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#Drawlloween: The Whole Collection

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#Drawlloween: The Whole Collection


Today marks the final day of the Drawlloween challenge. 

It's been a fun month of Halloween inspired sketching. I've drawn some things I never would have thought of drawing without the prompts from this challenge. 

I've also discovered loads of amazing artists, and made new connections through taking part in this challenge. Some of which, even invited me to take part in some illustration contests (I'll be looking more into those).

As today is the last day I thought I'd post the whole collection here in the one place, so you can see all of this months sketches together.


#Drawlloween Day 1 Ghost #Drawing #challenge
Day 1 Ghost

#Drawlloween Day 2 Devil #Drawing #challenge
Day 2 Devil

#Drawlloween Day 3 Goblin #Drawing #challenge
Day 3 Goblin

#Drawlloween Day 4 Vampire #Drawing #challenge
Day 4 Vampire

#Drawlloween Day 5 Werewolf  #Drawing #challenge
Day 5 Werewolf

#Drawlloween Day 6 Pumpkin  #Drawing #challenge
Day 6 Pumpkin

#Drawlloween Day 7 Haunted House  #Drawing #challenge
Day 7 Haunted House

#Drawlloween Day 8 Zombie #Drawing #challenge
Day 8 Zombie


#Drawlloween Day 9 Eyeball #Drawing #challenge
Day 9 Eyeball

#Drawlloween Day 10 Alien #Drawing #challenge
Day 10 Alien

#Drawlloween Day 11 Raven #Drawing #challenge
Day 11 Raven

#Drawlloween Day 12 Moon #Drawing #challenge
Day 12 Moon

#Drawlloween Day 13 Frankenstein #Drawing #challenge
Day 13 Frankenstein

#Drawlloween Day 14 bat #Drawing #challenge
Day 14 Bat

#Drawlloween Day 15 Amulet #Drawing #challenge
Day 15 Amulet

#Drawlloween Day 16 Grave #Drawing #challenge
Day 16 Grave

#Drawlloween Day 17 Demon #Drawing #challenge
Day 17 Demon

#Drawlloween Day 18 mask #Drawing #challenge
Day 18 Mask


#Drawlloween Day 19 Creature from the Black Lagoon #Drawing #challenge
Day 19 Creature from the Black Lagoon

#Drawlloween Day 20 skull #Drawing #challenge
Day 20 Skull

#Drawlloween Day 21 8 bit zombie #Drawing #challenge
Day 21 8 bit zombie

#Drawlloween Day 22 candy #Drawing #challenge
Day 22 Candy

#Drawlloween Day 23 Gore #Drawing #challenge
Day 23 Gore

#Drawlloween Day 24 skeleton #Drawing #challenge
Day 24 Skeleton

#Drawlloween Day 25 Mummy #Drawing #challenge
Day 25 Mummy

#Drawlloween Day 26 Rat #Drawing #challenge
Day 26 Rat

#Drawlloween Day 27 Witch #Drawing #challenge
Day 27 Witch

#Drawlloween Day 28 Black Cat #Drawing #challenge
Day 28 Black Cat

#Drawlloween Day 29 Scarecrow #Drawing #challenge
Day 29 Scarecrow


#Drawlloween Day 30 Spider #Drawing #challenge
Day 30 Spider
#Drawlloween Day 31 Dragon #Drawing #challenge
Day 31 Dragon

Did you do the challenge? Share the links to your illustrations in the comments section below.

Which was your favourite from the month?

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Library Reads: What The Kids Picked This Week 25th -31st October 2015

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Welcome to another Library Reads update!


Library Reads: What The Kids Picked This Week 25th -31st October 2015 #LibraryReads #books


Posting a day early this week as tomorrow is the last day of the Drawlloween challenge and so tomorrows post will be dedicated to that. 

This week the boys picked:


Romeo and Lou Blast Off by Derek Anderson

When the World is Ready for Bed by Gillian Shields

Hello, I am Lily! from new York City by Jaco & Stephane Husar

Watch the video to find out what we thought of them:




Did you go to the library this week? Got a suggestion for a book we should try? Leave a comment below and tell me about it.


Miss some of the past Library Reads updates? Check them out here:



Week 18th- 24th Oct 2015

Week 4th - 10th Oct 2015

Week 27th Sept - 3rd Oct 2015

Does your library have my books in stock? If not, ask them to order them ;)

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Preparing for the November Challenges

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I love Twitter. It's one of the best social media sites for making new connections, and also for opportunities. 

Over the past few weeks I've been tweeting lots about my preparations for the November challenges, and have had a lot of feedback from other writers, and bloggers. One of these bloggers was Laura Hedgecock from The Road Less Written. Laura invited me to guest post on her site about how I am preparing for the November writing challenges. Of course, I agreed.



