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with its accompanying Twitter account and Facebook Page; and I work freelance as a Social Media Manager (for authors, unpublished writers, organisations, small publishers, and small businesses).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.