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Happy New Year – and new release!

Firstly – Happy New Year! I hope 2018 will bring you new adventures, inspiration, wisdom and happiness in whatever you are doing in life.

Faris and Monoceros - Cover

Available now at Amazon, iBooks, kobo and more!

Secondly, I wanted to share with you my exciting news that I have worked hard during the Christmas break this year 🙂 and managed to finish off the second book in the Faris series: Faris and the Monoceros – yay! This has been quite a long time coming, as I kept hitting the editing in fits and starts during 2017 – during the last couple of weeks I’ve had a few solid days of editing and prep and managed to get it finished.

The e-book is available now with all the major retailers and if there are any middle-grade / children’s bloggers out there who would like a free copy for read/review on a blog, or would like me to provide a guest post for their blog in relation to this book, please get in touch at:

info(at)cusick-jones(dot)com

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Can you picture it?

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Yes. But, can you hear it, touch it, taste it and smell it…?

It’s one of the biggest difficulties I’ve found in learning to write a book: slowing myself down in sharing the story, so that the reader can really come into the scene and be a part of everything that’s happening. We’re always being told to ‘show,  not tell’, aren’t we?

Even now I find it tricky to get this right. No one in the real world goes into every new room and smells it, touches and looks at every tiny detail – if they did, they wouldn’t venture very far in life! A lot of these things happen automatically and unconsciously – you wouldn’t want your characters to behave unrealistically and wander through every scene like Sherlock Holmes (well, unless they are a Sherlock Holmes-esque character I suppose). But, at the same time, there has to be depth, texture and realism in the worlds you build inside your books – otherwise they are a very empty place for your characters to exist.

In general, I tend to find that when I’m writing, I see the scenes like moments in a movie: I get the dialogue and the action sequences, the overall arch of the story and then I fill in the rest. Sometimes, I naturally must be working through a scene more slowly the first time I write, as the character will pick up some of these sensory textures and I don’t even remember writing them. Other times, when I’m doing a final edit, I’ll find myself with the questions on a jotter next to me, to remind myself: what does it smell like, what does the food taste like, how do things feel against the skin of my characters?

It doesn’t have to be every paragraph or even every page I don’t think, just a dash here, some detail there. A little like the camera zooming into close up on my scene for a few seconds, before expanding to a wider shot where the main action happens. I suppose I think of these elements like seasoning: some passages need strong flavours – lots of herbs and spices – to bring it to life; others need very little because the dialogue and action gives you everything you need. Over seasoning your writing would be as bad as it being too bland.

If you’re looking for more tips on ways to ‘season’ your writing, there’s a couple of good articles here for you to delve into:

Use All Five Senses to Enrich Your Writing

The Write Practice – Unlocking Your Senses

 

 

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Cirque de la Nuit – Book Trailer Release

It’s nearly time – Cirque de la Nuit will be out soon! In the meantime, whilst I’m busy editing and polishing the final draft, I’m very excited to release the Book Trailer today, to give you a taster of what is to come 🙂

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January 31, 2016 · 10:41 am

Tips For Your Book Launch

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Here’s a link to an interview I came across today, that IndieReader did with authors Toby Neal (self-published) and Holly Robinson, whose works are published by Penguin Random House. It’s really interesting to see what similarities there are, as well as differences, in the experience as the two discuss the process of launching a book and share their insights and perspectives in this post.

Some good tips for you as well, if you’re approaching the launch of your next book.

 

 

See the full article here.

 

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Ten Ways to Promote Your Book

I’m a bit of a sucker for infographics (if you take a look at some of my Pinterest boards you’ll get the idea!) and when I saw this one, I thought it was worth sharing.

All of the tips sound simple and straight-forward enough – the most successful approaches usually are the easiest – I think success with these comes from consistency and doing them in a co-ordinated way. If you put the effort into a book launch, make sure your online presence reflects this and ties in…is it on your blog, Facebook and being promoted on Twitter with good links between them so your audience find the right feature? And rather than just pushing the event itself, think about sharing with people what it’s like organising the event – what has been fun and exciting, what has been challenging – is it what you expected? In general, people seem to like the human elements of what you’re doing, a lot more than a series of similar promoting tweets – your blog is a window for people to see into your life as a writer, it should be real.

Preparing yourself for a blog tour when you launch your book is a great way to get attention and readers – even if you don’t get a review at each blog, just posting with them will give you exposure. And a lot of bloggers seem to like having interesting, interactive guests – if you imagine how time consuming it can be for people to generate content for their blogs, if you can make it easy for them to feature you, they are a lot more likely to say yes 🙂

How to promote your book...

How to promote your book…

Originally featured on BookBaby – click the link to view alongside their article:

http://blog.bookbaby.com/2015/05/10-ways-promote-your-self-published-book-infographic/?utm_campaign=BB1523&utm_source=BBeNews&utm_medium=Email&spMailingID=48786448&spUserID=OTI1MTU2NjExMgS2&spJobID=700221908&spReportId=NzAwMjIxOTA4S0

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Why You Want to Be Findable on Social Media

Just came across this excellent post from Veronica Bale about Twitter, for writers or anyone who is looking to raise their profile using social media. From working on Aside from Writing and running events like the Indie Author Month, I can agree that some authors make it really difficult to link up with them on social media, through not providing their details, or having ‘sharing’ buttons on their posts. It’s like anything in life, the easier you make it for someone to do, the more likely they are to do it.

Are you making these mistakes and missing the opportunities to have people help you raise your profile? Possibly, so check out the post and make some changes to how you operate on social media. There are also links in the post to a couple of other excellent posts on effective tweeting and info sharing…

Veronica Bale

Findability ( … if that’s not a word, I’m making it one).

As an author, you’re an entrepreneur. That goes double (or triple, or exponential, even) if you’re a self-published author. The success or failure of your career is directly related to the effort you put in to make yourself visible to potential readers.

Never miss an opportunity for attribution

We all know that social media is one of the best ways to increase your visibility. But simply having a Twitter account, or a blog, or a Facebook page, or all three and more, is wasted effort if you are not making yourself findable. What do I mean by that? Well, for example …

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Pitching Yourself to Book Festivals…

It doesn't matter what others are doing

This isn’t really something I’d thought about before, or looked into, but this is a great blog post on how you can go about pitching yourself to book festivals, if it’s something you fancy trying.

The post leans towards a focus on children’s book festivals, but the tips and advice would cover for the majority I feel and there is some good information on ways that you can get involved – even as an indie author – to get a better idea of whether an event is for you or not.

Certainly worth a look 🙂

http://www.sarahwebb.info/blog/how-to-pitch-yourself-to-book-festivals-by-sarah-webb/

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