What’s in the Prize Pool?

At the beginning of October, there were the following gifts in the Prize Pool. Those with blue links were filmed being made, and are on YouTube (just click on the blue link to watch). The first two I failed to video sorry! Which will you choose if you win?

There is a pair of smaller green earrings and a pink/purple metal bookmark, which I made earlier.

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There is the turquoise Inspire Pack in there.

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There is the green Key Ring (or you could clip onto a zipper pull).

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There are the Tangerine Swirl earrings which are fun.

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Not to mention a signed copy of my book, should anyone choose it 🙂 But somehow I think the artwork will trump the paperback 🙂

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Purple Heart Award

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As many of you know, I love the little people. I love the diehard supporters, and I love the people who are constantly there for others in all the little ways which add up to huge ways.

As I was thinking through October Art Blitz and the giveaways for the people who score the most points, I was reminded that there are some who, for one reason or another, will never win those prizes, but boy are they for me over and over again. They are the names that pop up time and time again in my comments.

These are the people who are there for me month after month. They are the encouragers, they are always sharing the love! And so I decided to give a prize to one of them each month as well, regardless of what other promotions are happening. Many of these people have already been there for the long haul, but others are new to my world and still have been so very encouraging, time and again.

So I will start writing those names down. They will be less obvious to people maybe, and they may not be on the score sheets, but I will choose one each month, and they too can choose from the Prize Pool, OR, as they are experts at what I have been making and writing about etc, they might suggest something else that they would like, it will be up to them!

I am looking forward to seeing who wins the Purple Heart Award in October!! (link takes you to the YouTube very short video showing in fast forward the making of the award. It took nearly 3 hours in real life!

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Art Blitz Giveaway!

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It’s October (In Australia anyway!) Woohoo, and as many of you already know, art is a huge part of my life, and I love teaching and sharing it with those who are interested. I also love sharing the things that I create, so I have decided to give some of them away each month, and create some fun giveaways! So this is how it’s going to work:

October is going to be Art Blitz Month in the @JPeaSmith world, and it is all about getting word out there about the YouTube channel (which is where I showcase my art and teach for free), and the Facebook GROUP (@JPeaSmith Art) where I post all the patterns and instructions for free, and I will be giving YOU points for helping me spread the word. The more you share and tell people about these, the more chances of winning.

There will be 3 prizes awarded in October, one for the person who collects the most YouTube Points, one for the person who collects the most Facebook Points, and one for the new, monthly Purple Heart Award which I will explain in the next post.

YOUTUBE POINTS (You will earn):

  • 1 point for subscribing to the YouTube channel (if you are already subscribed that counts too!).
  • 2 points for every one of your friends and family you get to subscribe as well 🙂
  • 2 point for every YouTube video you share directly to your Facebook page.
  • 2 points for sharing this post to a group you are in and recommending it.
  • 5 points for something truly clever that you might like to think of yourself. Interview me on a big blog, share the channel somewhere that gets a load of traction, let me know what you come up with! 🙂

FACEBOOK GROUP POINTS (You will earn):

  • 1 point for subscribing to the Facebook GROUP (@JPeaSmith Art) (if you are already subscribed that counts too!).
  • 2 points for every one of your friends and family you get to join the group as well 🙂
  • 5 points for making something from the YouTube channel yourself and sharing the pic on the Facebook Group 🙂

The onus is going to be on YOU to keep tabs on your points and record them EITHER on the comments on this post OR on the pinned post on my Author Facebook Page  or on the pinned post on Simply start a comment on the post, and as you collect points across the month, just add them, tagging the people you add as you go, and contribute to the fun. See the example below…

As your friends subscribe and join, they will start their own comment and start earning their own points right away!

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I have created a Prize Pool, which is a collection of things that I make on the YouTube channel, and through October I will add a new item each week, to the handful already in the pool. That means by the end of October, there will be a minimum of 10 things in the pool for the winners to choose from. The remaining prizes will stay in there for the next Giveaways, and any excuse I can find to send them to people for free 🙂

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Memoir in 3 parts?

img_8570Some people have writer’s block … Others have stories pouring out of them so fast they don’t know where to begin. Most appear to be somewhere in between. There isn’t a right or wrong, and each has its pros and cons of course. But I am the latter, I have a story to tell and it has so many parts that I find myself lost in an ocean of opportunity. I also have the “luxury” of many hours a day in bed writing… many tell me they’d give their right arm to do that (unless they are a writer of course!), but as many of you know, that comes at great cost.

