You are Good Enough!!

johannanield:

Maegan Provan writes passionately about a recent trend in women’s literature, and echoes my own misgivings about the portrayal of women in the more headline-grabbing romance novels of late.
Like Tricia Drammeh (see comments on original post), I was more concerned with the portrayal of women and relationships in the 50 Shades novels, and I’m heartened to know that I’m not alone in regarding the weak woman / strong man formula both insulting and dangerous.

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An increasingly disturbing trend is rippling through the literary world. It can be seen in both self published novels and traditionally published novels alike. It has the ability to change the way that people all over the world view themselves and others… and not for the better.

I can first remember hearing about “girl power” in the 90’s when the world was introduced to the Spice Girls. Of course, as early as the 1920’s, most of us alive today can recount when we first heard about women’s equality and why females deserve to be treated with respect as opposed to servants who are there for a good lay (trying to keep my cursing down for this post) and to cook a hot meal when the man commands it. Women’s liberation has been a force that’s gained a lot of forward momentum over the years. There are still a few bumps…

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Book blogs

Pile of BooksIt’s link-sharing time again, and for this update I’ve collected links to a variety of blogs about books.

They’re mostly review blogs, but it’s an eclectic little mix so hopefully there will be something for everyone – readers, writers, bloggers, and the mildly curious ;)

The taglines are the sites’ own, where applicable

The Guardian Books Blog
– self explanatory

The Book Geek
“a blog bringing you news and reviews on upcoming and recently released fiction”

Leafmarks
“a place where you can keep track of what you’ve read, review books, organize your books in shelves, express yourself openly and creatively, and engage in group discussions with other readers”

Story Cartel
“free books in exchange for your honest review”

The Book Blogger List
“site to help book bloggers find like-minded bloggers and help authors find book bloggers that might be interested in their book”

A Womans’ Wisdom
“a place to discover fabulous storytellers plus book reviews, life and humour”

Brainfluff
“curious corners of a writer’s cluttered mind”

LitChat
“a fun, fast, and friendly way for book-lovers to talk about books on Twitter” (it’s more than that!)

The Mad Reviewer
“reviews galore, mad rants, crazy posts and more!”

Morning Books and Coffee
“I am not in any way a professional reviewer I just happen to love books and like share my thoughts and share  good books and book related stuff with others”

Enjoy! Please share any good book blogs that you’ve found: I’m always on the look-out for more :)

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Social networking

I’m aware that blogs aren’t everyone’s cup of tea, so I thought I’d share some social network links so that you can follow me elsewhere.

Simply click on a logo and you’ll find me! Please come and say “hello” :)

@JohannaNield
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my Amazon Author page

my Amazon Author page

I also have three websites!
The first is my official site, the second and third are experimental.

official website

Official site

Tictail website

Tictail site

Wix website

Wix site

I’d very much welcome your opinion on all three – which you prefer and why – and any other comments you’d care to make.

 

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Tasha’s story – the next chapter

Thanks to an out-of-the-blue email proposition, I’m experimenting with a completely new way of writing. New for me, I mean.

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I’ve been working intermittently on books four and five for some time, jotting down bits and bobs as they occur to me, with only a vague outline for both. To be honest, book four’s outline doesn’t need much work because it was always intended to be Jamie’s story and I’ve known that all along, but plotting book five has been a challenge. I’ve been held back somewhat because part of me wants to leave the “New Beginnings” saga where it ends in book three, but the other part of me wants to know what happens next!

Now, thanks to the aforementioned email, book five is taking shape in an entirely new way and the plot appears to be going in another new direction. It’s all very exciting!

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My writing time is very limited these days due to work, studies, and other commitments, so I’ll be working on this new project  for quite a while before I’ll be in a position to share any specific information about it, but I’ll update on my progress and am happy to answer any questions if I can do so without giving too much away.

 

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girl shh image from drewsmarketingminute.com via Google

 

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books 4 beaches

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quote of the moment: from ‘New Beginnings’ by Johanna Nield

I absolutely adore and respect and idolise him. Yes, I lust after him too, but who wouldn’t?

I’m delighted to announce that an excerpt from “New Beginnings” is featured on the books 4 beaches blog today.

books 4 beaches is a no-hype zone, so you won’t find reviews or adverts and comments here. The idea is to let readers browse and peruse in a place where they’re not assailed by pleas to purchase. So read away–and enjoy!

Please take a look, and let me know what you think.

Hopefully, excerpts from my other books will be featured in the future.

 

 

Thank you to books4beaches for this sharing opportunity.

