Build Your Author Platform

In Build Your Author Platform: The New Rules, top literary agent Carole Jelen and tech expert Michael McCallister apply their combined 35 years of expertise to outline 14 practical, hands-on steps to create a presence that will produce high ...

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Author: Carole Jelen

Publisher: BenBella Books, Inc.

ISBN: 9781939529251

Category: Reference

Page: 392

View: 869

A great book is no longer enough. An author platform is the most powerful key to success in today's saturated market, and increasingly, publishers are demanding that new authors come to them with an existing audience of interested followers. Authors who are self-publishing have an even bigger need to build an engaged audience. Social media makes building the author platform easier than ever, but, unfortunately, most authors struggle to get it right. How can authors create their unique platform, connect with followers, write a manuscript, and grow their business? In Build Your Author Platform: The New Rules, top literary agent Carole Jelen and tech expert Michael McCallister apply their combined 35 years of expertise to outline 14 practical, hands-on steps to create a presence that will produce high book sales and expanded audience. From pre-publication through book launch and beyond, authors will learn how to: • Define goals and a unique brand • Employ successful website strategies, content, social presence, media authority, and training • Secure positive reviews • Attract viewers efficiently without cost Filled with detailed lessons, examples, success stories, and techniques used by marketing departments at major publishers, Build Your Author Platform is an indispensable guide for anyone looking for insight into publishing, promoting, and marketing books.

9 Strategies to Build and Grow Your Author Platform

If so, this book is for you. BUILD and GROW is a 9-step formula for marketing your books. This is the same system I've used to sell over 103,000 books since 2008 and grow my author platform to thousands of email subscribers and followers.

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Author: Shelley Hitz

Publisher:

ISBN: 0692697411

Category:

Page: 56

View: 878

Are you looking for ways to build and grow your author platform without being pushy, begging, or coming off as desperate? If so, this book is for you. BUILD and GROW is a 9-step formula for marketing your books. This is the same system I've used to sell over 103,000 books since 2008 and grow my author platform to thousands of email subscribers and followers. Within this book, you will learn these 9 strategies to build and grow your author platform and build a strong book marketing plan for long term success: B - Bridge to Your Readers U - Understand Your Target Audience I - Invite L - Link Together With Others D - Deliver Amazingly Helpful Content G - Give R - Results O - Offer W - Write More Books Join me as I lead you through this journey of building and growing YOUR author platform!

Grow Your Author Platform

This book is loaded with information to teach you to how to create content that shows up and that people want to share. Stop struggling to make a footprint online and instead make the web work with you.

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Author: Mandi Lynn

Publisher:

ISBN: 1732555753

Category:

Page: 154

View: 612

"How do I get my book discovered?" It's a question every writer asks, whether it's their tenth book, or if the book still needs to be published. From indie authors Mandi Lynn and Bethany Atazadeh, book two in the Marketing for Authors series is dedicated to teaching you the many things you can do to start or grow your author platform.

Build Your Author Platform

The New Rules: A Literary Agent's Guide to Growing Your Audience in 14 Steps Carole Jelen, Michael McCallister. professional online author identity. These tools and techniques work for authors regardless of genre.

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Author: Carole Jelen

Publisher: BenBella Books, Inc.

ISBN: 9781939529299

Category: Reference

Page: 384

View: 285

A great book is no longer enough. An author platform is the most powerful key to success in today's saturated market, and increasingly, publishers are demanding that new authors come to them with an existing audience of interested followers. Authors who are self-publishing have an even bigger need to build an engaged audience. Social media makes building the author platform easier than ever, but, unfortunately, most authors struggle to get it right. How can authors create their unique platform, connect with followers, write a manuscript, and grow their business? In Build Your Author Platform: The New Rules, top literary agent Carole Jelen and tech expert Michael McCallister apply their combined 35 years of expertise to outline 14 practical, hands-on steps to create a presence that will produce high book sales and expanded audience. From pre-publication through book launch and beyond, authors will learn how to: • Define goals and a unique brand • Employ successful website strategies, content, social presence, media authority, and training • Secure positive reviews • Attract viewers efficiently without cost Filled with detailed lessons, examples, success stories, and techniques used by marketing departments at major publishers, Build Your Author Platform is an indispensable guide for anyone looking for insight into publishing, promoting, and marketing books.

