Author, Photographer, Lover of Life
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The call came out for ‘Nasty Women Project'. When I first read the post, I only read those words and thought, that’s not me, I'm not nasty. I consider myself a kind, compassionate, fun-loving person with a little bit of red neck thrown in to keep life interesting. My beliefs go back a long way, formed by my family roots and upbringing. Most of which I like to live by and have incorporated in raising my family. Old fashioned morals I do not confuse with being a strong person, but I'd have to say they walk hand in hand in my world.
For some reason, this project intrigued me, and I needed to delve further into its existence. So, what is a Nasty Woman? What I found turned out to be the preamble for an art project local artist, Veronica Funk was inspired to do because of podcast her daughter had shared with her.
My take on the open explanation of Nasty Women is that it should not be confused with the literal meaning of the words. Yet, depending on how our voice resonates with various topics, the literal sense of the words might be a persona we can all fall into at one time or another.
I have been enlightened to see Nasty Women are those who stand up for what they believe in, what they are passionate about. She is a strong person who knows what she wants. She will stumble, fall and pick herself up. She will speak her mind and she is always searching for and sharing that which she is passionate about. She is me, and I am honoured to be included in Veronica Funk’s 100 Day Project - Nasty Women.
Follow along on my Blog and other social media outlets for updates on the progress of the project.
We are all capable of telling a story, sharing information and creating ditties. The first draft of any genre is easy. It’s what we do with them in the end that makes the difference. The ensuing work can make the choice of turning it into a book not all it’s cracked up to be.
My inner spirit was compelled to write a book. No, it wasn’t a bucket list item, it was a need. A call out to the creative soul that had simmered since childhood. So, let’s rewind the film and take a look at the books, one book at a time.
Thinking the book publishing process through, and wanting to get a book published in the shortest time period, with the least amount of cost, equals e-book format. However, regardless of genre, the preparation, in my opinion, takes more time for electronic books versus a manuscript destined for a publisher. Once the idea topic has hatched from the egg, it still needs due diligence. Correctness, flow, eye catching presentation, plus conforming with guidelines set out by the publisher. The crux is you are writer, editor, cover designer and publisher. The bonus, and it is a huge attraction to most, is the lack of an exorbitant outlay of dollars. An e-book is not hard on the bank balance, but it can suck the time bank dry!
The writing was now on the wall. The hook had been set. The bait taken, and the challenge of what was to become referred to as a ‘real book’ started to take life. Moon Rising: An Eclectic Collection of Works was a relatively easy book to produce. Archived and newly written vignettes, short stories and poems cuddled together to for my first taste of a publisher’s world.
It also gave me a penchant for what was to unfold, a novel; and, not just one novel, but three. Each storyline with their own set of characters. In essence, three different books about three different topics, in the fire at the same time. All in a race to see which would boil to a finish first.
Whoa! When the light came on as to what I was doing, the decision wasn't even debated. Finish The Quiet Spirits first and let the other two simmer in the back ground. Having them to fall back on when the stagnant times hit was great. I drifted between the other two. Penning a chapter or more until I found my ground again to return to the book destined to be the next to go to a publisher.
I am not surprised by the amount of time it took to write the first draft, complete edits and rewrites (so far) for The Quiet Spirits. It is a novel, after all. But once submitted to the publisher the process seems to drag and be lengthy. Patience plays a big part in the publishing waiting game. Will there be more suggestions and/or will the nod come that we are onto the next steps? Still on track for release by the fall of this year.
I have written e-books and like the simplicity of their production for sharing information and short stories. I have written a compilation of varying genres, only to tap into a simmering passion to write in more detail. The emotional adventure writing a novel has taken me on is an experience I would not trade.
Regardless of the style, the story, the sharing of information, or the format, I look forward to the future of my writing. Short term to way, way out there. Embracing the compositions that fill the pages.
How do you support Indie Writers - ebooks or real books?
In recent news feeds I’ve received, there has been an influx of articles about how Amazon is handling the sale of some books. It is my understanding from these readings e-books are not being affected (yet).
But, what I have gleaned from the articles is Amazon now allows third party sellers to compete for Buy Box positions thus promoting books being sold by those who are not the Author. This change in Amazon's policy can push "the publisher button to a less favourable position" writes Dr. Judith Briles of The Book Shepherd. This is not to say the Author isn’t getting recognized, but the listing is now often NOT at the top of the seller’s list where it should be, in my opinion, when searched for.
