2018 Reading Challenges Update

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2018 Reading Challenges Update #2018AtoZReadingChallenge #BeatTheBacklist


For the A to Z Reading Challenge I'm currently rocking turtle status. It's still early days though and so plenty of time to catch up. You can find all the info about levels here: https://gingermomreads.com/2017/12/25/atoz-challenge-level-badges-are-here/


2018 Reading Challenges Update

What I've read so far:



The Art of Fear by Pamela Crane  #BookReview



Spectrum by Ethan Cross  #BookReview

I'll be doing separate posts with the full video review for each book soon.

Spectrum also counts towards the Beat the Backlist challenge. Go team Book Bards!

2018 Reading Challenges Update

Currently reading:


Everything We Keep by Kerry Lonsdale #AmReading

This book will count towards both the A to Z Reading Challenge and Beat The Backlist.




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January Sale On ALL Premades

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January Sale On ALL Premades


Until 31st January 2018 all my premade ebook cover designs are just €25 each. Go to http://www.jolinsdell.com/p/premade.html and check out the available designs now.

January Sale On ALL Premades



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My Bookish Valentine Blog Hop Sign Up

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My Bookish Valentine Blog Hop Sign Up #BookishBlogHops #BookBloggers


Bookish Blog Hops is a group for people taking part in bookish blog hops. The current blog hop is "My Bookish Valentine".

Each day of the blog hop a different member hosts a bookish question on their blog and includes the answers from other members in the post. 

It's a fun way to collaborate together to reach a bigger audience, and spread the love of books.

I run the group, and post about upcoming blog hops that you can be part of. 

My Bookish Valentine


Come and join in the fun and be part of the My Bookish Valentine Blog Hop. If you're a book blogger,and want to collaborate with others, this is a fun way of driving new traffic to your site whilst networking with others.

This is how it works:


Join the Facebook group at https://www.facebook.com/groups/127759384464964/ (this is the official group for Bookish Blog Hops and where everything is organised).

In the group you'll find the sign up link for the blog hop and have access to the files for that blog hop. You just add your name and url next to the question you would like to host (under host), and sign up for the questions you want to answer. You can answer as few, or as many as you like. The more you answer, the more visibility you get. 

Using the files link you then go to the dates for the questions you signed up for and post your answer to each question in the word file. You can upload a head shot photo of yourself or the cover of the book(s) you talk about in your answer to be used in the post. 

Everyone taking part in the blog hop will be sharing each of the posts and so it's a nice way to reach a wider audience. It creates good backlinks between the sites too which helps them rate better in search results. It also gives hosts easy content for their sites as they just copy and paste the answers from the file in their blog post.

These are the questions for the My Bookish Valentine Blog Hop which will be taking place in February:

My Bookish Valentine Blog Hop Sign Up #BookishBlogHops #BookBloggers

N.B. You don't have to host in order to be able to answer the questions. You can just answer the questions, although you'll get more traffic to your site if you host too ;)

I hope you can join us.


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FREE Today Only! 365 Days Of Quotes For Writers

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FREE Today Only! 365 Days Of Quotes For Writers


My latest book 365 Days Of Quotes For Writers released on 17th January 2018 and to celebrate I've giving you the chance to get a free copy. That's right, for today only you can grab a kindle copy completely free of of charge.

Product details

ASIN: B078WCJZWF



About the book

Are you looking for daily inspiration for your writing, or to jump-start your creativity? Look no further. This collection of inspirational quotes will help motivate and inspire you. Read one quote every day of the year, or just read the book in one sitting. This quotes collection was compiled with thought, and care, for you to dip into whenever you face a blank page, and need a helping hand.

Whether you're an aspiring writer, or an experienced author, these inspiring quotes, with practical tips and advice to improve your writing skills, will motivate you to finish writing your book. Just dip into these words of wisdom.

Add to Goodreads:

Grab your copy now

UK http://amzn.to/2DjxohN

US http://amzn.to/2EPCq1S

Please take a moment to post a quick review once you've read the book. Your support is most appreciated. Happy reading! 

FREE Today Only! 365 Days Of Quotes For Writers



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Weekly Recap: This Week's Features

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Weekly Recap: This Week's Features

I love being hosted by others bloggers. Over the past week I was featured on two sites.

Here's a recap of where I've been featured:




http://draebox.com/writing-resource-365-days-of-quotes-for-writers/ features 365 Days of Quotes for Writers including a review.


Weekly Recap: This Week's Features



I was interviewed by Angela Guidolin for her blog at https://www.angelaguidolinauthor.co.uk/blog/interview-with-jo-linsdell

Weekly Recap: This Week's Features

Want to host me on your site? Great! Drop me an email and let me know what type of post you'd like to do.