 

 

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Writing and Learning: websites to explore

wwwEvery now and then, I like to share links to websites that I’ve enjoyed in the hope that others will find something useful, informative, and / or entertaining. These are the sites that I’ve recently added to my bookmarks:

  • The WoMentoring Project

The WoMentoring Project exists to offer free mentoring by professional literary women to talented up and coming female writers who would otherwise find it difficult to access similar opportunities.

I’ve mentioned The WoMentoring Project before, and will simply reiterate here that their site is worthy of a regular visit and top-billing in your bookmarks.

 

  • The Creative Penn

resources to help you write, publish and market your book

Another excellent resource for independent authors: The Creative Penn

 

  • novelicious

Novelicious is a bright and passionate website dedicated to Women’s Fiction readers, writers and aspiring writers
Whatever your women’s fiction tastes, visit Novelicious for up to date news, reviews, exclusive author interviews, writing tips and competitions!

I’ve just discovered novelicious.com, thanks to a link on Twitter. It’s a great site, and well worth a regular visit. In today’s News section, for example, there’s an article about a forthcoming digital romance festival: HarperCollins to Host Digital Romance Festival

 

  • The Open University

As well as their main site, the Open University has several blogs, one of which is Open Media. The blog’s mission statement is as follows:

This blog will be discussing and presenting the innovations of the Open Media Unit (OMU), which are built on the foundations of the research led by the Institute of Education Technology (IET), the Knowledge Media Institute (KMi), and our academic units (faculties), in conjunction with our long standing partnerships with the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC), and our relationships with our third party channels (e.g. iTunes U and YouTube).
This blog will also be an opportunity to discover the emerging and changing landscape in pedagogy and technology, our position in response to these developments, and how we are working to drive these innovations forward into the public domain.
This blog will also be discussing our key findings about our relationship with informal learners and how we meet the needs of our social mission through our widening participation agenda.

Today’s entry is entitled Welcome to Facebook for Learning which introduces their Facebook page and app, both of which are portals to free learning.

 

  • FutureLearn

FutureLearn offers a diverse selection of free, high quality online courses from some of the world’s leading universities and other outstanding cultural institutions.

Free learning opportunities are also available via FutureLearn, a collaborative site offering a wide variety of online courses open to everyone.

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Whilst looking for something else among my bookmarks, I came across an online interview that was published on the Smashwords site last year, so I thought I’d share that here too since a little self-promotion can’t do any harm ;)
Author Interview: Johanna Nield

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FutureLearn: Start Writing Fiction

Developing a character

1. Character sketch
Tall, slim, 70s, high cheek bones, very attractive. Smartly dressed – camel coat, navy suit, both look expensive. Odd gloves! One red, one rainbow striped. No handbag – small purple purse retrieved from coat pocket. Grey hair, straight, shoulder-length. Lovely stylish haircut, but windswept and she doesn’t seem to mind. Very blue eyes, grey eyebrows. Dark red lipstick, no other makeup. Long hands, French polish. Lots of rings – large coloured stones, and two wedding rings? Fiddles with necklace a lot – flat round stones, multi-coloured – and with the earring on her left ear (small gold hoop). Loud voice, but I don’t think it’s deliberate – it carries well. Actress? Teacher? Very well-spoken. Ring leader of this group. Pushes her glasses to the top of her head to read. Glasses are frameless, with those bendy unbreakable arms. She likes to make people laugh. When she smiles, her lipstick bleeds a bit. Sips her tea, holding the cup in both hands with her elbows on the table. Cuts her sandwiches – already quartered – in half again before eating them very slowly. Uses the napkin a lot, but the lipstick stays where it is. 186

2. Adding details to the sketch
Around 5’ 10” tall, slim (size 12), 70s, high cheek bones, very attractive. Smartly dressed – calf-length camel coat, navy suit (jacket and trousers, well cut), both look expensive. Odd woollen gloves! One red, one rainbow striped. No handbag – small purple leather purse retrieved from coat pocket. Light grey hair, straight, shoulder-length. Lovely stylish haircut, but windswept and she doesn’t seem to mind. Very blue eyes, grey eyebrows. Dark red lipstick, no other makeup. Long hands, French polish. Lots of rings – large coloured stones, and two wedding rings? Fiddles with necklace a lot – flat round stones, multi-coloured – and with the earring on her left ear (small gold hoop). Loud voice, but I don’t think it’s deliberate – it carries well. Actress? Teacher? Very well-spoken. Ring leader of this group. Pushes her glasses to the top of her head to read. Glasses are frameless, with those bendy unbreakable arms. She likes to make people laugh. When she smiles, her lipstick bleeds a bit. Sips her tea, holding the cup in both hands with her elbows on the table. Cuts her sandwiches – already quartered – in half again before eating them very slowly. Uses the napkin a lot, but the lipstick stays where it is.
[I’ve elaborated on her height and clothes, but I can’t recall more details or add to those I’ve already recorded.]