After seeing this topic as one that has been trending over the past few weeks/months, I wondered how Amazon was treating my books. I started with From Our Home To Yours: Cookies and From Our Home to Yours: Cakes & Squares. Because they are e-books only, they appear to be safe from the debacle now surfacing about the Amazon book store. Apparently this is not true for books written with Amazon's Create Space books.
You can only imagine my surprise when I next typed into the Amazon Search box, my book title Moon Rising: An Eclectic Collection of Works and found someone actually has a hard cover copy listed for sale at $120.20 (shipping extra) - Used - Like New.
Now, I am flattered they think a Used-Like New copy of my book is worth so much; however, I get absolutely nothing from this sale other than bragging rites that my book is being offered at this price by a reseller on Amazon.
Continuing with my hunt for this book title resulted in finding several offers of soft cover books being sold at prices (way) above and beyond what they are offered for from my website, my publishers website and my Amazon location.
After finishing my ‘book selling research’ my interest was piqued and my ire was up. Reviewing my actual Moon Rising Amazon page for an in-depth look at what is going on, lo and behold we see some changes have been carried out, albeit subtly.
When the book was first published here by my publisher, there was no reference to other copies that might be available. Over the past few years, that has stayed the same, but not now!
So, what am I going to do about this? In my opinion, rather than continuing with a ‘you can’t do this to me’ attitude, there are a few ways for me to look at this, deal with this and use it to my advantage (or not).
First, and again in my opinion, Amazon is Amazon and unless you are a Best Selling Author with sales going through the roof, you are dumped into the ‘you don’t really count pile’ and are basically forced to deal with their changes or pull your book. Amazon is going to make money on mine and other book listings, regardless of how they do it.
Second, I want to inform other Authors (if they don't already know) about the changes in policies and to review their books posted on Amazon.
Third, while I don’t like the price misrepresentation of my book, I see it as an opportunity to let my followers know that, yes these other books are available, although I have no idea where they have acquired them from; and, if you want to pay the exorbitant or lessor prices that is up to you; however, you will not be supporting me as an independent author/entrepreneur and may be encouraging others to pirate my work.
Finally, purchasing direct from either MY website or from MY publisher's location, ensures you are getting MY hard and soft cover books; and yes, it also ensures I am getting the portion owed to me when a book sells. The bonus for everyone ordering from MY website is you will get an autographed copy of the book you order.
If you are and Author or know of an Author with listings on Amazon, pass this information along to them.
The very fact that you buy local means you are supporting entrepreneurs and small businesses owned and operated by those in your community.
Have you ever considered what reading local means?
In every urban and rural centre there are people who write. Did you know that more than occasionally, these writers have had their prose and poetry published? But, unless you know the them personally or see an article in the local newspaper, you most likely will never know who they are.
Usually, their work is available through social media outlets like Amazon; however, by teaming up with independent book stores and other shops in the area, unknown authors are becoming noticed.
Often as not, these same literary artisans promote their books by making sure the local library has a copy, ensuring anyone who takes a mind to, can read the books.
Topics written about may vary in interest covering a wide selection of genres. These locally written books may not be on the New York Times Best Seller List, but through continued support of these writers by the public (you) and businesses, the budding authors will continue to be introduced to the world.
Whether you call them authors, writers, or wordsmiths, they too are entrepreneurs in your community. Find out who they are, purchase their books and send them your reviews. Reading local means you are supporting local businesses.
Do you read books by local authors? Share their names and book titles with us.
January and February have flown by and March, it seems, has started without me and now it’s time to do some catch up.
The last few weeks have been an immersion of writing, deadlines, research and winter weather. Breathing room has settled, in and so have new schedules, Morning Muse included.
And now, “What’s with the schedule?” you ask.
Morning Muse will continue as a once a week entry on Sunday. This will be my last Wednesday Morning Muse post (for now). Topics will continue along the same vein as they have in past.
Flash Fiction Challenges (99 Words and 52 Words) will posted as they are written. I love writing these micro stories that can't be prepared for. When the weekly prompt arrives is when I get the brain in gear.
O.K. the new schedule is settling out, so what else is going on?
