What are the Amazon top selling books?…

Hi there!

Love books? Need a new read?

Look no further than this short list of books that are making waves as the amazon top sellers! (click on link below book to buy from amazon)

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The Sunday Times Number One Bestseller and Humour Book of the Year
Winner of the Books Are My Bag Book of the Year
Winner of iBooks’ Book of the Year

Welcome to the life of a junior doctor: 97-hour weeks, life and death decisions, a constant tsunami of bodily fluids, and the hospital parking meter earns more than you.

Scribbled in secret after endless days, sleepless nights and missed weekends, Adam Kay’s This is Going to Hurt provides a no-holds-barred account of his time on the NHS front line. Hilarious, horrifying and heartbreaking, this diary is everything you wanted to know – and more than a few things you didn’t – about life on and off the hospital ward.

Buy it here: Amazon

 

Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine: Debut Sunday Times Bestseller and Costa First Novel Book Award winner 2017Paperback – 25 Jan 2018

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Eleanor Oliphant has learned how to survive – but not how to live

Eleanor Oliphant leads a simple life. She wears the same clothes to work every day, eats the same meal deal for lunch every day and buys the same two bottles of vodka to drink every weekend.

Eleanor Oliphant is happy. Nothing is missing from her carefully timetabled life. Except, sometimes, everything.

One simple act of kindness is about to shatter the walls Eleanor has built around herself. Now she must learn how to navigate the world that everyone else seems to take for granted – while searching for the courage to face the dark corners she’s avoided all her life.

Change can be good. Change can be bad. But surely any change is better than… fine?

An astonishing story that powerfully depicts the loneliness of life, and the simple power of a little kindness

Buy it here: Amazon

 

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Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind

FIRE gave us power

FARMING made us hungry for more

MONEY gave us purpose

SCIENCE made us deadly

This is the thrilling account of our extraordinary history – from insignificant apes to rulers of the world

Buy it here: Amazon

 

Happy reading!

Vicky x

 

 

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Looking For A New Book To Read?…

Need a new book to read? Looking for a funny novel?

We interview Bookouture author Emma Robinson, author of ‘The Undercover Mother’ and ‘Happily Never After’.

Look no further than these light hearted reads. Below, Emma tells us all about them…

 

Claire: Fantastic, okay so Undercover is out now, and also, we have the new book, Happily Never After out, so tell us what Happily Never After is about then.

Emma: Okay, so Happily Never After is Rory, her real name is Aurora, she was named after the sunrise, but obviously there is a bit of a wink to that being the name of Sleeping Beauty. She’s a real femme, she’s a teacher and a feminist, and she doesn’t believe in fairy tales.

Claire: Based on anyone in particular?

Emma: No! I don’t know where I would have got that idea from. And her daughter is 16, Belle, and she was named Clarabelle after Clarabelle Pankhurst, the daughter of Emmeline Pankhurst, the suffragette, and yet she calls herself Belle because she loves Disney Princesses and Belle from Beauty and the Beast. So there’s that kind of conflict there, I mean they’re very close, but yeah, the mother and the daughter conflict. And then on top of that we have Sheila, Rory’s mother and Belle’s grandmother, who has just moved into a retirement home, and is getting her own life, and her biggest thing is she wants Belle to settle down and meet somebody and have a happily ever after. Not Belle sorry, Rory. And Rory doesn’t think she needs a man. In the beginning of the novel she buys a house that needs a lot of work, determined to do it all herself, and she then… sort of the novel follows her, and this house, and the relationship of the two, and in about Chapter Five she meets a builder called John Prince, who drives a white van-

Claire: A white van, of course!

Emma: Yeah, and from that moment on all this fairy tale stuff kinda, just kinda happens, much to her chagrin or whatever. So it’s the development, the mother has her own storyline, Belle has her own storyline, but it mainly follows Rory, and her, and this romance.

Claire: Wow, yeah. So in terms of what your plans are for the next three to five years, are there any more books in there?

Emma: Yeah, there’s definitely one at least in the pipeline. So the new one, ah, title to be decided, but my working title was Find me in Paris but I’m sure that’ll be changed, and it follows three women, it’s the first time I’ve written a book from three different characters perspective, because normally, well in both of these, this was from Ellie’s, this one from Rory’s, but this one is three separate strands of three women who are all in Paris, and they all kind of know each other in different ways, all in Paris for one weekend, for different reasons, and they’re all at a point in their life where something, you know, they’ve got a problem, something that needs fixing. So we start with Kate, who’s a mother of young children, who just decides on a whim to get on the train, on the Eurostar, to go visit her friend Shannon, who lives in Paris, who’s the second character. On the train on the way to Paris she gets chatting to a young woman called Laura, and Laura is actually going to have a sales meeting as well, so other connections between them. But they’ve all got their own separate issue which needs resolving, but that’s in structural edits at the moment. So it’s finished, I’m just finishing, this weekend finishing the structural edits so go back and it’ll go through those so hopefully, well, that should be out in October.

Claire: Oh right, okay, fantastic.

