Five days in

It’s been five days since the launch of my kindle scout campaign.
It’s been five days during which you, my supporters, have been voting for my novel Falling for Pink to help me reach my dreams of getting published.

If you are new and you don’t know what I’m talking about then go ahead and read my post from last week where I explained the situation.

If you do know what I’m talking about and you’ve voted for Falling for Pink up on kindle then allow me to say thank you. Thank you very much for all your support.
We’re still only in the beginning phase of my kindle scout campaign and already we’ve excelled past my expectation – I’m so curious to see what will happen during the rest of this month.

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This campaign is not about winning for me. Although if I win it would be awesome.
This campaign to me is about sharing my work and seeing how people respond. I wanted to see if there is a space for my writing in this world.
Well I got my answer.
It’s only been five days and so far Falling for Pink has been on Kindle scout’s hot and trending list for 16 hours. In fact it’s had 860 views so far.
I don’t know if this is a lot by most people’s standards but I’m ecstatic about it.
I’ve also received emails, blog followers, direct messages in twitter and more since launching.
So if ever the world was gathering to tell me that yes there is a space for my writing then I guess it’s now.

 

A professional writer is an amateur who didn’t quit – Richard Bach.

Right now I’m very hopeful for this campaign but even if I don’t end up winning, I will keep writing and keep trying to share my work – because there is no way I’m giving up before I reach my dreams.

 

So thank you very much for supporting me and my writing, it’s an honor to share this journey with you.

If I can ask one more favor from you though. Please share Falling for Pink and help me get more eyes on it. Vote for it if you haven’t yet because there is no way I’m reaching my dreams without you.

My Kindle scout campaign is launched

I’ve got news!

I was watching YouTube videos on my phone when a email notification popped up. When I opened it it spoke about Kindle Scout which I did not know was a thing (if you don’t know don’t worry I’ll tell you in a minute) and it highlighted how you can sign up for it.
It’s a great opportunity for writers to get a publishing contract with kindle so I signed up.  But now I need your help to succeed.

Kindle scout launch

First, what exactly is Kindle Scout?

Kindle Scout is an opportunity for writers to get a publishing contract from kindle (as already stated)
It works on a reader driven system which means that you the readers get to vote for your favorite books – and then they are considered for publication by kindle.
I got to upload the first couple of chapters from my novel onto kindle scout so now you can go read it. If you like it, you vote for it and increase my chances of getting chosen by Kindle.

 

To vote for me you can go through this link to find “Falling for Pink” and then click on the vote button beneath the excerpt.

 

What is falling for Pink about?

Well here’s my little blurb.

The monster in this story has pink hair and lots of anxiety.
Peggy McCarthy is a monster straight out of mythology.
Used to being hated and hunted she avoids people – or at least everyone except Benjamin, the boy who works in the coffee shop down the block.
When an accident strikes Benjamin gets hurt and Peggy is faced with a choice, either she stays with the boy who makes her happy or run away like her instincts tell her to.
But is she ready for the consequences of her decision?

By Benjamin’s side Peggy is invited to join his family for Christmas on the farm. It’s a warm South-African December in a big family house and very very different from what Peggy is used to.
By meeting his parents, sister, aunt and cousin – Peggy is forced to practice her social skills. She hopes that by doing so she can become someone worthy of the title girlfriend.
But will her being a monster effect the holiday?
With Benjamin’s aunt close to figuring out what she is and a mysterious person looking for her, it seems as if the holiday will come crashing down around her. But at least she has a little bit of time and she plans to make the most of it.

So picture a girl with bright pink hair clinging to the one person in the world who doesn’t make her feel like a monster, because that’s what Peggy is doing.
Despite the problems and the odds she and Benjamin start a relationship – and hold on to each other through it all.

 

Falling for Pink

Are you interested? I hope so since I loved writing it!

 

 

Your reward for voting

If you vote for me then you will receive an email at the end of the month to tell you if I’ve been chose to by published by kindle or not. If they do choose me you will get a free advanced reader copy (e-book) of Falling for Pink.

 

Now that I have all the details out of the way I want to ask you person to person to please go vote for “Falling for Pink” and support my career by doing so.

Vote for falling for pink.

Life Lesson #6

Be creative for you.

In a world set up for result we often forget that there are some things we can do without seeking validation through it. Creativity is one of those things you really should only be doing for you. So try to take a moment every now and then to be creative with no ulterior motive then to simply be creative.

It’s good for you and it’s something fun.

You’d be surprised how creativity can help you work through things you didn’t even know where bugging you. I call this the process of de-cluttering your soul. Being creative de-clutters your soul.

Life Lesson #15

Drink a glass of water the moment you wake up.

While sleeping your body goes 6 plus hours without being rehydrated and it’s bad for you. So start your day with a glass of water.

This works in your health’s favour and it wakes you up. It jumpstarts your metabolism which will get you ready for that breakfast you need to eat and it gives you a reason to get out of bed.

Life lesson #14

Go outside as often as possible.

Going outside is not the strong point of the people on earth right now – after all the WiFi is inside.

But going outside is actually good for you. It helps keep your head clear and I’m certain it’s good for your soul, even if all you’re doing is sitting outside for five minutes.

Go outside as much as possible. Breathe in the fresh air. Feel the sun on your face. Let grass tickle your feet.

 

Just take a moment to go outside everyday – as much as possible.

Life lesson #13

Sleeping in is not going to kill you.

I know a lot of people who push themselves until they have burn outs or panic attacks – because they fear either deadlines or judgement.

If this is you then my life lesson to you today is: one day of sleeping in is not going to be the end of your life.

If you’ve been working to 12 pm every night and then gotten up at 6am every morning then you are starving your body of the sleep it needs. One morning of sleeping in is probably good for you in this case. You need rest and missing a couple of hours from your day is not going to be the end of everything.

Sleep in and then forgive yourself for it.

Life lesson #12

When you are cold go put on a jacket and shoes.

 

This seems obvious advice but I want to point out that we as people have a tendency to ignore our needs. Especially if we think it’s minor.

My grandma gave me this advice actually. She says that the moment you feel cold you make sure you get warm again because otherwise you get sick – you don’t wait until you’re shivering and your nose is dripping snot.

I think this is great advice. Thank you grandma.