Emo The Emotional Elf

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Hi all how are you?

I am excited and so ready for this book event.

It is great because one leads to another then more opportunities come your way, which is great if you are starting out as an unknown author. These events don’t just bring opportunity to show your book off, they give you a huge chance to meet other author’s , librarians, readers.

A massive opportunity to get into speaking events, sharpen your skill set, and learn alot about the publishing industry. Sharing other authors journey’s and making friends it pretty awesome.๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ‘Œ

You get to be a little creative and think about marketing, other products you might want to add to your list of things to sell. Metadata is a bit of a minefield especially if you change publishers getting new up to date data or have corrections made not an easy task can leave you frustrated.

That is definatley the biggest issue if your self publishing after having a publisher.

The amount of people I have connected with on many sites and enjoy conversations with really opens your eyes up to the bigger world outside of your norm.

I enjoy reading other blogs especially here on wordpress because Thier is such a wide range of blogs people’s perspectives, people’s work.

The majority of new authors have too work real hard at promoting and selling Thier books making valuable connections. I would not say my journey has been the easiest, infact it isn’t something I would wish on any other author, but I am really resilient I never give up no matter what obstacles get put in the way. ๐Ÿ˜ฌ๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ’ฏ

Would I have done things differently or even published if I knew it would be so hard, that is something I ponder on occasionally before I give myself a talking too, and focus on the future.

I had hoped to have my next book finnished by now , it is started but the obstacles that have arisen for the old publishers going into liquidation has made me take a big step back from that and really focus on this first book and doing what needs to be done to get it where it was ment to be last year. The book data is being sorted and slowly the old book will be replaced by my own self publish book. It is out both in ebook format and print format avalible to down load through kobo and appearing on many book seller’s sites. Now to get reader’s and reviews the next part of the process. Events although are fabulous it really depends on how many people turn up and if your book catches Thier attention enough to buy it. I tend to talk to people who come to the event. Usually at this time I would feel the nerves bubbling as the reality that the day has come to get out there.

I just don’t feel that now , I feel just excitement even sorting some of the issues today, has not dampened my excitement of tomorrow’s event.

I had a big think and a small spend for the table to look nice and inviting, a new cloth, a display stand for the book marks and poster’s, adding a little bit of glitter in the shape of a Christmas bow. It is relivent to the book being a Christmas story.

Playing about with the layout , I always like to plan how I want it to look. Hope the table isn’t to small though so have to be prepared to change things a little
Making sure the credit card machine is fully charged and ready to work
We still have some promotional things like key rings that the children made and book marks. They sold quite well at the events and a great way to get your book marketing out and about
Emo is ready too

Bring your Character’s with you, what made you begin the book , my little buddy Emo Elf has helped us through so much. Although we have 16 elves now he is the only one coming with me tomorrow my silent friend Thier for the reminder that I can achieve great things. To never give up.

I am not sure what I will wear yet sometimes I dress up in my elf costume sometimes I don’t I shall see in the morning,

As you can probally tell I am in a rather chatty mood tonight.

My hubby has been a star this week, phoning around and sorting some of the data stuff, coming with me to both school meetings, sending me really silly posts that I should not really laugh at but some how has had a calming affect. I have had such a busy couple of weeks but it has been so much fun, 4 birthdays , work, doctors, dentist, schools, life seems to be falling back in to place like it was before the diagnosis maybe we just got better at relaxing and taking the moments we need to rest in-between all the things. We move in random sometimes know what the other needs and silently doing it. Oh dear that’s sounds like way too much adulting ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚ .

Jake’s meetings and parents evening was very good , it is great actually seeing the teachers and getting feed back on his strengths and what he struggles with, he has hit his targets for end of year 11 and even exceeded some, and for a young man with serious eating issues he is inline for a distinction in health and catering.

Jake decided to come with us to parents evening, there were a few things he brought up himself especially with his catering teacher first are you going to stay, he has had three teachers the class is a bit of a handful, she assured him she will be staying, the next he just out right said I think you should have some help in this class because everyone keeps messing about. The teacher asked him to give her a chance to settle in as she has only been Thier three weeks, it will get better in thier. She also said that Jake and a few other were put at the back of the class because they worked hard and that the ones that needed more supervision were in the front. Jake just nodded his head. She asked about Jake’s eating issues and said in this class they do cover what food groups help the body to grow and she opened up to home about having eating issues herself for about a year. Where she could only taste a metallic taste. This is what some of our kids need to know they are not alone in Thier struggles teachers have this huge thing where they teach but don’t always let Thier barriers down, but for kids that have issues they are looking for people who get how they feel.

The only thing that came up was organising extra time for Jake in his exams, which I can get added before the final adjustments to his EHCP plan is done.

The thing is getting Jake to accept this help, he does understand that it will help him, but it troubled a little when he said it isn’t fair to other students he doesn’t want a normal kid to be demoralised if he has the extra time and in that extra time he gets more marks them the normal student will be upset that an autisic kid got better grades. This is something both him and Niki have worried about showing and getting fab grades. If they study hard work hard get good grades Thier called geek or need if they get help they get called stupid.

I am Working on them not worrying what other people get or say, but it’s hard to change the way they think about these things.

My kids can be a bag of contradiction sometimes , i.e they don’t like noise but don’t like it quite either, they are loud but also anxious and shy, they are smart but sometimes Thier need for perfection stops them from starting things. They need help sometimes but don’t always want it. They hate attention on them but draw attention to themselves. They must be so confused sometimes I know this causes them a lot of anxiety.

Oh dear I think I talk to much.โค๏ธ๐Ÿ˜ฌ

I am going to say goodnight for now

Here is the link for the Ebook again should anyone want to get a copy quickly. If you do please be kind and leave a review it helps more than you know.๐Ÿ˜€โค๏ธ


Much love Faye XX ๐Ÿ’—๐Ÿ’—