Self Publishing, The Writing Process, Uncategorized, Writing, Young Adult

Do You Have Lucky Pants?

Do you have a lucky pair of pants, carry a charm with you at all times to inspire good fortune, or consult the astrological gurus before you set foot outside your front door?  No?  Then read on... I wrote this article for my motivational blog as it seemed appropriate for that audience, however, the more I looked… Continue reading Do You Have Lucky Pants?


The Ugly Truth About Book Sales

This post sums up the need to establish an audience way before you release your book, and the importance of establishing your marketing network.

Leona's Blog of Shadows

Today I am going to share some eye-opening truths, which might shatter the illusions regarding the book publishing business and crush the dreams of some folk out there. I have recently come across a rather interesting blog post link in the comments section under a post at Suffolk Scribblings blog.

It was a rather grim post by author Kameron Hurley. For those who are not familiar with her, she is an established author who has been a finalist for the Arthur C. Clarke Award, the Hugo Award, the Nebula Award, the Locus Award and the BSFA Award for Best Novel. Her short fiction has appeared in prestigious SFF magazines such as Lightspeed, EscapePod, and Strange Horizons. Her fiction has been translated into Romanian, Swedish, Spanish, and Russian. She is also a graduate of Clarion West. Impressive credentials many of us dream about accomplishing some day, if ever.

According to her…

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Friday Challenge – Could You Adopt Better Habits?

Take a look at the third challenge I set Rosie Amber’s readers…

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Friday Challenge – Week 3

Welcome to week 3 of the Friday Challenge where we are joined Shelley Wilson, author of How I Changed My Life In A Year.

Shelley is sharing with us easy ideas about how we can make our lives better and also the lives of those around us.

Here are links to the previous weeks. Week 1,

Week 2

Over to Shelley…

Shelley Wilson

Could You Adopt Better Habits?

We could all benefit from changing our routines once in a while. Simply choosing to drive a different route to work can do wonders for your well-being. For my book How I Changed My Life in a Year, I spent month six adopting better habits by growing vegetables, eating a vegetarian diet and de-cluttering.

When I teach my personal development workshops I inevitably touch on the topic of de-cluttering as it is one of the simplest…

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Friday Challenge – Appreciating What You Have By Giving Something Up

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Friday Challenge – Week 2

Welcome to week 2 of the Friday Challenge, a set of articles written for us by Shelley Wilson as a gift to you the reader. Author of How I Changed My Life In A Year, Shelley is sharing some of her own challenges with us and motivating us to make our own lives better.

If you missed week 1 here is a link to the post

Over to Shelley…

Shelley Wilson

Can You Appreciate What You Have By Giving Something Up?

After taking part in this year’s Cancer Research Dryathlon, whereby I refused all alcohol for the month of January, I decided to carry this challenge on and am now tee-total (nine months and counting). Don’t panic readers, we’re not asking you to give up your Friday night glass of vino… well not yet anyway!

In my book How I Changed My Life in a…

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Friday Challenge – Do Something You’ve Never Done Before

The first in a set of four articles I wrote for Rosie’s inspirational blog.

Rosie Amber

Friday Challenge

For the next four weeks we are presenting The Friday Challenge. These are easy to follow motivating articles from author Shelley Wilson who wrote How I Changed My Life In A Year which featured on the blog earlier this week. It was followed by a guest author interview with Shelley and she kindly agreed to write us four articles which I’d like to share each Friday with you as my gift to you wonderful readers, so that you too may be inspired to make positive changes in your own lives and those around you.

Over to Shelley…

Shelley Wilson

Could You Do Something You’ve Never Done Before?

If I asked you to do something you’ve never done before, what would you choose? Abseiling or white water rafting perhaps, or maybe you would opt for something a little less hair-raising and try a new food. To do something new…

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Guest Author Interview – Douglas McPherson

Today I am joined by Douglas McPherson, author of Circus Mania and Polka Dot Dreams. The Fun Five: 1.  What part of the world do you come from? I grew up in South London, not far from Wimbledon Common.  I currently live out in the countryside beneath the big Norfolk skies. 2.  What did you want to… Continue reading Guest Author Interview – Douglas McPherson


Guest Author Shelley Wilson

Very excited to be featured on Rosie Amber’s blog to chat about my book, How I Changed My Life in a Year.

Rosie Amber

Today our guest is Shelley Wilson author of yesterday’s book How I Changed My Life In A Year, her is a link to my review of the book.

Shelley is also going to be writing 4 inspirational posts for us which will appear on Fridays beginning this Friday, October 17th.

Shelley Wilson

Let’s find out more about Shelley and her book.

1) Where is your hometown?

My hometown is Solihull in the West Midlands, but I left my heart behind in West Yorkshire when I moved away as a child. I do cling on very tightly to my Northern roots!

 2) What inspired your book?

For me, the New Year is a time filled with the promise of adventures to come and places yet to visit. Every New Year’s Eve I write a list of resolutions in my journal, but as I was re-reading them at the end of 2012 I…

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Guest Author Interview – Peter Jones

Today I am joined by Peter Jones author of The Good Guy's Guide To Getting The Girl. The Fun Five: 1. What part of the world do you come from? I'm an Essex boy!  Was born and raised in Chelmsford, moved to Southend as soon as I was able (Mum used to take us there on the… Continue reading Guest Author Interview – Peter Jones