A is for Appreciation of your reader (A-Z of writing)

Hi Everyone

Welcome to your A-Z of writing.

Over the coming weeks, I will be going through the A-Z of writing, giving hints, tips, information and advice on writing. Each post will start with a new alphabet letter, in sequence. I have just completed a Level 4 IAG Diploma. (Information, Advice and Guidance.) So lets see if I can put into practice, what I have learnt.

A is for appreciation of your reader. If it wasn’t for them, your audience, you would not be able to light up their life with your creative genius.

It is very important to:

  • Research what your reader wants
  • Add value to your reader’s life
  • Not patronise your readers
  • Attend book signings
  • Give talks
  • Interact with your readers as much as possible
  • Reply to your reader’s tweets and messages
  • Be grateful you are doing what you love
  • Show appreciation to each reader at every available opportunity

Thanks for taking the time to read this blog post, it is much appreciated.

Write soon


What E-Books would you like to read?

Hi Everyone

My quirkybooks.net website is due to change dramatically during this year.  It will become an online E-Book store.  But what type of books would you like to see?  Please let me know using the above poll.

Thank you.  Write soon.  Sandra

Computer genius or computer nightmare?

Hi Everyone

It has been a while since I last sent you a new post, this is because of the nightmare I am having with my Apple Mac iMac computer.

It keeps freezing on me.  When I try to go on to the internet, when I try to email, when I attempt to write letters in Word for Mac and when I try to use Adobe Indesign for Mac.

What a nightmare!  I had never realised just how much I rely on my Mac until now.  I thought Macs were reliable, could handle multiple applications and Adobe with ease, apparently not.

After spending about 6 hours on and off the phone to Apple Care last week, it still keeps freezing.

If any of you have experienced the same problems, I would love  to hear from you.  Suggestions are most welcome.  What do you think?

One thing I can say, Steve Jobs was a genius, lets hope the future of the Mac will continue that genius way of working and not lose it’s way.

Write soon.



10 Reasons Why Self Belief is Good for You

Hi Everyone.

If you have been reading my Blog and website quirkybooks.net, you may think deciding to self publish my own book by starting up my own publishing company is either brave, stupid or just darn right crazy.  Either way, I value your opinion and appreciate your feedback.

The fact is, I will not let anything stop me, not in the long term. Sure there will be problems to overcome, obstacles to step over and lots of skills to learn but I will feel better for having done it and I am committed to believing in my own capabilities.

You see, there is a lot than can be said for believing in yourself.  The benefits can be immense and I would like to share some of those with you right now.

1)  Your confidence will increase.

2)  You will achieve more.

3)  You will be more accepting towards constructive critisism.

4)  You will become a stronger person.

5)  You will be able to disregard people who make malicious comments and put             you down.

6) You will have a stronger sense of purpose in your life by knowing who you are.

7)  You will be a happier person.

8)  You will have more structure to your life by defining your goals.

9)  When you believe in yourself, so will others.

10)  You will become a more positive person, which is good for both your                          physical and mental well being.

One final thought…….Believe in yourself, the only person who can make you truly happy, is you, for their is no one else who knows you better.

Good luck and B E L I E V E.

Write soon.



Twenty Reasons Why You Should Self Publish

Hi Everyone

Thank you for continuing to join me on my wonderful journey of the written word.  Your support is greatly appreciated.

As you can see from my previous blogs, I am a great believer in self publishing. But why?  I hear you ask.

Let me enlighten you with my twenty reasons why you should self publish.

1)  You have overall control over the layout of your book.

2)  You can choose your own illustrator.

3)  You can work with your illustrator to come up with designs you both feel are            suitable for your story.

4)  You have control over how you publicise your books.

5)  You choose how much you are going to sell your books for.

6)  You have control over your profit and loss.

7)  You will gain more contacts for your future business which could lead to                   other publishing opportunities.

8)  You can increase your design skills.

9)  You will achieve personal satisfaction.

10)  You will never be bored as you will always have projects on the go.

11)  It will give you a sense of purpose.

12)  You will produce a product which will bring happiness to others.