And so I waste time. A lot of time some times, running around in circles following one idea or another…

But in the end, there is an order to all that I have to tell. I jumped the gun with The Lion & the Peacock and I think that gave me an excuse to jump ahead with other tidbits about my life… I have so many things to share! But the truth is, I need to start at the beginning eventually, and the rest will make much more sense once the basics are out anyway.

So it is time to bring out the very first manuscript, the one that I have been playing around with for the last 18 months or so, and dust it off, polish it up, and get it out there!

So this is the current dilemma:

My health does not warrant an old fashioned book signing/launching tour of any kind, or the resources to put out an 85 thousand word story all in one go. Also, eBooks have changed the way we can publish books, and they no longer have to be a set length. My first full-length book has three “parts” to it anyway, each which neatly came out at around 30,000 words. About a third of a full-length novel. But I am told that memoirs don’t work as short reads (is 30,000 a short read?)… so I will be going against tradition somewhat.

So I thought how about Part one as a single eBook this time around, the next part in 2018, and the third in 2019, which would then come out along with the paperback which will be the full-length book only (in all three parts).

Does anyone think that’ll work? And if not why not, and do I then chug away at the whole thing, but only to come out in 2019 or so?

Thoughts?

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YouTube Channel!

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So over the last few months, I’ve been doing a little videoing of my art as I go. I have been encouraged to start a YouTube channel for years but I could not see how it could fit in with my life, writing, resting, travelling etc. But then I stumbled upon a few ideas on how to do it easily. I used to teach art and I love teaching but hate being in front of a camera. So I’ve decided to just be me, stay off camera, and teach as usual… and let the rest flow. I’m loving it, and I’m not putting any pressure on myself at all.

I feel as though it has brought together all the things that I love doing. It also opened me up to a whole new audience. So if you are into art, or YouTube, or just want a look, I’d love it if you’d check it out. Some videos are short and sweet, others for the die hard art fans, are longer and more detailed, but there will be something there for everyone, and yes, they will also be a platform to me to share what I think about the world, health, writing, other authors, and so on … as well as a place to keep doing what I love most 🙂

It will also create things to give away through launches and other events, so watch this space 🙂 …and as always, I’d love your support so please feel free to check out the links on my facebook page etc and share them, subscribe etc 🙂

Subscribe to see them dry & what I do to them next!

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“Here she comes, running, out of prison and off the pedestal: chains off, crown off, halo off, just a live woman.”  ― Charlotte Perkins Gilman

Building a Launch Team 02

Ok, so let’s talk about some super basic but important realities while we are still in the beginning of the process here. Firstly, everyone knows there is no such thing as a free lunch! Yes, there is “paying it forward” which I am a firm believer in, and there are many good souls in the world who would do just about anything for free. However, we don’t want to take advantage of them, do we?

If I ask people to join my launch team, then I need to offer them something in return. I don’t have a bottomless pit of money and there are so many costs involved in launching a book that I can’t pay people or even give them all a free signed book. Which I would do by the way if I could print the books for free, but we can’t. No one can.

So what can I offer them?

I think it’s important to offer up some free, signed copies. A chance to win a copy is a great hook and as the team will never be that big, the chances of winning one of say half a dozen copies are actually very high. I can have giveaways where the winners are drawn at random, or as I’ve seen on some other launch groups, members can earn “points” along the way and those with the most points each month win the book. I like this idea because it rewards those who put in the most work, and it also means that people enjoy the ability to do something to attain the prize. I’ll talk more about this in the days to come as I work out how I’ll do it for my group.

I do art work in my free time and many times over the years I have made books marks for charity. Not paper ones, but metal ones like these:

So I’ll be making a bunch of them over the next week. I like the idea of more than just a few members of my team being able to win things and these have always been popular (and of course are still book related). I will do a video tutorial on them if you’d like to do similar, as I think that even those without a lot of skill can still make them, depending on what you make them out of.

Of course, people always like to be thanked. I’m not sure I did that well enough last time, so this time I hope to do a better job of it. I plan to design a certificate of appreciation that I can send to all the members, but again, I still need to work on this idea. Many of my supporters live around the globe and international postage is huge, so I need to navigate this somehow. Maybe a printable, emailed version could work? Ideas would be very welcome if you have any!

Lastly, before I go too deep on any of these points, I have also observed that members and authors can quickly become frustrated. They all seem to feel that they give, give, give, and yet also feel that the author is always asking for more. While at the same time I constantly hear from the authors that they feel they were given assurances and then so often let down. So I’m going to try and do things a little differently this time and divide up the jobs. As authors, we need people who can only do a few things, but we need them to do them well, and we don’t need ANYONE to do everything. So I’m going to split the jobs so to speak.

