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Welcome Sandra Delf…

Can you tell me a little about yourself (inc a pen name f you use one)? Sandra Delf~author pic~head and shoulders

I have lived in Lowestoft for most of my life apart from 6 years in Australia and 3 in London. I left for Australia on my own at age 21. I have 3 children who have all now flown the nest.

I don’t use a pen name despite have a very boring name. If I did and someone called me by it I don’t think I’d answer anyway. Also, my book is about letters written by my father and a pen name, therefore, would not really fit.

What is the title and genre of your book?Sandras cover~Keep Smiling Through

My book is called Keep Smiling Through. It is a non-fiction history book containing letters written from prisoner of war camps during World War Two.

How did you come up with the story?

These letters, written by my father, Cyril, had been in a cupboard in my house for several years before I read them. Once they were put into date order I found there were interesting stories running through them.

It has a lovely cover, did you have any say in what you wanted the cover to be?

Yes and I wanted the cover to state clearly what the book was about. I found an image of a prisoner of war camp on the internet and set about gaining permission to use it on the cover.

I passed it on to my cover designer, Jen Moon, with a description of what I was looking for. She did a wonderful job with a very unglamorous subject.

Do you have any tips for aspiring writers?

Just keep going. If you are writing non-fiction make clear notes of where you find your information

What is your writing routine?

I write in the mornings when I am fresh and keen.

Do you have an editing process?

Not really. But I do save all my research and edit it subject by subject. As far as the letters are concerned I transcribed them onto the computer as I read them.

What do you enjoy the most/least about writing?

Seeing the final result is wonderful.

I dislike learning to use new technology but it is a necessary a tool.

Are you writing anything at the moment?

Yes I enjoy writing fiction and have a new project, a book containing 5 short stories about long separations. Also, I am hoping to get some feedback from Keep Smiling Through and will be carrying out some research to try and find out what happened to Cyril’s prisoner of war companions. If so I hope to write about it.

Do you belong to any writers groups?

Yes, I belong to: The Waveney Author Group, Writer’s Corner and Lowestoft U3A Writers Group.

Where can people find you on the internet?

I have a Facebook writer page.

https://www.facebook.com/Sandra-Delf-881404858618606/?fref=ts

Is there anything else you would like to share with your readers?

I will be at the East Anglian Festival of Culture (Eafoc) on the 2nd and 3rd July in Kirkley, Lowestoft (details below). It would be great if people popped in to say hello. I will be situated at The Clyffe Hotel.  And if they cannot make it I will be at the Meet the Authors event 11th & 12th November at the Coconut Loft in Kirkley, Lowestoft.

As a member of the Waveney Author Group and part of our on tour programme I will be at Saxmundham Library 10.30am Thurs 7th July and Lowestoft Library 2-3pm Tues 20th September.

How does it feel to finally hold your book in your hands?

I felt excitement, relief and a great sense of achievement. And, immediately started thinking about my next project.

Thank you, Sandra. You have been a marvellous guest and I look forward to seeing you at the East Anglian Festival of Culture (EAFOC) this July in Kirkley, South Lowestoft, Suffolk.

Sandras cover~Keep Smiling Through

https://goo.gl/t7MFj7

And if you would like to come and meet Sandra and get a personalised signed copy please visit the website for more details: www.eastanglianfestivalofculture.co.uk

 

 

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Welcome Richard, please tell us what you’ve been up to since you were last here.

Richard Hardie

What’s going to happen in 2016 for me, Suzan?……….In two words, Authors Reach!

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Last year, I and four other authors decided to pool our expertise, resources and knowledge in marketing and publicity and see what we could come up with. Individually we were all doing well in one aspect of the market, or another. I had always sold (fairly) well in shops, as well as to schools and libraries, whereas the others were far better than I at using social media and sites dedicated to marketing books to a wider audience.  It struck us that our combined skills lacked only one aspect before we would be able to call ourselves publishers. We needed to edit, design covers, arrange print runs, sort out distribution and supervise uploads.  The easy bit?

Actually it then occurred to us that one of our small group (Gina Dickerson) is a very gifted cover artist and in fact has a small company doing just that and websites, we all edit savagely and know freelance editors who we’ve worked with in the past, and I’ve had the odd positive conversation with the country’s leading small-run book printer and the UK’s leading distributor. Just maybe….

Hence Authors Reach, a limited company that does pretty well everything its five authors could want of it. I and Sarah England came to an agreement with our publisher to buy back what remained of our book copyright contracts and we became the owners of our own destiny. Sarah took the lead, publishing a new edition of her “disaster” RomCom, Expected, publishing it in eBook and paperback on Amazon. Sarah has always sold well on Amazon and has carried on doing so. However I have always preferred selling in book shops whereas my eSales have been minimal, though I would love them to go stratospheric! I therefore talked to Nielsen and bought 10 ISBNs under the Authors Reach banner, for use as we needed them, contacted Gardners, the distributors, and arranged for them to take a minimal stock of our Authors Reach books so shops could have next day delivery, and opened an account with Lightningsource to print our books and upload to Amazon.

