What Makes Us A Success?

black and white meMy apologies for the delay in this blog but I have been pondering something that I wanted to get right. I think I have finally got there… What makes us a success? Is it fame and world recognition? Seeing ourselves in the newspaper every other week? (Whether it is good or bad) I don’t think it is you see one of my favourite actors is highly regarded by those who know who he is yet to my knowledge has not been in a tabloid for ‘Bad Behaviour’. But then you see these actors and singers who end up in tabloids on almost a daily basis for something that doesn’t belong in the public eye. So how do they differ? I am sure they all make mistakes but how does one stay under the radar when the other ends up splashed as front page news?

I ask because I want the first life; the success without the tabloid sensation. I have so much respect for those who have achieved so much but have stayed humble enough to stay out of the ever pressing eye of the press. I have mentioned this actor before; Seth Green he has a remarkable track record of achievements and has worked with some incredible people.

Seth Green

Seth Green

In Family Guy he is even humble enough to have the piss taken out of himself, he regularly goes to ‘Comic Cons’ and connects with his fan base yet stays away from negative sensationalism. He has created his own TV show as well as working with some of the greats in the business with his weird and wacky creation ‘Robot Chicken’. There is a lot to admire here. Don’t get me wrong I am a fan of his work but this is not crazed ramblings I actually admire the work ethic; it seems to me that he treats it like any other job and lives as normally as he can which is why it is as good as it is. He doesn’t seem to be using it as a golden ticket to fame.

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Robot Chicken Season 4 DVD Cover

There are so many authors out there who do the same; they do it because they love the work not for the recognition. And these are the people who are usually a success in one form or another because they aren’t just throwing out any old rubbish and hoping it will sell, they take their time and make sure it is right before they release. It takes president over everything else; if it is worth doing it is worth doing properly so don’t be fooled into thinking that this is easy or it is just sat at a computer coming up with stories; there is so much more to it than that… You have to create people and worlds plotlines people can buy into and all without the help of actors to give it life. And that is the easy part; once that is done you have to trust someone enough to edit your work, and then you market it. You spend hours doing things you aren’t used to and having to sell not just your book but your credibility as a new author. Set up book signing and research where to go to get the best exposure. Find out who will be best to print your work, learn how to create an ebook and get your book on places like amazon…. You have to do all this and more before the book launches. It takes a lot; you need the passion there and the right motive to do it. Not everybody makes it. Some break big others make a decent living; but if you are passionate enough then you will never stop trying.

I suppose the point I am making is in every line of work where you face the possibility of ‘fame and fortune’ you run the risk of catching the bug and loosing the reason why you started in the first place. No matter what you do; don’t lose that drive, that passion. It is worth more than all the money in the world; it’s your dream.

 

As always guys and gals if you are interested in my work or just want to get in touch here is how;

facebook; www.facebook.com/AuthorLouisaMullerworth

Twitter; @BabyMull

Website; www.lmullerworth.wix.com/louisamullerworth

Blog; www.babymull.wordpress.com

Email; l.mullerworth@gmail.com

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Blog Tour, Book Trailers, Editing and Posh Coffee

ImageThis last couple of weeks has been a bit of an interesting ride. First we went to my cousin’s son’s Christening (to which he looked amazing in his Tweed suit!), then I managed to contract a sickness bug luckily it was only a twenty-four hour thing but at one point I swear I thought I was going to die! By the time it had passed and I could stand up without passing out it was a rush to get everything ready for this week’s Blog Tour which is being kindly hosted by five very incredible authors!

Day One was held By KENNETH BELLIVEAU on his Blog Reel World Critic;
http://reelworldcritic.tumblr.com/post/82685537742/louisa-mullerworth-dying-to-help-the-beginning-of-the

Day Two was held By SUSAN HARRIS on her Blog susanharris;
http://www.susanharris.ca/introducing-author-louisa-mullerworth/

Day Three has been held By HAYLEY BARLOW on her Blog hayleyb32;
http://hayleyb32.wordpress.com/2014/04/16/promotional-tour-for-the-up-and-coming-debut-novel-dying-to-help/

Day Four will be held by PENNY ESTELLE on her Blog (17/04/14)

And Day Five by ALINA POPESCU on her Blog (18/04/14)

 

As well as all this I have been doing some more marketing in the form of video trailers for the book… Which look like this;

They were done using a wonderful free site called ‘Animoto’ so long as you keep the clip 30 seconds or shorter you can do them for free! I highly recommend it; it is easy to use and very handy for making professional looking trailers which you can share on all media’s.

The other major thing which happened in the latest week was that I got in touch with an editor by the name of Patti Geesey, for those of you who don’t know her she is an incredible woman who has kindly offered to edit Dying To Help; the ENTIRE TRILOGY! I already love working with her as I know editing is hard work in itself but she is very kind and understanding. I know my work isn’t perfect first time out but she gives me a lot of confidence and everything she says she leaves you with a positive feeling. Not only is this but she also highly affordable (her rates changes with each author so it would be impossible to give you a figure but I would highly recommend you get in touch if you need/want an editor.)

And lastly if not one of the more important aspects of the week, I have finally got around to getting some fresh granules for my coffee percolator, proper posh as well; Hazelnut flavoured… Needless to say it has sent me a little hyper, not that it is noticeable or anything.

OK Guys and Gals if you want to get in touch or pre order your copy of Dying To Help; The Beginning Of The End… Here is how you do it;

Facebook; www.facebook.com/AuthorLouisaMullerworth
Twitter; @BabyMull
Website; www.lmullerworth.wix.com/louisamullerworth
Blog; www.babymull.wordpress.com
Email; l.mullerworth@gmail.com

Susan Harris

SusanforwebHi everyone I would like you to meet another fellow author, this is Susan Harris. She has a wonderful book out which I would like to share with you. I think she would better explain it herself so here is what she has written for it….