3. Painting the picture
Four older women took their seats at two tables adjacent to mine. One was taller than her companions, dressed in a smart camel coat which she removed to reveal a trim navy trouser suit. Her grey shoulder-length hair was stylishly cut but windswept, and I’d noticed when they arrived that she’d been wearing one red glove and one striped one, which she’d stuffed into her coat pockets while waiting to be directed to a table.

She was clearly the ring-leader, guiding the others through the menu and offering her views on their choices with a firm, well-spoken voice that commanded attention above the buzz of the other customers. While her friends chatted quietly, this woman did not lower her voice and I was privy to her end of the group’s conversations for over half an hour. As we watched the parade pass the tea-room window, she pointed at a group of small children in the street, dressed as fairies.

“Oh look,“ she said, “babes in drag.”
The whole tea-room chuckled, and the woman smiled.

As I stood to leave, the woman reached out to touch my arm. Her long fingers were perfectly manicured, and I caught a glimpse of several large jewelled rings, and what looked like two wedding rings, before meeting her eyes. She smiled, her dark red lipstick bleeding slightly into the lines around her mouth.

“Enjoy the play”, she said, and it almost felt like a command. “It’s magnificent.”
She’d clearly overheard my telephone conversation to a friend, and didn’t mind letting me know. When she smiled again, I noticed the creases at the corner of her eyes, and felt like she was letting me in on a mischievous secret. I liked her.
“I will,” I assured her, and she smiled again, nodding.


 


Wondering why this is here?
I’m studying towards a degree in English Literature (Creative Writing pathway) and in between modules I’ve signed up for some free courses, courtesy of FutureLearn

My first course – Start Writing Fiction – is providing me with very valuable advice and techniques, and this week’s challenge has been to add more detail to a character sketch that was created last week.

I’m sharing both here because there’s a character limit on the FutureLearn site (understandably!), but I can add a link to my sketches here.

 

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Tips for the reluctant self-promotor

Given my aversion to self-promotion, as I confessed last month, I’m encouraged and inspired by this article, written by Emily Harstone for Authors Publish Magazine:

3 Ways To Promote Yourself As A Writer (Even When You Don’t Want To)

“Writing is something you do alone. It’s a profession for introverts who want to tell you a story but don’t want to make eye contact while doing it.”  ― John Green

As an introvert, a writer, and a very reluctant self-promoter, this quote has always struck me as being particularly profound. Not just because of what it says, but because of who said it….

Read the full article at Authors Publish Magazine

There are some excellent ideas there, which I think even I can manage ;)

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Original entry amended at the request of Authors Publish Magazine
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The WoMentoring Project

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Welcome to The WoMentoring Project 

 The WoMentoring Project exists to offer free mentoring by professional literary women to talented up and coming female writers who would otherwise find it difficult to access similar opportunities.

The mission of The WoMentoring Project is simple: to introduce successful literary women to other women writers at the beginning of their careers who would benefit from some insight, knowledge and support. The hope is that we’ll see new, talented and diverse female voices emerging as a result of time and guidance received from our mentors.

Read more about this wonderful project here

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When is a publisher not a publisher?

johannanield:

I’m reblogging this today because, seven months later, other authors are still being subjected to the same unscrupulous and unprofessional attitude that I highlighted in September.
As well as comments received on this blog, I’ve recently corresponded with three other authors who are too afraid to go public.
Please share and pass this on: hopefully those authors who are affected will be encouraged to make a stand for fair treatment.

P.S. Unsurprisingly, the ‘That Right’ website seems to have disappeared, just like several of its predecessors!

P.P.S. Searching for something else today, I came across this article which I urge everyone to read.

 

1 June 2014: the saga continues (password: timroux)

Originally posted on Johanna Nield:

“Education is when you read the fine print.
Experience is what you get if you don’t.”

Pete Seeger, folk musician.

I’ve learned from my mistakes.

  • I’ve learned that, if something looks a little bit too good to be true, then it most likely is too good to be true.
  • I’ve learned that contracts should always, always, always be checked out by a solicitor.
  • I’ve learned that contracts, no matter how clearly they’re written, can be interpreted differently by the parties involved.
  • I’ve learned that contracts can be completely ignored by some people, rendering them worthless.
  • I’ve learned that letting someone else publish your book via an internationally accessible self-publishing outlet, rather than doing it yourself, is not only stupid, but also a waste of time and money.

I’ve learned a lot in the last two years, and I’m very grateful to Night Publishing and their subsequent reincarnations for giving me…

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