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A Life Singular – Part Four is ready and waiting!

Woohoo! Part Four is finished, out and proud  Please check the store page for details.  As soon as CreateSpace has reviewed the files, I’ll publish the Amazon ASIN.  Thank you for being patient while my life got in the way of writing deadlines! For a sneak preview, please check here.

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Where do readers go to choose their next book?

Hi indie-author friends, I came across this very interesting article today that might influence our marketing efforts –http://goodereader.com/blog/e-book-news/poll-where-do-you-hear-about-new-e-books. According to the article’s author, the survey respondents come from the US, Canada, Australia and European markets (although it’s not known in which proportion).  It shows statistics on the most popular sources for reader inspiration: #1 – …
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Radio interview on WebbWeaver Books

Hello everyone, Stormy weather in Melbourne lately!  Hope you’re all safe and warm, but not too warm, wherever you are… Today I had the honour of talking about and reading from “A Life Singular – Part One” on CK Webb and DJWeaver’s radio show in the US. Please listen in at http://www.blogtalkradio.com/webbweaverbooks/2015/02/13/webbweaver-books-proudly-presents-author-lorraine-pestell This about wraps up …
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Ten Ways Creative Writing Helps With PTSD

I am fortunate to be featured in February’s edition of the UK’s FemaleFirst magazine, which asked me to write a piece on how writing has helped me cope with mental illness. Please click on this link to read the full article: http://www.femalefirst.co.uk/books/lorraine-pestell-a-life-singular-578943.html  

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New website for Australia Day!

Happy Australia Day! To celebrate a long weekend of editing “A Life Singular – Part Four”, I decided to take a break and re-organise my web presence.  I have consolidated the website at ALifeSingular.net and my blog at ALifeSingular.com into a one-stop shop for all things authorly. Please navigate around the main site: Home – landing page …
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Ending the year with good news!

Season’s greetings! With everyone winding down now for a well-deserved break, some by the fire and some on the beach, I am humbled to announce three pieces of great news for my writing. Firstly, “A Life Singular – Part One” has been judged a Notable Indie Book in the 2014 Shelf Unbound Writing Competition (http://issuu.com/shelfunbound/docs/shelf_unbound_december-january_2015), and I …
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Working with a publicist for the first time – both exciting and daunting!

Aussie Father Christmas

Apologies for my absence of late.  Hope everyone’s well and gearing up for either a hot or a cold festive season One of several reasons for neglecting my blog is that I’ve invested time and money into a real, honest-to-goodness publicity campaign.  After e-shopping around a few US-based book promotion sites, I went back to …
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Very cool editing tool – Text to Speech Translator

Hello everyone! Firstly, apologies for the prolonged bloggio silence. My social media obligations have suffered lately due to so many more immediate demands on my time, such as work and interstate visitors With my next writing deadline fast approaching, I’m deep into editing “A Life Singular – Part Three”, which I have commenced through the …
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Work-in-Progress

This post represents my final leap on the current round of Ruth Snyder’s Blog Hop, where we are all presenting our Works-in-Progress.  I have enjoyed being part of this bouncing band of blogging bookists, and hope we have more opportunities in the future to air our extremely diverse views!  If you have enjoyed these fortnightly blasts too, …
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New interview on the writing of the “A Life Singular” serial from Self-Publisher’s Showcase

Hello everyone, I have been fortunate to be interviewed by Self-Publisher’s Showcase about my writing.  They asked some particularly relevant and challenging questions – a very interesting exercise! Please check it out at:  http://selfpublishersshowcase.com/interview-lorraine-pestell-a-life-singular-author/ Thanks, Lorraine

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Great, new, professionally-designed covers!

Very exciting!  Thanks to the wonderful Ida Jansson of Amygdala Design in Norway, here are the covers for all six parts of my serial “A Life Singular”. If you’re looking for a creative partner, I can’t recommend Ida highly enough!

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Re-blogged interview from my host, The Complete Self-Publishing Indie Authors Resource Site

Hello! The end of January already!  Where did that month go? I’m halfway through my first book blog tour, put together by Fire and Ice (please see this link for the remaining dates).  Today’s stop is at The Complete Self-Publishing Indie Authors Resource Site (http://selfpublishingindieauthors.blogspot.com.au/), whom I thank for publishing my Qs&As.  Here is a transcript, which …
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Useful Writing Tools

Hello! For those in Australia, Happy Australia Day!  Hope you’re all having fun in the sun!  For those of you stuck in the northern hemisphere winter, here’s a picture of Bondi Beach, near Sydney, to keep you warm: This is the second of my contributory posts to Ruth Snyder’s Blog Hop, where this time we’re exchanging our tips and …
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What would your characters’ social media profiles look like?

Hi everyone, I will confess upfront to cheating a little here…  For the third post on Ruth Snyder’s Blog Hop, we have been asked to create a character sketch of our hero.  I created this post a few weeks ago as a personal exercise on a sweltering Friday afternoon, and I’m offering it up again …
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Goals for 2014 – to finish what I started!

I’m delighted to be part of a blog hop run by Ruth Snyder. The group’s first topic is “Our Writing Goals for 2014″, so here goes! I always hesitate to set goals, simply because experience has taught me to expect the unexpected. For example, when I moved back to Melbourne from Perth in September last …
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My dog’s five minutes of fame!

I was very happy to receive an invitation to feature on Marshal Zeringue’s “Coffee with a Canine” blog this month: http://coffeecanine.blogspot.com.au/2013/12/lorraine-pestell-jed.html My friends (four- and two-legged) and I have had a long tradition of visiting cafés and causing havoc, so it was great to write about it and join the many like-minded, caffeine-addicted dogaholics! Thanks for …
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Censorship of sexual content by self-publishing company

Hi everyone, Happy Thanksgiving to all US-based readers, and happy weekend to everyone else! Today I’m calling out for ideas, similar experiences or advice when dealing with the self-publishing company I am using to create soft-cover books for my “A Life Singular” serial.  I have submitted the manuscript and cover design for Part Two of …
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Fantastic books for indie authors

Hi everyone, I have just finished reading two excellent books by Barb Drozdowich on Book Bloggers and how indie authors can maximise the power of social media.  I cannot thank Barb enough for the insights, practical suggestions and humour in these books, which have reignited my enthusiasm for the countless hours it takes to promote …
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