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New Interview Feature: Angie's Diary

18:57:00 Jo Linsdell 0 Comments

This week I was interviewed by Paul Collins for the website Angie's Diary (Direct link to interview: https://angiesdiary.com/interviews/jo-linsdell/). We chat about my books, Twitter, and more. Hope you'll drop by and check it out.

Best selling author and illustrator Jo Linsdell interviewed at Angie's Diary
Screenshot from Angie's Diary
Comments, likes, and social shares are all most appreciated.

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Writers and Authors is listed in the Top 50 Writing Blogs

08:00:00 Jo Linsdell 0 Comments

I'm honoured that my Writers and Authors blog has been selected for the Top 50 Writing Blogs list at Positive Writer again this year (check out the full list here: http://positivewriter.com/best-writing-blogs/).


It's great to be recognized with so many other great sites for the second year in a row. 

I have some plans to grow the blog even more over this year and will be introducing some new features in the coming months.

Drop by and check it out www.WritersAndAuthors.info

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Disney Illustration Study: Winnie the Pooh

06:30:00 Jo Linsdell 0 Comments

This week my Disney illustration study is dedicated to Winnie the Pooh and friends. I'm a huge Winnie the Pooh fan and so couldn't miss out on doing the bear of little brain and his buddies.

Disney illustration study by Jo Linsdell, Winnie the Pooh
Winnie the Pooh

Disney illustration study by Jo Linsdell, Piglet
Piglet

Disney illustration study by Jo Linsdell, Eeyore
Eeyore

Disney illustration study by Jo Linsdell, Tigger
Tigger

You can check out more of my illustrations on my Pinterest board https://www.pinterest.com/jolinsdell/illustrations/

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Quick Tips: Organise a release party for your book

06:00:00 Jo Linsdell 0 Comments



This weeks Quick Tip is to organise a release party for your book. Everyone loves a good party and what better reason to celebrate than the release of your book! Whether you party in-person or do it online, having a release party can be a great way to create a buzz for your book and engage with your readers.



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La Scatola is out now in print!

11:20:00 Jo Linsdell 0 Comments

I'm super excited to announce that my first children's picture story book written in Italian, La Scatola (Italian version of The Box) is now available in print.



You can grab your copy at:
http://www.amazon.com/dp/1507523114

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Ask Jo: When and how do you set your goals for the year?

06:30:00 Jo Linsdell 0 Comments


In this weeks Ask Jo video I answer the question "When and how do you set your goals for the year?"


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Disney Illustration Study: The Little Mermaid

07:00:00 Jo Linsdell 0 Comments

This week for my Disney illustration study it's two of my favourite characters from The Little Mermaid (Sebastian is actually one of my all time favourite Disney characters).

Sebastian from The Little Mermaid, Sketch by Jo Linsdell
Sebastian

Flounder from The Little Mermaid, Sketch by Jo Linsdell
Flounder

You can check out more of my illustrations on my Pinterest board https://www.pinterest.com/jolinsdell/illustrations/

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Quick Tips: Ask fans to share a photo of them with your book

06:00:00 Jo Linsdell 0 Comments



This weeks Quick Tip is to ask fans to share a photo of them with your book. It gives you some awesome marketing material but also gives you a way of connecting with your fans.



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Ask Jo: What TV shows do you like to watch?

06:30:00 Jo Linsdell 1 Comments



Time for another Ask Jo session! In this weeks episode I answer the question "What TV shows do you like to watch?"


Don't forget to subscribe at https://www.youtube.com/user/jolinsdell for more videos.

What are some of your favourite TV shows?

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Disney Illustration Study: Bambi

07:00:00 Jo Linsdell 0 Comments

I've been doing some more sketching as part of my Disney illustration study. Still on the theme of Disney animal characters, this time it's a few from Bambi.

Disney illustration study by Jo Linsdell, Bambi
Bambi

Disney illustration study by Jo Linsdell, Flower
Flower

Disney illustration study by Jo Linsdell, Thumper
Thumper
Which is your favourite Disney character and why?

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Quick Tips: Answer Blog Comments

10:30:00 Jo Linsdell 0 Comments


It's Tuesday and that means it's Quick Tips time!

This weeks quick tip is to reply to comments left on your blog. In today's busy world, taking the time to leave a comment on someones blog is a big deal. Make sure you reply to all comments on yours. The post is just a launch point for engaging with your readers.


Remember to subscribe at https://www.youtube.com/user/jolinsdell so you don't miss out on new uploads.

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#ReviMo 2015

12:55:00 Jo Linsdell 0 Comments

I'm signed up for the ReviMo challenge - 7 days of children's picture book revision- (full details at http://www.megmillerwrites.blogspot.com.au/p/revimo-2015.html) and can't wait to kick off on Monday 11th January.


That's right, next week I'll be busy with revisions. I have plenty draft versions of children's picture books to choose from and hope to have them in much better shape by the end of the week.

Let me know if you're taking part in the challenge too so we can cheer each other along.

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Ask Jo: What are your favourite foods?

07:30:00 Jo Linsdell 0 Comments

Ask Jo is back! More questions get answers in this "get to know me better" video series.

In this weeks Ask Jo I answer the question "What are your favourite foods?"