Emma:  So that’s really exciting, and then after that really will very much depend on what happens with Bookouture, whether I’m offered another contract, whether I need to go looking, you know selling myself again and around the circuit. I’d love to do another Undercover Mother, I’d love to do Undercover Mother-

 

Claire: Mmmm, so there’s more to do with this one?

Emma: Definitely, I see, yeah, definitely I think, I think at least two I’d like to do. The second one, when the babies are two, I’ve already got in my head, so that one I could, I could, you know, I’m desperate to get writing, and then I figure there could be one when they all go to school as well, at least-

Claire: Oh, wouldn’t that be fun

Emma: Yeah, because there’s obviously a lot there-

Claire: A lot of growing up

Emma: Yeah absolutely. So it will depend on what happens next, I’ll speak to my publisher and see, but an awful lot of the reviews for Undercover Mother were “we want to know what happens to the girls next”

Claire: Yeah, yeah, it’s almost like you know, you have to write another one!

Emma: So I’m really hoping, but you with your, with Shona (Book we are currently writing – out this year) and now it’s made my mind chew over maybe a prequel as well might be quite fun. How Jenny got to meet Dan and get pregnant, so yeah, who knows. But yeah, that’s what I’d like to do next. And then after that, I’ve still got a few… I kind of feel like the Mum thing is something I’m still… there’s lots of facets I want to explore. Because I do feel, without getting too heavy about it, there’s a lot of pressure, on Mums now, I think to be everything to everybody.

Claire: To be literally the perfect Mum, the perfect Office Worker, the perfect Executive-

Emma: Yeah, exactly. And I think there’s a lot of pressure, a lot of pressure. And women put a lot of pressure on themselves as well. I know for myself, I think, oh my kids don’t do enough clubs, or they don’t do this, or they’re not eating organic strawberries, or you know, whatever it is, and I just feel there’s lots of things that maybe I haven’t suffered personally but I know friends who have. Like I know a lot of people who found the first year or two of motherhood a very, very lonely time. And a time in which they had, you know, a new anxiety that they’d never had before, and I think there’s a lot of actually, a lot of shared experience there about things that people don’t talk about. And that’s how I felt with Undercover Mother, no one talks about childbirth. No one talks about things that could go wrong, because there’s this conspiracy of silence

Claire: Yeah, don’t want to make it look like it’s not, or they’re not happy in there

Emma: Yeah, and you’re literally told, if a woman’s pregnant, oh don’t tell her, don’t tell her what it’s like, and I think, actually I wanted to know!

Claire: No, deep down they want to know what’s gone on.

Emma: They want to be prepared.

Claire:  Yeah, it’s a bit like depression, because nobody really talks about-

Emma: Absolutely. Exactly the same.

Claire: -because nobody talks about the day in, day out, of how it feels to not want to go out the house, but with motherhood it’s like no one really wants to tell the stories that could potentially make you look weak.

Emma: Yeah.

Claire: Yet everyone, in some way, probably feels really weak at some point, but has to pretend to be strong, and try and show this, like, outwardly strong persona.

Emma: Absolutely.

Claire: If you were to write a book like that, people’d be laughing while they’re reading, going oh my God, finally, someone’s telling the truth.

Emma: Exactly. And that’s kind of what I wanted to do with this, and successive books, is just because, when I grew up my parents, it was very much if something was bad, you kind of tried to find a way to laugh at it. And I feel like that with this. Through comedy, I kinda want to explore actually we’re all, this is all of us, we are all feeling like this, or most of us are feeling like this, that we’re inadequate, or we’re not doing it right, or everyone else is doing it better and everyone else’s kid has better behaved or is walking quicker or is, you know, reciting the guardian [06:43]. You know, you kind of, there’s so much pressure, and I think, for me I’ve always been lucky to have a massive amount of really lovely girlfriends, that I can go to and be really honest, and say this is what’s happening to me right now-

Claire: There you go, there’s your story!

Emma: Yeah.

Claire: There it is, here’s your five characters.

Emma: Exactly. Exactly, and I think some women don’t have that. They don’t necessarily have that support network. Especially nowadays, I’m getting on my soap box a bit now, but a lot of people don’t even live near their families anymore.

Claire: Yeah.

Emma: So you know, you’re out there, having a baby, on your own. You know, your Mum’s a hundred miles away, you’ve not necessarily got a local support network, I think can be really lonely, and that’s something that I definitely want to explore in another book, about how, you know, about how that feels. And about how you can kind of, maybe resolve that, and trying to do that in a humorous way as well, I don’t know, but that’s kinda the sort of stuff that’s in my head at the moment.

Claire: Yeah. And sometimes maybe people read it, and go, d’you know what? There’s other people out there, who are feeling like they need that kind of, like that, bringing it to real life.

Emma: Yeah! And I think, I’ve heard people say, you know, I go to baby groups and everyone knows everybody and I feel like it’s not me, and I think we’re all just faking it.

Claire: And no one really lets their guard down. They all go to these baby groups, to Facebook them, oh went to baby group today, and you actually want to go to a baby group where everyone just closes the door and goes d’you know what, I’m really, really fed up today.

