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Dancing in the rain

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  1. Choose your market wisely – is the market popular with locals and visitors? Will the market have a large through traffic?
  2. Does it sell artisan products and crafts that will attract the kind of customer who may be interested in your books?
  3. Does the market have room for you? Make sure you ring ahead and check out the requirements and responsibilities – these vary, depending on rules set out of each market
  4. Be aware of the costs involved – each markets has a different fee structure
  5. Do you need to fill out forms and pay in advance or can you just turn up on the day?
  6. Do you have Public Liability Insuance? Is it a requirement of the market you are attending? The minimum seems to be $20 million and costs around $200 a year here in Australia
  7. Do you have the right equipment? Do you need a marquis (is the market outdoors?)? Do you have table, chairs, banners, and an enticing layout for your books?
  8. Do you have bookmarks, business cards and prices for your books clearly displayed?
  9. Reviews – have you laminated a good review of your book so potential buyers can see what others are saying about your writing?
  10. What else can you add to your display to maket it visually appealing (remember to maintain a professional image)? Think about taking your computer and showing a youtube clip if you have one – or make a simple interactive slideshow

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imageIt’s almost time to hit the road and celebrate the launch of our third Cracker & Gilly Mystery, Merinda’s Gold. Six weeks to go but who’s counting…

Call us intrepid or brave or downright foolish but we’re off to the place where Cracker and Gilly manage to get themselves into – and out of – so much trouble with the help of Cracker’s foot soldiers, Trann and Bone.

Two authors setting off on a grand adventure, meandering down the magical Southern New South Wales coastline – well, two authors, two kids, two dogs and a cat – to the the place it all began.

Did I mention the authors are related? That, in fact, all who know them are watching on in glee to see whether the brother and sister authors survive the caravan touring challenge at all. Will there even be a fourth Cracker & Gilly Mystery, they ask?

Bateman’s Bay may never be the same again but rest assured intrepid readers, Book 4 is not only started (well, Cracker’s written a chapter…somewhere…haven’t you Cracker?) but the coast is where we do our best – and only – planning.

Stay tuned for the details…and if you want to interview us, buy our books or set up and author signing just let us know. Otherwise, you’ll find us us the beach.

Bring on summer…

 

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Over at http://www.brainpickings.org there’s a great article by Maria Popova, ‘Fixed vs Growth: The two Basic Mindsets That Shape Our Lives’, that not only gives writers permission to fail but refers to failing as a positive way forward to greater achievement. For anyone setting goals for 2015 it’s worth a look. I particularly liked the idea of failing forward at this time of year when we’re all busy telling ourselves that 2015 will be better, that we will write more, publish more, sell more…I love the idea of setting my goals right up there in the stratosphere and then failing spectacularly. It might even make a good story…Happy New to all our family, friends, and followers. Thank you all for a great 2014 and we look forward to writing, publishing and selling at least a dozen Cracker & Gilly Mysteries in 2015…and a special message for my co-author and partner in crime who is wagging it in Hong Kong, 2014 was the year of our infamy while 2015 will be the year riches reign down upon our heads…

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Β find something worth reading

do something worth writing

creating something worth selling

image School’s out and it’s time to get back to the world of writing – do I hear you groan brother dear – with books to read, books to write, books to publish and books to market… image image image image image image

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When I grow up I want to be a writer…

When my brother grows up he wants to be a rock star…

When my Β children grow up they will look at their mother and their uncle and see a pair of old crazies doing what they wanna do and being what they wanna be, yeah…

When you grow you grow up, what do you want to be?

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