Get Known Before The Book Deal

This book offers: A step-by-step approach to creating, growing, and nurturing a platform An economical approach to self-promotion (no need to spend thousands) A clear way to uncover your strengths and weaknesses as an author The strategies ...

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Author: Christina Katz

Publisher: Writer's Digest Books

ISBN: 158297554X

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 272

View: 953

Sell Your First Book & Develop a Successful and Sustainable Writing Career Before you can land a book deal—before you can even attract the interest of agents and editors—you need to be visible. How do you become visible? You develop a platform, or a way of reaching your readers. Everybody can develop a platform, and this book shows you how to do it while you're still writing. This book offers: A step-by-step approach to creating, growing, and nurturing a platform An economical approach to self-promotion (no need to spend thousands) A clear way to uncover your strengths and weaknesses as an author The strategies that are essential (or not) to online promotion A philosophy of authorship that leaves you confident, empowered, and equally partnered with agents, editors, and publishers (instead of waiting to be discovered) A diverse set of tools and methods for getting known (not just web-based tools or ideas for extroverts) After you read this book, you'll be able to answer the inevitable question: "What's your platform?" You'll learn the hows and whys of becoming visible and how to cultivate visibility from scratch. Best of all, you won't need any previous knowledge or experience to get started. Growing a writing career isn't just about landing one book deal and then scrambling like crazy. There is a more strategic and steady way to lay the groundwork so you can avoid scrambling altogether—and Get Known Before the Book Deal is the only comprehensive book that shows you how.

Build Your Author Platform with a Purpose

In this informative guide you will walk through the process of building an author platform without the overwhelm. Even if you are technologically challenged, this book will guide you with easy-to-follow actionable steps.

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Author: Mimika Cooney

Publisher:

ISBN: 1732284881

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 140

View: 531

Building an Author Platform from the ground up as a writer can seem daunting, especially if marketing is not your jam. Authors are now expected to do more and more work to promote their own books as publishers are not interested in invisible authors. It's imperative that writers take control of their marketing, and build their author platform online. The social media landscape has altered the way writers, readers, and publishers connect. The process of going from unknown to influencer is now more achievable than ever. Achieving social proof, brand recognition, and association with the right people will set you up for success. This book will take you through an accelerated brand development process. The strategies shared will walk you through the process to create a powerful personal brand. You will discover how designing a personal brand and identity is tied to your strengths and your unique writing style. Are you passionate about an idea and on a mission to share your ideas with the world? Are you dreaming of becoming a successful published author? Does the concept of marketing scare you? Are you overwhelmed with technology? It's now more important than ever that as a writer, you use the right strategies and proper research before you start writing your book. This book will help you uncover how writers are harnessing the power of the Internet, and their own creativity, to build a successful author career. There are mistakes that authors should avoid doing on the Internet that negatively affects their reach. Social media makes building an author platform easier than ever, but many authors struggle to get it right. With proven strategies, easy-to-replicate formulas, and practical tips; this book makes it easier, less expensive, and more possible than ever to stand out from the crowd. The tips apply no matter if your goal is to become a full time author or speaker, launch a business or grow a ministry. In this informative guide you will walk through the process of building an author platform without the overwhelm. Even if you are technologically challenged, this book will guide you with easy-to-follow actionable steps. It shares how to navigate the changing world of book publishing and how you can get your book to market faster through self publishing. We cover up-to-date best practices using new media like Facebook, Amazon, YouTube, Email marketing, Television, Podcasts and working with the Media. In this book you will discover: A personal branding strategy to help you create a powerful brand. Strategies for marketing your books to reach your ideal readers. Best practices in email marketing to grow an audience fast. A personal branding social media strategy to become a recognized name online. Social media marketing strategies to boost your visibility. Email marketing free tools to get started quickly. How to work with publishers, editors, publicists, podcasters, TV and the media. The do's and don'ts of Facebook and Video marketing. How to self publish a book to elevate your authority in your market. Book marketing strategies to put you on the path to best seller success. Leveraging Facebook and Amazon AMS advertising to grow book sales.

Create Your Writer Platform

The Martha and Me blog showed publishers I could develop a following and blog on a continuous basis. No Pot Cooking simply showed them that my concept was a good one. So it was the two blogs together that got me the book deal.

