I've been wanting to do a giveaway of my two new books, Life: Today (guided journal) and Colour Bliss: Kaleidoscopes (Colouring Book/Journal for Adults). So, when opportunities came up with the wonderful folks over at WOW! - Women on Writing and the Colouring Pages for Adults Australia/New Zealand Group on Facebook, I was excited to partner with them for my first books giveaway and colouring contest.
So, if you're interested to win a copy of #JournalingToday or #ColourBliss, head on over to the WOW! Women on Writin article that features an interview and the giveaway. It's currently up on their blog, The Muffin. Just make sure to get to the end of the article to see how you can enter the contest.
For the colouring contest, there are TWO (2) copies #ColourBliss up for grabs. All you need to do is be a member of the Colouring Pages for Adults Australia/New Zealand Group, download the free colouring page available for the group members, and submit your entry on or before the deadline on the 30th of October as designated by the admins of the group. One winner will be chosen by me (+ my little team :)) and the other winner will be chosen by the admin team from the group. The only thing is: This colouring contest is only open to people living in Australia or New Zealand.
And yes, no purchase necessary for the books giveaway or the colouring contest.
And tell your friends and family all about it!
Good luck! 🙂Read More
Now, they're both available on Amazon, Book Depository, Fishpond, Indigo, Booktopia, Kinokinuya, and many other good bookstores. Learn more here.
And, even though I haven't had the chance to blog about them here until now, I have been working on promoting the books and filling in early orders for them, whenever possible.
Not an easy feat, of course. Especially since my client work at Vervely.com has been back in full swing too. And, I've also recently started working with a new client.
All good challenges to have, though! 🙂
If you're one of the people who have already bought one (or both!) of my books - thank you, thank you, thank you! I really appreciate the support that you've given. This book creation and publication process has been a series of ups and downs. I love the feeling of having something to offer. My books are somewhat a part of me and it's wonderful to be able to advocate for things that I really believe in and enjoy doing - journaling and creativity. But, at the same time, I have to admit that it's terrifying. Even though I've been 'out there' for some time now -
I felt the fear a lot more this time around. It seems strange, but it's true. I don't think I've ever felt this vulnerable. But, they do say that if you're not afraid enough, then your dream isn't big enough. So, I must be dreaming BIG TIME right now. 😉 That's why I'm grateful to everyone who has given their support by purchasing the books and/or sharing the information with their friends/colleagues/families. It is certainly making this whole experience a lot less terrifying. And so, so worthwhile.
Now, where to from here?
I've got a few more things lined up about these two books in the next couple of weeks. I'm sure I'll be blogging again about them soon enough. Then, I'll begin working on new side projects. Yes, including new books!
Do watch this space for announcements and updates.
Oh, and before I forget, I've done two interviews regarding these books. See: Celebrating all the todays in life and the simple art of journaling by MBN Editor in Chief (Myanmar Business News) and A writing and art inspired life by Bambi Manlulo (The Filipino Australian).
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Yes. Remember that post when I said that my book, Today: Life guided journal is about to be available? Well, a few days ago, I received my very own copy in the flesh -
Needless to say, I was sooo excited. It almost felt surreal.
And now, the next step has happened: It's now available for purchase! At least, on Amazon for now.
I'm still waiting to hear where else it would end up in. But, for now, I'm really glad that it's actually out there.
Also, I've started developing free printables for the journal. The first one is now available at Paper Boat Publishing's website.
For those who don't use Amazon, I'll keep you posted on where else you can purchase the journal when it's ready. You can also try and order it through your local bookstores, so that they can order from Paper Boat Publishing's distributor.
If you're based in Australia, I'll be making a limited number available directly from me shortly. I'll share the sales page as soon as possible.
Oh, and yes, after I received my own copy of the journal, I decided to do my very first time lapse video showing the internal pages of the journal and some ideas on how to use it.
Not a perfect video, but I'm glad I've finally given time lapse a go. It was all created using mobile devices. Including the music which was digitally composed by my own 11-year-old son on a tablet. Both my kids are thrilled to be taking part in this whole publishing journey and it's really amazing to be sharing this with them - and with you.
If you end up with your very own Today:Life guided journal, I look forward to hearing from you. I'd love to know how you're using it!
P.S. - The holidays are just around the corner. Journals make great presents, especially for the coming new year. 😉Read More
It has been a long-time dream: Writing and publishing books.
I've managed to do it once so far. A children's book published back in 2000 by a small publisher in Singapore. 15 years ago. It was exciting to find a book I've written on the shelves of a shop!
However, that feat has not been repeated since. Even though it's something that I've been telling myself that I wish to do.
Year after year, I say: This is it. This is when I'm finally going to make it happen.
But, so many other things kept coming up on the top of my list and the writing/publishing thing kept getting buried way down.
Not this year.
This year, somehow, it has all come together.
My regular "Let's click on this link and see what happens" thing took me to a place where I finally ended up getting the necessary kick-in-the-butt to move some of these dreams along.
That design course I did a few months ago? Came in handy.
My usual July 'down time' from Vervely.com? This is one of the things that filled my days, nights, and weekends. This, plus a couple of other projects.
Yes, Today Guided Journals is one of my 'passion projects'. This Life Edition journal is all about being able to journal the day-to-day life in fun, creative ways. It contains journal writing prompts, quotes, and journaling tips to inspire even busy and uninspired folks.
It will be published by Paper Boat Publishing, my new independent publishing company. It should be available in various good bookshops worldwide in the next few weeks. I'm hoping to do a giveaway one of these days. So, watch this space for updates.
Also, for those wanting to watch this on social, you can also track the hashtag #JournalingToday .
Looking for review copies? Please check Paper Boat Publishing's review copies guidelines. If you think you fit the bill, please fill out the form and/or contact me with your details. I will only have a limited number of review copies to give, so requests will be reviewed and prioritised accordingly.Read More
It's SALA Festival season in Adelaide! For all of August, there will be several South Australian Living Artists exhibits and events happening all around the state. And, this year, I am taking part!
Through my local art studio, Splashout Art Studios, I am showing one of my paintings through one of the Splashout on Cotto events happening in Adelaide. In fact, the good folks at Splashout chose my painting to be featured in all of the studio's posters and marketing materials (pictured above).
The title of the painting is 'Morning Tea', and it's acrylics on gallery wrap canvas. Currently priced at AU$150. It's one of over 30 paintings being exhibited during SALA at various Splashout venues.
My painting will be shown at Cotto Espresso in Hyde Park. There will be other paintings from various Splashout artists in the same venue, as well as other Cotto Espresso venues. I believe Splashout is also showing some work in the Splashout gallery in Brighton. So, if you're in the Adelaide area, do drop by and check out the exhibits.
Apart from my painting being shown at Splashout on Cotto, I am also part of the Open Studio event happening at Marino. I'll be painting 'live' with the Splashout Team next Sunday, 9 August, from 1 to 5pm. If you're near the area, please come and visit the studio. There will be drinks and nibbles available, and a really fun party atmosphere in a beautiful location.
I'm really excited about all of these, as it has been a while since I took part in SALA. Probably close to a decade ago. It was the first and last time that I joined the festival as an artist (not just a spectator/supporter). So, it's really great that I am able to take part again this year finally. Can't wait to share more stories from the exhibit and open day!