I am going to be implementing notification of activities and posts by E-mail to those on our mailing list. Yes, you will have the option to decline or unsubscribe from these E-mails.
The Ann Edall-Robson FB page has already seen some changes. You can now purchase ALL of my books from this bit of social media; and, I’ve made it easier for you to contact me from this location. I am looking at doing further modifications here as I go forward.
All of the changes and goings on is a better fit in my writing world. I will now have time to work on other projects that have been simmering on the back burner, giving them the attention they deserve.
Thanks for stopping by to catch up with what I am up to. See you soon.
“Write what you know,” they say. “Pick a niche and go with it,” others proclaim. “Get your name and product out there at every opportunity,” you hear.
All good and well if you’ve got the time and what it takes to promote the hell out of yourself and your product.
Plans for the month of February were to focus on the writing vein. Sharing information I find, or I know from experience. This, so far, has been a good theory on paper. It has produced the knowledge that my community prefers a content variance. The result of the past few weeks has given me information to digest, analyze and plan with.
It’s always interesting how the thought process takes you on a journey of looking after the number one.
Breaking out of the friend and family bubble of social media is daunting. You have to be prepared to show off a little, say what you feel, and reach out to new people. The last part, for most, is the hard part.
So how do you get your name and product out to the masses without spending a fortune and relying on others to do the job? You change things up a little, or a lot if that’s the urge that takes you.
Changes to your network marketing doesn’t have to be radical, unless that’s what you want. It has to encompass your priorities and what works for you. But, consider the old adage “change is as good as a rest”. It just might be what is forthcoming to take you to the next level.
What do you do to freshen up the marketing side? Do you outsource? Do you do it all by yourself? Have you done it all at once or baby steps? We’d love to hear from you.
They say a change is as good as a rest. I can attest to the fact, that this is true; however, making change sometimes comes without rest.
Today is the last day of November and it seem a most fitting time to let you in on changes that have been happening on our website. You may have stumble across some already, but in case you haven’t, and are wondering what I am yattering about, here is a little run down of what’s been going on behind the scenes.
Shopping for our products has become as easy as a click of your mouse. Our Shop is where you can browse and make purchases without leaving the house, anytime of the day or night.
We have also included links to affiliate companies we work with, on the off chance you don’t see what you want on our shelves.
Next came a place where you can see what we are up to. A Schedule of events we are attending, new products being unveiled and promotions we are offering.
To end this part of our redesign, we have reduced the amount of drop down headings. Oh, don’t worry, all of our previously listed topics are still there, just organized a little better (we think). If there is something you think is missing or can’t put your finger on, let us know and we will redirect you to its new location.
We do have a few more changes in store, but for now, here is an index of the new look.
Home - Where you will land if you type in AnnEdallRobson.com
Home Drop Down - Dames On the Range. Get to know this group of ladies I am a part of.
Home Drop Down - Keeper of the Words. Where you will find some of my writings other than my books.
Morning Muse - The place to be on Sunday, Wednesday and Friday’s. You’re here now!
Reviews - See what others are saying about us
Schedule - If it’s happening and we’re involved, it’s here! Home to current events that encompass our website, functions we’re going to/support, special pricing of our product, new products, and discount codes.
Contact - Send us a note, anytime. We’d love to hear from you
Shop - The word says it all.
Cart - Purchases can be made with Paypal or Credit Cards using PayPal and Square Reader.
So what are you waiting for? Take a rest and have a look at our changes.
Let us know what you think.
Author, Photographer, Lover of Life
My two passions, writing and photography are professions that are definite SOLOpreneur status.
It is difficult to have a conversation with people who look at what I do as a hobby. You see that glazed deer in the headlights look come over their eyes at the first mention of the word author. Throw photography into the mix and in no time, they are in need to use the powder room.
Joining groups and organizations (in person and on line) is one way of getting what you do out to the masses. It throws you into the blender, but if you don’t hit the pulse button and reach out, you might as well save your time, money and stayed home.
We take the time to join groups, attend meetings, maybe get involved in the cause. Why?
If you own a business, are thinking about being your own boss or need to get out of the house occasionally, getting involved with like minded groups has its benefits. Sometimes!
If business is your game, you are most likely looking for networking opportunities, support, feedback and general camaraderie. You go with the plan to give what you can, with the anticipation that there will be those already in the group that will reciprocate.