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Getting Personal

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Getting Personal: Vlog Update

It's been a tough week, and this was a hard video to do but it's important to talk about these things so here I am...


If you want to know know more about what to look for there is a great graphic at https://www.worldwidebreastcancer.org/ that illustrates things to look for using lemons as examples. It's actually incredibly helpful. 


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Release Day: 365 Days of Quotes for Writers (Includes Media Kit)

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Release Day: 365 Days of Quotes for Writers (Includes Media Kit)


Today is release day for 365 Days of Quotes for Writers!

To celebrate I'm touring the web all day with a book blitz. Join in by posting a blog post or social media post and adding the link in the comments section of this post.

365 Days of Quotes for Writers Media Kit


Social Media Blitz:

It's #ReleaseDay for 365 Days of Quotes for Writers by @JoLinsdell! Check out this fab new #book #ForWriters at http://amzn.to/2CUEUi5 Click here to tweet

#NewRelease 365 Days of Quotes for Writers by @JoLinsdell http://amzn.to/2FkvRWa #TBR #Quotes #ForWriters Click here to tweet

Read one quote every day of the year, or just read the book in one sitting http://amzn.to/2CUEUi5 #NewRelease #Books #KDP Click here to tweet

#BookBlitz for  365 Days of Quotes for Writers by @JoLinsdell
http://amzn.to/2FkvRWa #Kindle #Books #Writing #Quotes Click here to tweet

Buy links:




Product details


ASIN: B078WCJZWF

  • Publication Date: January 17, 2018

About the book


365 Days of Quotes for Writers by Jo Linsdell
Are you looking for daily inspiration for your writing, or to jump-start your creativity? Look no further. This collection of inspirational quotes will help motivate and inspire you. Read one quote every day of the year, or just read the book in one sitting. This quotes collection was compiled with thought, and care, for you to dip into whenever you face a blank page, and need a helping hand.

Whether you're an aspiring writer, or an experienced author, these inspiring quotes, with practical tips and advice to improve your writing skills, will motivate you to finish writing your book. Just dip into these words of wisdom.

Not got a Kindle? No problem! 


Just download the FREE kindle Reading on the device of your choice (phone, tablet, laptop, etc) and you can read any kindle book... including 365 Days of Quotes for Writers ;)




About the author:

Jo Linsdell is the author of numerous books, including; the serial fiction KOSMOS, How To Be Twittertastic, Virtual Book Tours: Effective Online Book Promotion From the Comfort of Your Own Home, Italian for Tourists, A Guide to Weddings in Italy, Out and About at the Zoo,  Fairy May and The Box. She is also the illustrator of the A Birthday Clown for Archer series (written by Kathy Mashburn) and the Jasmine Dreams series (written by Maria Rochelle).

She is the founder and CEO of Writers and Authors and Promo Day. Linsdell studied A-levels in Business Studies, History and Art and has won several awards in her career. She was named the Who's Who in the writing industry in 2009.




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Jo Linsdell, Author of 365 Days of Quotes for Writers

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Book Blitz: 365 Days of Quotes for Writers 17th January 2018

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2018 Challenges Update: Week 2

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2018 Challenges Update: Week 2


We're now into the second week of the new year, and life is anything but boring. This past week had it's highs and lows. I didn't reach all of my goals for week. Life threw me a curve ball and I've been concentrating on dealing with that. 

My curve ball


I have a lump on my breast. Turns out the lump is a cyst. This is what side tracked me this week. To all the females reading this please, please, make sure you check yourself regularly. It's only takes a minute and is so very important. Anyway, I've been to doctors appointments and to the hospital for tests over the past few days (should get results back next week). I'm not too worried so please don't freak out. It's probably nothing serious. It just needs to be taken care of.


On the up


I do have some good news though. I've done better with my challenges this week.

Challenge 1: To write 500 words a day.

I finally coloured in some squares for writing on my habit tracker. Don't get too excited. I only did 2 days, but I did write over 500 words on both so technically I'm not actually that far off my goal when you consider the average over the week. Unfortunately my goal isn't to average 500 words per day over the course of the week, it's to write over 500 words per day period. Still I'm all about searching for the positive side of things this week and at least I improved on last week.

Challenge 2: Read for the 2018 A to Z Challenge.


I read every day except one this week. I made progress on both Moranifesto, and the Online Writers Companion AND I finished my first book for the A to Z Challenge! I read The Art of Fear by Pamela Crane (for the letter A). I'll be doing a review for it soon. 

Challenge 3: Read for Beat The Backlist.


This was a fail again this week as The Art of Fear was a book I got from Amazon and not on my review backlist. 

