Who was your favourite teddy?

Keziah’s favourite teddy is Blossom a very cute fluffy bunny rabbit with a pink bow  given to her by her godmother Sarah! Although I am basing my book series on Keziah and Blossom I have recently done some research into which characters are currently popular in children’s books. Several blogs have stated the importance of creating a character that has the potential to be developed into merchandise such as stuffed teddies, clothes and more. I need to choose a character that is not going to be competing with lots of other established authors. I have found there are lots of cute bunnies such as the very famous Peter rabbit and all his family, and recently the rabbits from ‘Guess how much I Love you’ by Sam McBratney have been a huge success! Therefore sadly I have come to the decision using a different animal in my books, I will still keep the same name Blossom.

Creating a special character that children relate to and begin to fall in love with is important. I recently asked my friends and followers on Facebook to post what their favourite teddy was growing up and I had a great response! It was interesting to see such variety, there were spiders, elephants, crocodiles a clown and several different bears of different colours! Each had a special name, I felt privileged to learn about peoples teddies and there names as its such a precious memory to each person. I have lots of early childhood memories of playing with my teddies with my brother, we would dress them up, marry them off and play happy families for hours! No matter where I went my favourite teddy had to accompany me…whether to the toilet or on holiday. Im sure as parents we have had the nightmare of searching for the lost teddy! I still have a teddy from when I was born and I’m sure a lots of adults secretly still have theirs stored away somewhere special.

The character blossom in my book series is a very sensitive, caring and encouraging friend to Keziah. My illustrations are pencil water colour pictures so I need her to be very cute, cuddly and lovable. If you would like to share with me your favourite teddy and name I would love to hear them. Otherwise I have lots of food for thought in regards to the identity of Blossom and will keep you posted on my decision! Maybe go and find your bear, and reminisce about all those happy moments you shared! Im off to do just that! #KeziahandBlossom #childrensbook

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Just. Keep. Writing.

I’m reading a lot of posts about facing our fears, focusing on our goals and pushing through. As I start out on my journey to write and publish my books I feel a great encouragement as I read posts such as this one. I feel motivated to just keep writing because I love it, and enjoy the ride as I go!

Victoria (V.E.) Schwab

Hey there, lovelies!

I know it’s been awhile since I posted. I’ve spent the last few months buried under deadlines and finishing up coursework–so far this year I’ve gone to grad school, and written and edited THREE books, all coming out next year–and getting ready to head back to Nashville.

But in the slivers of space between, I’ve been reflecting a lot–about writing, publishing, advice–and I wanted to talk about a piece of advice that I know seems trite, but is honestly the best I can give. I’ll try to explain why.

Five years into my publishing career, I finally feel like I have my feet under me, and because of that, I’m often asked for advice.

When writers–aspiring, debut, and established–ask for insight, I always say, “Just keep writing.”

And I know that sounds like a very Dory thing to say, but the fact of the matter is, if…

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Staying Sane in a Crazy (Self-Publishing) World

Fear can often be our biggest obstacle, this is a great Webinar from Susan Kaye Quinn which helps us to face our fears and move on and succeed even through the hard times! Enjoy!

David Gaughran

IASG2 and FLOMHow do you keep yourself from going crazy? It probably helps if you are reasonably well-balanced in the first place, but, for the rest of you, I have some advice today from Susan Kaye Quinn.

As many of you will know, Susan is the author of the bestselling Mindjack series, and lots of other books too, including the highly regarded Indie Author Survival Guide – the second edition of which has just been released.

She’s also releasing a companion book for more experienced authors in mid-July which has the intriguing title of For Love Or Money: Crafting An Indie Author Career and it’s available now for pre-order.

Here’s Susan on how to stay sane in a crazy (self-publishing) world.

Susan Kaye Quinn:

I fight a war every day.

My adversaries are distraction, fatigue, and the demands of ordinary life. They include things I love (my husband and children) and…

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Help….what do I do next?

It’s taken me over a year to put to pen to paper and finally start to organise my thoughts and ideas into something maybe meaningful or that makes sense. I’ve had a concept floating around in my head about a book series based on real life incidents I’ve had with my baby for a long while now. I suddenly decided it was time, not sure why, to start the process of learning how to do this! Ive been doing loads of research, reading and listening to pod casts and you tube ect to try to get some kind of idea of my next steps. I think its going to be a long and interesting journey but come along with me if your interested to see how it all pans out!

If you have ever had an idea for a book and not been sure what to do or how to start the process of getting it published then hopefully I can help you along the way with some helpful tips I learn! I want to inspire you to take on the challenge, live your dream, put in some new goals and set out to make your idea into a real book….maybe even a best selling one! Who knows, nothing is impossible when you think big, focus and put your mind to it, or to paper!