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Author: Chuck Sambuchino

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 9781599635798

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 248

View: 656

Creating a platform isn't just beneficial--it's essential! In today's world of blogging, websites, Twitter feeds, and Facebook updates, building a writer platform from the ground up can seem a daunting task. Never fear--author and editor Chuck Sambuchino provides expert, practical advice for increasing your visibility, selling more books, and launching a successful career. In Create Your Writer Platform, you'll learn: • The definition of a platform--and why you should start building one now. • How to harness the 12 Fundamental Principles of Platform. • "Old School" and "New School" approaches to platform, from article writing and conference speaking to website development, blog posts, and social media avenues. • How to develop a platform for nonfiction, fiction, and memoir. In addition to Chuck's invaluable insights, you'll also find 12 case studies from authors with effective platforms, as well as professional advice from literary agents. If you're serious about building a platform tailored to you and your writing--a platform that's going to help you succeed as a writer--look no further than Create Your Writer Platform.

What s Your Book

MULTIMEDIA IS A MUST Podcasts, radio interviews, YouTube and Vimeo uploads, vlogs, TV footage, and anything else you can think of that engages the reader with your image and your voice are essential to growing your author platform.

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Author: Brooke Warner

Publisher: She Writes Press

ISBN: 9781938314063

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 240

View: 741

What's Your Book? is an aspiring author’s go-to guide for getting from idea to publication. Brooke Warner is a publishing expert with thirteen years’ experience as an acquiring editor for major trade houses. In her book, she brings her unique understanding of book publishing (from the vantage point of coach, editor, and publisher) to each of the book's five chapters, which include understanding the art of becoming an author, getting over common hurdles, challenging counterproductive mindsets, building an author platform, and ultimately getting published. Brooke is known for her straightforward delivery, honest assessments, and compassionate touch with authors. What's Your Book? contains the inspiration and information every writer needs to publish their first or next book.

Be Your Own Boss as an Independent Author

A guide for beginners: How to start and grow your book business Ann Omasta. 12 PUBLISHING PREP (AUTHOR ... If you have an established author platform of social media accounts, a website, and a newsletter, you will look more established.

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Author: Ann Omasta

Publisher: Ann Omasta

ISBN:

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 126

View: 294

Do you want to write a book? Have you written a book, but aren’t sure what to do next? Would you like to sell your book to readers online––even while you sleep? If you answered ‘yes’ to any of these questions, this guidebook will unlock hot tip secrets, reveal common pitfalls, and lead you on your path to success. We live in unprecedented times with incredible opportunities for writers––anyone can write a book and post it for sale on the internet. Easy-peasy, right? It can be… with the right help. This book will guide you through the process of making your precious book baby available for sale to the world via the major online vendors. Once your book is published, the marketing fun begins. In this book, you’ll benefit from the author’s 5+ years of experience in this business, during which she has published over 25 books, hit the USA Today bestseller list multiple times, and made nearly every mistake imaginable. She openly shares exactly what to do (and what NOT to do) in order to thrive in the independent author business. Becoming an indie author is one of the most challenging, rewarding, demanding, life-changing, and fulfilling dreams imaginable. There will likely be mind-boggling highs and devastating lows. Let this book be there to help guide you, answer your questions, and build your confidence along the way. YOU CAN DO THIS. Your dream awaits… Download this book and jump-start your goal of becoming an indie author right now!

Leap 101 Ways to Grow Your Business

Get Known Online: If you want to develop celebrity status and build a following of fans, there is no faster or more effective way to do that then by showcasing your author platform online. Share tips and resources through your Website, ...

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Author: Stephanie Chandler

Publisher: Red Wheel/Weiser

ISBN: 9781601630797

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 255

View: 790

Business growth requires more than a business plan and a dream. You must utilize many tools and techniques to take your company to the next level. This book presents practical strategies that you can leverage based on your business-growth goals and the distinct needs of your company. In four sections--Leverage, Execute, Accelerate, and Prosper--you will learn how to: develop a business-growth action plan; automate your business; locate business capital; identify powerful marketing strategies; harness the power of the Internet; attract the media and gain valuable exposure; boost profits by innovating; and protect your time so you can enjoy your life.--From publisher description.

Rock Your Book

As an author, it's important to invest time and energy into building your platform: establish relationships, and gain potential readers.*Learn How To Build Your Online Author Platform*Monetize Social Media Engagement * How to gain followers ...

