothers or sisters were the best to have!!!
 
Lots of children asked questions and I even got them to give me ideas if Bruce should have any more adventures.
 
Ive heard since Wednesdays reading, that lots of kids are thinking of dressing as the book hero in book week this week. What a compliment! Some asked me where they could tell their mum to get the book from too! It was a success.
 
Bruce has also gone to some radio stations to see if they will mention the book on air for some added publicity for me. Here’s hoping! I posted some off and did my rounds of a couple more radio stations after the book read so I’m crossing fingers.
 
Of course reviews from those that have read it are a HUGE help too so please let me have an email review or jump on Amazon and leave your review there.
 
It’s just a waiting game. Some promo here and there, but it’s done and out.

August 22nd 2021

Wednesday is my event and hopefully I can entertain some schoolchildren. I have signed all the “Bruce” things that I have so that as many kids as possible have something to take home. I have a signed book as a prize to give away – the teacher is coming up with an idea for me. I timed myself reading chapter one to make sure that the allotted time I have would work. All looking good. Just got to leave in plenty of time that day and have a couple of hours drive. 

I may work my way around a few radio stations afterwards too.   I have some promo packs that I have put together. Business cards, book marks , postcards, my resume (it never hurts!) and of course a signed book. Im hoping that I may get a mention on air or at least a little social media exposure. Anything is better than nothing so off I go to do the leg-work to try and get it!

Thats my week anyway. Hopefully there will be a few pics on here this week about the school reading!!!

August 17th 2021

Next week, I have my first “Bruce” event (she writes nervously!). I shall be reading part of the book and giving out some signed posters, postcards and bookmarks.  Over the years, I haven’t had issues talking in front of people.I remember back to my nursing training and being on courses. The managers would step back, not wanting to talk, so I’d do it. I ended up training people for a couple of years so as mum used to say, I must have loved the sound of my voice!!!!

This time it’s different. It’s kids. Tougher audience to please? Wish me luck.

I also (hopefully) still have a radio interview coming up too. I have been sending out messages to everyone I can think of trying to get some publicity for the book.  Of course, some of you have received your signed copies and I am so looking forward to the reviews.

Don’t forget to email me your reviews along with a photo if you would like that posted with the review!

August 12th 2021

So, here’s the thing. I was sitting down at the beach today (as you do!) and wondering  to myself about other forms of media to get Bruce out to the wide world. I have social media. I have this website. I have a school reading coming up and a potential interview too (very excited about that one!.)

So what is next? Do I continue to put out sneak peeks of the book? Do I maybe put out a quiz for children who have bought it and think of a prize? Then, there’s the big one. Do I venture into YouTube and open my own channel. 

Heres where it gets tricky for me. I hate listening to myself, seriously though, who doesn’t! I hate seeing myself in photos and videos (again, who doesn’t..unless you have more confidence that me!) There`s a whole self conscious thing that I can’t get over right now. While I think YouTube is the way to go, I have to have a think……still thinking……..

August 2nd 2021

Month 2 of sale already. Before you know it, I’ll be saying one year on sale!! Reviews have started to drift in now for the book and are positive. Seeing photos of young people with the book makes everything I do worth while, so please keep sending them.
The next one to Bruce is being written. Chapter one done and I’m happy with that. Happy enough that I sent it to an agent on an open submission. Who knows? They can say yes or no but if I don’t try I’ll never know will I!
Bruce is not in the next one. The main character is there along with some family members that were not in ‘Bruce’ as well as some friends. This one, I’m taking my time with. Ive already restarted from scratch once as I wasn’t happy with the first few chapters but I’m off and running.

July 27th 2021

Here’s a question……What happens if you have no brothers and sisters and your best friend lives too far away?

Here’s another question for you……Who can that boy chat to & be silly with, when his best friend lives too far away?

Thats what happened to Nathan. Nathan always made his time fun on his own. He had to. He could read very well. He liked to draw and make things. He liked to play video games. He could ride his bike on his own. But it was just not the same. He wanted someone to be silly with, to mess around with. Someone to chat to at night, when he really should have been going to sleep!

Then Bruce arrived…and Nathans life changed.

Check the link in my bio to see purchase links and grab a copy today. Find out what happened when these two characters got together!

July 21st 2021
 
Packages from Australia to UK are taking an incredible amount of time to get there so please forgive me, those of you that are anxiously waiting for your copies!!!
 
 
Copies can be purchased from many sources. Through the link below, you will see that there are links posted for purchasing in the UK, Australia and the States. Many of these do worldwide shipping too.
Bruce was a labour of love that helped me get through my first Christmas without my husband. This is when he was born, when the story came to life. I started writing and for several days, just didnt stop. I hope that my hard work pays off and you all like it!
Go grab your copy now!

July 15th 2021

Ok, so I am impatient! I get it! I know I am impatient but I am never going to change! I have started getting some reviews in and I am so excited to hear what you all think. Books are on the way to the UK but of course there may be (and are) delays due to limited planes in and out of Australia. 

When you get your books, if you can  leave your reviews and share a pic or two on your social media pages, I would be beyond grateful. 

I am proud of Bruce. I hope you love it too.    

