It feels like Friday because today is the last day of my working week. Happy dance! From Friday I will be on a week’s leave. A small thing to be grateful for but I am. My week’s leave will include a short break to the Sunshine Coast, then I’ll be embarking on some serious writing. I know the weather will be perfect for reading beside a pool or at the beach (I might fit a bit in) but I have writing deadlines to meet. I must point out though – every writer should read. Perhaps I can figure out a way that my laptop won’t reflect sunlight and work outside. Surely there’s a screen I can add. There’s another thing to Google this week. Anyone know where I can get one?
You might thinking, where has Donna been? She hasn’t posted for weeks. I haven’t travelled anywhere (oh, unless you count where I go in my head, like Zanzibar, Borneo, USA, Kenya and the Northern Territory). I’ve been writing and organising upcoming writing work. I love my blog and the readers of my blog, but as a writer, the most important thing is to write. I have lots of exciting things in the pipeline that I’ll be sharing later. For now I’ll just leave you with a writing tip and promise I’ll do a post on the Sunshine Coast Readers and Writers Festival. I’ll be attending the event on Sunday. I love the vibe of these sorts of festival. I always walk away enthused to write and full of ideas. If you’re up that way (it is at Coolum) why not check it out?
The latest reviews of The Zanzibar Moon:
“I just read your book and luvved it. I laughed. I cried and I’m inspired. Thanks for all the emotions. Hurry up with the next one. I’m telling all my friends.”
“Just finished The Zanzibar Moon. F#$@&! brilliant book.”
“I got told about your book by a friend. It’s been highly recommended as a erotic, but fun read. I can’t wait to begin.”
“It makes me want to go back to Zanzibar. Wow, you really sent the reader there. Oh yeah and Kendwa is hot, hot, hot.”
“I can’t wait for the sequel. I want to know what happens next. I was really invested in the characters.”
“I love the style of writing. It’s quirky and easy-to-read and it brings out the emotions of the characters nicely. Loved it.”
People ask how I have the knowledge to publish a book. Some of them can’t comprehend writing a book, let alone publishing it too (even my hubby). I never had any doubt (okay tiny niggles, but doesn’t everyone when embarking on a dream?).
I knew I could take on the publishing of The Zanzibar Moon myself because of my experience. I have worked in publishing in various forms for the last couple of decades (now let’s not get into numbers or it will give my age away).
In my twenties (yep, before marriage and kids) I worked for Ellem Advertising in Port Macquarie. I was employed as the typesetter, but because they knew I loved to write they let me craft articles for most of their publications. Later they made me editor of the surf-lifestyle magazine ‘Wax ‘n’ Wind’. I absolutely adored that job (thank you Ellem family).
When I was married with kids I ran ‘Munro Graphics’ from home. I was contracted to produce many local publications, particularly magazines. (Do not ask Bevil about the un-namable ones). I understood the business of publishing (magazines and local journals) but not publishing books. I was in the printing industry for a long time and then moved to the administrative sector because of lack of work. I did become an all-rounder.
Then about 2007 I joined Zeus Publications as the book marketing/publicist. There I learnt the book publishing industry and I loved every minute. Owners Bruce and Sandra gave me the start to see the nuts and bolts of the industry and I relished my role creating Advanced Information Sheets, Press Releases, Author Websites, contacting the media, organising book launches and book signings. The editor Marilyn taught me the finer points of line editing, CIPs, ISBNs and dealing with libraries. The experience was invaluable, so I’m forever grateful to the team at Zeus.
The book publishing industry has changed in those ten years, until now, particularly with ebooks and audio books. I have researched further to be able to produce The Zanzibar Moon to the standard of traditional publishers. I hope you’ll find that I have succeeded, when you receive your copy of The Zanzibar Moon. I have gone for a format of 152x229mm (just over A5), with cream pages and matte cover. It will feel really nice in your hands. I’m sure, personally, I’ll want to stroke the cover (and probably kiss it). Thank you once again for your interest.