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Author: L Tanyha Boyd

Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform

ISBN: 1540307239

Category:

Page: 50

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Rock Your Book 10 Ways to Market Your Book Like A Rock Star! By Best Selling Author L� Tanyha Boyd An author platform is the thing you have to stand on to get heard and to be seen. It's your stage! Unlike a stage at a concert hall, today's platform is built of people, contacts, connections, followers, influencers and supporters. As an author, it's important to invest time and energy into building your platform: establish relationships, and gain potential readers.*Learn How To Build Your Online Author Platform*Monetize Social Media Engagement * How to gain followers * Create Buzz with Valuable Content * The 3 C's to Rock Your Author Platform * Build Your Author Brand*Create Book Buzz*Rock Your Book on Amazon Bonus #1 Rock Your Book Radio Interviews Bonus #2: Rock Your Book On Amazon

Strategic Series Author

43 PLAN PROMOTIONAL ACTIVITIES your books. First—What is promotion? It's all the stuff you do to grow your author platform, build your reader community, and ideally also sell How is this different from advertising?

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Author: Crystal Hunt

Publisher: CDE Creative Academy for Writers LLP

ISBN: 9781990220050

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 374

View: 500

Writing series can be a great way to level up your author career, create a more stable writing income, and create a devoted fanbase. It's also challenging, and can be overwhelming if you're not prepared. Series authors need to consider many things that standalone title authors don't have to worry about. And everything is exponentially more complex once you're tackling more than one book! You might be wondering: What kind of series should I write? Which details do I need to keep track of? How much advance planning should I do? Is publishing strategy different for a series vs standalone titles? How can I get the most bang for my buck in marketing and promotion? Experienced series author Crystal Hunt will help you answer all these questions and more with this combination strategy manual and exercises that will get you applying what you've learned to your own series project. Whether you're a seasoned series author, or just starting to explore your options and thinking a series might be a good next step for you, this book can help you write and publish your series smarter from ideas through publication and promotion! This is the third book in the Creative Academy Guides for Writers series. Be sure to check out the rest of the guides for writers in this series. 1. Scrappy Rough Draft by Donna Barker 2. Build Better Characters by Eileen Cook 3. Strategic Series Author by Crystal Hunt 4. Create Story Conflict by Eileen Cook 5. Full Time Author by Eileen Cook and Crystal Hunt

The Christian Writer s Market Guide 2014

... 2005) Create Your Writer Platform: The Key to Building an Audience, Selling More Books, and Finding Success as an ... 2008) Get Known Before the Book Deal: Use Your Personal Strengths to Grow an Author Platform by Christina Katz ...

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Author: Jerry B. Jenkins

Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.

ISBN: 9781414390512

Category: Religion

Page: 400

View: 817

For more than 25 years, The Christian Writer’s Market Guide has been the most comprehensive and highly recommended resource available for Christian writers, agents, editors, publishers, publicists, and writing teachers. In addition to providing a wealth of tips and ideas for publishing in the Christian industry, The Christian Writer’s Market Guide also includes up-to-date information on hundreds of book publishers, periodicals, agents, conferences, contests, editorial services niche markets, self-publishing services, and more. This is the ultimate reference tool for the aspiring Christian writer.

The Christian Writer s Market Guide 2015 2016

... Success as an Author by Chuck Sambuchino (Writer's Digest Books, 2012) Get into Bed with Google by Jon Smith (The Infinite Ideas Company, 2008) Get Known Before the Book Deal: Use Your PersonalStrengths to Grow an Author Platform by ...

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Author: Jerry B. Jenkins

Publisher: Thomas Nelson

ISBN: 9781404103139

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 512

View: 230

For more than 25 years, The Christian Writer’s Market Guide has been the most comprehensive and highly recommended resource available for Christian writers, agents, editors, publishers, publicists, and writing teachers. Wherever an author is at on the spectrum of writing—from beginner to seasoned professional—this book will help them find what they are looking for. This is the must-have tool for getting noticed and published and the ultimate reference tool for the aspiring Christian writer. Detailed listings for more than 180 book publishers, subsidy publishers, and self-publishers Detailed listings for more than 170 periodicals by category with rates of pay Detailed listings for literary agencies, writing contests, conferences, workshops, editorial services, and writers’ groups Extensive information on electronic and print-on-demand publishing 100 bonus pages filled with a wealth of how-to information, ideas, and tips

How To Build Your Writer s Platform

Why You Should Build Your Writer's Platform The Uncomfortable Truth About Self-Publishing The Rights and Wrongs of ... Your Book Building Your Writer's Blog and Website Why You Need to Grow a Mailing List The End of the Beginning.

