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  1. I am still in post-Christmas procrastination mode. So, instead of organising an Amazon or Facebook ad (groan) I wrote down, without stopping to think, twenty books I've loved.

    And here they are. Drumroll...

    The Thorn Birds

    Rachel's Holiday

    The Boys from Brazil

    Perfume

    The Big Picture

    Tell no One

    Rosie Meadows Regrets

    Hotel du Lac

    All Quiet on the Western Front

    One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich

    Tell No One

    Mrs Pettigrew Lives for a Day

    I Capture the Castle

    The Thirty-Nine Steps

    The Rich are Different

    Polyanna

    Heidi

    Ballet Shoes

    Jennings Goes to School

    Anne of Green Gables 

    PS. I reread the children's books as an adult.  

    What books instantly pop into your head? Please reply in the comments.

    Right, now to make (another) mug of tea and do something worthy...

    Like watch Ugly Betty. 

    Bye for now,

    Jan xx

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  2. Hello! 

    I hope you are well, happy and not too frazzled in this crazy month.

    Today I have a FREE eBook for you, The Cat That Saved Christmas. It's a short and sweet festive tale, part rom-com (about escaping from the wrong man) and part Christmas miracle...

    Here’s the blurb…

    In London, just before Christmas, Clara is smug about her perfect life and relationship.

    But the illusion melts faster than a snowman in the rain. Devastated, Clara flees to the Isle of Skye to lick her wounds.

    There, far from festive cheer, she experiences festive drear.

    As she falls deeper into the doldrums of despair, can a furry friend help? Because she has given up men. And not just for Christmas. 

    Where does the cat come into it?

    Wait and see, I don’t want to spoil the tale (tail).

    You can read it via your Kindle Unlimited membership OR it’s FREE on Amazon today and tomorrow (18th & 19th) Pacific Standard Time. Get it here. 

    Talking about Kindle Unlimited, I just enrolled most of my books and joined a fab Christmas promotion called Under The Mistletoe: A Bundle of Holiday Shenanigans.  It’s a fun selection of holiday-themed books and I’ve already downloaded a few onto my trusty Kindle. Can’t wait. 

    It’s such a  wonderful selection, and you can check it out here. The Christmas novella I penned last year, The Christmas Castle Ghost is in the happy bundle. 

    I won’t take up more of your time; I’m sure you have a zillion things to do…

    But snatch some time to yourself, check out the books, choose your faves and enjoy over a festive hot chocolate. Perhaps with swirly cream on top. 

    I'll be back in touch soon, maybe with another fun and festive offer!

    * NB. The free eBook (The Cat That Saved Christmas)  is a limited-time offer for 18th and 19th December 2019 PST.

    Best wishes and loads of happy vibes,

    Janet xx

     

  3. As a writer, I am in and out of KDP Select like a yo-yo -- have been since I published my first book, The Last of the Family Diamonds, two years ago. It's the first in the Izzie Firecracker 4-book series -- just typed '44' by mistake. I wish.Izzie13d

    KDP Select is the author-side-of-the-coin name for Kindle Unlimited, Amazon's paid library (sort of). You pay £7.99 (I believe $9.99 in the USA) to consume as many books as you can eat. Writers in the scheme get paid by page reads.

    The downside for writers is our books must be exclusive to Amazon for each 90-day term with no more than a 10% sample elsewhere. This rule is just for eBooks -- we can sell our audio and print versions of books enrolled in KDP Select as wide as we like.

    About to make my ebooks exclusive to Amazon (again) I pressed the 'delist ' button on Draft2Digital* (D2D) on 6th December -- a week ago.

    Apple, Kobo, Barnes and Noble, and others delisted my books within hours. Other places took a few days.

    But I am still waiting on Overdrive -- the online library service. I am slapping my head repeatedly as my books are currently locked in a half-way house -- not allowed into Kindle Unlimited and delisted from Apple etc.  Here's a screenshot taken yesterday (Bibliotheca now delisted)... 

    screenshotdraft2digital

    Note to self -- next time delist from Overdrive (and other slower sites) first and then delist the quick-to-comply sites at the last minute.

    Another lesson learned.

    This self-publish lark is a steep learning curve.

    But will I stop climbing soon?

    Not on your nelly.

    *D2D is an aggregator which uploads to many bookseller sites and online libraries and I can't recommend it highly enough.

    Want your book formatted beautifully for free? D2D is for you.