Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Welcome 2010

Wow another decade nearly over. How fast did that go?? I am genuinely looking forward to the next decade, I believe it will hold some exciting times.

2009 is when I learned all I could about the publishing industry and I have to admit that what I learned was daunting and more than a little disheartening. I won't deny that I would love for my book to be a bestseller, but decided that I would like it even more if it were out there for people to read in the first place, something that probably wasn't going to happen anytime soon if I took the traditional publishing route.

Well, my book is out there and getting great reviews from the people who are finding it. No I'm not about to give up my day job, but you know what, I write for fun and relaxation and if I can share my imagination with others, that gives me a lot of satisfaction. That's not to say that if my book should somehow get into the hands of a publisher who instantly fell in love with it and offered me a 6 figure advance.... Well you get the picture and yes, I'm allowed to dream.

So I will carry on dreaming right on into 2010.

I hope you all have a wonderful New Year and may all your dreams come true, too.

Saturday, December 26, 2009

The Day After

I hope everyone had a Merry Christmas yesterday. I spent the day with friends, my surrogate family I guess you would say. Christmas is always a hard time for me because my family are all 4,000 miles away and I haven't spent a Christmas with them for 8 years.

Yesterday it hit me just how lucky I am, living where I do. People here are so friendly that they will not allow you to be alone on Christmas, no matter what. Unfortunately yesterday my mum was not so lucky. I found it hard to believe that she did not get invited round to anyone's home for Christmas, even though everyone she knows and sees on a daily basis knew she would be on her own all day. My sister was on her honeymoon.

She has neighbors that check on her every single day through the year, they are wonderful people and I am blessed that she has them to look out for her, but it never even entered their heads to invite her to Christmas dinner, so that she wouldn't be on her own.

So I would like to extend a huge thank you to my surrogate family here in the States that will never allow me to be in the same boat my mum was in. You know who you are and I love you.

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

It's Cold Outside

We just got the cold front that is moving through the midwest. Luckily the worst of it went north of where I live so other than the freezing cold we came off lucky.

Even though it is so cold your fingers feel like they are going to snap off after just a few moments outside, I just love this time of year. People think I'm crazy but there is just something about snuggling under a fleecy blanket with your hands wrapped around a cup of hot toddy and watching a classic Christmas movie on the television that makes me all gooey inside.

I haven't done much writing the past few weeks. It is getting to be a busy time of year for me. I am currently helping with a production of The Nutcracker. I have stepped outside my comfort zone to be the stage manager. Something I have never done before. I've always been on stage, not back stage, but I am really enjoying it.

I did another booksigning last weekend (Dec 5th) and sold several more books. It was wonderful because most of the people buying were granparents for their granddaughters. So my book is getting out there slowly but surely.

I have also finished recording the book and the whole story is now available to listen to on Do a search on Alison Pensy and it will take you to my book. It is free to listen to and word is spreading much more quickly than I had imagined. I have quite a few subscribers now.

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

The Amulet - Book Trailer

I have uploaded a book trailer for The Amulet. It was so much fun playing around with Windows Movie Maker. I had read about other authors making book trailers for their books and decided to look at a few on YouTube. Then I started playing around with the movie maker program.

Click on the title of this post and it should take you straight to the trailer.

This is my first attempt at anything like this and I would be most interested to hear your views as to whether I did a decent job or not. I am open to all comments.

Hope you take a peek and let me know