I want to create a Blue Team for those who are certified Amazon reviewers or are able to offer other vital reviews through the first month or so as the book is launched. By launch-time, many of them are sick of hearing the author ask for help in other ways, so why not leave them out of the shouting until they are needed? Because we need them to sign on early and to be committed. But then don’t bombard them with Red Team job requests.

Red Team members might not be able to offer certified reviews, so I won’t nag or even ask them to. But they are the people who are great on social media or their own networking circles and will help create the buzz and excitement in getting the word out there. The best Red Team members will even belong to a Book Club or Community group who are happy to become involved and get behind the author. They are the people most likely to turn one of their meetings around launch day into a launch party of sorts and post the pics on Facebook. Other red Team members can be truly effective by simply following and sharing many of the author Facebook Page posts to get the word out there.

I will still keep both teams under the Launch Team banner as all members will still have the opportunity to give feedback on art work and book covers, to download the book on its free days and to give general, specific, or other feedback, and all of them will be able to receive an ARC (advanced reader’s copy) of the book. The Facebook group will then be all about fun, giveaways, photos, background info, and not all about asking asking asking (although there will be a little, but at least people won’t feel bombarded if it isn’t aimed at them all the time).

I will talk more next week in depth on each of these ideas and give you all the opportunity to cater your support to your own needs.

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@JPeaSmith
 
“Here she comes, running, out of prison and off the pedestal: chains off, crown off, halo off, just a live woman.”  ― Charlotte Perkins Gilman

Building a Launch Team 01

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Welcome to the countdown to my new, as-yet-un-named book due out at the end of November this year! (16 weeks today actually!)

A whole bunch of you have followed my earlier series on Launch Teams and asked me about self-publishing, so after a couple of months hiding and travelling (actually very busy on other important things), I am now back in full swing and plan on taking you through every step of this exciting process. From the very beginning to launch day and beyond.

Step one is to set up a private Facebook Group which I have done HERE. The idea of this group would normally be to gather around a team of supporters, and that will still be the case for me, but this time it will also include a bunch of people who would like to observe the process and learn. It is an interactive group with giveaways, news, updates and so on, creating some buzz but also keeping an eye on the processes and progress. It is also a space for an author to be more vulnerable and share hiccups, fears, and even ask for feedback or help when stuck.

This group is usually the first to see book covers, have a say in book covers and titles, layouts and the like. It is a wonderful place for fans and readers to get close to the action as well. So please feel free to join me there, or let your friends and family know, if you think they may be interested.

Once we gather some decent numbers we can move to the next phase, but I will keep you all up to date with how it goes 🙂

Please feel free to ask any questions in the comments below!

@JPeaSmith
 
“Here she comes, running, out of prison and off the pedestal: chains off, crown off, halo off, just a live woman.”  ― Charlotte Perkins Gilman

Writing is a Real Life Video Game!

img_3102Being an author used to be simply about writing (and getting a publisher), but now it’s more like being on a complicated role-playing video game! We have to achieve levels before we can move forward, and we need the public to help us!

One of the hardest thing as a writer is to get reviews. Honest ones, Amazon ones. I get so much great feedback, people write to me, talk to me, they thank me and they encourage me. They also ask me a LOT when the next one is coming out.

Instagram free 1But for some reason, they don’t appear to understand that unless they review the book at the end, on Amazon (which takes all of 30 seconds) I can’t progress much further. I still write and will continue to write, but despite nearly 4,000 of my book existing out there and a gazillion promises to write reviews, I am still WAY off target to get my 50 reviews that unlock the key to the next level… for Amazon to take me seriously, promote my books in their adds, put me on the “also bought” lists when other people buy books, and so the list goes on…

Despite selling all these books I am still in the red financially and I need to at least break even before launching the next book…
So today I have put my book out there for free again HERE, but this time for the purpose of getting people to read it and give an honest review. It’s a SHORT book (45 minutes)… so PLEEEEEEASE, I’m begging you, if you have my book please review it, if not please download today and review it, or at least send this to someone who will?? Please?