Emma: Exactly!

Claire: I’ve just fallen over at sports day, the bake sale that I’d prepared for has all fallen through, and you just want reality, warts and all for people to just say d’you know what-

Emma: Exactly.

Claire: And I always find as well, the person that looks like they’re perfect, everyone hates anyway. Everyone moans about. So do you really want to be that person that everyone’s like d’you know what, actually (shakes head)

Emma:  I don’t trust her, she’s too perfect.

Claire: Josie down the road, she’s terrible, can’t be in the room with her. And yet everyone is trying to emulate this person?

Emma: Yeah, yeah it’s true.

Claire: Yeah, so that’d be a really good story though.

Emma: Yeah, I’d love to, I really would love to explore that. So I do think, and there’s other things as well, there’s so many facets of that, I think I’m not ready to leave, yeah I’d like… you know Happily Never After is a bit more traditional, but it’s still that whole Mother/Daughter relationship.

Claire: But it’s still got your tones, where it’s still got your… your take on things. Like Undercover Mother is absolutely hilarious, it’s just the dryness of everything that… you’re just like oh my God, that’s exactly… exactly! That’s exactly how it feels, and she’s nailed that, it’s like that feeling.

Emma: Thank you.

Claire: And then it’s the same with Happily Never After, it’s the tone that you bring to it that makes everyone go this is actually, do you know what this is actually really, really good because we’re, we’re feeling this, we can like hide in this book and go-

Emma: Thank you so much!

Claire: But yeah, so in terms of other writers then, there’re other writers, authors, people that’re bringing out similar styles but who do you kind of look up to, and respect as well when you’re reading?

Emma: Yeah, I would say, for humour, and characterization in humour, I love Marian Keyes. I think I’ve read her for years, and similar to me in a lot of ways. I think when I read her early books was when I was single, so things like Watermelon, and some of the early ones, are like single girls and so on, and some of the later ones, I’ve just read The Break recently, and she’s obviously the mother of grown up children, so I guess as she’s grown up, her characters have grown up to, and I feel like kind of, I can really empathise with that. But also, just her humour, I mean I read a bit at the beginning of The Break, and there was actually a moment where I did actually laugh out loud. You know, I was reading it and I kind of, you know you do that kind of cough laugh-

Claire: Yeah, because you’re not expecting it.

Emma: Yeah, absolutely, it was hilarious. So I love her, I think she’s just brilliant. I just love her characters, and she does this clever thing where she’ll write a story about a character, and then you get four successive books exploring other characters’ stories in the novel and I really like that. And so her, and Jojo Moyes I think is amazing-

Claire: Yeah.

Emma: I mean, I know she’s famous for Me Before You, which is an incredible book-

Claire: And all the ones that came after that.

Emma: Yeah, and all of those which are incredible, but she’s also written an awful lot of historical fiction as well which is really good, and again, characters that you really care about. And I think for me, it’s often character driven. That’s why I loved your book so much. You know, characters, even if they’re outside of your experience, you can empathise and engage with them and you’re on their side, and I think I love that in a book. And then the third one for plot, or characters as well but for plot, is Liane Moriarty, who’s an Australian or New Zealander, I think Australian writer, and I love her books. So like Big Little Lies, which is probably her most famous, but I first came across her when she wrote a book called What Alice Forgot, which was about a woman who had lost her memory, and suddenly had these children and everything that she, you know, had no memory of, and she kind of had to work out her life again. And I just love the plotting of hers, she has this really clever way of just building in these kind of gentle twists. Not as big as like a psychological thriller, but really good twists in the story and I love reading her books too. So I’d say, all female writers interestingly, but yeah, they’re the three modern writers. And then I’m a big literary fan of people like Jane Austen, and Charlotte Bronte –

Claire: Yeah, timeless aren’t they. Especially teaching.

Emma: Yeah. You get to have a book on a different level really when you’re teaching.

Claire: Yeah, because you’re looking at a different era, you’re looking at hundreds of years ago, but the characters, it all comes back to the characters, they’re still human people that you are identifying with-

Emma: Yeah.

Claire: No matter how many years and years and years have gone, and like the rich and poor. My Mum’s a massive fan of like Catherine Cookson-

Emma: Yes, yeah.

Claire: And all those types of like working class.

Emma: Yeah, and it takes you to an era that…

Claire: It does, yeah, but it reminds you that everyone is fallible as well, everyone is human, everyone goes through similar experiences, even if time doesn’t sort of stay the same.

Emma: Absolutely. And I think that’s the thing, human experience is human experience, and I’ve found that with this, Undercover Mother, I’ve had two or three mothers of friends, who read it because they know me, but didn’t expect, you know they thought it’s kind of the younger mothers type book, and actually they said it’s so, it’s exactly the same, you know.

Claire: Yeah, well Vic’s Mum has read it, and she’s obviously in her sixties now, and I mean one of the best compliments that Vic’s Mum gave us, when she read our book, was she went “it’s a book, innit! It’s a real book!”  And we’re like, yeah, it’s a real book. It was like, I’m glad you see that.

