One more day to get Freedom Writing for free! No. 2 Amazon Best Seller Free Downloads.

Hey guys,

There is only one day left to grab a copy of Freedom Writing. 🙂

Feel free to download it, post a review it would be most appreciated! Thanks for reading.

My book has been Number 2 on the Amazon Best Seller, downloads. 🙂 Thanks guys for those downloading it and if you still want to, it is available for free for one more day!

Kind regards, Suzanne

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Freedom Writing- No. 1 in Amazon Best Sellers List, Free Downloads: Still free till June 23!

Hey guys,

My book Freedom Writing is free for three days (June 21-23). Feel free to check it out, and I would really appreciate a review it’s very easy to do. 🙂 Visit your own country’s Amazon site and you can download it there! Thanks for reading.

Have a lovely day.

An update! Freedom Writing is No.1 on the Amazon Best Sellers List, Free Downloads! Thank you to all the people who are downloading my book for free, check out the pic below. 🙂 

Kind regards, Suzanne

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New York Pitch Conference – Sponsorship

Hello guys,

I am pleased to announce that I have received funding from the Sunshine Coast Council and Arts Queensland to attend the New York Pitch Conference later this year.

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I am very excited and extremely grateful to the Queensland Government Arts Queensland and the Sunshine Coast Council for believing in my novel and supporting me to attend the NYPC to pitch my novel to editors from Penguin, Harper Collins, Random House, St Martins Press and more. I am finishing my novel at the moment and writing my pitch. It should be an amazing learning experience, that will yield knowledge I can bring back and share with others. Hopefully, I can attract a publisher, but I know I will learn a lot from this experience.

Thank you so much to the Sunshine Coast Council’s RADF and Arts Queensland funding that supports artists to attend conferences or events that will further their careers. I am forever grateful for this opportunity and I know that I will be able to also share this knowledge with others when I return.

Thanks for reading! I will keep you updated and let you know when I do attend the conference.

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This project is supported by the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland.

The Regional Arts Development Fund (RADF) is a partnership between the Queensland Government and Sunshine Coast Council to support local arts and culture in regional Queensland.

 

Be proud of your creation – Elizabeth Gilbert

Hello there,

In my recent workshops I decided to end the session with a quote from Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert. This quote inspired and spurred me onto to continue to create and be proud of the end product that I produce. No matter what happens. I have always felt this since I was young, that no matter whether you are successful (some of the most phenomenal artists in the world were not successful commercially in their lives) in financial terms or not you have created something from nothing.

Be proud of all the work and the creative process, you created something from nothing. You created characters that did not exist, and a narrative in which they lived and breathed, succeeded or failed, loved and fought for those they loved. In my novel I am finishing currently, there is life and death, there is love and loss and there is life. It is based on the real women who fought in Syria, loosely based on real people but no one in particular. I created these women, their lives, families, the world that the reader lives in. I had to research so much of this novel as it is completely outside my knowledge of the world and use my imagination of course. It was very difficult. But this is what an artist does, they challenge themselves and want to see things from other people’s point of view. That’s what I wanted to tell the stories of these amazing, brave women!

Anyway, I wanted to share this quote as I believe it will spur you on as well, in whatever creative endeavour you find yourself in. I love it, it makes me emotional when I read it. 🙂 Happy writing and have a great day.

“Bring forth what is within you, then, whether it succeeds or fails. Do it whether the final product…is crap or gold. Do it whether the critics love or hate you or whether the critics have never heard of you and perhaps never will hear of you. Do it whether people get it or don’t get it. It doesn’t have to be perfect, and it doesn’t have to be Plato. It’s all just an instinct, and an experiment, and a mystery, so begin. Begin anywhere. Preferably, now.  And if greatness should ever accidentally stumble upon you, let it catch you hard at work.”

Elizabeth Gilbert, Big Magic.

Famous authors who self published…

Hey everyone,

I thought I would write a post about self publishing and authors. I have come to know more and more about famous authors who self published and I think that we need to remove the stigma that is attached to self publishing.

