If you feel so inclined and would like to cast a vote for any/all of my nominations, I’d be most grateful.
It’s great to be nominated (but it’s better to win) and to win you need votes!
Seriously, I am honoured to be nominated and happy to be getting a little more acknowledgement for the website, for the book and for all the activities I’ve directed promoting it through the dating world. So whatever happens, happens and I’m happy to be nominated!
Smarter Dating brings you a once in a lifetime interview with eloves me, eloves me not author, LA Johannesson
Step aside Bridget Jones, Kayte Wexford is the new poster girl for singletons in the digital age! She’s fit, healthy and IT-savvy and she’s not afraid to turn to technology for help finding love!
Smarter Dating recently shared this interview with their membership in the UK. This isn’t the first time I’ve heard the Bridget Jones reference, but I continue to be delighted by it.
If you want to learn a little back story about the eloves me, eloves me notstory, then have a read of the full interview here:
We’re in the midst of an indie revolution. Traditional publishing is challenged by those who are ‘doing it for themselves’ and by the people who are making it their business to do it for others, share what they know and help many of us to realise the dream of becoming successful self-published authors. And it’s all happening without the assistance of the traditional publisher.
Guy Kawasaki and Shawn Welch recently co-authored, published and launched APE -Author, Publisher Entrepreneur – How to Publish a Book. While apes are usually associated with evolution, not revolution, this time it’s different.
Detailing the trend they call ‘artisanal publishing’, their new book is a ‘how to’ guide for the indie author, outlining practical ways to best publish and promote the independent work, thus bypassing traditional publishing practices.
While a handy guide on it’s own, this book is being used as the platform upon which revolutionaries Guy and Shawn stand to rally the indie author troops, inspire them and band them together to build their indie movement. Once it gains the requisite membership momentum, it will surely challenge the foundations of traditional publishing and be a formidable force of its own. Benefits to authors and readers alike should ultimately result.
I will not sit idly by and watch this happen. I want to be an active part of the movement. I have some of my own revolutionary ideas on this that I’ll share in a future post so watch this space. Thankfully, I’ve already taken some steps to secure my place. I have embraced the roles of indie author, publisher and entrepreneur and am proud to discuss, defend and share my experiences.
I have also been lucky enough to be in conversation with Guy and Shawn and was recently featured on a HOA for an APE Makeover on Google+ where they reviewed a number of indie works and provided feedback to us based on the principles they espouse in their book. For the full episode, aired originally on February 14, 2013 see the video below. The detailed discussion of ‘eloves me, eloves me not‘ begins around the 44 minute mark.
I found this a great experience where I received a few sincere compliments, some helpful tips and suggestions (a number of which have already been implemented) and the chance to meet others involved in creating change within this industry .
Thanks to the Google-goodness, it was all achieved without even leaving the comforts of home. Yet another reason I’m becoming quite the Google+ fangirl!
Thanks to: @TheEllenShow, @jeannieeeee and @andylassner et al.
Ellen has the best fans – everyone was friendly, full of energy, happy and well behaved. Organisers were on hand with sunscreen and water, ’cause, man, it was HOT! And of course, local media were out in full force capturing all the fun.
While I”m not getting on a plane to LA to meet Ellen (yet), I met cardboard Ellen and some wonderful people, had some laughs, and I did get the chance to give away a few books, including a specially autographed one for Ellen for her birthday – hopefully she actually gets it.
If today was any indication, March is going to be a blast!
A huge thanks goes out the the great ladies at Chick Lit Central for this recent fun author interview. They were so professional and responsive all the way through the process. I especially loved their idea of using a pet theme to guide the interview. And it was a perfect fit for the book.
Getting exposure on such a well-known chick lit blog was certainly appreciated. I continue to be humbled by the interest and support from this community.
In addition to the interview, there’s another chance to win ‘eloves me, eloves me not’. For the full interview and contest entry details, click here.
Good luck and thanks again Chick Lit Central for this golden opportunity!
It’s in. My very first review. I can stop gnawing my fingernails now!
The review process is very confronting especially for a new author. I submitted my novel for review by Chicklit Club, one of the pre-eminent ‘chick-lit’ blogs. These people are immersed in this genre, so understandably, I was keen to hear what they thought (okay and just a wee bit nervous, hoping they’d love my characters as my as I do).
The results are in and they thought it was literally ‘fabulous’. Here’s the full review:
With a newly broken heart, Kayte, 39, is determined to find her Mr Right. She is on the path to finding true love through the ups and downs, pleasures and dangers, of dating – blind and internet – and has to kiss a string of toads to find her prince. Together with her best friend and number one male (Dylan the dog), her happily married friend Chloe, and the mysterious Bigbadwolf (aka Roman) and his Book of RROOD (pronounced RUDE) for Roman’s Rules of Online Dating, Kayte sets off on her roller-coaster pursuit of love. Kayte is a modern, fit and healthy, IT-savvy Bridget Jones – and this romantic comedy has a chuckle or a twist on every page mixed with just the right amount of passionate liaisons. It has great one-liners, is fast moving and very entertaining. It is a fabulous debut. (AT)