22nd July 2023
Rather a long time since I updated this blog, but then I have a feel that no one reads it, so I’m talking to myself.
There are so many things to do in self-publishing and I’m not good (or even average) at any of them. At the moment I need to:
- update back matter
- do a mailing list – this would be easier if it wasn’t that my mailerlite account has just been rejected. Why? Who knows? All these computer related things are so random. I’ve already been rejected by Facebook Business who insist I don’t exist!
- Then I should be doing sales and promotions. Things on Bookbub, on Goodreads and all the myriad of sites that have popped up to make money out of writers.
- All the other things that life composes of that have nothing to do with writing.
- Ah well. When in doubt find a picture of a dog and post it.
To listen to the podcast about making the Murder in the Cards audiobook:
September 30th 2022
Last day in September and hurrah, I now have an audiobook of Murder in the Cards wonderful fun. I loved making this and it was so much fun. Have a listen: https://bit.ly/GinaCheyne
Sad time because the Queen died a few days ago. We have also had some deaths in the village. Sad.
On a happier note I have a new book with the editor and the other two are making slow but constant sales.
July 23rd 2022
Starting a few marketing pics in FB. Hope it works.
May 23rd 2022
Wonderful Rooby Lane has made me a dress of my books. So excited. I’m going to wear it tonight at a cousin’s art show.
May 17th 2022
Now thinking of ways to promote Murder in the Cards. We have been kindly allowed to visit Petersfield Bridge Club in two weeks time to publize the book. Let’s hope my costume dazzles them.
May 11th 2022
Wonderful book launch on my second book, Murder in the Cards, at One Tree Books in Petersfield. Very successful day. Thank you Tim O Kelly and Sally Jay.
March 2022. Here I am in my other incarnation as a pilot and aviation writer mucking around after receiving the HAI Lightspeed Salute to Excellence Communications Award
Sunday 20th June, I am looking at competitions to enter. Slipped into the Women in Comedy Competition just as they were closing the doors. I’ve got the nasty feeling it might have been better if I’d had time to dress up first, my rather smelly just out of bed wear might not make the grade.
So now I’m looking at the upmarket OAPs comp. I’ve got more time to prepare for this one but I’ve always been a rather downmarket girl, perhaps I should disguise myself in more expensive clothes. That might at least get me past the auditorium.
Thursday September 2nd
There are lots of different reasons why we write. One is certainly to express oneself but another is to communicate, and I wonder if sometimes we don’t forget the first one in the struggle for the second. We are so keen to publish that we forget what we want to express in the first place. However, the wonderful thing about self-expression is even when we are publishing in a totally different sphere, it keeps popping out. For thirty years I wrote about helicopters, and yet I couldn’t help just a little mad fantasy seeping in, so I had a small article about Helicopters on Mars (this was before we actually did have a little helicopter on Mars). Perhaps I have the gift of foresight!
I have now had The Mystery of the Lost Husbands both copy edited and proof read. The designer is now making a fantastic cover for the book, and I am learning how to use Vellum (formatting software) brilliant fun. Once everything is in place, I am going to upload the books onto Amazon and IngramSpark and that too will be a learning experience.
Book Launch of The Mystery of the Lost Husbands on 29th November 2021.