Feel The Force.

Feel The Force.

So, in the spirit of keeping up my blog, and because I had such a fun day on Saturday, I thought I would check in and update you all about my weekend!   This weekend I had been invited to attend the Feel The Force Day convention,  in the West Midlands, as a Guest Author. The convention is the only one of its kind that I know of that is completely accessible and inclusive, so I was honoured to be invited to attend as their guest.   Feel The Force Day has been running very successfully for the last few years in Peterborough getting bigger and bigger and this year was their first event in the West Midlands. Operated by Sarah, JJ and the rest of their amazing team they provide an open and accessible convention that can be enjoyed by fans of all ages and interests. A chance to get dressed up, have fun, even meet actors from some of the most icon tv and film from around the world.   They were even kind enough to invite Yoshi my Yeti to come as well as long as he was on his best behaviour! (He was very excited about meeting lots of new people!)   I will admit, I was a little nervous at sitting with some of film and tv’s most iconic figures being the tiny Children’s Author I am, I was sure nobody would want to come and talk to me when they could meet the likes of Norman Lovett from Red Dwarf and Brian Wheeler from Never Ending Story, some of my favourite shows of all...

The Rollercoaster of Self Publishing

I’ve been trying to write this blog for quite some time, in fact ever since I wrote the last one in April, and we’re now mid-June. (Where does the time go?)   Yes, as I was saying, I had promised myself I would write at least one blog a month (we can already see how consistent that was!) But anyhow I’m back and ready to ramble again.   As some of you may or may not know I am what’s known as a ‘Self-Published Author’ For those of you that don’t know what it is, it means I publish my own books, so I don’t work with a traditional publishing house or a team of editors like some of my awesome fellow writers.   For many years there was a lot of stigma attached to being self-published, due to the stereotyped view that all self published books were amateurish and of poor quality, so I was always quite nervous about admitting I was self published to begin with.   But then I had a thought (Yeah I know they can be painful!) If I believe in my work, and my readers like my work, what have I got to be ashamed of?   I’m not going to say self publishing is easy or even that all of it is fantastic, because I don’t think it is, and there are many traditionally published books that people may hold that view of too. It can be successful though, especially if you’re putting everything you’ve got into it and it can have many rewards.   What’s Involved?    Well as you might...