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Day 73 and 78 of 365 Days of Gratitude

Day 73 and 78 of 365 Days of Gratitude

Writing is my biggest focus, particularly because of the imminent release of The Zanzibar Moon. I’ve begun creating Writing Tips I posted to my Author Facebook Page. You’ll see a sample below:

Writing Tip Warm Witty Words

It’s a fun way to enjoy the chore of book marketing. I’m looking forward to creating more. The reason I have an owl is because I believe my dad is reincarnated as one. Owls are wise and cute, so why not use an owl! You’ll also note the owl face in the sun logo of Warm Witty Words and Warm Witty Publishing.

Most people don’t realise the amount of branding and marketing that needs completing, before and after, a book release. With the final edits needed on the book, plus social media, press releases, blogging, submitting articles, writing short stories, reviewer databases and a myriad of other tasks (not to mention a full-time job), I need to stay on top of things complete everything.

I keep an excel spreadsheet of the time frames for completing each task, plus a journal to scribble ideas in (and I mean scribble as sometimes I can’t even read what I’ve written). It seems daunting because June isn’t that far away. Other times it’s exhilarating that it’s getting that close. I keep telling myself that I have been fortunate to work in the various workplaces that gave me the knowledge to self publish successfully.

Plenty of writers come from backgrounds that don’t include the invaluable things I have learned. The jobs that helped me become a self-published author are:

  • Graphic Artist
  • Desktop Publisher
  • Freelance Writer
  • Office Administrator (yep, you do have to stay organised)
  • Editor (though I must admit that I wasn’t very good at that)
  • Book Marketer and Publicist
  • Social Media Manager
  • Branding (branding myself is a little weird)
  • Reader (all good writers should be avid readers)
  • Prawn Trawler Cook (“Nothing to do with publishing,” you say. “It’s about the adventure,” I reply.)

If any of the above apply to you, and you want to write a book, you can. If you want any advice just contact me. I’ll be putting together a non-fiction book about the process (sometime after The Zanzibar Moon comes out).

Day 73 I am grateful for:

Mahli my dog, because she licks me in the face if I haven’t woken up by 6.30am. It’s a greeting like she’s missed me all night while she’s been asleep.

Day 74 I am grateful for:

Being woken at 3.30am by my husband, because I had lots more time to get things done (emails, editing, marketing, writing) before going to work at 8.30am.

Day 75 I am grateful for:

A wonderful friend who has edited The Zanzibar Moon, because without my wonderful editors and readers I could not produce a book to be proud of.

Day 76 I am grateful for:

Another bit of progress in my life as a writer, because writers are insecure and need progress to reassure them.

Day 77 I am grateful for:

A phone call from my son who lives in Canberra, because I’m always happy to hear his voice (and his lovely girlfriend’s) and know that he is enjoying his life.

Day 78 I am grateful for:

The rain, because I’m in my office, writing, writing and writing (which to me is bliss).

Look around you. Find something simple to be grateful for in your life. What is it?


Donna Munro is the author of The Zanzibar Moon, Kendwa's Secret and Elephant Creek, freelance writer, blogger, graphic designer, content writer, book marketer, administrator, web editor and book reader. She's been published in Take Five, The Australian Woman's Weekly, For Me, She, That's Life, Woman's Day and Club Life and other smaller publications. She is a proud member of Romance Writers of Australia and the current Administrative Assistant. Donna lives in Queensland and is addicted to beaches, reading, Peanut Butter, elephants, koalas, Sydney Roosters and Home & Away. You'll often find her digging her toes in the sand with a book in her hand.

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