Check out more Ask Jo video's on my YouTube channel at https://www.youtube.com/user/jolinsdell

As always, this is a two way street so, what are your favourite foods? Let me know in the comments section below.

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Disney Illustration Study: The Lion King

11:29:00 Jo Linsdell 0 Comments

I've moved my Disney illustration study along to animals. (You can check out my research into Disney princesses here: http://www.jolinsdell.com/2015/01/who-is-your-favourite-disney-character.html

I decided to start with my favourite characters from The Lion King:

Pumbaa from The Lion King, sketch by Jo Linsdell
Pumbaa from The Lion King

Timon from The Lion King, sketch by Jo Linsdell
Timon from The Lion King

Rafiki from The Lion King, sketch by Jo Linsdell
Rafiki from The Lion King
Which Disney animal character should I sketch next?

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My 2015 Goals

17:15:00 Jo Linsdell 0 Comments

Another year ahead full of plenty of opportunities for awesomeness! As always around this time of year, I'm busy working on my list of goals for the year ahead... it's going to be a busy one folks!

Jo Linsdell, Don't just dream it. Do it.

This is a sneak peek at some of this years goals:

  • Publish the updated kindle version of Italian for Tourists. (This was actually on last years list but life got in the way and so it got moved back. I'm almost done with the final edits now though and so the new version should be released in the next month or two).
  • Publish La Scatola (Italian version of The Box). I'm formatting this one at the moment and so can happily say it is scheduled for release end of January/beginning of February. This will be my first book published completely in Italian and so super excited!
Book cover, La Scatola by Jo Linsdell
  • Finish writing How to be Pinterest Perfect (2nd book in the Writers and Authors Guide to Social media series) and publish Spring 2015. 
  • Finish writing Quick Tips (subtitle to be confirmed) and publish Spring 2015. Yes Spring is going to be busy!
  • Finish The Bedtime Book and publish (no fixed schedule for this yet. In 2015. I started work on this project ages ago but then it got left aside. It's time to dust it off and get it done.
  • Write and publish How to be Facebook Fabulous (3rd book in the Writers and Authors Guide to Social media series). Release scheduled for summer 2015.
  • Finish The Big, Scary Monster and publish Autumn 2015. This is a fun children's picture story book I'm writing and illustrating.
  • Finish writing Twice (my WIP chicklit and NaNoWriMo 2012 project). I put this one aside to work on other projects but the time has come to pull it out again. I had a dream about it a few nights ago which resolved some of the big problems I was having with it. Looking forward to getting back in touch with these characters. 
  • Finish making and publish my ecourse about virtual book tours. Last year I did loads of research into online courses and have decided I'll be doing mine through Udemy. If this one goes well I have plenty more ideas for courses on file. Really looking forward to exploring this new area.
  • Make Promo Day 2015 (#PD15) even more awesome than last years event. Every year I aim to beat last years results and improve the event. Saturday 30th May 2015 will be a day full of super-tastic awesomeness! (yes it really will be that good :)).
  • To start making money through my Writers and Authors blog. I launched the site back in 2006 (when I decided to go from "hobby writer" to "professional writer" and make it a career). Since then I've developed the site loads and learnt a lot about blogging, and a lot about the writing industry. It's time to turn my "not so little baby" (I get nearly 30K pageviews per month) into a real business. In 2015 I will make the move from "hobby blogger" to "professional blogger". 
If I get time, I'd also really like to work on revisions for Vengeance (my NaNoWriMo 2013 project). So many projects, so little time.... At least I have a whole year ahead to try and fit it all in ;)

Oh and not forgetting plenty of collaborations too. I'll be teaming up with clients for some new illustrating projects too. If you'd like to work with me please get in touch ;)

Well, I think that's it. I have a few other smaller goals too but if I list everything on all of my goal lists for this year here this will become the longest blog post in history! 

What are your goals for this year? 

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Who is Your Favourite Disney Character?

06:30:00 Jo Linsdell 2 Comments

I've been continuing to sketch as part of my Disney illustration study (you can check out my last update post about it here). Today I'm sharing with you the rest of the character sketches I've done so far as part of my study into what makes Disney characters so lovable.

Disney illustration study, sketches by Jo Linsdell

Here's a few of the things I've noticed whilst sketching:

  • One of the things that really stands out is the eyes. The style differs between the characters but the eyes remain the focal part of the face. 
  • The nose, in general, is understated. 
  • Lips tend to be full.
  • Necks tend to be long.

Here's a closer look at the sketches so far:

Anna for Frozen sketch by Jo Linsdell, Disney illustration study
Anna for Frozen 

Cinderella sketch by Jo Linsdell, Disney illustration study
Cinderella

Pocahontas sketch by Jo Linsdell, Disney illustration study
Pocahontas

Snow White sketch by Jo Linsdell, Disney illustration study
Snow White

Tiana from The Frog Princess sketch by Jo Linsdell, Disney illustration study
Tiana from The Frog Princess
Which is your favourite sketch so far? 

I'm going to be moving the study over to other Disney characters now. I'm particularly interested to explore the animal characters and how they stay true to the breed whilst also giving them "human like" expressions. 

Which Disney character would you like to see me sketch?



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