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My Writing Week…

Well, what a week.  Actually, make that ‘what a fortnight’…

Can’t quite believe it’s only 2 weeks since my book went live.  it’s gone really well, and I’ve had some brilliant reviews.  Take a look at the Amazon review list.  If you have read my book, please do leave a review on Amazon.  Feedback is very much appreciated, no matter what, and do recommend to others if you think they would like to read it.

The book is now also available through Kobo and Nook (Barnes & Noble US and UK).   And, is about to go live within the next few hours through iBooks! I’ll post the link when I have it.

The paperback version is on its way… it will be available on Amazon very soon and I’ll post the link.  However, paperbacks will also be available through my website, and from me directly, which may prove to be more cost-effective for those that wish to buy.

And, there will be a local book launch, date and venue to be arranged but it’s looking likely it will involve a Turkish meal at a lovely local restaurant.  Get in touch if interested in coming along, I’d love to see you there!

Lots to do in the next few weeks – I’m arranging a few local book launches at independent bookstores, some guest speaking (eek!) and am in the initial stages of planning a new book.  And, it feels blooming brilliant!!!

Have a great weekend

Penny

Now available for the Nook!

For those of you that have a Nook e-reader, ‘Friendship, Love and Apple Tea’ is now available to read from the UK and USA store!

For the UK, please go to:

http://www.nook.com/gb/ebooks/friendship-love-and-apple-tea-by-penny-canvin/2940150711976

For the USA, please go to: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/friendship-love-and-apple-tea-penny-canvin/1120325209?ean=2940150711976

Reviews are very much appreciated – and please do get in touch via my website, www.pennycanvin.com

Thank you!

Festival of Romance coming to Leighton Buzzard

The 2014 Festival of Romance is coming to a town very near me… Leighton Buzzard.  This weekend, 12th and 13th September, 2014 – gutted that I can’t attend, as it has a great agenda for the two days.  On Friday 12th, there’s the opportunity to meet some of the UK’s top authors whilst enjoying cake, with a party from 8pm till late.  

On Saturday, during the afternoon, there are opportunities to meet publishers and pitch your own novel, at the Leighton Buzzard Theatre, plus workshops to enjoy and authors to meet.  Tickets are available. 

Go to the Festival of Romance website for more details and, if you’re going,  have a cake and lots of fun for me! 

Website up and running…

Well, I’m a step nearer to the book launch.  I’ve a website now up and running.  It’s short and sweet, but will hopefully grow as time passes.  It now includes the blurb for ‘Friendship, Love and Apple Tea’, and any comments or feedback will be gratefully received.  

It will eventually have the full link and a ‘buy now’ button on the homepage, once the book is ready on the Kindle.   Please do check it out – www.pennycanvin.com

And… I’m going to have a few paperbacks done too!  Yay!!  

Thank you to all those that have given me feedback and have followed my blog and supported me lots…it’s very much appreciated! 

The book has a name!

Giving the debut book a title has actually felt almost as difficult as the writing of the book itself.  So many ideas, but nothing seemed to feel right.

The working title was ‘Jeep Safari’, and I felt very attached to it.  But, it just wasn’t working, not for me or the Illustrator of the book cover.  It didn’t really sum up the book, tell the reader anything about it, set up the story… nothing.

So… after much thought and anguish, I’ve decided on the title.  The book is a chick-lit, rom-com type, and I needed a title that is light-hearted, so, please be ready to welcome…. ‘Friendship, Love and Apple Tea’!

Feedback, as always, will be welcomed…but, it will need to be quick as, once published, I won’t be changing it!

Welcome, and thank you for joining me in my first blog…

Hey, thanks for reading my first blog.  The first blog I’ve written as a ‘pending’ author no less…  The news is,  I’m about to publish my first novel.  Yay for me!!!   An actual novel!  A real, live, writerly one with words in and all sorts.

Now, I’d like to say it’s only taken me a few months but, the truth is, it’s far longer than that.  I’ve been wanting to write a novel since I was at school – yes, just a few years ago (ahem…)  And,  I’ve talked about being a writer for years but have complained continuously that I  don’t have the time/there’s too many demands on me/it’s impossible to be a writer when you work full time and have a family, etc etc … all of that stuff.  And, each New Year, I’ve been depressed that I haven’t met my annual goal of being published in some way when, in actual fact, I haven’t even written anything that could have been published.

A while ago, whilst wallowing in my ‘I’m never going to be a writer’ mood, I asked an author ( a lovely one, who will appear on my links page when my website is up and running)  for some sort of miracle potion which would help me write when I’m so, so busy… and she basically said ‘get off your butt and write, and stop moaning about it, as your book is not going to write itself’…  I’ll always be grateful to her for the straight talking, she was absolutely right.

I found my own method of getting the words onto the page, something quite new that I hadn’t tried before, but that worked really well.  And, to cut a long story short, it’s almost ready to be born.  Yes, I’m in the final stages of labour…  The book  is written, edited, edited again (in fact, edited 10 times but possibly still contains typos and things I’d re-write again and again), and is about to published as an ebook through Kindle.

It’s a weird feeling.  I’m not the most confident of people, not when it comes to my ability in doing anything at all, but I’ve had the most brilliant support and encouragement from so many people.  And now, the last piece of the jigsaw is almost there.  The book cover is being created by a wonderful illustrator who is also my best friend of over 40 years, and it’s very exciting.  Once it’s ready, I’ll be publishing it.  But, before then, I need to get my website up and running and prepare myself for the launch, something I’ve dreamt of for so many years.

The book is written in my maiden name, and the website will therefore be the same – www.pennycanvin.com – I’ll let you know when it’s up and running.  And the title is just about decided on, which I’ll put in a separate blog.

So, thank you to all that are reading this – you’re with me right at the start of this journey and it’s nice to know I’m not alone.   I’ll be posting when the website is launched, and also when the book becomes available on Kindle.

Have a great weekend everyone, wherever you are!