Emma: I know, I love it when that happens. I had a friend, a really good friend said to me “Do you know what, I was reading your book, and I kept forgetting it was you and thinking it was a real writer!” (laughs)

Claire: Yeah! A real writer!

Emma: And then she realised what she had said and kind of, but it was a massive compliment.

Claire:  I would’ve been just like, I know what you mean.

Emma: Because we don’t feel like real writers. I’m assuming you’re the same as me, like I always feel like I’m faking it.

Claire: Sometimes, yeah. Because when you go to your daily job, and you love your day job and you love everyone there, but then you go home and you write, and you’re in, you’re on your computer thinking, I’ve got a book out on Amazon.

Emma: I know! It’s crazy. Crazy.

Claire: Yeah. Okay, so, thank you so much for doing this interview.

Emma: You’re very welcome.

Claire: So tell us a little bit of info on about how we can find you on social media, on your Twitter, what your book blog is, so we can sort of find you.

Emma: That’d be great. So my blog is called Motherhood for Slackers. And it’s, because that’s me, I’m a slacker Mum. But yeah, so it’s, it’s all the kind of funny side of being a parent [14:04], and multiple poems on there as well in the kind of Pam Ayers style of poetry. Again, hopefully humorous, and about being a Mum. So I’ve got that, but even easier than that is to find the Facebook page of the same name, so I’ve got a Facebook Page Motherhood for Slackers too. I’m also on Instagram as, Instagram’s new for me, it’s @EmmaRobinsonUK. That is how you do it isn’t it, the @-

Claire: Yeah, you put the @ sign and then-

Emma: So @EmmaRobinsonUK, and my Twitter’s the same.

Claire: Okay. Well we’ll make sure we put all of the links in the description, so yeah, that’ll be there for us as well. Thank you so much, and I really wish you the best with not only Happily Never After and The Undercover Mother, but also with the next book that’s coming out as well. Just remind us of the title?

Emma:  It’s something Paris, I haven’t the title confirmed, yeah, something Paris.

Claire: Something Paris. We’re not quite… okay.

Emma: At the moment it’s Find Me In Paris, but there is talk of some other titles, so, but yeah, it will be about the extreme [14:59], I’m assuming there’s going to be a Parisian theme to the cover as well because I love Paris, so that’ll be lovely.

Claire: Well, we’ll make sure to look out for it.

Emma: Thank you very much. And thanks for coming. It’s been lovely.

 

DETAILS:

Watch the interview here: https://youtu.be/z2-Z0DXDxCo

Buy ‘The Undercover Mother’ here: https://amzn.to/2KyVQKY

Buy ‘Happily Never After’ here: https://amzn.to/2vDMKqK

Thank you for reading,

Vicky x

 

 

 

 

How To Get Your Book Published…

Have you written a book?

Are you half-way through writing a potential bestselling masterpiece?

Have you been wondering how to find a book publisher?

Well…

Claire Hackney and myself sat down with Bookouture author Emma Robinson, author of ‘The Undercover Mother’ and ‘Happily Never After’ to find out what its like to be published with them.

 

Claire: So how’s it been working with Bookouture then?

Emma: It’s been fantastic actually, because obviously they’re my first publisher, my first experience, but I’ve since joined quite a lot of Facebook groups and forums with other traditionally published authors, and heard some horror stories about the way some people have been treated, so I feel very, very fortunate. Everybody who works for this company, literally the lady who does the contracts, the Publishing Assistants, my Publisher, the PR Manager who has become a personal friend really, and all the other authors as well, incredibly supportive. We have a Facebook group just for us, the authors and the two PR managers, and it’s such… it’s a lot of fun, it’s a real lot of fun. Because we share tips, we commiserate if we’ve had a bad review, we celebrate, we retweet each other’s stuff, it’s a really lovely community. And I have learned so much from being with them, from the experience. My Publisher is incredible, she finds things, and she drills down to a level of detail that I’m a little bit lazy with. So I don’t really pay much attention to… I’ll give a character a name and a job and a bit of a back story, but I’m a little bit lazy with that.

Claire: Thats good…

Emma: Yeah, or she’ll say to me, “They couldn’t possibly have this job because they’re doing this at Chapter Eight, and they wouldn’t do that if they have that job, and I kind of feel a bit… oh, well I’ve gotta do more work, but it makes it a much better book, so you know, I feel like I’ve learned a lot. It’s a very democratic publisher, so everyone gets the same deal. They’ve got some really successful authors. Angela Marsons, who does the Kim Stone series, has just gone through the barrier of selling two and a half million books, which is incredible, Louise Jensen who again, has just sold… gone through the million seller barrier for one of her books. You know, there are some really successful writers on board, and yet we are all treated equally, so in terms of marketing budget, in terms of contract, we all get the same deal. Which is incredible, because what I’ve heard with other publishers, if they’ve got a big name, particularly if it’s a celebrity name, all the (marketing) bucks goes there, and the other authors are left with very little, you know, focus. So I do, I feel incredibly, incredibly lucky, and I’m really… I mean, this was a three book deal, I really am hoping to stay with them if it works out, because you know. It’s fast, they do two… it’s a book every six months, which is intense.

