Friday, 28 October 2011

Do you remember the first time?

Thanks for all the great comments on the 'Home for Christmas' book trailer. I co-wrote it with a friend (and Orion filmed it) and I was curious how it would be received. I know book trailers aren't for everyone but, after seeing a talk about online marketing and trailers at the RNA conference this summer, I thought I'd give it a go. It made me laugh anyway!

I'm curious, what do you guys think of book trailers? Do you think they are effective marketing? Spoil a book? A waste of time? Would you want one for your book?

Back to the tried and tested promotional route today - I'm guest blogging over on Talli Roland's fabulous blog about the first time I (rather than Beth) heard those '3 little words' for the first time. I had to wait longer than you might think...

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Wednesday, 26 October 2011

My boyfriend won't say 'I love you'...


Sorry to barge in on Cally's blog but I'm having a bit of a crisis and I need to share it with you. Maybe you can help?

I should probably introduce myself. My name's Beth Prince. I'm twenty-four, I live in Brighton, date Aiden - journalist extraordinaire - and I work in the Picturebox, the only independent cinema in town.

I haven't got the most exciting life in the world but it makes me happy. There's just one thing that's worrying me - my boyfriend hasn't said I love you yet. It wouldn't bother me (well, maybe a little bit - it has been over ten months since we got together) but it's not like this is the first time someone I've gone out with has stumbled over saying those three little words.

In fact... no, how about I tell you myself instead of waffling about it here....

Tuesday, 25 October 2011

Tears and Laughter and Happy Ever After

Do you like short stories? Thinking of writing for the women's magazine market? Want to read a fabulous collection of funny, moving, thought provoking stories by 13 successful women's fiction writers? (including me!)

You don't have to wait much longer...

‘Tears and Laughter and Happy Ever After’ is a vibrant and varied collection of stories from writers who between them have had hundreds of short stories published in women’s magazines in the UK and around the world! Contributors have also won or been placed in dozens of competitions, published novels and written non-fiction for many UK magazines.

The twenty-six stories encompass the dizzying heights of happiness, the heartbreaking depths of sadness and every emotion in between. Within the pages of this book you’ll meet a housewife with a surprising secret, a beekeeper with a problem and an undertaker with something unusual on his mind. You’ll also encounter angels, ghosts, aliens and many other intriguing characters. And, in the end, you may just find the path to happy ever after.

The idea for this book came from the successful ‘A Story A Fortnight’ writing group which brought the writers involved together in a project that has inspired and supported them in their short story writing.

Who’s been up to ‘Monkey Business'?

What's happening in 'The House At Summer's End’?

Who is 'The Girl In The Yellow Dress'?

If you want to know, you'll have to read ‘Tears and Laughter and Happy Ever After’.

You can follow us on Twitter @tears_laughter
You can join our Facebook page

We are aiming to release the book in Kindle format next month and in paperback by the end of the year. We'll be launching a website soon, but meanwhile keep an eye on Twitter and Facebook for news.

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Monday, 17 October 2011

Win a signed Advanced Review copy of 'Home for Christmas'

Goodreads Book Giveaway

Home for Christmas by Cally Taylor

Home for Christmas

by Cally Taylor

Giveaway ends October 20, 2011.

See the giveaway details
at Goodreads.

Enter to win

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Thursday, 13 October 2011

Me, Mr Metal, the Spudling & our little bubble

First off I'd like to thank everyone for their congrats, emails, messages, cards, flowers & presents. Mr Metal* and I have been overwhelmed by the excited, delighted response to our news and we can't thank you enough for adding to the magic of the Spudling's** birth.

Becoming a little family really is the most wonderful thing in the world and, nearly two weeks after he was born, we're still marvelling over every sound and facial expression our tiny son makes. And don't get me started on his farts, they make us howl with laughter every time. How can something so tiny make such a loud noise?!

For the last two weeks Mr Metal, the Spudling and I have lived in the most amazing bubble and we'd be tempted to stay here forever if it weren't for real life knocking at the door. Mr Metal has to go back to work in 2 weeks time (yes, we're uber lucky that he gets to spend a whole month with us) and my second novel, Home for Christmas, is out on 10th November.

When Heaven Can Wait came out in 2009 I pulled out all the stops to promote it but this time around my injured thumb (which is nearly fully recovered thank goodness) and my new status as 'mum' (aka the milk machine!) means that my ability to get involved in lots of PR and marketing has been limited. I have been involved in a few marketing ideas - including something chicklitreviews will be exclusively debuting at the end of this month, a writers space feature for Novelicious, some competitions I'll be running from my Facebook page and a tiny blog tour - but that's it. I haven't had time to write articles or stories for the press and there won't be a launch party or any signings. The thing is I really need this book to be a success if I'm to stand a chance of getting a second two book deal, especially in this worrying 'are chicklit sales on the downturn?' time and I'm running out if time and feasible ideas.


I was wondering if you could help?

The tagline of the book is 'all she wants for Christmas is three little words' and I thought it would be wonderful if, on 10th November, as many bloggers as possible could blog 'All I want for Christmas is...' and then something you want this year, or when you were a child, or a great (or terrible!) Christmas memory. And if you could end your post with an image of Home for Christmas, the blurb and a link to Amazon that would be amazing!

If you'd like to get involved please comment on this post or email/tweet me and I'll post the image/blurb/link nearer the time.

But for now there's a beautiful little boy who's wailing for a feed so time for me to take off my author hat and put my mummy one back one. I like the way it looks! :)

* my boyfriend used to be the lead singer in a signed heavy metal band but now has a much more sensible job!
** My nickname for baby on this blog because I thought my pregnant bump looked more like a potato than a beach ball!

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Tuesday, 4 October 2011

My TopSecretProject finally revealed...

Born on 1st October by emergency C Section (he was breech) at 7.57am, my first child - a son - weighing 9lb 1.5oz.

He is perfect in every single way and his dad & I couldn't be more in love with him.