New challenges

May 8, 2011

Every time a new venture is undertaken, new challenges will arise. It is important to face these challenges head on to maximise the opportunities out there.

Publishing a book using the new electronic formats that are available (in our case, ‘Kindle’) can be straightforward. It took no more than half an hour to take a word document and place it as an e-book on a multinational retail sales platform. FANTASTIC!

But that was the easy bit.

What follows is where the real work starts.

If you are reading this post, on the FaB Writer Blog, then you are already aware of how we are now creating multiple information points that all link together. These include individual web pages, Twitter feeds, additional Blog pages and social networking links.

And these challenges will continue to expand. We will be pursuing an active SEO (search engine optimistion) program to raise the profile of all our interlinked projects. Not only do we use these methods to promote our own work, we also provide support articles and progress reports so that you can understand what it is that we are doing, and apply these methods to your own unique projects.

-There is a huge amount of information available on the internet. There are thousands of websites that promise you the world in terms of rewards for your new web venture.

Most of these sites are sales oriented or expect something from you in return. There’s nothing wrong with that at all. But it is easy to become confused by so many conflicting claims.

We are looking at this slightly differently.

Yes, there is something you can buy from us. A book.

Do you have to?

No… although it would be nice!

The book is not a sales book to make you millions, it is a piece of fiction purely for your personal enjoyment.

But our journey to take this product from an idea into a product and then into a web-based marketing and sales exercise is going to provide you with multiple information resources for you to follow – not just from us, but also linking you to online resources that we use and refer to.

We know that this journey will have highs and lows. That’s life!

But the journey will be an adventure… and we hope you enjoy it as much as we will.



A useful resource with a great style – check out Ana Hoffman on traffic generation

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Finer food for the sheer pleasure of it!

May 1, 2011

It’s not all work. Sometimes there has to be time to enjoy some of the finer things in life. And it doesn’t have to cost a fortune. I’m a great one for keeping my eye open for bargains. Tonights treat will be dinner, including a sparkling rose wine for under £10.

We’re going to have ‘Carrot and Rhubarb Soup’ to start – free to us as we grew what we needed.

The main course will be Seared Queen Scallops with Black Pudding dressed with Baby Leaves and a Smoked Garlic Foam (or ecume).

I don’t cook like this all the time, nor do I eat like this all the time either. But every now and then it’s important to give yourself a little reward. For me, food is a great way to achieve this. I get to both make the ‘reward’ and then share it with the ones I love.

As a writer it is easy to consider that all your creative juices have to be soaked up by the main event… i.e. writing. I think this is a mistake. I think being creative in any other activity can surely only be a good thing. A way of charging up the batteries. I know that if I am writing and finding myself struggling with a particular piece, I will often go and concentrate on something completely different for a while and let my subconscious tussle with the problems.

For me, cooking is something that will give me that break, but also allow me to practise a different creative pursuit that I very much enjoy (as my waistline will testify to!). The two activities are not in any way related, because I am not a food writer, but the disciplines and focus required can be very similar.

In any activity that we pursue, I think there are certain important attitudes to bring with us… I think we should always have to try to do things to the best of our abilities. But that allows us to do something quite averagely, but do it with the right mindset. I also think that we should allow ourselves to enjoy things as much as we possibly can. I know that a perfectly good distraction to a writing problem would be to go and dig a big, deep hole in the garden, but I don’t particularly enjoy digging so why would I. I do, however, enjoy cooking as a hobby, so as a distraction, it provides me with the perfect outlet.

So I’m going to go now and make a start on the smoked garlic reduaction for my ecume… wish me luck, because I’ve never done it before… but that’s half the fun, didn’t you know!



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Publishing progress and problems

April 29, 2011

I don’t consider myself to be an overly impatient person. I don’t think that, as a writer, it serves much purpose. But the sheer scale of the task that lies ahead is made all the more frustrating by the fact there appears to be a delay factored into every single aspect of taking forward an electronic publication.

I am partly challenged by my technical limitations. There are such vast resources accessible via the internet that I barely know where to start. I am putting feelers out into the worlds of other Bloggers and waiting for any response. I am also starting to put out similar threads in forums and waiting for there to be results from that. But it is definitely a laborious process and one that I am going to have to refine if I am going to be able to make significant progress towards a successful outcome to this latest publishing adventure.

The final hiccup to the smooth progress of this process is that it is not an entirely solitary affair. I am reliant upon the favours of others for certain aspects of this process, and as these are favours, there is a limit as to how hard I can push. I am also fully aware of how much other stuff people have to get on with in their lives… but I find my ego and vanity starting to twitch when something doesn’t happen almost instantaneously.

A favour should be gratefully accepted with no preconditions so I am just going to have to quell my own personal grumbles as being a sign that maybe I’m not as patient as I thought I was.

I think that the balance is there to be found. Hard work and perseverence on my part, obviously some good fortune thrown into the mix, and the support and friendship of others is what will see this project come to fruition, so we shall take it one step at a time!



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Prevarication and other timewasting strategies

April 24, 2011

I’m actually writing this as a way of avoiding doing a number of other significantly more important activities.

I should be writing something more creatively impactful. It’s not like there is a shortage of projects that I haven’t got to complete.

And if I have opted for the non-writing alternatives, there are any number of pressing jobs that require my attention.

But I find myself drawn to this task as it allows me to slightly kid myself that I am actually doing something worthwhile.

Surely this type of activity is at the centre of the online profile creation and awareness expanding plan. Blogging, Twittering, Facebooking… any other form of networking. Forum hunting, commenting, tagging, reviewing… all important stuff allegedly.

So why is it that I feel that all I’m doing is putting of doing the important work til later… because this is so much easier. If anyone knows the answer, please let me know.

Is the presence of this blog and it’s content enough of a justification for the time invested in it or would the ‘creative juices’ be better served by working on the actual stories themselves. Or, is it just the case that in the new world order of writing and publishing, we have to be able to do all of these things as the only useful survival strategy.

Is the question now one of time management, rather than thinking that the internet is the ’emperor of all prevarication’.

I’ll maybe let you know in a couple of hours time when I’ll either still be noodling around online, or actually engaged in a slightly more practical and useful activity.



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Future of writing

April 23, 2011

Enjoyed the sunshine with some wine and a good book.

Booklife – by Jeff Vandermeer

Food for thought about what the future of writing and publishing might be in the ever changing technological world that we are all trying to compete in.

I suppose what the most interesting thing is that we really can only surmise what is going to happen, because the changes to publishing that have occured in the recent future have opened up massive opportunities. Whether these opportunities can be exploited successfully remains to be seen, but just the sheer scale of the Kindle publishing adventure (amongst others) is such a change to what was available just a couple of short years ago.

I think it’s going to be a challenge to actually make an impact in these new forums, because the competition will be so much greater, but then, that’s half the fun, isn’t it.

I’ll be telling my tale of this adventure over the coming months and am looking forward to seeing how it will all play out.



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