Claire: Wow, yeah.

Emma: Especially because I have a part time job and young children… a husband and a puppy now as well, so it’s intense, but the support is there. And you know, if you’re struggling, if it’s hard to meet a deadline, they’re really kind and supportive, so yeah, it’s been great, absolutely great.

Whats great about Bookouture is that they accept unsolicited manuscripts, so feel free to contact them here:

http://www.bookouture.com/

Thank you for reading, please share with anybody you know who is writing a book to help them out!

Check out the video of the interview here: https://youtu.be/iVXqKQP0c6g

Vicky x

For the Readers and Writers!

For the Readers and Writers!

 

Hi,

Hope you’re well and you have been enjoying this boiling hot weather…? (Well, in the UK anyway)

I haven’t seen a lot of it as we have been busy working away on our projects before we head on a road trip in the UK  at the weekend, hoping to get lots of awesome footage (finally!) using our drone! (I feel like a kid who can’t wait to play with a new toy!)

This blog is definitely for the readers and writers out there!

We have info on books being released, writing and recommend reads!

I’m excited to have sent my Bucket List (book 1) titled ‘Project Me, Project You’ to our editor Gary at Bubblecow.

 

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Click on link to check out his services, we fully recommend: https://bubblecow.com/

 

He said that it should be back end of august and then I will address anything he has found and after that, send out to beta readers!

 

Also, our prequel to ‘Meet Me At 10’ titled ‘Shona’ has come back from the editor and had all points addressed and this Friday or Saturday, it will go out to our amazing beta readers who have kindly volunteered! We genuinely wouldn’t be able to do it without them. They tell us from a reader’s point of view of where we could improve the book, and then we go

about making it the best version we can.

 

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By the way, we have recently began working with Erin Hodgson who actually lives in New Zealand but literally feels by our side. She is starting up a business, at first I believe to help authors, to get more time back for the actual writing process.

 

 

She will literally help smash your to-do list as if by magic! She has helped us by working on our newsletters, transcribing, formatting and will soon be supporting us with our websites and research.

 

Her rates are really affordable and I 100% recommend her!

Check out her facebook page to contact her: https://www.facebook.com/writehandwomannz/

 

Want to get your book published?

 

We recently interviewed the lovely Emma Robinson who is author signed to Bookouture

She told us how she got her 3 book deal with them and what its REALLY like to be a published author.

 

https://bit.ly/2JPZwYk

Emma has recently released these two books:

Check out ‘The Undercover Mother’ here: https://amzn.to/2Lh20V0

 

Jenny has too much on her plate: literally – she’s only expecting one child but she’s eating for at least three. Not to mention trying to juggle her nightmare boss, a know-it-all sister, and an infuriatingly laid-back husband.

She used to be known for her ‘Single Girl About Town’ column. But when her boss gives her job to a younger colleague, Jenny panics and proposes she blogs instead about being a clueless new mum. Surely people will find her new friendship group fascinating? (Even if the only thing they seem to have in common is that they all had sex around the same time 9 months ago…)

And if her readers aren’t quite hooked yet, maybe Jenny will just have to be more liberal with the truth. After all, none of the other mums will read it… will they? 

The Undercover Mother is a hilarious parenting page-turner that will make you laugh, cry and want to crack open the gin. Perfect for fans of Why Mummy Drinks and The Bad Mother’s Diary.

 

Check out ‘Happily Never After’ here:

https://amzn.to/2JRlZUK

 

Rory doesn’t believe in love. She’s got far too many real problems to deal with.

She’s just bought a tumbledown house. Her mother is generally behaving like a wicked witch, insisting on calling her Aurora, and generally interfering in her (admittedly pitiful lack of) love life. And her 16-year-old daughter has finally grown out of Disney princesses and discovered dating…

But Rory’s adamant that she doesn’t need saving. In fact, the only thing she’s wishing on a star for is a bit of practical help. However, when she meets a builder whose name is John Prince and who seems to be in the habit of rescuing her (right down to finding her lost shoe one evening) she might have to face a truth as uncomfortable as hobbling home barefoot – that maybe there’s something enchanted in the air.

Her mother, daughter and friends are convinced her prince has come, but Rory just wishes everyone could let it go. Especially when she hears a story that makes her question whether he is really the hero everyone thinks he is…

 

We continued our interview with Emma talking about her future plans…

Check it out here:

https://bit.ly/2uOCQCZ

So, that’s the low-down for now. Hope you enjoyed the latest newsletter and that it gave you some ideas of where to send your manuscript or if Emma’s interview gave you some ideas of new books to read!

Let me know which book is your favourite!

Until next time,

Take care,

Vicky

 

Time Flies!

Hi!

Hope you’re well…

I honestly can’t believe how quick this year is going, can you?