Unfortunately, it would seem that there are more and more people who take the plunge to infiltrate organizations with the thought that they need to take as much as they can without returning so much as a passing glance. I am told this is “just doing business.”
Well, I have to tell you, if this is doing business, I would rather stay at home and take my chances that my marketing strategy or lack there of, will make it on its own. But will it?
There will always be a few who have the same moral and ethical convictions. They gladly help without question. Knowing you will do the same for them.
The old fashioned term for this is a called "neighbouring". These are people you can turn to. They will help promote you, they will encourage you, they will be a sounding board for plans, project and yes, failures. They in turn know you are there for them when they need you.
Pick and choose the groups you want to become involved with. Do your homework. Talk to people you know are already involved. This holds true for local involvement and online groups. Above all, don’t be afraid to opt out if you find they aren’t what you thought they would be.
Are the organizations and groups you belong to worth your time and effort?
I wonder how many of you shop at your local small businesses? I wonder how many of you actually put any thought into gifts you give? I wonder how many of you make gifts to give?
Three questions that I can easily answer yes, yes and yes.
Shopping local means you are supporting not only your community, but a family that owns the business. Sure it’s easy to run to the big box store and load your cart with everything you think you should buy just because it’s all in on place. I’d bet dollars to doughnuts, you will also spend way more than you planned.
That takes me to putting some thought into gifts you give. Quite easy to waltz down the isles of any store and decide to proceed to the check out where they have a selection of gift cards in various denominations. The only thought you will have to put into this excursion will be who will get what card. Boring. Lazy.
Never mind the gift cards. Try giving a gift you have made. This does’t need to be some elaborate creation you have found on Pinterest. A gift made shows you took time from the so-called busy schedule to actually do it.
Like I said, answering yes to each question was easy for me.
Shopping at local small businesses is nothing but a win, win situation. I get to visit with the shop owner. I am always welcomed. The service I receive is genuine, and I know the product I am purchasing goes a long way to please several people . . . shop owner, me, the recipient.
I am also able to contact home based businesses I have become acquainted with either in person or online. These I know are unique gifts. Often one-of-a-kind pieces, well made and well worth the asking price.
I am not afraid to ask for a gift list from those I purchase for. I also, keep a notebook with me that allows me to jot down ideas when we visit. These lists are used year round, and when it comes time to make my purchases, I have a selection of items to choose from I know the person on the receiving end will like. I like to hunt for “just the right thing” for the special people in my life. Yes, I buy gift cards (occasionally), but usually only when specific stores or style have been listed. I would prefer that my gift not have to be returned and a gift card does allows for that.
Gift giving for any occasion, should be from the heart. Take the time to know the likes and dislikes of the people you buy or make for. The look of surprise, the smile it brings, the twinkle of excitement in their eye and the heartfelt thank you from a look of appreciation are all gifts you get to keep and cherish in your mind for a long, long time.
I wonder how many of you shop at your local small businesses? I wonder how many of you actually put any thought into gifts you give? I wonder how many of you make gifts to give?
How would you answer these three questions?
“You should write a blog. Share your stuff. Get the word out there.”
I hear this all the time, and truth be known, I have said it to people, too. It makes sense, but the reality is, it’s not always easy to do. Writing about what you know may not be the carrot on the stick that entices people outside your normal following to stop by for a read.
Coming up with creative and new subject matter for a blog sometimes has me searching the airwaves and memory bank for content. It was one of these ferreting out sessions that I came across an article from one of the news feeds I receive. Mike Allton's sometimes interesting and mind stimulating blogs about online marketing presented an easy and realistic approach to gathering new blog content. He calls it Newsjacking. In layman’s terms it's simply writing about things you are interested in, that are in the news.
Case in point, I'm curious about social media marketing and I subscribe to news feeds that discuss the topic. I like to share my finds along with my personal experience and knowledge in hopes of helping others with learning curve questions. A dry subject to some, but none the less, one that instills some thought provoking answers for others.
Keeping blinders on can be obstacle forming for beginner bloggers faced with the growing pains of getting traffic to come, read, comment and share their writings. If posting content others are in search of means taking something you find interesting in the news, expounding on the subject matter and embedding some links, I say go for it. Your readers just might find your twist on any given topic to be the one that keeps them coming back.
What are your thoughts on Newsjacking?
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