Monday, 30 April 2012

Finding a new Challenge Everyday

"Sometimes, struggles are exactly what we need in our life. If we were to go through our life without any obstacles, we would be crippled. We would not be as strong as what we could have been. Give every opportunity a chance, leave no room for regrets."

- Author Unknown - 

Tuesday, 17 April 2012

Bleeding for my next Book Cover

With the final editing of Keeper of the Dragon Sword still underway, I was fortunate enough to win the cover design of the book from JD Smith, a professional designer.

The picture is a photograph of my hand holding a very sharp Japanese sword. The blood is not real, just a trick the photographer, Francois Venter, employed to make it look like my hand was cut.
This is not the picture for the cover, I will keep that for a suprise for now, but it is exciting to see the words in the book come to life on the cover.

I have often read books where simple things described in the text where captured in graphic detail on the cover, and that makes the final packaging of even my books a lot of fun.

Friday, 13 April 2012

The Day after the Night before

Last night was the launch of Géra's Gift at Cherry Berry Café in Centurion, and I had a blast. There were not so many people as expected, but none of us let that stand in our way. We laughed and talked and made new friends, all the while catching up with the friends we already had.

Not to mention the nice food, the great coffee and the terrific cheese cake that graced the tables. I even got to take some home with me. And if I may be so bold as to quote Martin (the one on the dedication list in Géra's Gift), 'some things taste even better the day after'. He was referring to the cheese cake, and I heard no complaints from anybody else.

Will I hold a book launch again? Or even a book signing? The answer is yes. To both questions. Not only to promote the book, but meeting new people and talking about books, writing and even publishing is always an opportunity that I don't want to miss out on.

The next book in the series is in the final editing stage. Keeper of the Dragon Sword is going to give me nightmares for the coming weeks, until I get it done. Better get back to it, then.

Thursday, 5 April 2012

Butterfly or Broomstick: Internet Marketing

Whether it is a butterfly or broomstick remains to be seen. I have started an online internet marketing course, and have immediately found myself out of my depth. Of course, the lingo is familiar, and I know about Search Engine Optimization (SEO) writing, having a quite a bit of that myself. What I do find difficult, or rather unfamiliar, is the actual marketing part. Not only was it interesting to learn how many South Africans do not have internet access from a computer, it was amazing to learn that our nation love our social media sites. This is mostly through the use of mobile phones, since everyone has one of those, it seems.

The latest attempt to make me feel quite ignorant - after no fault of the course itself, I assure you - was the homework assignment to create a website. Not only did I feel really stupid, having never even attempted this before, I only had to read the blogs to realise that my fellow student were struggling as well. And most of them are half my age!

After gathering courage, by all means I could, I registered on the prescribed website that allows free webpages to be hosted there, and tried my hand at creating a webpage of my own. And to my greatest joy, and not without the prerequisite amount of cursing, I got it designed, saved and published. And all that on my first attempt.

It is active but not yet complete, as I am still learning, but take a look - here - and watch my progress as I learn more about internet marketing.