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Sunday, 31 May 2015

Getting That Manuscript Finished


During half term, I went to Le Touquet in France with my family for a couple of days. We had a wonderful time, despite strong winds and rain on the day we arrived; walking along the promenade, dropping into cafés and wandering around the shops, without the usual need to look at our watches. And how could we not stock up on wine in Calais?

I wrote about a trip to Le Touquet on this blog three years ago: ‘Are you always thinking 'how can I use this?’ How time has flown since then. I am still writing, but now I have the neetsmarketing blog with its accompanying Twitter account and Facebook Page; and I work freelance as a Social Media Manager (for authors, unpublished writers, organisations, small publishers, and small businesses). Plus I’m Social Media Manager for the Historical Novel Society (and Publicity Officer for the next UK HNS Conference, which will take place in Oxford, 2-4 September 2016). These days, I’m not thinking ‘how can I use this?' as much as I used to. However, being a bit of a Twitter addict, I am doing something I love, and when I do get a book published, either traditionally or as an indie author; I'll have an idea of how to promote it, which is a bonus.

At the moment, I’m working to get my WIP finished, by using a spreadsheet with daily and monthly word count targets. And I’ll be sending my manuscript to the Romantic Novelists' Association’s (“RNA”) New Writers’ Scheme before the end of August deadline. On 21 May, I went to the RNA Summer Party, a lovely evening in London, where I caught up with lots of friends. Photos can be found on the RNA website here (spot the photo where I'm looking very surprised), and on Liz Harris’ blog here.

In July, I shall be going to the RNA Conference at Queen Mary University in London, and I can’t wait. Last week, I received my conference pack; and there are some fantastic panels, workshops and talks to attend. Look forward to seeing some of you there!

This neetswriter blog passed 100,000 page views recently, and I'd like to say a big thank you to all who visit, read my posts and leave comments. Support for my neetsmarketing blog has been overwhelming too, and here’s an update on recent and upcoming guest posts.


Upcoming Guest Posts:


3 July 2015: Jane Holland on Managing Different Twitter Accounts

On my neetsmarketing blog: I aim to answer questions asked by clients, and those which came up during my recent course; and I’m putting together a couple of posts on Facebook, which will be out soon.

My next Social Media Course for Writers will be on 3 October 2015 in Guildford. Email me at anitajchapman at gmail dot com for further details.

15 comments:

  1. Look forward to meeting you at the RNA conference, Anita. My wip for the NWS in only at the halfway point but hey ho... maybe I should have used a spreadsheet like you.

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    1. Can't wait to meet you Wendy! Best of luck with your WIP :-)

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  2. Great to hear your marketing ventures are going well, Anita! The RNA does sound like a lot of fun. And good luck with finishing your manuscript! x

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    1. Thank you Vikki! Congrats on your news, very exciting :-)

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  3. Look forward to seeing you again at the RNA Conference, Anita - it looks brilliant. All the best with getting that novel to the NWS!

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    1. Thank you Rosemary. Look forward to seeing you!

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  4. I'm going to the RNA conference too - my first one! Hope to meet you there!

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    1. Great, hope to see you there Elle!

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  5. I was hoping to make it to the RNA conference this year, but I doubt I will be able to now.

    I'm glad your marketing venture is going so well and look forward to reading the upcoming posts.

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    1. Thank you Georgina. That's such a shame you can't make the Conf now. It was lovely to see you, and to meet your daughter at the RNA Party :-)x

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  6. Glad things are going well for you!!!
    I'd love to get to that conference, or any conference!!, but they're always so far away!

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    1. Thank you, Jemi! That's such a shame-the RNA Conferences are always so fantastic :-)

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  7. I don't know how you find the time for all that. So looking forward to when you have your book published.

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    1. Thanks so much Anne, wow-that comment means a lot :-)x

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