I’ve been chatting to a lot of people lately and many discussions are about how busy everyone is. I find the term busy really stressful! The reason is because I have a vivid imagination and picture everyone running around waving their arms in the air and panicking. In reality, busy people are often enjoying their day or job and are being super productive. What I would say, is that even the you are busy, try and carve out some time for yourself.
As a creative person, I find it inspiring to chat to others on my networking hour on twitter, even though it’s such a fast paced hour. I enjoy meeting friends and family for lunch an make time for this, as it inspires me and makes me feel more energetic and happier when I am at work. I also fit in time to read. As an author it’s not only important for my job, but it’s relaxing and time away from everyday worries or tasks can breathe fresh life into your day and make you much more able to concentrate after taking a break.
Making time for yourself might be at the bottom of your to do list, but it’s actually important for your wellbeing and might help you stay focused and reduce stress levels for the rest of the week.
Top tips for carving some YOU time into the day.
- Get up an hour earlier. It might seem harsh, but if this hour is spent exercising or reading a book, even if the book is about a business topic or hobby, then your mind is drawn away from worries and your day starts with an alert mind.
- Make time to have a lunch hour if you can. Eating at regular intervals perks up a tired body and mind. Do something completely different to your job or task for that one hour.
- Phone a friend or family member. Pick someone you haven’t spoken to for a while and reconnect. It’s so easy to lose contact with people because everyone is busy. Take a moment to call or text and say hello. It might mean a lot to the person you are calling that you have taken time out of your busy schedule for them and it could make you feel good too.
Happy Easter weekend everyone. My publisher, Crooked Cat Books have put lots of their author’s books on sale, as a treat for book lovers, this Easter. Ninja School Mum is currently ranked #9 on the Best Sellers List in it’s category and it’s very exciting!
If you haven’t already downloaded your copy, it’s 99p/99c this Easter weekend. Here is the link: viewBook.at/NinjaSchoolMum
Obsessive-compulsive school mum, Skye, is a lonely elite spy, who is running from her past whilst trying to protect the future of her child. She tries hard to fit in with the other parents at her son’s new school, but the only person who accepts her unconventional way of life is new mother, Thea.
Thea is feeling harassed by her sister and bored with her life, but she suspects that there is something strange about the new school mum, Skye. Thea has secrets of her own and, although the two become unlikely friends, she hesitates to tell Skye about the father of her own child.
Zack’s new business is growing faster than he could have dreamed but, suddenly, he finds himself the owner of a crumbling estate on the edge of a pretty village, and a single parent to a very demanding child. Could he make a go of things and give his daughter the life she deserved?
When three lives collide, it appears that only one of them is who they seem to be, and you never know who the person next to you in the school playground really is.
Happy weekend everyone! Thank you to fellow author Natalie Ducey for her amazing support. Today I have been invited onto her blog to talk about drinking too much tea and how much the word marketing used to terrify me!
You can check out the whole blog post here: Natalie’s Post.
Meet my writing partner, Pepper. Tea photo via Booklovers photos on Pinterest.
Today I have been invited onto the blog of a fellow Crooked Cat author’s blog. Ailsa is such a great supported of other writers and I’m thrilled to be chatting to her today. When I received the questions fro Ailsa, I laughed, as they have so much personality, just like her. Check out her books here: Attention to Death by Ailsa Abraham.
Visit Ailsa post on her website The Bingergread Cottage, where we discuss family, being naughty as a child… and adult, and describing our perfect day.
Last night was my paperback launch and after two weeks of frantic planning, it was totally amazing! Thank you so much to everyone who turned up to support me. It meant so much. I have also been invited on two amazing blogs today, talking about writing a novel with Wendy Scott and writing mascots, with Jan Hawke.
For my paperback launch I set everything up with some amazing helpers and over 75 guests arrived. I did my thank you’s to the venue, florist and the person who made the book cake pops and edible book marks, then played my book trailer. Next I read the first chapter of my book. After that was an author Q&A and then people mingled while I signed so many books! Many people said that after they heard the first chapter, they couldn’t wait to go home and start reading the book. What a compliment! I was dithering wether I should include the book reading due to my being so nervous, but I’m so glad I did.
I had a queue of people to the door waiting for a signed copy of my book and I have never experienced anything like it. I signed books for 30-40 mins solidly and it really is worth the extra effort about decorations and bookmarks, swag bags, as people posted them on Facebook with my book links and some friends have now also bought my book, plus there were lots of smiling faces where people enjoyed discovering the treats inside the swag bags. It really was a night I will always remember and a big thank you to the continued support of my tour team for the ebook launch on the 30th Jan.
Here are some photos of my launch: The first one is a newspaper photo shoot just before the launch began.
Today is the launch date for my paperback of Ninja School Mum and I have been lucky enough to be invited onto the blog of authors, Anita Dawes and Jay Marie. Discover more about my book and writing process there.
Anita Dawes and Jaye Marie’s website: https://jenanita01.com
Today’s stop on the tour is with author D.L. Finn. We talked about what made me decide to become and author, the best money I’ve ever spent as a writer and what I do for fun!
Check out the complete Q&A here:
Author D.L Finn’s author website.
Hello everyone. This is day three of my book launch tour and the latest visit is the blog of my friend and author Suzanne Burke. To check out her post, click here.
I thought i’d also share with you some of the things I post in my tour Facebook group, which you are all welcome to join.
For my paperback launch I have made swag bags for the guests.
As my book has a Ninja theme and is set in a school playground, my launch is in a school library. People have said the swag bags look really expensive, but they aren’t, they just take time to make. I will then use the bags as centrepieces for the tables and for guests to take home. They are a great way to let the guests at my launch know more about my book.
I bought 100 white sandwich bags from a wholesaler. £7.00
I used design software and put 10 book covers on an A4 page. I printed 5 on my home computer. I then cut them out and stuck them to the front of the bags.
I bought big napkins in a bright orange colour, as they reflect my book cover. £3.50 for 125, so I have spare for the centre of tables.
In each bag I put a bag of fizzy candy mini chocolate oranges. I chose these as they fill the bags up and match the colour of my book cover. This was my biggest expense. £0.50-£0.99 per bag.
I then set up an A4 page with small book quotes about writing. I added 100 to 1 page and printed it out.
I bought packs of small lined writing pads from a shop. £1 for a pack of 5 pads.
I stuck the book quotes to the front.
I bought a pack of 50 ballpoint pens for £2
I added my book postcards with book details and buy links to the bag.
£1.20-£1.45 per bag.
Today’s stop on my blog tour is with author Alice Castle and her wonderful blog. We talk about invention, first jobs and being a romantic!
Check out Alice’s post for my blog tour here: http://www.dulwichdivorcee.com/meet-the-author-lizzie-chantree/
Meet Thea, one of my main characters in Ninja School Mum. She is a new mum and looks after her niece for her bossy sister during the school day. She feels very overlooked by her family and although she used to have a responsible job, she now finds it hard to remember a time when anyone actually noticed her at all.