Sarah’s Song

Sarah's Song

Sarah’s Song

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Sarah Smyth is a shy 13 year old who dreams of becoming a singer, like her favourite pop star, Magdalene. When Sarah’s mother decides to marry a man she meets on the internet she leaves Sarah with the half-sister she hasn’t seen for ten years. Sarah starts a band with her best friend Lonnie which leads her to a most unlikely friendship ….with superstar Magdalene herself!

Sarah’s Song is an inspiring story about music, dreams and finding your voice when your world is falling apart.

For a free copy all you need to do is write an honest review and post it to Amazon! Still interested? Email me now at tanya_davies2004@hotmail.com

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Sarah’s Song

Sarah's Song

Sarah’s Song

Want a free copy of Sarah’s Song?

Sarah Smyth is a shy 13 year old who dreams of becoming a singer, like her favourite pop star, Magdalene. When Sarah’s mother decides to marry a man she meets on the internet she leaves Sarah with the half-sister she hasn’t seen for ten years. Sarah starts a band with her best friend Lonnie which leads her to a most unlikely friendship ….with superstar Magdalene herself!

Sarah’s Song is an inspiring story about music, dreams and finding your voice when your world is falling apart.

For a free copy all you need to do is write an honest review and post it to Amazon! Still interested? Email me now at tanya_davies2004@hotmail.com

Or

Buy it now at Amazon.

Letting go of ideas

I recently made the decision to order in some help with a wordpress blog I had been playing around with. The blog is supposed to be a small add-on to my first book that has just been published on Amazon et al. I wanted something that would extend the reader experience even the tiniest bit – plus I’d planned on sending out some tweets from my MC and some other cute things. Problem was I couldn’t make the blog site look even halfway decent.

This minimalist theme just about suits me for this blog but I needed something pink and girly and full of energy and I was completely stuck.

I am constantly struggling for time and vacillating between doing more work and passing out in a coma in front of Gossip Girl so I was very proud when I managed to source someone on ODesk to make a few tweaks in wordpress.

Problem was he went crazy – doing a fantastic design job that I couldn’t possibly afford to see to fruition. And even if I could – I could not financially justify. Sarah’s Song will live under the radar for most of its life, I’m sure. The blog was just one more of those ambitious ideas I like to torture myself with. I’m still not entirely sure what I’ll do – I need to balance my ideas with some valuable promotional avenues. Advice on Absolute Write points to sending out copies of my book to generate reviews on Amazon as one of the best returns on investment. I’ve just received a print copy of my book and unfortunately the cover is pixellated in some places so it’s going to have to go through some tweaks with the cover designer.

The good thing that has come out of the episode is that I’ve found a fantastic blog designer – and he got me thinking. If I’m going to pay for a blog design upgrade then it ought to be this one.

Watch this space…(but not too intently).

The benefits of beta-reading

I’m really happy to be immersed in my first beta-read. I’ve been looking for someone to swap manuscripts with for a few months but hadn’t found anything that was right for me. (Ie, that I could stomach reading all the way through.) Until I found E’s first chapter on the forums in Absolute Write. My first thought as I began reading was ‘I wish I’d thought of this!’

Could there be any better recommendation?

My second thought was that she could write. I was in the hands of someone confidently telling her story. She made it look easy. I’m still pretty stoked she has agreed to read my work because I know she will give me some much-needed help.

I immediately liked her two main characters and this afternoon they had me in tears. I’m desperate for them to get together, desperate for them to remain devoted friends – they’ve even got me reflecting on issues in my own life. Good work, E!

When I began reading the first chapters I balked a little. This is so much better than my MS….Why did I even bother writing a YA fantasy? my critic began. I haven’t built my world enough, I thought. I don’t know it well enough.

And so it seems that reading E’s MS has already given me some clarification. I need to do more world building (began yesterday, ‘check’), I still need to rewrite the areas where I madly drafted and have yet to flesh out into scenes. I need to face up to where I have gotten stuck and not worked hard enough at getting unstuck.

And I also need to keep making connections out there in cyber-space where more and more writers are coming together to help one another create great stories.

What’s your online hang-out?