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Book-ish Things

Happy to report that things are going quite nicely since the book launch. But being a self-published author does have challenges, and those include spreading the word and trying to create an interest in buying and reading it.

It’s quite delightful when I discover that someone has read the book and given it a sparkling review. And another wonderful bonus is having fellow authors who help to publicise my book on their own websites.

Today I would like to thank Kim Petyt, a Parisian wedding planner who publishes a PaperLi online journal called le monde according to kim petyt. Thank you, Kim!

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Back to work I go. I’m doing the first revisions of the NEXT book in the series. Back soon!

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NEW Book – Gifts Of Ash And Sorrow by Deborah Harmes – Available NOW!

I am thrilled to announce that my latest book, Gifts of Ash and Sorrow, is now available in both PRINT and E-Book versions. This is the FIRST of 3 books in a trilogy titled The Closet Mystic.

If you are in the USA — simply click on either the image of the PRINT book or the E-BOOK and it will take you straight to the Amazon page for that version of the book.

Gifts of Ash and Sorrow - COVER of Print Edition

Gifts of Ash and Sorrow — COVER of Print Edition

Gifts of Ash and Sorrow - COVER Ebook Edition

Gifts of Ash and Sorrow — COVER of E-book edition

If you are in the UK — you will find both versions of the books listed at Amazon.co.uk

If you are in CANADA — you will find both versions of the books listed at Amazon.ca

If you are in FRANCE — you will find both versions of the books listed at Amazon.fr

If you are in AUSTRALIA — you will find the EBOOK listed at Amazon.com.au
For now, the PRINT version for any Australian buyers will need to be ordered from either the USA (click HERE) or from the UK (click here). It’s unfortunate that the Amazon site in Australia is not as comprehensive as those in the USA or Australia, but I have no control over that particular aspect of distribution.

I have authorised global distribution, so you will also be able to find these books in any other country that has an Amazon presence.

ENJOY! And keep watching — the 2nd book in this trilogy should be completed rather soon-ish.

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Growing The Group

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A very quick note today…

Time for some growth!

I’ve added a SUBSCRIBE form to the side column — and that enables you to receive a very quick email whenever I have posted new content.

Whether you are using a computer, a tablet, or a mobile device — please do sign up so that you can stay up to date on where we are and what we are up to.

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Adaptation

A detail of a startled man holding his head in his hands on one of the side arches of the medieval Marktkirche in Hannover, Germany.

A detail of a startled man holding his head in his hands on one of the side arches of the medieval Marktkirche in Hannover, Germany.

Advice from friends who are experienced writers/bloggers/journalists is usually quite welcome — but the ‘Oh no!’ image above reflects a dilemma that I’ve been dealing with. Before we strike off into the world again, I’m taking a bit of a stand about adapting what will be on this site. Here’s why.

In the past, it seemed easy to just classify this as a travel blog and it led to some good writing and photography assignments since I used it as a showcase. BUT, the advice to just leave this site in that one category never really sat well with me.

From this point on, I am going back to the original idea for this site and that will include several of my own eclectic interests alongside more mainstream topics. You’ll be seeing a mix of articles ranging from photo essays and stand-alone photo of the day posts, travel articles that are sprinkled with photos, updates about our progress, occasional whinging about whatever is an obstacle to overcome, and sometimes the content is going to be topical social commentary, historical research, political reflections, and more.

I feel strongly that since the world is shifting so rapidly, it’s important for me to go back to longer journalistic articles that give a real feel for places or which inform the readers of the current ‘vibe’ versus the tourism office public relations spiel. If people are trying to decide between travelling in or relocating to Country A or Country B — wouldn’t they rather have accurate boots-on-the-ground reporting about what’s unfolding in that place and perhaps some history about what the forces are that are creating these changes?

This site has never been monetised with promotional tours or free hotel stays or anything else of any monetary value. If they had been, I would have made a note of disclaimer and that rule will also apply in the future.

I’d like to feel comfortable doing long-form essays, op-ed pieces, or outright critiques about places, people, and situations without feeling like I have to take the Ebay feedback approach of always saying something nice so that I get good reciprocal feedback. When it applies to real world issues, that’s not a helpful or truthful approach.

So come along for the ride as we finish this house in the next few weeks, sell it (send us some positive vibes!), pack, and head overseas to old fave places that make our hearts sing and new places that we’ll be both working in and exploring as future settling-down options.

