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End of Year Admin and Plans for 2016

19:21:00 Jo Linsdell 0 Comments

End of Year Admin and Plans for 2016


Another year is coming to a close and what a year it was! More best sellers, awards, challenge winner certificates.... 2015 was full of awesomeness :)

The most important (work related) thing I learnt in 2015


The most important thing I learnt this year was about my vision for my brand, and where I see myself going in the future. With each year that passes I get a clearer idea of just what I want to be doing, and how I want to do it. This is important for creating a successful career in this field (well, actually in pretty much any field). 

As I look back over the past year I can clearly see what has been working for me and, more importantly, what hasn't. I can say "clearly see" because this year I finally got my game together in measuring my results, and checking my analytics. I can't stress how important this has been. Seriously people, start measuring your efforts! 

Those of you that are signed up to my monthly newsletter will already know about the research I've been doing into various branding and marketing tactics this year. I plan to continue down this route in 2016, and already have some new ideas to try out. I can't wait to share them with you so, if you're not signed up yet, do it now! 

Plans for 2016


2016 is set to be another busy year. I have several non fiction books, and children's picture books scheduled for release, as well as some collaborations. I can't wait!

I'm also hoping to finally finish working on my novels TwiceVengeance, and Family Secrets.

I'll be taking part in some more challenges too. I just LOVE a good challenge ;) 

I'll also be finally launching my ecourses. I'm so excited about this! I've been working on putting these courses together for a while now and can't wait to share them with you all. 

Right now, I'm enjoying some time off with my family though. It's important to have some down time once in a while too (even for a workaholic like me ;)).

I hope you're all enjoying the holidays, and wish you all the best for 2016. Thank you for your continued support. I really appreciate every comment, share, review, and purchase. You guys rock!

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Library Reads: What the Kids Picked 13th-20th December 2015

19:16:00 Jo Linsdell 2 Comments

Welcome to another Library Reads update!


Library Reads: What the Kids Picked 13th-20th December 2015 #LibraryReads #ToRead

This week the boys picked:


- Spoon

- That Stripy Cat


- The Pied Piper of Hamelin

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 25th- 31st Oct 2015 

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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Library Reads: What the Kids Picked 6th 12th December 2015

08:00:00 Jo Linsdell 0 Comments

Welcome to another Library Reads update!


Library Reads: What the Kids Picked 6th 12th December 2015 #LibraryReads #ToRead #AmReading

This week the boys picked:

- Birds in the Town by Peter Gill

- What's Coming for Christmas? by Kate Banks


- Stanley Mows the Lawn by Craig Frazier

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 25th- 31st Oct 2015 

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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Library Reads: What the Kids Picked 22nd-28th November 2015

13:07:00 Jo Linsdell 0 Comments

I can't believe I forgot to post the last Library Reads update here on the blog [slaps wrists]. I did upload it over on my YouTube channel though. Posting it here now for you, and hoping you forgive me for being slack. 


Library Reads: What the Kids Picked 22nd-28th November 2015 #LibraryReads #AmReading #Books

This week the boys picked:


- The Queen's Feet

- Why do I have to eat off the floor?


- Super Daisy and the Perils of Planet Pea

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 25th- 31st Oct 2015 

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 ;)

Check back tomorrow for this weeks Library Reads update! 

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SPECIAL OFFER: Virtual Book Tours at just $1,99!

10:17:00 Jo Linsdell 1 Comments

SPECIAL OFFER: Virtual Book Tours at just $1,99! #ToRead #Books #AmReading


What better way to start getting into the holiday mood than with a special offer! I really appreciate all the support you've given me this year and as a thank you I've set up a special discount deal for m international best seller Virtual Book Tours: Effective Online Book Promotion From Your Own Home. The book normally cost $4,99 but from 6th-12th December you can grab a copy for just $1,99!

The book is full of information, tips, and resources to help you set up, and run, a successful virtual book tour. 

SPECIAL OFFER: Virtual Book Tours at just $1,99! #ToRead #Books #AmReading

Grab your copy now at http://amzn.to/1HXZvjj

What people are saying about it:


"Virtual Book Tour is a must have book for any author or poet that has published a book in the past or plans on publishing one in the future and is wanting information, tips and links that help plan their next Virtual Book Tour…
Jo Linsdell has written some of the greatest ideas, tips and information on how to hold a winning book tour.
I would recommend this book to all my author and poet friends…"

"Virtual Book Tours is well structured, easy to read, and it makes learning about blog tours seamless. You will understand what a tour is, how to determine your target audience, how to set your goals, how to find hosts, schedule stops, promote your tour, and, extremely important, how to measure results.
If you haven’t been on a tour and have no idea where to start, this book will definitely explain it all for you. If you have some idea about what’s what, Virtual Book Tours will clarify everything for you and give you the resources you need. If you’ve even organized tours, this book will help you do it better the next time around.
I highly recommend you try it, regardless of your experience with virtual blog tours for books of any kind."

"I love books like this that tell you exactly how to do things and then give you tons of resources at the end to put everything into motion. This is a must-read for authors who want to use this relatively new method of promoting their books. It is simple and straightforward, with step-by-step instructions. I will refer to it many times as I promote my own books and those of my clients." 


Join them and grab your copy today at http://amzn.to/1HXZvjj

Please let others know about this special discount offer too :)

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November Challenges: What happened during the challenges

15:48:00 Jo Linsdell 9 Comments

November Challenges: The End  #NaNoWriMo #WNFIN #PiBoIdMo


WOW! What a month! 

This November I decided to take part in not one, but three, writing challenges (crazy I know!). 

- NaNoWriMo AKA National Novel Writing Month, goal to write a 50K novel in 30 days.

- WNFIN AKA Write Non Fiction in November, goal to write a non fiction book in 30 days.

- PiBoIdMo AKA Picture Book Idea Month, goal to come up with 30 ideas for children's picture books in 30 days.

We've finally come to the end of this roller-coaster month of highs and lows. It's been 30 days of writing frenzy, but I've had a blast along the way.

November Challenges: What happened during the challenges #NaNoWriMo #WNFIN #PiBoIdMo


Here's a quick look at how things went:

NaNoWriMo

This was hard this year. In fact, I didn't win. Both kids got ill, I got ill, life happened and well, my novel stopped happening. I'm still pleased though as I'm 30K into a novel that was just a blank page at the the start of the month. That's still pretty good going.

I love the characters I came up with, and the story, and will be working on finishing this first draft of Family Secrets over December and January.

WNFIN

Ta da! My winners badge! :)

November Challenges: What happened during the challenges #NaNoWriMo #WNFIN #PiBoIdMo
I successfully managed to finish the first draft of my non fiction book From Idea to Published. Loving how it turned out, and can't wait to jump into editing it this month (more about that soon).

PiBoIdMo


And another winners badge! :)

November Challenges: What happened during the challenges #NaNoWriMo #WNFIN #PiBoIdMo


Not all the ideas on this years list were amazing but there were a few diamonds in the rough that I'll be turning into books in 2016. One thing that did surprise me was the number of non fiction picture book ideas I listed as in past years I'd always listed mainly fiction ideas. That said, the ideas I'm most excited about are fiction ones.

Want to go further behind the scenes? Watch this video of my day by day diary of the highs and lows of; writing a novel, a non fiction book, and coming up with 30 ideas for children's picture books, all in just one month.


Did you take part in one, or more, of these challenges this year? Did you reach your goal? Share in the comments below.

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