Preparing for the November Challenges @JoLinsdell #NaNoWriMo #WNFIN #PiBoIdMo

I share insight into my preparation for the NaNoWriMo, WNFIN, and PiBoIdMo challenges.

Preparing for the November Challenges @JoLinsdell #NaNoWriMo #WNFIN #PiBoIdMo
Screenshot from www.theroadlesswritten.com


Comments and feedback are encouraged ;) 

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FREE Download: #NaNoWriMo Word Count Tracker

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FREE Download: #NaNoWriMo Word Count Tracker #NaNoPrep

NaNoWriMo is just days away. Amongst all the excitement for the kick off of the challenge there is also feelings of panic that come when you realised you've signed up to write 50K in just 30 days. 

Keep calm!

It's not as bad as your over-active writers imagination is tricking you into to thinking it is. 50K in 30 days is in fact just 1,667 words a day. That already sounds more doable right?

As breaking it down into daily, bite-sized chunks can do wonders for relieving 50K freak outs, I've create a NaNoWriMo Word Count Tracker, and I'm giving it away to you, my loyal readers, free of charge. I'm good to you aren't I? ;)

It's a calendar format for the month of November, where you'll find your word count goal labeled on each day. There is also space for you to pencil in your daily word count so you can make sure you're on track for hitting your end of month goal of 50K.

FREE Download: #NaNoWriMo Word Count Tracker #NaNoPrep



Add me as a writing buddy at http://nanowrimo.org/participants/jolinsdell

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#Drawlloween Days 19 - 28

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I dropped a bit behind in the drawlloween challenge last week and so played catch up over the weekend. I'm happy to report I'm now back up to date.

Here's days 19 to 28:

#Drawlloween Day 19 Creature from the Black Lagoon #Drawing #challenge
Day 19 Creature from the Black Lagoon

#Drawlloween Day 20 skull #Drawing #challenge
Day 20 Skull

#Drawlloween Day 21 8 bit zombie #Drawing #challenge
Day 21 8 bit zombie

#Drawlloween Day 22 candy #Drawing #challenge
Day 22 Candy

#Drawlloween Day 23 Gore #Drawing #challenge
Day 23 Gore

#Drawlloween Day 24 skeleton #Drawing #challenge
Day 24 Skeleton

#Drawlloween Day 25 Mummy #Drawing #challenge
Day 25 Mummy

#Drawlloween Day 26 Rat #Drawing #challenge
Day 26 Rat

#Drawlloween Day 27 Witch #Drawing #challenge
Day 27 Witch

#Drawlloween Day 28 Black Cat #Drawing #challenge
Day 28 Black Cat


You can connect with others doing the challenge in the DRAWLLOWEEN group on Facebook. 

You can find my illustrations for this challenge on InstagramPinterest, on Facebook, and of course, here on the blog. 

Other Drawlloween posts:

Days 1-3

Days 4-5 

Days 6-7

Days 8 - 14

Days 15 -18

Are you doing the challenge? Share the links to your illustrations in the comments section below.

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Quick Tips: Send Review Copies to Bloggers

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Quick Tips: Send Review Copies to Bloggers #QuickTips #BookMarketing via @JoLinsdell

Quick Tips: Bringing you tips, tricks, and strategies in bite-sized format to help you build your author brand, and market your books.


This weeks "Quick Tip" is to send review copies to Bloggers. Bloggers work on building communities and s such tend to have a good reach. This makes them the perfect people to help spread the word about your book(s). Find Bloggers that fit the right niche for your book and ask them if they would be interested in/ send them a free review copy.

Bloggers that then post a good review to their blog are also likely to post the review to other sites too e.g. Amazon, Goodreads, etc... 

Are you a blogger? Want to feature one of my books on your blog? Drop me an email and I'll be happy to organise an e-copy for review. I also have media kits for all of my books that can be used for book spotlights and features should you not have time for a review.

You can find a full list of all my published titles on the My Books page.


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Free Webinars

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I've done several webinars over the years and thought I'd share some of the replays here all in the one place.

Self Publishing a Children's Book



PD15 webinar replay: Visual Content for Authors


PD14 webinar replay: How to be Twittertastic


PD13 webinar replay: How Writers Can Use Google+


What topic would you like me to do a webinar about next?

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Library Reads: What the Kids Picked This Week 18th- 24th Oct 2015

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Library Reads: What the Kids Picked This Week 18th- 24th Oct 2015 #LibraryReads #Books



Happy Saturday everyone, and welcome to another Library Reads update!

This week the boys picked:

Duck by Janet A. Holmes and Jonathan Bentley
The Paper Dolls by Julia Donaldson
What Brothers Do Best by Laura Numeroff
Paddington by Michael Bond

Watch the video to find out what we thought of them:


 


Did you go to the library this week? Got a suggestion for a book we should try? Leave a comment below and tell me about it.

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