We’re certainly never going to get into a boring rut if we live like this for the rest of our lives, eh?

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Scaling Up and Going Grander

 

I’m scaling up size wise and going grander with the number of photos included. As a result, the next book will be a bigger and more expensive book. Print books can still be produced quite inexpensively but that is certainly NOT the case for colour photo print books unfortunately!

The book that I am currently editing is evolving into a much larger project than anticipated and I’ve made a few key decisions. As a result, it may or may not be ready for publication prior to Christmas. I’m hoping to be done by the end of this week, but if it ends up being a better product by waiting until after Christmas — then January it is!

The topic this time is France. I had planned to do three regional books on the North of France, the Midi-Pyrenees, and Paris. Now they’re going to all go into ONE LARGE book that has clearly defined sections. And I’ll be offering the print versions in 2 sizes — the small square size that I have used for the previous 3 books and a larger one (shape to be determined). There will of course be ebook formats for various types of tablets/e-readers/computers.

I recently became aware that I had over 18,000 images of France alone in my hard drive. Only a tiny percentage of them will make it into one of my books, but many will instead be placed into more travel articles or lodged with whatever agency I actually do continue to work with. And at some point in the future I plan to offer direct sales of prints. One step at a time though…

Interesting dilemma, eh? Far better to have too much to work with than too little. And for now, here’s one pic that didn’t go into the book. Enjoy!

 

Walking through the medieval walled city portion of Boulogne-sur-Mer in the Pas-de-Calais region of northern France.

Walking through the medieval walled city portion of Boulogne-sur-Mer in the Pas-de-Calais region of northern France.


 

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So After All Of That Silence…

I’m in the middle of editing a 4th new book and I’m alternating between wired (and no, I am not drinking too much coffee) and Supreme Space Cadet.

Note to self #1 — multi-tasking is NOT always an option! (when feeling as scatty as a cat, trying to do 3 things at once is doomed to failure)

Note to self #2 — make certain that you click on SAVE DRAFT and not allow your finger to slide up to Hootsuite because you aren’t paying adequate attention whilst writing this very blog post. (sigh!)

Note to self #3 — pay attention when Darling Husband suggests that you NOT leave sharp knives in the bottom of the sink full of dishes. Ouch! However, the good news is that the kitchen is kinda-sorta clean again. (grumble-grumble!)

Seriously, I must be feeling better because my output this week work-wise has been beyond wonderful. I will be announcing a 3rd book this week (this time a bit more travel/architectural) and there is another one being edited and facts-checked today. Just call me the 7-days-a-week gal!

ALSO, I plan to address the e-book issue of what to do if you do NOT have an iPad since my ebook is only online in the Apple iPad format. I’ll be setting up a page for you to purchase the book in a PDF version which will work on ANY tablet and also work as an ebook on ANY computer. Cool, eh?

All for now — back to work. But here’s a wee teaser of what’s coming up!

 

"To Trains" sign in an Art Deco station built in the 1930s

“To Trains” sign in an Art Deco station built in the 1930s


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Momentum In Melbourne

For the last several months, I have been p-a-t-i-e-n-t-l-y (for the most part!) breathing deeply through all of the pre-launch-date stages of presenting some NEW BOOKS to the world. These are the first of a series that I’ll be producing and I will be offering them in both print versions and ebook versions. Also, you’ll have a choice of two types of hardback version or the equally groovy paperback version. And for those of you who just love your iPad, I’ll be creating a downloadable ebook version, too!

In the meantime, in addition to actually creating even more books, I am setting up new pages or sections on Facebook and Twitter and Instagram and Pinterest because if you don’t NETWORK like crazy, you aren’t ‘with it’ in the greater scheme of independent marketing. And all of that set-up takes time, too. Thank heavens I have thousands of images to draw upon from our years overseas.

Now — wasn’t that worth waiting for? I’m practically dancing in my chair as I type!

So — here we go…

Do you have older family members who were in Europe during World War II? Parents or grandparents perhaps? Are you a military buff? Are you simply curious about that time period? Then the first of my new books, Echoes Of Place: The Haunting Energy of War in Battlefield France, is for you.

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Click On Links Below To Order

Echoes Of Place in PRINT

Echoes Of Place in EBOOK

Come back soon for the launch of another book (and another, and another…).

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