Luckily there’s been lots going on so I really feel like I’m making the most of the year…

Our YOUTUBE channel

I’m chuffed to bits with the progress! I felt like only last week we had like 7 subscribers and I remember thinking ‘How on earth are we going to get to 1000!?’

Well now, we are at 958 subscribers!

Thank you so much to everybody who has subscribed. The aim of the videos are to show different ideas for Bucket Lists, tips on writing, our ups and downs of starting our business and travel.

If those kinds of things appeal to you, here is where you can subscribe:

SUBSCRIBE HERE

If YOU have a YouTube channel, let me know and I’ll check it out too.

This video highlights the reason why we started the channel in the first place:

Why We Started…

INVESTING!!!

Some other exciting news is that we have invested in some good kit for the channel. I can’t wait to fully explore what these things can do!

We bought a drone, new camera and MacBook Pro in order to make our videos even better!

You can buy this drone here:

DJI MAVIC PRO

We have taken it for a little test run (in a back garden!) and was so surprised at how easy it was to set up and to control. Can’t wait to get some awesome footage when we go away in the summer!

I was so scared to learn on this. If anybody knows me, new technology confuses me… until I ‘get it’ and then I get excited about it.

I’ve watched a million YOUTUBE videos on how to edit on a MacBook Pro and settled on getting ‘Final Cut Pro’ to edit our videos on. After a few attempts of getting frustrated, something ‘clicked’ and now I can’t wait to experiment more. It’s lovely to type on, is small enough to travel easy and is nice and light.

You can buy it here:

Buy MACBOOK PRO here

After researching for a while and speaking to people who know a bit about cameras, we settled on this bad boy. I’ve mastered the basics and I absolutely love it! It gives such a nice feel to photos and videos. If you subscribe to our YouTube channel in the coming months you’ll see how cool it is!

Check out the camera here:

Buy Camera here

I’m honestly so excited for taking pics, filming and editing cool footage!!

BOOK STUFF!

Sooooooo…. our Prequel to Meet Me At 10 is back from the editors and is being ‘fixed’ as we speak. The aim is to send ‘Shona’ to our  Beta Readers by August 1st.

We just want to add that we have used Gary and Caroline from BubbleCow editors.

BubbleCow Editors Website

They did our editing for ‘Meet Me At 10’ also and we love the way they feedback and their impressive turnaround time. Their prices are really good also, so I fully recommend them! Go check them out if you are needing an editor!

Bucket List Book 1

I’m now in full flow writing about my decade long Bucket List and because already I’ve done loads, I’m making it into a book series! It’s been awesome to reminisce at how many places I’ve been and how far I’ve come since my debilitating depression that started the whole thing off!

The aim of the books are to help and to show people who are looking to change their lives for whatever reason that just by coming out of your comfort zone just a little bit at first, you can end up anywhere!!

Bucket List Book 1 should be ready for the editors (BubbleCow) by the end of July.

If people need a front cover designing, the guy who did ‘Meet Me At 10’, ‘Shona’ And ‘Bucket List’ was:

wootkdesign@gmail.com

I found him on a website called 99 designs and can’t recommend him enough!

That’s the latest! And that’s the short version! So many adventures to come!

Thanks for reading,

Take care,

Vicky x

Progress…

Hi there!!

Again, it’s been ages since I’ve blogged!

It’s been mental again..

Hope you’re well….?

The main focus has been on getting our next book ‘Shona’ ready for our editor (Gary at BubbleCow : BubbleCow)

It should be back with us around 22nd June so up until then, we will be busying ourselves with all the jobs that needs to be done in the meantime… which is a lot!

One of the main things that has happened recently is that I’ve REALLY got into vlogging. The main thing I/we Vlog about is doing the Bucket List and on our writing journey to offer any tips on the process of putting a book out.

We have been so surprised at how many YouTube subscribers we have got in a short space of time. We are so grateful. The aim is to get to 1000 subscribers and we are almost half way there already!

It would be awesome if you would have a look at our videos and subscribe to follow our journey:

Afternoon Tea in a Castle: Peckforton Castle Vlog

Ticking off ‘Visiting 30 different National Trusts’ Chirk Castle

What I’ve decided to do is to upscale equipment so that the videos and the editing software are a better quality.

I’m excited to be getting a drone!!! I can’t wait to play with it already! If you subscribe you will see when I use it to film! I will see how I get on and will blog/Vlog on tips I’ve found with the equipment. So stay tuned!

I’m also getting a new camera and MacBook Pro which I’m scared about learning but can’t wait to use (if that makes sense…?) We are going on a trip in the summer and hopefully I would have learned it all by then, fingers crossed!

Our channel is here: Our YouTube Channel

To keep in line with the theme on the building series of ‘Meet Me At 10’ where we have a prequel as mentioned, we decided to get a new front cover for ‘Meet Me At 10’ so that the series looks the same .. we used the our same designer and this is what we came up with:

I’ve also got the process of designing the front cover of my Bucket List book underway, it will be completely different to these two books, can’t wait to see it!

Lastly, due to learning soooo much about the writing and marketing process, we have decided to write a beginners writing course. It will be ready later this year and can’t believe we already have a waiting list!