Challenge 4: Editing

I finished editing 365 Days of Quotes for Writers and got it set up as a pre-order on Amazon ready for release on 17th January. Read my post about it here or hop over to Amazon and pre-order now ;)

Challenge 5: Exercise everyday

This is the one challenge that I've actually managed to do everyday so far. Already feeling better for it too. Been doing mainly variations of squats and crunches. No equipment. All done at home. 

“However difficult life may seem, there is always something you can do and succeed at.” —Stephen Hawking #Quote #QOTD


How did your second week of 2018 go? Are you on track with your goals for this year? Let me know in the comments below.




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Pre-Order Now: 365 Days of Quotes for Writers

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Pre-Order Now: 365 Days of Quotes for Writers


I'm super excited to announce that my first book of 2018 is now available for pre-order. 365 Days of Quotes for Writers is up on all Amazon sites now.


Pre-order your copy now at:




Product details


ASIN: B078WCJZWF

  • Publication Date: January 17, 2018

About the book


Pre-Order Now: 365 Days of Quotes for Writers
Are you looking for daily inspiration for your writing, or to jump-start your creativity? Look no further. This collection of inspirational quotes will help motivate and inspire you. Read one quote every day of the year, or just read the book in one sitting. This quotes collection was compiled with thought, and care, for you to dip into whenever you face a blank page, and need a helping hand.

Whether you're an aspiring writer, or an experienced author, these inspiring quotes, with practical tips and advice to improve your writing skills, will motivate you to finish writing your book. Just dip into these words of wisdom.

Not got a Kindle? No problem! 


Just download the FREE kindle Reading on the device of your choice (phone, tablet, laptop, etc) and you can read any kindle book... including 365 Days of Quotes for Writers ;)



Host me?


Want to host me on your blog/social media to celebrate the release of 365 Days of Quotes for Writers? I'm organising a book blitz for the release day on Wednesday 17th January. Just drop me an email and I'll send you over the media kit. 

Book Blitz: 365 Days of Quotes for Writers 17th January 2018


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Unboxing: I Got Book Mail

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Unboxing: I Got Book Mail

What could be better for my first video upload of 2018 than a book mail unboxing?

I decided to give myself a Christmas present, and made my very first order from Book Depository. I'm impressed. Super fast delivery even over the holiday period. I'm also really happy to finally have this book in my collection.

Watch the unboxing:




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Book Review: Starting Over by Sheri S. Levy

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Book Review: Starting Over by Sheri S. Levy




Book Review: Starting Over by Sheri S. Levy
Trina Ryan’s challenging summer starts off with a puppy-fueled energy burst as she takes on another service dog for training—an eight-week-old black Labrador named Colton. And to help explore another dream, she’s taken a job at the barn next door in exchange for riding lessons with the barn’s schooling horse. Before long, Trina butts heads with Morgan Hart, an ill-tempered but skilled rider with a gorgeous thoroughbred named Knight.


Adding to the list of frustrations is the difficulty in maintaining a long-distance relationship with Chase, her first boyfriend from last summer, while trying to deal with unwanted attention from a new boy in her puppy training class. At least best friend Sarah still has her back, but as Trina wearies of Morgan’s constant insults and her heartless treatment of Knight, she decides to use her dog training skills to look underneath Morgan’s hostile attitude and develop a sense of trust.

Slowly, Morgan’s angry shield cracks enough to where she’s able to share a troubling family secret. Can Trina help Morgan confront her family problems and make a fresh start?







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2018 Challenges Update: Week 1

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2018 Challenges Update


We're just a few days into 2018 and I'm already slacking with my New Year resolutions. I've been busy... very busy... just not with my challenge goals. I'm trying to look at this from a positive point of view. There's always a positive side to everything right? So, what is the positive side of being a complete failure? 


Things can only get better.


Challenge 1: To write 500 words a day.


Technically I have done this. I've actually written much more than 500 words each day, just not in the context of which I set the goal i.e. books. I've written blog posts, emails, and a bunch of other stuff, but I've not managed to colour in even one little box on my habit tracker for "writing 500 words a day" [hangs head in shame]. 

Challenge 2: Read for the 2018 A to Z Challenge.


Again, a big fat zero. I have been reading. In fact I've read every day (at least I've managed to colour in something on my habit tracker). I've been reading Moranifesto and The Online Writers Companion, both of which I started at the end of last year... wait that sounds like so long ago... anyway, I'm still working on finishing those and so haven't picked up any new reads from my list yet. 

On a more positive note, I have picked out which books I'll be reading for nearly all the letters now. I'm just missing X, Y, and Z. If you have any suggestions for those letters please let me know. I'm stuck. 

Challenge 3: Read for Beat The Backlist.


