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As tradition requires, I’ve been looking back at all the lovely literary/writery things I have done in 2016 (sorry I’m a bit late)

January – Planning for the Unique Writing Workshops I run twice a year at Gunton Hall Coastal Village (April and November). Unique as I cover everything from getting started on your first writing project to publishing and marketing your finished work. These are interactive and fun-filled days – but you can pick and choose, come for any or all of the sessions.

February – Began the month with a writing holiday to Tenerife.

Author gig at Woodbridge Library in Suffolk.

March – On Southwold radio.

Author gig at a women’s literary festival in London.

April – Author gig at Chelmsford Library in Essex.

Ran my Unique Writing workshops and met some inspiring writers.

May – Two author gigs this month in Suffolk, one at Kesgrave Library and one at Bury St Edmunds.

June – Arranged an evening Beach read. Weather a bit blowy but everyone had fun.

Author guests on blog were: Sandra Delf, Ellie Holmes and Tricia Cass.

Ran a writing competition. Winning entries and those highly commended would be included in a published book and sold on Amazon. All royalties would go to Alzheimer’s Research UK.

Cover change for Books 1 and 2 in my Chatty Cat series: ‘Chatty Cat: My Purr-fect New Home’ and ‘Chatty Cat: Spring into Summer’ (books for children and adults read them too). Designed by Rachel Lawston and I love them, hope you do too.

chatty-front-cover-from-amazon                                  chatty-book-twofront-cover-on-amazon25th-june-2016

ISBN-13: 978-0995484436       ISBN-13: 978-0993493447

 July – I ran the 2nd East Anglian Festival of Culture (#Eafoc)  at the Coconut Loft, Hatfield Hotel and The Clyffe Hotel.

Two author gigs this month, Great Yarmouth Library (Norfolk) and at Saxmundham Library (Suffolk)

Author guest on my blog: Lynda Stacey.

Book release: Book 3 in the Chatty Cat series: ‘Chatty Cat: My Purr-fect Friends’

front-cover-on-amazon ISBN: 978-0993493454

Book endorsed by children’s authors Terry Tarbox and Wendy Leighton-Porter.

August – Author gig at Gorleston Library (Norfolk)

Published an anthology of stories written by writers from the writing weekend in April, ‘Dreaming on Paper’, under my imprint ‘East Anglian Press’, edited by Jo Wilde. All royalties to Alzheimer’s Research UK

dreaming-on-paperfront-cover    ISBN-13: 978-0995484429

September – Author gig at a Lit Fest in London.

I ran writing workshops at Woodbridge Library and met some inspiring writers, some who aim to publish their work.

October – On Southwold Radio.

Planning the writing workshops ready for next month.

November – This month, author Jane Lovering came and did a ‘Writing a Novel’ workshop for my company, ‘Get Writing’ (www.getwriting.co.uk)

First planning meeting for the East Anglian Festival of Culture #Eafoc 2017

Planning a writing retreat for Jan 2017

Published this anthology (poetry and short stories) under my imprint East Anglian Press. ‘View of the Sea’, edited by Jo Wilde. All royalties to Alzhemier’s Research UK

view-of-the-seacover-on-amazon   ISBN-13: 978-0995484467

Although I had new covers for Chatty Cat books 1 & 2 I found that children liked the new covers and older readers, including people who wanted to purchase a book for their loved one who had suffered a stroke and just getting back into reading, preferred the covers with Chatty Cat actually on them and both are now available

chatty-catsuzan-collins    chatty-front-cover-from-amazon    Chatty Cat~Spring into Summer~draft FRONT cover    chatty-book-twofront-cover-on-amazon25th-june-2016                     

              Book 1                                               Book 2                      

December – The final month of the year 2016 sees my book, ‘Chatty Cat: My Purr-fect Friends’ in the WINTER 2016 Collection. It would make my day if you could vote for it please (voting is open until 28th Feb 2017)  http://www.peoplesbookprize.com/book.php?id=1474

During the Autumn I had the wonderful opportunity of running writing enrichment sessions at the Ormiston Denes Academy. I worked with young inspiring writers and illustrators and have offered contracts to two young illustrators who will see their work in print very soon.

Writing plans for 2017:

The Get Writing Buddy

Second novel

Chatty Cat book 5, ‘Chatty Cat: Autumn into Winter’

Izzy Cat book: ‘Izzy Cat: New Family New Home’

Two individual books to raise money for Alzheimer’s Research UK.

Thank you for your fabulous support in 2106 which was greatly appreciated.

If you would like to keep up to date with Chatty Cat and Izzy Cat here is the link to Chatty’s blog: https://chattycatno1.wordpress.com/

And if you would like to follow me on FB or Twitter here are the links:

FB: https://www.facebook.com/Suzan-Collins-author-page-186401074847655/

Twitter: @suzancollins

May this year, 2017, be a good one for you.

Until next time

Suzan  x

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Being hosted…

I am being hosted on Brookcottagebooks blog:

Chatty Cat by Suzan Collins – Promo Spot

Celebrating the launch of a new book by Suzan Collins – Chatty Cat – The First Six Months, [a true account of a rescue cat settling into her new home, made into a story]. The book is now available to buy.

Blurb

One woman. One cat. Two very different ways of thinking. Meet Chatty Cat and her human [hooman] as they get to know one another. Chatty Cat is a smart but scared cat who has been adopted and is getting used to her new home. Her hooman thinks she knows exactly what Chatty Cat is thinking and what she needs. Chatty Cat however has other ideas and with a mind of her own, her hooman begins to wonder who is actually in charge!

This book is a very light read and I know that the author enjoyed writing it, not only because it is about Chatty but also the last book she wrote [true story] was very hard to write [and harrowing], ‘Beyond My Control: Why the Health and Social Care System Need Not Have Failed My Mother’.

The Author

Author Suzan Collins is an internationally selling author and lives on the East Coast in the UK. Suzan writes romance and has also written an array of non-fiction books that pertain to her work as a consultant/trainer in health, social care and management.

Suzan enjoys writing fiction as it allows her to make up stories [and eat cake!] and write non-fiction to inform others [and eat cake!].

Her latest book, ‘Chatty Cat: First Six Months’ is a book about Chatty who was a rescue cat and settled in to live with her new owner, Suzan. Or is Chatty the new owner…?

Where to find Suzan:Website: http://www.spcconsultancy.com                                                      Facebook Authorpage: http://goo.gl/zfiqyv                                                                                           Facebook: http://goo.gl/i2Lp5U                                                                                                         Twitter: @suzancollins                                                                               http://suzancollinsauthor.wordpress.com

Where you can find Suzan’s books:                                                                                                       Amazon                                                                                                                                                          UK http://goo.gl/SZgln9                                                                                                                        USA http://goo.gl/qNk4SR                                                                                                                    Italy http://goo.gl/nuzYya                                                                                                              Australia http://goo.gl/ibc10L                                                                                                           Canada http://goo.gl/GIdQLH

Waterstones http://goo.gl/8oBjUB

Where to find Chatty Cat

FB: https://www.facebook.com/ChattyCat?ref_type=bookmark

Blog: http://chattycatno1.wordpress.com/

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