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Author: Geoff Hughes

Publisher: Madhouse Media Publishing

ISBN: 9780992571344

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 118

View: 870

Many writers now realise that they can self-publish, but few understand that to be successful they also need to self-market! The most effective way to market yourself as a writer is by creating a writer’s platform - website, blog, social media presence and a mailing list. But how do you do that? In “How to Build Your Writer's Platform”, Geoff Hughes walks the beginner through basic internet marketing techniques, to help a self-publishing writer build their brand, grow their audience and sell more books. The book steps you through building a simple platform using free marketing tools already available on the internet. Geoff Hughes is a writer, web designer and internet marketing professional who has worked on marketing campaigns for large business clients in Australia and South East Asia. Published by Madhouse Media Publishing.

Booked Up How to Write Publish and Promote a Book to Grow Your Business

Your. Book. Done. Action Plan for Writing Your Book Use the following chart. BOOKED UP! By Stephanie Chandler www. ... Book Manuscript Task Checklist Identify a target audience for your book. ... Develop your author platform.

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Author: Stephanie Chandler

Publisher: Authority Publishing

ISBN: 9781935953043

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 146

View: 785

It's no secret that writing a book is one of the quickest and most effective ways to establish yourself as an authority in you field. At the same time, one of the biggest myths in publishing is that authors can easily strike it rich from a $15 paperback. While this can happen to a lucky few who hit the best-seller lists, a better path to riches is one where you build your business around your book, leveraging your author status to gain valuable media exposure, increase your earnings potential, and develop new revenue streams. This comprehensive guide shows you how you can write and produce a book and ultimately expand your business to new heights. If you have been thinking about writing a book, or you have already authored a book and want to gain even more exposure online, you will find a treasure trove of information and resources in BOOKED UP! You will learn how to: Uncover dozens of revenue-generating strategies that you can create around your book.Write a book-even if you hate to write!Choose between self-publishing and traditional publishing, depending on your unique goals.Move forward with self-publishing, if that is the path you choose.Navigate the world of traditional publishing and land a book deal.Implement powerful internet marketing strategies to gain maximum visibility online.Leverage social media sites including Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn to build your audience and increase website traffic.An interview with a successful author follows each section in the book-authors who have built empires around one or more books. This is valuable real-world advice that you won't find anywhere else. Don't miss your chance to get BOOKED UP!

Strategies to Grow Your List

There is that phrase that people don't like to talk about - an author's platform. When I say an author's platform, what I'm meaning is all of the various places that you presence both on-line and off-line. Most people can figure out ...

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Author: Barb Drozdowich

Publisher: Barb Drozdowich

ISBN: 9781988821344

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 46

View: 530

Are you focused on attracting more interested readers to your mailing list? Take a holistic view of finding readers. Do you feel that the current expert advice on growing mailing lists falls short or seems to resemble an episode of ‘Hoarders.” Let Barb Drozdowich, multi-published author and technical trainer to authors help you take a more holistic view of the subject of mailing lists. Strategies to Grow Your List is book 1 of a 4-book box set – The Complete Mailing List Toolkit. Each book attacks a different facet of the subject of communicating with readers. In this book you will discover: - how to take a holistic view of attracting readers to join you - all the various places readers can find out about your mailing list - how to overcome the stumbling blocks in the way of readers joining you Strategies to Grow Your List will provide you with actionable items to step up your game. You will have a better understanding of how to attract more readers and move on to the next step of communication with readers and potential fans. Start on your journey to better understanding today!

The Complete Guide to Hiring a Literary Agent

If you are a nonfiction writer, especially, your ability to promote your book will be vital for acquiring an agent and a book deal. Chapter 3 outlines how to establish and grow your author platform and build credentials.

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Author: Laura Cross

Publisher: Atlantic Publishing Company

ISBN: 9781601384034

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 288

View: 928

A guide to the process of getting an agent to represent your book. Once you have found your literary agent, you will learn how to read contracts and accept offers, as well as what details your agent will take care of.