July 9th 2021

It has been out now a little over a week. Time has flown and it feels longer than that. I have sent the copies I have to certain people (different people to who were given a copy of the poetry book). The publisher has also sent out copies to media for me. I have secured a school reading. I have secured a radio interview and if the celebs that agreed to take my book follow through….I’ve hopefully got some social media exposure too. 

If a copy lands on your doorstep, if you were one of the lucky ones chosen this time, please can you leave a review on Amazon. Reviews go a long way in assisting with the credibility of the book and the Amazon sales ranks. 

I would also ask this…if you are comfortable doing so, could you please give me a shout out on your social media. I’d love to get as much exposure on this one as I can. 

July 3rd 2021

Bruce is in our world – I feel like it was a long time coming but we got there in the end. The process of publishing a book is awfully traumatic to the author. Nothing ever feels like it is done quick enough. You want your emails answered asap but you have to learn patience. 

My patience has been rewarded. Bruce is here and all I can hope now is that you all enjoy it. 

Please remember to leave a review at your place of purchase or feel free to send me a direct review and Ill post them on here! 

Thank you for your support. 

To the inspiration for my leading man in this book…..thank you for being you!

June 30th 2021

Bruce has hopped into your life! He is here! Head to the home page, click on the book cover an grab a copy today! 

June 26th 2021

4 sleeps to go until Bruce bounds in! I noted today that the UK and US are showing out of stock on Amazon. Please check out the purchase links as there are many other places to purchase. If Amazon is your preferred place to purchase please keep checking back!

June 20th 2021

The countdown is on. Bruce arrives on 30 June. It seems that it has been a long time coming but I am so happy to be able to finally share it with you. 

My complimentary copies are on the way. The parents of the children that are being gifted them have been made aware. Copies have also been sent to requested media by the publisher. I am (fingers crossed!) hoping that a little social media exposure may give the book a well deserved boost.   

 

June 6th 2021

The  book is starting to show its face on Amazon. As of today, Australia Amazon and Barnes and Noble are showing it as selling. UK and US Amazon will go online with it this week as will WH Smith, Dymocks, Wheelers and many other online stores. 

When you start to see the book for sale, it brings it all home. The hard work was worth it. The waiting was worth it. The reads, re-reads, edits and never ending emails to a publisher…..all worth it. The best part of it all for me,  I can say I wrote it!!!

The worst part for me, is that Mum and Mark are missing out on this book. I have mentioned them in acknowledgements and I have to remember that they would be immensely proud.  

June 1st 2021

As Frank Sinatra once sang, “and now the end is near….”….publication date for My Adventures with Bruce has been set at 30 June. 

Excitement is high and now is the in-between time where I am waiting for it to be visible for pre-ordering on Amazon, WHSmith, Barnes and Noble and all of the other online stores. 

Part of me would love to walk into a bookstore and pick it up while simultaneously yelling “I wrote this” but let’s be fair here. (A) Im not well known enough to be on bookshelves and (B) the world runs online nowadays and (C) Im just happy its been accepted for sale! 

I have been liaising with several people to lock in readings and reviews. I have a couple of well known contacts that I am utilising and hopefully a little social media from these contacts may come my way! As a new writer, I have to put myself out there. Its about me saying “hello, here’s my book, have a free copy, review it for me”. Its about me getting my name out there. 

I would love this one to sell well. I have a great idea for a sequel to it……..

May 2021

Here we are in May. The publication process continuers. I have had many questions from people about why it seems to take so long.The best way I can think of to describe it, is to say think of the time it takes to write a book. You might have 3-6 months just waiting to hear if you have been accepted for publication. (perfect example – I sent three poems to a publication with a 6 month wait. That was last June!!)

Then you have edits, re-reads, back to author, re-reads and back for more proofs. Cover designs, changes possibly, cover design back to author to approve and so on. Sometimes times for edits , re-reads and proofs can go into months. Its all about patience (not something I am good at!!!)

Some of you will have received a message from me about reviewing Bruce for me too.  I would like to get some reviews before it goes on general sale.  

The Facebook page for Bruce continues and is a work in progress. I will be doing questions and answers there too so if you have a question about the book please send it to me. 

So, that is Bruce.

Patience is a virtue  

April 2021

Here we find ourselves almost running headlong through the year! April already? Well, the update on Bruce is as follows. Covid of course, put the brakes on things with my publisher being in London. However, it’s on the move again and impatient me, anxiously awaits the finished proofs.
Bruce  was a labour of love for me, written over the first Christmas without Mark. The story came quickly and a potential sequel idea appeared at the same time  .

 

March 2021

Not the most patient of people, I sit here awaiting (anxiously) what I hope will be the final proofs for the book. This one has been delayed due to Covid and when I get this in my hands, boy it will be exciting.

I am starting a second children’s book. It is mapped out ready to go. Now I just have to get started.

February 2021

Due to covid and the repeated lockdowns in the UK. there have been some delays in getting this book out. Hang in there dear readers, Bruce and my books hero will be with you soon. 

The child that my hero is based on, is very excited to see this book to fruition. I cannot wait to hand this to him, its a special project.

January 2021

2021 crept up on us all! Christmas has been and gone and now, for me as the author, I anxiously await the different steps of the process of putting this book together. I cannot wait to introduce this story to you. The hero of the story is the child of a friend. He is as excited as me to see this come to fruition.  Patience is a virtue in the publishing world and that is not a trait I was ever blessed with!! 

Everything good to those who wait!