I do believe that authors need to do the necessary editing and design for their self published books but a stigma simply because you self publish should go. At times in their lives famous authors have chosen to self publish as they believed in their work and wanted to get it out there. Some of these were extremely successful for example:

Charles Dickens and A Christmas Carol. Charles Dickens paid the printer to produce the book and by Christmas 1843 it was the most successful book of the season. It sold six thousand copies and continued to sell into the following year. Within two months of the book’s publication, eight stage adaptations were produced.

Beatrix Potter – Peter Rabbit:
On December 16, 1901, a 35-year-old writer and illustrator printed 250 copies of her first book, about the wicked Peter Rabbit. After being rejected from many publishers Beatrix Potter decided to take control of her career.
She published The Tale of Peter Rabbit which included 41 black and white woodblock engravings and one colour illustration. This book proved so successful that, within a year, it was accepted by one of the publishers who had turned it down.
By the end of 1902, Frederick Warne had sold 20,000 copies of the book, with Potter’s own watercolour illustrations. But Potter didn’t stop there in 1903 she again took her career into her own hands and published The Tailor of Gloucester.

Ernest Hemingway (1899 – 1961)

Hemingway self-published his first collection, Three Stories and Ten Poems, during his first tour as a journalist in Paris (1923).

Henry David Thoreau (1817 – 1862)

Although he was already a published essayist, he self-published Walden in 1854.

Virginia Woolf

Virginia Woolf, an English writer she is considered to be one of the most important female writers. She married the writer Leonard Woolf in 1912, and the two founded Hogarth Press in 1917. This publisher also published works by T. S. Eliot and Laurens vander Post.

Many of Woolf’s essays, short stories and novels that are now held in such high esteem were hand printed through this press. Virginia and Leonard wanted to publish books that commercial publishers may not choose to publish.

She was also published by Duckworth Press (the owner being her half brother), but it was believed she toned down her content for this publisher. Woolf wanted books to become a thing of beauty.

Ulysses, by James Joyce (1882-1941)

James Joyce self published Ulysses, which is considered one of the best novels ever

Mark Twain

Samuel Langhorne Clemens (aka Mark Twain) was not only a writer but also an entrepreneur, publisher and lecturer. Twain was already somewhat famous when he turned to self-publishing in 1884. He created a firm called Charles L. Webster & Co, after being unhappy with his previous publishers. Twain sought to earn a dual income as author and publisher and his first two American publications, The Adventures of Huckleberry Fin 1885) and the Personal Memoirs of Ulysses S. Grant (1885) were extremely successful.

Margaret Atwood

Atwood, a Canadian poet, novelist (The Handmaid’s Tale), literary critic, essayist, and environmental activist, and winner and shortlisted for many writing awards, in late 1961, she won the E. J. Pratt Medal for her self published book of poems, Double Persephone.

There are many more famous self published authors, but I have not included them all. I am not saying that we will all be famous and successful, but it is time to realise self publishing is not a thing to be ashamed of. Let’s seek to produce the best books we can and also I am with Virginia Woolf make them a beautiful piece of art. 🙂 Thanks for reading. 🙂

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One day left to grab my book free!

Hey guys,

There’s one more day to be able to download my book. 🙂 This book of short stories explores different aspects of life, love, loss, compassion, forgiveness and redemption. It is an eclectic collection of stories that offer different perspectives on our lives and the stories are set in New York, Israel, Sydney and Brisbane. Feel free to post a review I would love to read it!

The book should be available in any country.  Thanks heaps for reading. 🙂 Suzanne

 

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My book for free! A Creative Collection!

Hello there,

My book is available for free for five days, feel free to download it and check it out. The link is below. 🙂 Thanks heaps for reading. I would love your reviews after you have downloaded it. Have a great day! Suzanne

 

Yesterday, my book was in the Top 31 in the Amazon Best Sellers download list. 🙂

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