If you would like to receive the early bird offer of the course please let me know.

That’s the latest news!! Let me know what you’re up to..

Take care,

Speak soon..

VICKY x

Ticked a little thing off my bucket list | National Trust

Hey..

I’ve probably said a million times… I’m on a mission to complete a bucket list of around 300 things! I’ve done around 200 things and have loved every second of doing it.

One of the things is to complete my National Trust Passport of visiting 30 different National Trust sites around the country.

Originally (when I had depression) it was so I would get out the house, get some fresh air and exercise.

I didn’t bank on how much I would love visiting the sites and how much I’ve leaned along the way!

We visited East Riddlesden Hall today and did a Vlog… we fully recommend you joining the National Trust, so good for value and great for walking/hikes, taking dogs etc.

Click here to watch: Bucket Listing at East Riddlesden Hall (VIDEO)

It would be brilliant if you could SUBSCRIBE to our YouTube channel and follow our journey and we will let you know of more ideas for trips/days out

Vicky xx

All go, and all good…exciting times!

Hey..

Can’t believe it was February when I last did a blog or a newsletter- time really is flying!

You well? What have you been up to?

It’s been non-stop, I’ve been really enjoying learning over the last couple of months especially around marketing etc.

The month of March was our bestselling month for ‘Meet Me At 10’! We also have surpassed our goal to get over 100 reviews!

If you would like to read ‘Meet Me At 10’ it’s still only 99p and you can download (or order the paperback) here: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Meet-Me-At-bittersweet-boundaries-ebook/dp/B075HNQL99

We have been asked to give a talk by a local library this Thursday on the book and the process etc. Really looking forward to that and hope to do more talks in the future!

We worked with the same designer to finalise the front cover of the prequel to ‘Meet Me At 10’ – SHONA . If you wanted to contact our designer, here is the email address: Wootkdesign@gmail.com

If you want to be added to our pre-order list for Shona, please let me know.

I’m quite excited that the Audiobook of ‘Meet Me At 10’ is due to be finished on 30th April 😃

We used a company called ACX and I really loved the process, here is their website for the authors out there: ACX

TRAVEL/BUCKET LIST

I really can’t wait … we have booked our summer trip! A proper Bucket List adventure! We are going with a company called Expat (who we have been with before when we did a Europe trip) and we loved it so much that we are going with them again to 10 countries!

If you want to check out their website for what other trips they do, click here: EXPAT EXPLORE

We have also just started a YouTube channel! We are beginners and each Vlog I upload, I’m learning more and more and being honest, it was something I was nervous about and I’m actually quite shy as a person when it comes to the camera!

We have hit our first goal of getting over 100 subscribers, but our next BIG goal is to reach 1000 Subscribers… the aim is to spread awareness with mental health, and how Bucket listing helped me get over depression and made me have a thirst for travel and writing which is very slowly but surely turning into a career.

If you have a YouTube account, it would be awesome if you could support us (and likewise we will support your channel) by clicking on the SUBSCRIBE button here:

Our YouTube Channel

You can see some of our videos too! (I’m learning all the time)

Business

I can not even tell you how many books, articles, blogs etc I have read in the process of bringing out ‘Meet Me At 10’ (as well as all the mistakes I’ve made that of course adds to the learning process) and marketing it to bestseller status in its category. I’ve found that I have a passion for the process of writing and then promoting. When we (Claire Hackney- my co-Author and I) have been asked to give talks, I found I thrived when helping others create and then bring that idea to a book plan and then advice of how to take it forward.

So…we have designed a Writing Course for beginners. We have had so many writers contact us (mainly on twitter) asking how we actually plan, research, write and then market a book that I felt because I was repeating myself, I thought ‘Why not just design a course?’

The course will be ready towards the end of 2018 but we have been surprised by the number of people who have put their name down to be contacted as soon as it becomes available. It’s affordable, simple, online and will be in printed form so whichever suits.

If you would like to be contacted about the ‘FreeWriter’ course, just let me know.

Books I recommend…

I don’t get a lot of time to read, but here are some books that I recommend:

An author friend of mine Emma Robinson (who met us at one of our talks) has signed with a publisher and released her debut novel ‘UnderCover Mother’ and it has absolutely smashed it in the Amazon charts!

Here are the details:

Click here to buy: UNDERCOVER MOTHER

Another book I recommend for the business side of things is:

I’ve got soooo many business ideas out of this (including the idea to create ‘FreeWriter’) that if you are in business or have customers in any way, read this! Get it here: CRUSHING IT!

What I have found helpful, is in between the craziness of writing, marketing, working etc is to go out for nice long walks. I also made it a Bucket List thing to visit 30 different National Parks in the country (you get a stamp at each one for your ‘Passport’- that I think is meant for kids, but anyway!)

I find that when I take a break from it all, I actually end up coming up with solutions for things and more book ideas!

Join National Trust here: (no I don’t get commission on any of these recommendations!) – INFO ON THE NATIONAL TRUST HERE

Well… I hope some of these things have been able to help you too. Until next time,

Take care,

Audiobook, New front cover, writing tips from bestselling authors.. new business idea and what I’m reading…..