13)  You can give new talent a platform to work from.

14)  You can decide on the design of your book cover.

15)  You can produce a product which may help people.

16)  It will give you a sense of great achievement.

17)  You can offer insight to the reader.

18)  It will increase your self-confidence.

19)  It will increase your self belief.

20)  You can absorb yourself in your own imagination.

You will notice I didn’t say, to make money.  Publish your writing for the love of it and you won’t go far wrong.

Write soon.



How redundancy changed my life

Hello everyone.

It has been a busy few weeks.  I have finally received my commercial printer and now quirkybooks.net is on it’s way to something BIG.

For those of you who don’t know what quirkybooks.net is all about, let me enlighten you.

I founded quirkybooks.net in July 2010.  It was a project I had been working on since being made redundant in February 2009 but a concept which had been in my head for some time.  It was only because I was made redundant that the idea began to become a reality and what was once a traumatic time turned out to be the little gem needed to push me forward to believe in myself and my future business.

Many people see redundancy as an obstacle, I saw it as an opportunity.  A chance to discover, what I was born to do.  What my special gift was and what I could do with it.

Sure lots of other people have hidden talents too and I would encourage them to do the same.

That is, think about what you love to do, be it writing, art, pottery, drama, comedy.  Even if other people think it is impossible, if you know in your heart of hearts you can do it, then do just that.  Make it happen.  Find out what you need to do it and then just do it.

I know it is not going to be easy or simple, but if you want something so badly, something you are willing to fight for, to wait for, then it will be worth it.

It will make you feel empowered, alive, confident and give you the most precious thing, self belief.  Once you feel the power of self belief, nothing in your life will ever be the same.   Your glass will always be half full, your life will be enriched, your enthusiasm will pass on to others and the world will be a better place for having you in it.

Go for it.

If I have lost you and you don’t have a clue what I am talking about.  Let me explain.

I have founded quirkybooks.net through a love and passion for writing.  When I was made redundant I felt my world was coming to an end and then I realised it was just the beginning.  A time to reflect on my previous jobs, at my life to date and to consider if I had been doing was what I was born to do.  What would make me happy?  Was I really happy in the job I had been made redundant from?

I had been in the job for almost 3 years and I felt I was good at it and I enjoyed it. But and there was a but, it was long hours, I used to get shouted at by staff who thought they were superior to me and liked to throw their weight around.  I was slaving away, whilst wishing I could do more with my life.  I loved writing then, but I never had time to do much.  I love writing now and now I do a job where I work to write.  In other words, I do a job with less hours, for reasonable pay but I am able to have some time for my writing, not as much time as I would like but hey, I guess the best things come to those who wait.

At the moment quirkybooks.net is in it’s infancy, still at the beginning of it’s story but with each day a new page turns which will lead to an exciting middle and a fantastic basis for a whole series of stories.

If you look at my website quirkybooks.net you will see it is all about me and my writing.  If you take a closer look , it will explain my current projects and how you can get involved.

But that is not the best thing.  The best is yet to come.

quirkybooks.net will be becoming a publishing company in it’s own right.  It will be a platform for myself to share my work with you.  There will be books, written by me, that you will be able to buy.  They will not be imported from abroad, they will not be printed abroad, they will individually printed by me.  This means you will be able to put your own individual message in them.  Be it for a birthday, a christmas gift or just to tell someone how much you care.

This is what quirkybooks.net will be able to offer you.  A personalised touch.  You will be able to read the difference.

quirkybooks.net will also be giving new or unknown illustrators a platform from which to allow their imagination to spring into print.

A lot of work has to be done before quirkybooks.net can get off the ground running.

There is still more equipment to buy and designs of illustrations to try.

But it is an exciting time and I wanted to share it with you.

quirkybooks.net will predominantly begin concentrating on the picture book market for children aged 3 to 5 years.

It will also look to incorporate other quirky products.

This is not to say I will not work with other publishers to publish my own work because I would welcome any opportunity to write.  I think the market is big enough for everyone to help each other.

So the next time you log into quirkybooks.net, read my latest news and get involved.

Happy writing.

Write soon.