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This is the logo for my ‘Writer on the Road’ interviews…like it?? Our book touring schedule is Townsville in July/July, 2016, Bateman’s Bay for the Bateman’s Bay Writers Festival in September, 2016, and our biggie, a two month trip across the Nullabor to the wilds of Western Australia and Norseman to launch Money, Murder and Other Men’s Wives, starting December, 2016. Note the interesting correlation between these dates and school holidays. That’s the trouble with teaching, it limits my playtime:)

 

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My first online course is almost ready…I’ve decided to call it “Gypsies, tramps and thieves: the romance of writing on the road”…what do you think of the title?

 

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Happy Birthday to you

Happy Birthday to you

Happy Birthday dear author

Happy Birthday to you

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Just received this email from Amazon’s automated preference service. Alas, no The Miner’s Wife.┬á

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A bit sad really, if it wasn’t kind of funny…can’t wait to see what happens to my ‘Around Australia in 8 Romances’, except I’ve wised up and they will be published under Mel Hammond.

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And to make matters worse, my co-author is equally as infamous, sort of…ever heard of a bloke who carried a fridge around Ireland??

From here on in just call us Lindy and Dick­čśç

 

 

 

 

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It’s thirty something degrees today and we decided to go for a swim at the local dam, Carcoar Dam for those that know the Bathurst/Orange area of NSW.

What we didn’t count on was people wanting to buy our books – and our writing courses.

The problem was our vehicle.

And me.

Before I launch my online writing courses I read that I needed three of ’em and so I’ve waited.

And procrastinated.

And missed an opportunity  to upscale my business, damn it!!

A lady named Darlene is heading around Australia with her hubby and three kids.

And they all wanna write.

And they saw my vehicle.

And.

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  1. Attitude matters
  2. Education is an investment
  3. Giving is better than receiving
  4. Values cultivate respect
  5. Word-count matters – without content you have no business – see ┬áTurning Pro by Steven Pressfield
  6. There is no such thing as perfection
  7. No one is laughing at you, in fact, most of us a rooting for you
  8. If at first you don’t succeed – see ‘The 1000 Day Rule: What Living the Dream Really Looks Like’ by Dan Andrews
  9. Surround yourself with experts (Jane Friedeman, Janna Penn and Dan Blank to name a few)
  10. Look back and see how far you’ve come – celebrate!!

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Every new year brings good intentions and great ambitions. This year, it’s eight novels, equalling 480,000 words, with the grand title of Project Romance: Around Australia in 8 Romances.

With such an ambitious project, I’ve invested in a few tools to help me. One is Joel Friedlander’s Book Planner which will help keep my book publishing schedule on track. The other is Joanna Penn’s Creative Freedom Course,

You can follow my progress and learn about my fun with Book Planner and Creative Freedom over at http://www.melhammomd.com. If you subscribe to my email list you will receive a weekly email with my tips and lessons learned as I try to meet my self-imposed challenge for 2016.

Here at Growing Up Writing we’ll be focusing on marketing, both my adult books, and our Cracker & Gilly series, as well as leaning the processes of creating audible books.

Oh, and I’ve just subscribed to Jason Kong’s newsletter, Storyrally, an online Marketing For Fiction Writers forum.

See you on the road.

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Historic Carcoar offers everything this writer could possibly want to inspire productivity – historic buildings, heritage rose gardens and solitude – so much so that I think this is the ideal location to hold a writer’s retreat during the cosy winter months that only the Bathurst/Orange area with its villages, fine food and wines, and romantic weather can offer (think log fires, foggy mornings and crisp, clear days).

Anyone interested in log fires, devonshire teas and uninterrupted time to write?

I’ve found the ideal location at an old nunnery attached to the local catholic church.

Stay tuned for details.

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