This is pretty much the same as for challenge 2 as the two over cross... or can I give myself half points for this one as both books have been on my backlist for a while, and I have at least made some progress this week?

Challenge 4: Editing


Finally one I can tick off as successful! I've been editing and putting the final touches to my, soon to be released, 365 Days of Quotes for Writers. So close to being finished now. I've managed to work on this everyday so far.

So, there you have it. In a nut shell? It could have gone better. I'm optimistic that things will improve from now on though. I might not have gotten off to the most brilliant of starts with my challenges but I have managed to organise a lot of work related things over the past few days that will help loads in the coming months. Next week the kids will be back at school too which should have a notable effect on my daily progress [Fingers crossed]. 

Success is stumbling from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm– Winston Churchill  #quote #QOTD

How did your first week of 2018 go? Did you do better with your goals than I did? Let me know in the comments below.



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Cover Reveal: 365 Days Of Quotes For Writers

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Cover Reveal: 365 Days Of Quotes For Writers

New year = New releases


I'm super excited to share with you the cover reveal for my latest book 365 Days Of Quotes For Writers

Drum roll please....

Cover Reveal: 365 Days Of Quotes For Writers

I'm putting the final touches to the book right now, and it will be available for pre-order soon.  Release date is scheduled for later this month. 


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2018: My Plans For The Year Ahead

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2018: My Plans For The Year Ahead


Firstly, Happy New Year! It is now officially 2018 and we have a whole year ahead of us. 365 days to fill with awesomeness. So have you thought about how you're going to fill them? I've been giving it some thought and that's what I want to share with you in today's post.

My plans for 2018


2018: My Plans For The Year Ahead


Challenges


You may already know, I love a good challenge. Well, I have several planned for this year. I'll be updating you on my progress each week as I'll have a few on the ago at the same time. Some are reading related (2018 A to Z Reading Challenge, and Beat The Backlist), and some are writing related (several Camp NaNoWriMo's and the big one in November). You can also find my list of challenges at http://www.jolinsdell.com/p/my-challenges.html


500 words a day


I'm always busy. I have a lot of different projects going on, and juggle various jobs whilst being a mum, wife, and everything else. Needless to say I don't have much free time. I do plan to use my time better this year though, and make time for the things I want to do. One such thing is writing. 

Every year I make the resolution to write more. I don't do too badly, but find I grab time when I can. This year I'm making time. I wanted to be realistic though and so have given myself a goal of 500 words a day. I'll be keeping track of this and the other habits I want to stick to this year in a habit tracker so I can clearly see my progress throughout the year.

More premades


Towards the end of 2017 my book cover design services launched, and I plan to add more happy clients to my portfolio this year. 

Affordable premade book cover designs


Publishing plans


I have a lot of books I want to publish this year. Some non fiction, some children's picture books, and some novels. I also plan on finishing my serial fiction KOSMOS. It's going to be a busy 12 months.

Freelance writing


I used to do a fair bit of freelance writing in the past, but over recent years stopped. A big reason why I stopped was lack of time. I have even less free time now than I did back then so you may be wondering why I would consider starting back up this route now. The difference is that this time I have a plan. 

In the past I did articles for low paying sites and so the time I spent writing them wasn't really worth it. This year I'll be targeting specific publications and websites, and higher paying markets. Again, I want to be realistic with my goals, and so I'm going to aim for one article a week (at least to start with). I'll be updating you on my progress throughout the year.

Blogging


As with every year I plan to grow my blogs. Both this one, and www.WritersAndAuthors.info. I'll be working more on marketing both, and building a larger readership. I'm also going to be looking into new ways to increase profits over at Writers and Authors, and will be adding some new services.

Promo Day


Promo Day will make it's annual return again this year on Saturday 5th May. You can find out more about the event at www.promoday.net. I would love to grow the event even more this year. I'm still working on ideas but already have some excellent presenters lined up for the webinars.


Promo day event takes place on Saturday 5th May 2018 at www.PromoDay.net

A healthier me


Not directly a work related goal but still an important one that will have an effect on my work. As some of you that have followed me for some time will know, I don't have the best of health. My immune system often shuts down due to allergies. Being ill is not only unpleasant, it also effects my work. It's hard to keep up with deadlines when you're stuck in bed with a temperature or a virus. 

So my plan for 2018 is to be healthier. I'm going to be working out every day. Yep, work out is on my habit tracker too. I may share more insight into my work outs and the progress I make through out the year as I think it's important to take care of our bodies. It's also something a lot of writers neglect. We spend far too much time sitting around which can have a negative effect on our health. I won't be signing up for any flashy gym memberships. It will all be simple workouts that can be done from home with little or no equipment. The sort of stuff anyone can do. 

What are your goals for 2018?



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