Hi ya..

Hope you’re well..? What have you been up to?

It’s been busy this end, but all good. I’ve been liaising with a narrator using ACX (amazon audiobook company).

This is their website for all the authors out there: http://www.acx.com/

We have gone for a female who has a southern American accent as that’s where Meet Me At 10 is based.

Thank you to everybody who has been reviewing Meet Me At 10 on Amazon. Click here to see the reviews if you were thinking of buying it: http://amzn.to/2CF2co1

I’m also really excited to be getting the brand new from cover done for ‘Shona’ . I’m using the same who did our cover for ‘Meet Me At 10’. We use a company called 99 designs and I can’t recommend it enough. You only pay when you are 100% satisfied. All it takes is for you to register for free, pick your budget, put out a description of what you would like with some examples and different designers ‘bid’ for your work. You narrow them down until you get to the one you want and ask them to tweak if and where needed. Their website is here: https:https://99designs.co.uk/

When the front cover for ‘Shona’ is finished I’ll share it! Can’t wait.

We have been getting into vlogging recently and have a YouTube channel of us learning as we go, giving tips on bucket list places to go, writing tips and generally life stuff.

Watch our latest Vlog here: https://youtu.be/lbeisikMzy0 and we would love it if you clicked ‘SUBSCRIBE’ too.

I got a new business idea after reading Gary Vaynerchuks latest book ‘Crushing It’ and will develop it as the weeks go on but I genuinely recommend this book to anybody who has a business or starting one up. Link to the book is here: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Crushing-Great-Entrepreneurs-Business-Influence/dp/0062674676

Lately we have been out to a few National Trust sites. It’s on my Bucket List to visit 30 different sites and get stamps from each place for my National Trust passport. I have around 19 stamps so not many to go.

Definitely recommend becoming a member as it’s so much cheaper. We pay about £9 a month. It’s great for families, walkers, people with dogs etc.

Their website: https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/join-us

After walking in my Adidas boost trainers, I decided to invest in proper walking boots and can’t wait to try them out.

I got them off amazon here: http://amzn.to/2Fzrk2q

Writing is going well for ‘Shona’ and for ‘Bucket List book 1: Project Me, Project You’. The plan is to get the audiobook of Meet Me At 10 our in May/June, and the two books we are working on out by around November/December time along with the screenplay for Meet Me At 10. Also, this business idea should be up and running towards the summer or end of the year also. So it’s pretty full on, but I’m loving it!

Just to end with some tips from the greats, click here to read tips from Peter James, Angela Marsons, Gillian McAllister and Oscar winning screenwriter Dustin Lance Black:

Peter James: https://vickyjonesbucketlist.wordpress.com/2018/02/24/quick-tip-from-multi-million-selling-author-peter-james-on-how-to-generate-book-ideas/

Angela Marsons: https://vickyjonesbucketlist.wordpress.com/2018/02/24/quick-writer-tip-how-to-plan-by-bestselling-author-angela-marsons-broken-bones/

Gillian McAllister/Dustin Lance Black:

https://vickyjonesbucketlist.wordpress.com/2018/02/24/writer-tip-how-to-plot-your-story-by-bestselling-author-gillian-mcallister-and-oscar-winning-screenwriter-dustin-lance-black/

Thank you for reading, hope the tips help, take care,

Vicky x

Quick Writer Tip- how to plan by bestselling author Angela Marsons ‘Broken Bones’

Check out her books here: http://amzn.to/2EQmhJW

Want to know how the best plan their stories and organise their plots and twists? Here is Angela Marsons explaining how it’s done.

‘My tips on generating plot twists is to keep it as natural as possible. They don’t have to be big twists as long as you continue to surprise the reader by changing direction here and there. I never start a novel with plot twists in my head, they often come as I’m writing because that’s when I’m getting to know the storyline and characters better myself. I think planning is an individual thing. I plan very little and prefer to just get stuck into the writing once I’ve researched my chosen subject. Normally but the time I’ve written about ten chapters I have to scribble a timeline on an A4 piece of paper which I add to as I write but if I plan too much it takes both the fun and the surprise out of the writing process for me so I prefer the story to grow organically as I go’

Book description:

They thought they were safe. They were wrong.

The murder of a young prostitute and a baby found abandoned on the same winter night signals the start of a disturbing investigation for Detective Kim Stone – one which brings her face to face with someone from her own horrific childhood.

As more sex workers are murdered in quick succession, each death more violent than the last, Kim and her team realise that the initial killing was no one-off frenzied attack, but a twisted serial killer preying on the vulnerable.

At the same time, the search begins for the desperate woman who left her newborn baby at the station – but what looks like a tragic abandonment turns even more sinister when a case of modern slavery is uncovered.

The two investigations bring the team into a terrifying world of human exploitation and cruelty – and a showdown that puts Kim’s life at risk as shocking secrets from her own past come to light.

Get it here: http://amzn.to/2EQmhJW

Happy writing!

Vicky 🙂