Help me to unlock this level so I can move to the next one? Help me level up with a short honest review?? Please don’t assume someone else will, most people can’t be bothered or forget… leaving me sitting here on this stupid level … stuck…Thanks! 🙂

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“Here she comes, running, out of prison and off the pedestal: chains off, crown off, halo off, just a live woman.”  ― Charlotte Perkins Gilman

 

Facebook Live Events:

May 1st marked the beginning of EDS Awareness Month, but it also marked the beginning of my Facebook Live experiment. I am going to throw everything I can at this for the next few months and see how it goes. I write a lot about chronic illness, but I also write on Writing, Memoir, Sharing my Story and Anxiety so all these things will feature in my Facebook Live streams just like my other writing does. I will be going live 2-3 times a week, at exactly the same time every Monday, the same time every Thursday, and most Saturdays depending on whether or not I can fit it in. I travel a lot so I don’t want to commit to something that I will not be able to keep up with.

All my Facebook Live Streams will either be HERE on my Facebook

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or HERE on The Mighty Facebook Page.

Here are the times, and below that will be the 5 categories I’ll be speaking under:

  • Every Monday – | New York: 2pm | London: 7pm | Johannesburg: 8pm |Sydney 4am |

 

  • Every Thursday – | New York: 5am | London: 10am | Johannesburg: 11am |Sydney 7pm |

 

  • Most Saturdays at some random time…

Telling Your Story!

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These Live Q&A sessions will cover topics like: How to tell your personal journey story, Who are safe people to share it with and when, What to share on Facebook, as well as writing a book, a memoir and/or a blog. I will be sharing my experiences with all these things and more, and you can ask all the questions you like. Feel free to ask questions ahead of time in the comments below or on my Facebook Page. There will be an Event created for each and every Facebook Live edition. For detailed times for this topic, check my Facebook Events Page, or sign on for my monthly newsletters HERE.


Becoming Empowered!

 

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These Live Q&A sessions will cover topics like: Educating ourselves and where we get that information, Belonging to groups that uplift and empower us instead of dragging us down, Who to trust, Who to listen to and why, How to find our Limits, How to Self-Care, Who needs therapy and who just needs a good friend.  I will be sharing my experiences about what motivates me and where I find encouragement and inspiration and you can ask all the questions you like. Feel free to ask questions ahead of time in the comments below or on my Facebook Page. There will be an Event created for each and every Facebook Live edition.  For detailed times for this topic, check my Facebook Events Page, or sign on for my monthly newsletters HERE.


Beating Anxiety!

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These Live Q&A sessions will cover topics like: What is anxiety, How to conquer it, what is my book about, how does anxiety and chronic illness make such a bad combination and so on. I will be sharing my experiences and you can ask all the questions you like! Feel free to ask questions ahead of time in the comments below or on my Facebook Page. There will be an Event created for each and every Facebook Live edition.  For detailed times for this topic, check my Facebook Events Page, or sign on for my monthly newsletters HERE.


Running on Empty!

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These Live Q&A sessions will cover topics like: The Spoon Theory, How trauma, grief and pain all steal our energy, Pacing ourselves, How to find our Limits, How to Self-Care and so on. I will be sharing my experiences and you can ask all the questions you like! Feel free to ask questions ahead of time in the comments below or on my Facebook Page. There will be an Event created for each and every Facebook Live edition.  For detailed times for this topic, check my Facebook Events Page, or sign on for my monthly newsletters HERE.


Spontaneously Saturday!

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These Live Sessions will be quite random and who knows (till they happen!) what they will be about! Sometimes they will catch up on questions I didn’t have time to answer during the week, other times they will be about upcoming news. I will be sharing my experiences and you can ask all the questions you like! Feel free to ask questions ahead of time in the comments below or on my Facebook Page. There will be an Event created for each and every Facebook Live edition.

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“Here she comes, running, out of prison and off the pedestal: chains off, crown off, halo off, just a live woman.”  ― Charlotte Perkins Gilman

949 Books went yesterday!

Yesterday, as many of you would know, was my FREE BOOK day. It did really well, with 949 people snapping up the opportunity! Thank you, thank you, thank you, if that was you or someone you recommended it to! Truly!

If it was you (or your friend or mate or whatever), PLEASE will you fill out the automatic review on the last page of the ebook. You don’t even need to say a lot, as long as it is honest.

WHY REVIEW? I hear you ask.

The short answer is that until I can get 50 reviews, Amazon won’t promote my book or take me seriously and I slip away into the dark abyss, never to pop up again… truly. It is no longer about selling books as much as it is about honest reviews. My friends and family can’t do it as that isn’t fair and I am not prepared to buy reviews. Swapping them is also against the rules. So I rely 100% on the general public, who choose to buy a copy of my book, to write a review at the end.

So pleeeease, pretty pleeeeeease, if you downloaded my book yesterday, when you’ve done reading it, please pop up a quick review? Thanks awfully much! xxx

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