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A sense of achievement…

Posted in Book Club with tags , , , , , on August 10, 2017 by Kate Jack

…there’s nothing like it.

Gaining a sense of achievement is, for me, akin to getting a five star review for my books. Since I retired back in May, I’ve achieved more – writing wise – than I’ve done for years. Freeing myself from the shackles of work has indeed given me a better perspective on life.

I’ve even gained achievement in other aspects of my life, such as ridding myself of excess possessions and dispensing them to various charity shops. Having said that, every time I drop off a load of bin bags filled with goodies, I end up buying something else to take their place 😀

However, my greatest achievement to date, is formatting and uploading to various online retailers, my first self published novel, A Pocketful of Stories. Over the years, I’ve watched people self publish with increasing confidence and most self published novels, nowadays, are of the highest standard and quality. So I thought now that  my time is my own, why not have a go? I have to admit I did wonder if I’d bitten off more than I could chew, but I girded my loins, downloaded Smashword’s free guide to formatting and set to.

I can honestly say I’ve never worked so hard in my life! At the beginning of the guide it warned that it would take a few hours to carry out the formatting to the standard required by Smashwords. Hours? Try two days! However, I got there in the end and I have to say I’m very proud of the results. The book cover I commissioned from a site called: Custom e-book covers, for the very reasonable price of £49.99. They guarantee to deliver the goods within 3 days and they did; excellent customer service, as far as I’m concerned. 

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When it came to actually uploading the manuscript, I can tell you I was dreading it. However, I was pleasantly surprised when it uploaded first time and apart from a few spelling errors, which I immediately corrected, it was accepted for Smashwords Premium catalogue. This means they will distribute it more widely than other books that don’t make the grade. I then uploaded it to Amazon and it went without a hitch. 

So, my little chick-a-dees, the moral of this tale is that if a technophobe like me can format and upload to a digital retailer, then anyone can 😀

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Good days, bad days.

Posted in Writing with tags , , , , , on June 29, 2015 by Kate Jack


It’s great being a writer, except when it comes to the actual writing. Authors must be amongst the worse procrastinators ever, circling their computers like a shark and churning out excuses not to sit down and get on with it.


Having said that when the muse strikes, it’s fantastic. The adrenalin rush, not to mention the sense of achievement, is fabulous!

ecanus 2Ecanus Angel, muse of writers.

And that’s what I’ve been feeling just lately. I’ve faffed around for the past few months, approaching my current wip Elawyn’s Song, taking two steps forward and half a dozen back. Then one day I gave myself a good talking to, fired up the computer, grabbed my plot notes, and got on with it. The result? Apart from the above mentioned high, I proved to myself that I could get some work done and actually enjoy doing it. Am I feeling smug? You bet 😀

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Sleep deprivation, full time work & writing.

Posted in General with tags , , , , , , on July 1, 2014 by Kate Jack

tired eyesNot a happy mixture, I’m sure you’ll agree. That said, I’m buoyed up by a combination of mild hysteria, a sense of achievement, and nervousness. The first, because I’m trying to finish the editing on Dawn Horizon, and even though I’m enjoying it immensely, there’s more plot holes and typos than I anticipated.

The second, because I’m getting there. Despite the above problems, it’s all coming together, and as I mentioned in yesterday’s blog, I’ve got the seeds of an idea for my next book, thus allaying one of my constant fears that I’ll run out of steam 😀

Third and finally, sooner or later I’m going to have to submit it to my publisher – I just hope he likes it, after all the blood, sweat and tears I’ve lost whilst writing it.

Wish me luck, guys and gals, wish me luck. 😀

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Ode to the joys of editing.

Posted in General with tags , , , , , , , , , on February 17, 2013 by Kate Jack


The last chapter has been written and the end of the story sealed off; now it’s time to edit. For me this is the best part of the writing process. To craft, sculpt and refine the whole, is a thing of joy and immense satisfaction. To put flesh on the bones of the story and see it truly spring to life under your fingers, as they skip and hop across the keyboard, is to feel the very essence of creativity. Is there any other feeling like it? For me the answer is no.

Bringing to fruition the second of my Silver Flute Trilogy is a great achievement, because I wasn’t sure I could keep the original characters both the same and yet have them also evolve. I was afraid that any new characters I introduced wouldn’t add to the story and help it continue its journey into the third book, but I think I’ve achieved both these things. How do I feel about that? Simply wonderful.



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Dear diary,all good things…

Posted in General with tags , , , , , , , , on January 6, 2013 by Kate Jack

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…must come to an end, but can lead to even bigger and better things.

My book fayre has been quite successful in that new “friends” have been made, books tagged and “liked” and some even bought.  It finishes this Friday 11th January 2013:

I consider it a good start, writing wise, to the New Year and I may very well make it an annual affair – time permitting. Watch out for further events on Facebook and maybe drop by. You never know, you may find something that takes your fancy.

This is my first step towards reaching the golden shore of achievement and moving onwards and upwards to a fresh, new year. 😀

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Dear diary…fresh start, or same old thing?

Posted in General with tags , , , , on January 6, 2013 by Kate Jack

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How many of us truly make a fresh start with the coming of the New Year? Oh we all make so called resolutions to mend our ways and make life better for ourselves and our families, but I’m willing to bet most of us don’t carry them out.

We return to work full of the post Christmas blues, to find train fares have soared, wages have sunk and all is doom and gloom. Resolutions fly out the door, as we try to make the best of what we’ve already got and soon become immersed in the day to day struggle of keeping our heads above water.

Well, guys and gals, maybe it’s time we stopped treading water and forged ahead towards the golden shore of achievement. Try making just one simple resolution and when that’s done, move on to the next.

I know I’m going to try.

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