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The Writer’s Toolkit 2021

Recently I started the online course 40 Days to a Finished Book by Leonie Dawson, and so far, it’s amazing. Leonie is somewhat like SARK, whose book Succulent Wild Woman I enjoyed in my 20s, but Leonie isn’t PG-rated. She’s not above using some Australian crassness to keep her students focused on the goal–which in this course is to finish writing a book.

Although I have several books started, I decided to focus on a book designed for working women living in rural Mexico for this course. As you might know, there are some substantial obstacles to overcome to working in rural Mexico. Hopefully, the finished manuscript will help ladies find a way to make a living despite those challenges.

Normally this course is $199, but I got it as part of The Writer’s Toolkit from Ultimate Bundles. So for just $97, I have access to Leonie’s quirky motivation PLUS 38 more resources worth over $5,000. What a bargain!

If you are a writer or would-be writer, I can’t recommend the Writer’s Toolkit enough. It’s an excellent investment in yourself and only available from June 7-11, so don’t wait too long!

As a side note, my book Book Building: A Beginner’s Guide to Crafting Your Book is included in the bundle, so you know it’s quality stuff!

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Self-Publishing 101 Webinar

Fellow author Mima suggested to the folks at PEI Writers’ Guild that I was the perfect candidate to teach their course Self-Publishing 101. So through her connection, it has come about that yes, I’ll be teaching this LIVE webinar on May 19th. 

I set to work on preparations in my typical overachieving manner and produced some handouts, did a full presentation, and have been running over what I want to say so much that I’ve been dreaming about it.

Don’t think that this LIVE webinar doesn’t set my stomach a-fluttering. What if I speak too fast? What if I stumble over my words? What if the internet goes out in the middle of it? AAHHH! What if I get a huge zit on my nose that morning? The list of things that could go wrong is endless. But I’ve committed and come hell or high water, by golly, I’m going to teach this class!

So if you have ever entertained the notion of self-publishing, I invite you to join me for the PEI Writers’ Guild – Self-Publishing 101 course on Wednesday, May 19th and find out the nitty gritty. I could use the moral support!

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My First Radio Interview

This week was my first radio interview ever! It was a promotional segment for the webinar I’m hosting on May 19, Self-Publishing 101.

I was nervous, of course. I didn’t receive the questions in advance, so I couldn’t prepare. I was also worried I might choke up. You see, the main reason I decided to self-publish was so my mom could read about my adventures. And well, although I know she’s proud of me, there was a chance of tears when I talked about it in the interview.

The interview was set up for 9:30 in the morning. I received a call via my Skype number. The guy on the other end seemed to have difficulty understanding that I was using Skype, not a landline. I’m not sure how the number showed up on his equipment. Anyway, he wanted to know my Skype name, so we could switch to Skype (which we were using) and I clicked away and accidentally hung up on him. We were off to a great start!

He called back and we proceeded, thank goodness. I was transferred to the interviewer, Matt Rainnie, who naturally had the perfect voice for radio broadcasting. He asked for verification on how to pronounce my name, did an intro, and we were off.

I didn’t really have trouble answering most of the questions. That random giggle that sometimes surfaces when I am nervous made an appearance. I cringed internally, but carried on. I also didn’t know how to answer the question about how many people I have reached with my books. I have no idea. I don’t keep track of book sales or stats and that type of metrics. I’ve sold books to be sure. I have followers on both my websites and social media. I haven’t a clue on how many.

Then, the clincher. The interviewer asked if I had advice to give would-be authors. I got a little emotional. I told them not to wait. After all, had I waited for a traditional publisher, my mom would never have seen my books in print.

Fortunately, the interview ended there. It didn’t go as smoothly as I would have liked, but I guess it was ok and I was certainly glad it was over.

If you’d like to listen to the radio broadcast, you can find my 7 minutes of Canadian radio fame here:

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