Saturday, 1 October 2011

Bull In A China Shop

By Pandora Poikilos

I've had one of those weeks where Peas looks at me with a raised eyebrow and calls me a bull in a china shop. Why? Because I charge at my to-do list trying to squeeze in as much as I can. I have my reasons but I'll get to that in a bit. For now, bear with me while I share what I've been working on.

First things first, I did something I've never done before, a radio interview. My last experience of appearing on broadcast media was a tv show that was featuring one of my scripts. It was so bad, they actually edited me out and kept my voice. This is why I am a writer and not a tv presenter and yes, I was a little nervous about the interview but it's done and I had fun. If you would like to have a listen, then here it is ...

With the help of my publisher, I've managed to get a sample of the Blog-A-Licious Directory 2012 ready for viewing. Why is the directory unique? It's the only one of its kind around. A list of blogs being distributed as an ebook. How did it start? A year ago, I started blog hopping every Wednesday and I made an online list of the blogs I had already visited, I called it Blog-A-Licious Wednesdays. But the list grew and grew, it currently stands at more than 1250 blogs so I set aside another blog for others to come share this experience with me - Blog-A-Licious Blogs. From this, I invited participating bloggers to submit their links for the Directory and it'll be published on 1 December 2011. If you want to have a peep or join in, then click the picture and you'll be a part of something new. 

If you ever thought you were just one person and there wasn't much you could do, you're wrong. A fellow author, Niamh Clune came up with idea of collective book launches. A group of authors collectively launch each other's books through various tools and methods we are familiar with and so my next venture was born. Book Launch Festival has one author releasing an upcoming novel via a virtual book tour on blogs, Facebook and Twitter. How effective it'll be? I have no idea but I'm willing to try it for one quarter and we'll take it from there. In the meantime, if you'd like to support an author or to get more info then click away. On this note, do also have a peep at what the others have done - Orangeberry Book Collective  and Amrita Angels
  
I did all of this in the midst of finishing Frequent Traveller and editing my short stories. What could be so horrible that I needed such distractions? Months ago, I wrote about a lump that had grown on my back. Well, now it's made its way back, again. On the same spot from where it was surgically removed. On Tuesday, we are having it checked and while I have little space inside me to be fearful, I'm terrified of the uncertainty that something might be wrong with my shunt because that is one journey I never want to take again. Deep breath. So, yes I'm doing what I can to sidestep the topic by pouring out my energy into what I do best, writing and sharing. I don't know what is yet to come but for now, I'm twirling like a ballerina would - enjoying  every moment of what I have accomplished this week. Come twirl with me?  
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Books Sold - 6 Nov 2011 to 31 May 2012

Some of you have asked me for my total number of books sold to evaluate KDP Select so here it is. Bear in mind, that results will vary based on genre and author. Good luck and remember, Keep Moving Forward.

Total - 120,836

1. Excuse Me, My Brains Have Stepped Out
Amazon Kindle - 42,559
Paperback -
Smashwords -

2. Frequent Traveller
Amazon Kindle - 35277
Paperback -
Smashwords -

3. Dora's Essentials - Books, Blogs & Smiles 1
Amazon Kindle - 462
Smashwords -

4. Mirror Me Martha (Short Story)
Amazon Kindle - 281
Smashwords -

5. Drive On Hope (Short Story)
Amazon Kindle - 190
Smashwords -

6. Blog-A-Licious Directory 2012
Amazon Kindle - 1
Smashwords -

7. Pandora's Reading Room 1
Amazon Kindle -
Paperback - N/A

8. The Cat That Barked (Short Story)
Amazon Kindle -

9. Dora's Essentials - Examining Anxiety
Amazon Kindle -

10. Dora's Essentials - Books, Blogs & Smiles 2
Amazon Kindle -

11. Elevenses from Around the World
Amazon Kindle -

12. Genetically Modified Foods vs. Sustainability
Amazon Kindle -

Blog-A-Licius - Sherbet Blossom

SherbetBlossom

Blog-A-Licious

Dealightfully Frugal

Blog-A-Licious - The Few, The Proud, The Wife

Blog-A-Licious

My Soul Slippers

Blog-A-Licous - Textbook Mommy

Blog-A-Licious - Blue Frogs Legs

Blog-A-Licious - Pretty All True

Pretty All True

Blog-A-Licious - tbaoo

tbaoo

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Blog-A-Licious - The Invisible Art

Blog-A-Licious - Rediscovering Domesticity

Rediscovering Domesticity

Blog-A-Licious - Quiver Full

Blog-A-Licious - Cori's Big Mouth

Blog-A-Licious - Great Fun

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Blog-A-Licious - Busy Wife

Blog-A-Licious - Steps To Happiness

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Blog-A-Licious - Toby & Max


Blog-A-Licious - Amelie

Raising Amelie

Blog-A-Licious - Peas In A Pod

Blog-A-Licious - Riley

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