My first two books, Leap of Faith and Trouble With Swords, have now been printed by Lightningsource with Nielsen ISBNs, are in Gardners repository and already on some book shop shelves.  Now it’s down to legwork, getting shops to take my books and invite me to do a signing session. I’m a sort of guinea pig and Sarah England, Catriona King, Gina Dickerson and Shani Struthers will be following me and probably overtaking me soon.

Richard Hardie~NEW Trouble With Swords ecover Richard Hardie~Leap Of Faith ecover

www.rhardie.com

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Richard-Hardie/e/B00BEZ21R0/ref=sr_tc_2_0?qid=1453752275&sr=1-2-ent

We have a number of radio and local TV interviews lined up and our plan is to have many more during 2016. Book shops may not be as easy to work with as Amazon, but they do create a “fan base” and are great fun to visit. It’s also the only way to actually meet existing readers face to face, and to create new ones.

Authors Reach has great potential, Suzan. Many thanks for letting me tell you and your blog readers about us.

www.authorsreach.co.ukAuthors Reach circle logo

 

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Virtual write-in this afternoon (Sunday) 3-4pm UK time. If you would like to join us please like our Just Write It! FB page and leave a message on it to say you’ll be joining us and come back at 4pm and tell us all what you have been doing e.g. writing, editing, reading through etc. https://www.facebook.com/pages/Just-Write-it/366023433491753

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Following the success of the Just Write It! writing workshops in Nov we are running another one this March. As you can see from the flyer everything is covered. Grab the early bird discount now… www.justwriteitworkshops.com

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We [Just Write It!] held our first writing workshop this Autumn and were delighted to see so many people, all enthusiastic and wanting to write. 

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The workshops included: Getting started, Planning, Researching, Editing,  Publishing and Marketing. I joined authors/tutors: Ann Bowyer, Glynis Smy, Jayne-Marie Barker, Jo Wilde and Rosy Thornton.

Jayne Marie Barker 

Rosy Thornton Jo and Denise

Feedback …

“I had a great time with some great people. Thank you for inspiring me to ‘Just Write It!”

“Thank you for the uplifting weekend. I take away renewed interest. These workshops have geed me up to move on with my work.”

“A lovely and inspirational weekend. It has been great to get to know more like-minded people and share time and ideas.”

“Thank you so much – I feel more alive than I have felt in months.”

“I absolutely loved this experience.”

“Thank you for a great weekend. I have enjoyed meeting other would-be authors and I feel truly empowered to write my book/s.”

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Watching the fox and the ducks tease each other.

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Some of the group have made a commitment to write and self publish a book [small, medium or large] by July 10th 2015. This group call themselves ‘Waveney Author Group’ [WAG] and will hold monthly meetings to support each other with their writing projects. I have agreed to be part of this WAG group and look forward to meeting up with the group in January 2015.

Wag

Just Write It offers a variety of writing workshops-

Getting Started and Planning Fridays

Editing and Different Styles of Publishing Saturdays

Pitching to Publishers/Agent and Marketing Sundays

If you would like more information on our writing workshops please click www.justwriteitworkshops.com

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Just Write It! offers writing workshops in beautiful Suffolk surroundings.

The workshops will be taking place in the beautiful surroundings of Gunton Hall Coastal Village, where participants will enjoy the 50 acres of gardens and secluded woodland, and will be able to draw inspiration from walks around the fresh water lake or in the walled garden.Walled Garden 1

The workshops are facilitated by published authors who are experienced and successful, and who are delighted to be passing on their skills and knowledge. The whole writing journey from idea to printed page is covered, and will include getting started, planning, researching, persevering, editing, finishing, publishing and marketing.

The workshops run from Friday 21st November to Monday 24th November.  It’s possible to book a single day, or sign up for all four.  Prices start from as little as £12 for a day, and there’s a discount for anyone signing up for the four days.  But… there are only a few places left!

The atmosphere at Gunton Hall Coastal Village is ideal for new writers who want support and have questions, or more experienced authors who would like time free from distractions to finish that novel or biography. Participants are free to join in any of the writing workshops, and/or join other writers for meal times and optional readings.  There will also be the entertainment in the evenings for those who would like to stay. There will be time in between workshops to write, think, walk or swim.

About the featured authors:

Ann Bowyer

Ann Bowyer – completed her first novel at fifteen, and now lives and writes in Norfolk.

 

 

Glynis

 

Glynis Smy – shortlisted for The Festival of Romance New Talent Award 2014.

 

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Jayne-Marie Barker – author of the DCI Allen series of crime novels.

 

Rosy Thornton

 

Rosy Thornton – winner of the fiction prize at the 2012 East Anglian Book Awards.

 

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Suzan Collins – shortlisted for The People’s Book Prize 2014.

 

Yvonne Newbold

 

Yvonne Newbold – author of “The Special Parent’s Handbook”.

 

Please see website for further details www.justwriteitworkshops.com

For accommodation:

http://www.warnerleisurehotels.co.uk/hotels/gunton-hall-holiday-village/overview/

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We bring people together in beautiful surroundings to write, think, discuss, listen and gain knowledge.

We have had an amazing response to our November writing workshops and now only have a handful of spaces left, so book your place today!  www.justwriteitworkshops.com

Flyer for Nov workshop~FINAL

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