Sorry I’ve been absent from this blog. To say a lot has been going on is an understatement. I made a big move, began new jobs, decorated a lovely home (including home office), helped the dog adjust to the move (she’s snoring under my chair right now. I guess that means she’s settled), finalised some ghost writing jobs, tried to add to my manuscript (unfortunately not often enough), worked long hours, took in the sights of the new town, had visitors, celebrated another birthday (mine), saw more of the grandchildren and numerous other things that seem to keep me from this blog.
I promised myself a couple of weeks ago that I would write a post. Finally here it is.
In April I took on the role as Administrative Assistant at RWA (Romance Writers of Australia). Wow, I could hardly believe I could get this dream job and another with Design Stuff. Working from home with the collaborative, wonderful bunch of people at RWA has been amazing. I love that I get to help other writers live their dream, guiding them to an OWL (Online Writing Lab), which Facebook or Google group to join, how to become a member, what the membership provides and how to purchase tickets for the Melbourne Conference 2019 among other things – is a joy.
So you can see I have been busy but yes I am still writing. I am an author. The next book will be finished (eventually) and published for you to read. Bear with me.
At one of the events I was involved in this year Books by the Beach (Mooloolaba) I met lovely Ann-Maree Howarth. When she said she reviewed books I offered her a copy of The Zanzibar Moon. Here is her excellent review:
The Zanzibar Moon
The Zanzibar Moon
What an adventurest tale this book was from a heartbreaking New Year’s Eve to all the wonders of Africa. This has been the first paperback I have read in a while and I must say I really missed this form of reading. Donna Munro is a new author to me, an this is the very first book she has published. As an Australian, I really enjoyed the Australian lingo and quirks along the way. The flow of the story was good, it will hold your attention and keep you wanting to read and find out more. The author did also include a lot of African words and meaning to give you a very authentic feel to the story and you just might learn a few new words of African along the way. This kind of reading might be a bit of a distraction at first but stick with it the story will flow better after the author has given us a full description of Africa and the characters within it.
During this story will find our heroine travelling from her little suburban home in Australia to the dynamic country of Zanzibar where she is volunteering to find herself again. Alkina finds herself an empty nest and a too-time cheating husband at the start of a new year so she decided to fulfil her dream of going to Africa.
Dr Don Cloutier wanted Ali.
Kendwa wanted Ali.
Shaun wanted Ali.
Even Roger wanted Ali back.
Ali fell in love with the magic of Zanzibar and loved her job at the shelter helping the single mothers open up the old resort to support themselves and their children.
Will she find magic in the arms of another man? Could she just have a holiday romance and then return home to her children and friends? Or will this working holiday change her life forever?
“Maybe there is magic on Zanzibar after all.”
This book is full of wonder, magic, sadness, hope, regret, strength, sorrow, joy, love, chemistry, family, heartache, wildlife and most of all adventure that will fill you as you read. There was some part of the story I went really……but it was not my story to tell but the authors. It was a lovely change to the books I have been reading and I totally enjoyed this book even though I have had it sitting next to my bed for the last few months.
Thank you Anne-Maree, you made my day when I read this review.
I’m excited to be holding a Online Writing Lab (OWL) for Romance Writers of Australia this April. Please join me as I share my self-publishing journey with tips and tricks without the pitfalls. Learn from my own lessons. I’ll also be sharing plenty of free templates to use in your publishing business – to make life easy.
RWA OWL: Self-Publishing POD – love your own books
There’s no better joy to an aspiring romance author than the arrival of that first book baby. Holding that début book in your hands, flipping the pages, rubbing the cover and staring at your author picture may seem a surreal dream, but it’s not. Advancements in technology make it possible for you to self-publish simply – if you know how.
I’ll eliminate the worries from your self-publishing journey by teaching you tips and tricks; what worked for me and what didn’t.
As an indie author of two romance novels The Zanzibar Moon and Kendwa’s Secret and successful freelance writer, I can show you how to take the next steps. I have worked in publishing as a book marketing publicist, developed writer websites and ghostwritten to help other writers achieve their goals. My qualifications include a writing diploma, TESOL certificate, graphic arts, printing, publishing, public speaking, event management and writing for over thirty years.
Let me help you:
- Avoid the common pitfalls.
- Celebrate your ability.
- The A, B, Cs of self-publishing (Aptitude, Belief, Creativity).
- Drafts, edits, re-drafts and re-edits and the tricks to help.
- Network with your tribe for the processes you can’t do yourself.
- The dozen of self-publishing (1. Write, 2. Drafts/Edits, 3. Register, 4. Market, 5. Layout, 6. Book Cover, 7. Proof, 8. Last Edit, 9. Print, 10. Distribute, 11. Social Media, 12. Website and other marketing).
- Enjoy the creative freedom of self-publishing.
- Checklists to make the best decisions to produce a book that mixes it with the traditionals.
- Keeping records that don’t dampen your enthusiasm.
The course will run for four weeks.
Lessons will be disseminated each week in downloadable Word and PDF handouts, along with YouTube videos. The presenter will email all participants once a week before the next lesson.
Prior to the course, a questionnaire will need to be completed so the presenter can see where each participant is at with their romance writing.
To get the most out of this course it’s best to have intermediate computer skills and access to the internet. Anyone who is enthusiastic and willing to learn is welcome to join in.
Donna Munro is the indie author of two adventure romance novels and a successful freelance writer who has been published in national magazines. She has a background in publishing, book marketing, graphic design, printing, WordPress/Wix websites and ghostwriting. She helps other writers aspire to publication through her website http://www.warmwittywords.com.au
Course Dates: 1st to 28th April 2019
Cost: RWA-Member – $55.00 Non RWA-Member – $88.00
* Please note, there is a $0.50 Trybooking fee at checkout.
Venue: Online – RWA Moodle Platform
(Course attendees will be notified of access/login details via email from the OWL Registrar a few days prior to the start date of the course)
RWA OWL Courses
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