On Time, Travel and Tartan by Wendy H. Jones
|Book Signing - Beans in the Belfry, Brunswick, Maryland|
No, not Time Travel. That's a perfect example, right there, of why commas are important. Firstly, apologies for my lack of posts lately. This does not indicate my lack of willingness to post but my ability to lose track of time. I should post on the 16th of every month but the deadline goes whizzing past at a great rate of knots and there's another month gone. Who else feels like trying to keep track of time is like counting grains of sand in the Sahara? I'm sure there are more than a few hands up there. Maybe some of you have 2 hands up. That refers to the first part of my title - Time.
The second part - Travel - is what I am doing at the moment. I am on a book tour of the United States. I am doing book signings and speaking at conferences in several states. You'd think I would have even less time to write blogs or keep track of deadlines. You would be wrong. It appears when I travel I have a lot more time on my hands for writing and keeping track of dates. There are less pressures on my time and I'm not watching as much television. Although I have to admit to having developed a new love of the Netflix series Stranger Things. Anyway, I digress. With less pressing things on my mind, I've found that time stretches further. This has given me pause for thought. What is it that is sucking time for me during my normal day to day life. What could I give up doing that would free up time. I would previously have said, give up travelling so much but I've found out that is not the solution. It has made me do a lot of soul searching and think more clearly about where my priorities lie. It may. be worth you doing the same.
On to more exciting things. This trip is turning out to be a total blast. I'm having so much fun, meeting nice people, signing lots of books and doing what I love best. In between all of this I am writing up a storm. I am currently staying in Shepherdstown, WV, and I did a book signing at a delightful book store called Four Seasons Books. The day was a sell out success and they have invited me back for another signing later in my trip.
|Book Signing - Four Seasons Books, Shepherdstown, WV|
You may note from the pictures that the common denominator is my final part of the title - Tartan. I am wearing my highland dress sash in my clan tartan, 'Ancient MacLaren'. I was asked if I could do this and, of course, being Scottish, I agreed immediately. I'm always up for wearing a bit of tartan and proudly demonstrating I am Scottish. It certainly works as a conversation starter and cheers up any event. My trip will take me to several states and will include all my series - The DI Shona McKenzie Mysteries, Cass Claymore Investigates, The Fergus and Flora Mysteries and, of course, the wee man himself, Bertie the Buffalo. In keeping with the tartan theme he's got himself a kilt - evidence below.
|Bertie at the Airport Ready for his trip|
He's also out as a soft toy and he insisted I show you. He is rather cute and the eyes are fabulous. Seriously, how can you resist those eyes.
|Bertie the Buffalo, Book and Toy|
My advice to you, when it comes to marketing leave nothing out. Look at arranging a book tour, enjoy every minute and, of course, if you can, wear tartan.
About the Author
Wendy H Jones is the Amazon Number 1 best-selling author of the award winning DI Shona McKenzie Mysteries. Her Young Adult Mystery, The Dagger’s Curse was a finalist in the Woman Alive Readers Choice Award. She is also The President of the Scottish Association of Writers, the Webmaster for the Association of Christian Writers, an international public speaker, and runs conferences and workshops on writing, motivation and marketing. Wendy is the founder of Crime at the Castle, Scotland’s newest Crime Festival. She is the editor of a Lent Book, published by the Association of Christian Writers and also the editor of the forthcoming Christmas Anthology form the same publisher. Her first children's book, Bertie the Buffalo, was released in December 2018. Motivation Matters: Revolutionise Your Writing One Creative Step at a Time, was released in May 2019.
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