Where Do You Hang Your Hammock

Expert status in this area is a little harder to claim but no less legitimate. If you've written a book, chances are pretty good that you're an expert at something. Identify what that is, and use it to help grow your author platform, ...

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Author: Bella Mahaya Carter

Publisher: She Writes Press

ISBN: 9781647420666

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 352

View: 313

In Where Do You Hang Your Hammock? seasoned coach and author Bella Mahaya Carter shows writers how to use their present circumstances as stepping-stones to a successful and meaningful writing life, navigated from the inside out. It encourages writers and authors to rethink their ambitions (which may be fueled by the tyrannical demands of the ego) and trust in their heartfelt purpose and values in the journey to becoming, or continuing on, as authors. Many writers believe their self-sabotaging thoughts are trustworthy and true. They take rejection personally. They surmise that if they don’t achieve their goals they have failed, and lose sight of who they are and what matters most. This book is for writers looking for inspiration and for authors daunted by the publishing process, who might lack the requisite author platform to get published the way they dreamed, or whose careers may not be unfolding as expected. It aims to be the friend and trusted expert writers turn to when hijacked by their own thinking. Ultimately, it reminds authors that they are infinite creators.

Sarah Jane s Travel Memoirs Series Boxset

Book 3 is aimed at developing, adding to and using your amateur authorpreneur toolkit to launch and promote your first book or to help grow your author platform to assist with the marketing and promotion of already published titles.

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Author: Sarah Jane Butfield

Publisher: Rukia Publishing

ISBN:

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 490

View: 346

Glass Half Full: Our Australian Adventure Find out what it takes to keep the Glass Half Full, as challenging life events including grief, loss, PTSD and devastating floods, test this expat step-family to their limits. After enduring divorce and numerous child custody battles, Sarah Jane knew that a fresh start in Australia was their only chance of future happiness and that as a family they were making the right decisions. Living the Australian dream in Alice Springs was everything they hoped for until life-changing events started to test the foundations of this resilient family. Using every ounce of positivity they could muster they struggled on and just as they thought the worst was over Mother Nature intervened and washed away the roots to their new life during the Brisbane floods of 2011. This story lets you experience Australian life with an inspirational woman and her courageous family, as they struggle to survive challenging life events and keep their dreams alive. Life is never without its challenges, but how many life-changing events can one family endure before they reach breaking point? Find out in this heart wrenching and touching true story. Two Dogs and a Suitcase: Clueless in Charente Follows the French exploits of Sarah Jane and her family as they endeavour to rebuild their lives in another new country, after spending four and half years in Australia. The title says it all: literally what they have and where they are, but that's only part of the story. Their goal was to focus positively on the present and to start a new, optimistic chapter back in Europe nearer to the children, leaving the dark clouds of the challenges they faced in Australia as a distant memory. Share their experiences as they arrive in rural South West France portrayed through Sarah Jane’s reflections, thoughts and observations about her family and their new French lifestyle. Follow Sarah Jane’s tentative steps into a writing career as they start renovating a rustic cottage while managing the ups and downs of family life. Once again, Sarah Jane will make you laugh and cry as she endeavours to live life to the fullest with a generous helping of positive spin thrown in for good measure. Our Frugal Summer in Charente: An Expat’s Kitchen Garden Journal Meet Sarah Jane, a woman with a reputation for culinary catastrophe who tries to keep her family fed in challenging circumstances in rural France. Frugal living was not part of the plan when they arrived from Australia to undertake the renovation of a quaint cottage in the Charente. However, when life throws them a curve-ball the challenge was set. How would they survive in France with very little money and two Australian cattle dogs. The answer came in the form of 5 chickens, 4 ducks, a vegetable garden and hedgerow foraging! The frugal plan was to save money by any means possible, to enable any money they could earn to be invested into continuing the renovation of the cottage. In true ‘Good Life’ style Sarah Jane attacks this challenge head on by keeping some small livestock and converting a garden, that resembled a meadow, into a French ‘potager’ or kitchen garden.The French tradition of using produce from their ‘potagers’ is renowned for enabling families to create meals that are healthy, cost effective and simple. There are 31 recipes for a variety of food and drinks, included in a month by month account, of how they transformed a neglected garden into a frugal yet productive expat kitchen garden.