Aaronovitch Reveals New Title and Cover

Exactly as the title says.No details yet of what the story will entail but it seems Peter Grant is leaving London behind and aliens have something to do with the two missing children. Entitled Foxglove Summer, have a look at the cover here:

 

 

What do people think? Anyone any ideas what the story is about from the cover? Plus, why does the idea of Peter Grant in the countryside make me think this is going to be rather comedic?!

Some Other Social Media Sites

I can only comment about Google+, Tumblr, YouTube and LinkedIn as they are the only ones I use. I might get more views if I used FaceBook and Twitter granted but I have personal reasons for not using those.
Google+ can be somewhat quiet but I find that if I share my blog posts with the right circles and put the occasional hash tag to make sure it appears in searches, I can get quite a few views from it.
I agree that Tumblr tends to be very visual and it is why I will always try to put a picture on a post if possible. I find though that tagging posts with as many appropriate tags as I can really helps posts to be found and to encourage people to read them. Find the right fandom on Tumblr and it will generate a view or two every day.
I have a YouTube (well, I have to have one since I have a Google+ account!) and admittedly, I do not post many videos on there. Mostly because I just don’t have the skills necessary to make and edit them. I did do a couple of vlogs for Camp NaNoWriMo a few years ago but I just was not disciplined enough to continue with it. Maybe I should try to do more…
Lastly but by no means least is LinkedIn. Since I have so few connections on there, maybe it’s no wonder it generates the least amount of views possible. I keep posting my posts there to try and keep it alive in the hopes that it will help me towards getting a job. Could be wishful thinking. I have noticed however that LinkedIn does report that at least one of my connections is looking and reading my posts so there could be something happening there that I am not aware of.

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There are many other social media sites.  I went into detail with the ones I use the most often.  Several I simply connect to my blog and leave it at that.  Here are a few more that you might want to play around with.

Pinterest

I do use Pinterest a lot more than the rest of this list, but I’ve never really done more than the basics.  It’s great for visual artists.  Authors can play around with it, but it’s really about the pictures.  You can ‘Pin’ books directly from their Amazon page, which makes the ‘Pin’ a doorway to the page.  It can help other authors to ‘Pin’ their books and make an album for eBooks.  Take some time to wander Pinterest and ‘Repin’ things that you like and build up a few boards.  The truth is that you can utilize this social media site…

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The writing bag

In a way, I do have a writing bag. A lot of my writing files are digital and either reside on my laptop or on external hard drives and USB sticks but copies of my university dissertation novella are in folders along with pens in a canvas library bag.
This is definitely an excellent idea though if you don’t necessarily do your writing at home or are lucky enough to be able to write at work. What do people think? Would you keep a writing bag packed like Diane or is it something you would do if you could?

Tales From Baggins Bottom

A while ago I mentioned that I have a writing bag. At the time a few people asked for more information, but I’ve been a bit busy moving house, moving office, getting on top of work. So I’ve not had chance to organise the bag properly.

However, on Wednesday, when I took the car in for its MOT, I packed an up-to-date writing bag so that I wasn’t carrying unnecessary stuff.

And here it is:

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It’s a little out of focus, but I think you get the picture.

The bag itself is a Penguin book bag I think I bought from the book shop at Sheffield Hallam University not long after I moved to Yorkshire.

The purple A4 folder on the bottom has all of my 2nd and 3rd short-WiP drafts in. The 2nd drafts are in a sprial bound A4 notebook; the 3rd drafts are typed. All are awaiting…

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Millie Rose Appeal

Can anyone donate anything to help this beautiful little girl?

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There is a little girl aged two who lives near me in Lancashire. Her name is Millie Rose Heaton and she is desperately ill with Neuroblastoma. Her family is frantically trying to raise the £250,000 needed for treatment in Germany. Millie Rose was initially given the all clear in February after twelve months of intensive chemotherapy and other vital treatments. However the cancer returned in March and there is no further treatment available in the UK for patients who are in relapse. It would be wonderful if we bloggers could help her and her family. The following Url is Millie Rose’s Appeal and the place you should viit to find out more.

http://www.justgiving.com/millieroseappeal

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Blogging: Headquarters of the Indie Author

Excellent advice here for bloggers of all kinds.

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I only know about WordPress, so people from other mediums can share their thoughts in the comments.

This is the heavy hitter of Social Media Marketing because it is your realm.  Facebook always has that sense of someone else being in charge.  Twitter is limited to 140 characters, which forces some ridiculous shorthand.  Tumblr, Pinterest, Linked In, Google +, and all of their ilk are rather limited in getting your word out when they’re compared to blogging.  It is here that you speak of your books, dreams, life, thoughts, and whatever you feel like chatting about.  When people visit or comment, it is them coming to your little corner of the Internet.

Aside from being in ultimate control of content and delivery here, there are two other big boons.  One is that you can connect to other authors an interact through blogging.  It’s easier than Twitter…

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Secrets of the Dragons clip

Time Warner Cable over on YouTube have posted a new clip for the next How To Train Your Dragon film.

This clip has little new material that we haven’t already seen from the trailers but naturally, if you are wanting to go to into the film blind, do not read on or watch the clip!

The new clip sees Valka, Hiccup’s mother, and Hiccup bonding and discovering they are very much a like whilst Cloud Jumper and Toothless act adorably in the snow. Watch it here:

How To Train Your Dragon 2 is due out July 4th here in the UK and June 13th in the US.