 

Looking to rejuvenate your mind, soul and body?

 

Hot off the digital press is Remarkably Ordinary: 20 Reflections on Living Intentionally Right Where You Are.

Like most people, Susan Harris lives an ordinary life. In Remarkably Ordinary, she challenges the notion that a person needs bright lights or golden spoons to live more productively. “Can we,” Susan asks, “find purpose in every experience, encounter or seemingly random happening?” In this compilation of twenty personal stories, Susan invites the reader to embrace everyday occurrences and intentionally reflect on their meaning in his or her life. These stories provide a way of seeing life’s experiences through new eyes and discovering the lessons that can be learned from them in order to find happiness right where you are. An ordinary life is a vibrant and successful life, and each of us can draw out beauty from whatever we encounter. Susan shares her ordinary life, from a childhood on an exotic tropical island to adulthood on the prairies, and reflects on how her experiences have changed her and enriched her life.

In sharing these experiences with her, you will be inspired to examine your own life.

When you do, you may find that your life can be deeper and more meaningful than you ever imagined.

The book retails for only US $0.99 (other prices pegged) during April 8-30, and is available at http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00JICVCQM  and Amazon in your country.

A bit about Susan;

Susan Harris is an author, speaker and former teacher. Her titles are Little Copper Pennies and Little Copper Pennies for Kids (Borealis Press), and Golden Apples in Silver Settings and Remarkably Ordinary from White Lily Press. She lives on the Canadian prairies with her husband, daughter and the gregarious cats.

If you should be interested in finding out more about Susan Harris and her book you can find her at;

http://susanharris.ca
https://www.facebook.com/SusanHarrisCanadianAuthor
https://twitter.com/SusanHarris20

https://authorcentral.amazon.com/gp/profile

The Importance Of Friends…

black and white meHello, I am struggling today; mainly because the topic I want to write about; how important friends and connections in the writing world are, is an extremely true and personal topic. Your friends are the ones who help you boost your awareness without having to be asked or asking for anything in return. They are so crucial to your success but beyond that they are the ones who love you enough to believe it is possible. So don’t ever take them for granted. You know what even that doesn’t give it justice… Hopefully as I go it will feel more and more like it does.
When I say friends are important in the industry and you are lucky enough to have or find these very incredible people I mean these are the people who have either done what you are trying to do or are doing it as well. You can help each other! Never underestimate the support someone can give you but also never underestimate the support you can give them.

Here are a couple of examples of what I mean….

Hayley Barlow (Author)
Hayley is a wonderful and strong woman who does so much herself; mother, self employed in two businesses and bless her heart not too well. By my accounts she is a superhero!

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Hayley Barlow

And to top all this off she is always running blogs, facebook events and helping someone… I try and help where I can but I don’t think I do her justice; so here is how you can find Hayley and please do she is a talented Romance author and a truly astonishing person!

 

 

 

‘Lust Or Love’ on Kindle/Paperback; http://www.amazon.co.uk/lust-love-Part-1-beginning-ebook/dp/B00IHQKL3U
TWITTER; @MUMMY2BB
Facebook; https://www.facebook.com/h.barlow32
Good Reads; https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7858281.H_Barlow
Blog; http://hayleyb32.wordpress.com/
Publisher’s Book Bio; http://www.npuniverse.com/books/lust-or-love/
Publisher’s Author Bio; http://www.npuniverse.com/authors/h-barlow/
Review By Alina Popescu (Author); http://alina-popescu.com/lust-or-love-by-hayley-barlow-blog-tour-review/

Shane Almond (Author/ Publisher);last child of asgard banner
Shane is not only a fabulous friend and fellow author but he also runs a Publishing Company named Nocturnal Press Publications. Up until I decided to go independent he was my publisher and he still supports and helps me with my marketing and I try and help out as much as I can in bringing awareness to the company. So if you love to read Fantasy then please do check out Shane’s own release ‘Last Child Of Asgard; Delta’ or if you love reading in any fiction genre NPP will no doubt have a book release you will love!Nocturnal Press Logo

Facebook ; https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Last-Child-of-Asgard/375635192463652
Publisher Bio; http://www.npuniverse.com/books/the-last-child-of-asgard-delta/
Facebook; https://www.facebook.com/NocturnalPressPublicationsLtd
Website; http://www.npuniverse.com/
Twitter; @nocturnalpress

I could just go on with lists of other people… There is one more I would like to make special note of, there is a review there by Alina Popescu, and she is another wonderful author. I would keep my eye on her and check out her releases! #Justsaying

These are the people who have been kind enough to help me and over time have become friends. They are wonderful and I thank each and everyone of them from the bottom of my heart. I will add more to the list as the week progress’s please do have a look.

Inspiration…

Hello again and firstly A MASSIVE THANK YOU to all the new followers on the blog, without any of you this exercise would be kind of pointless! So I always try and tell those who support me in one way or another; what an inspiration you are….

Speaking of inspirations that is what today’s blog is about; what and how things inspires us to do what we do in hope of… Well in all honesty inspiring others. Are you lost yet? I think I might be; simply put I want to share with you what it is that has given me the ‘Eureka’ moments, what influenced me when I was younger and even now. If you want to I would love to hear the same from you all in the comments (of course this is optional, no homework required of the readers of this blog I promise. But if you do want to share then feel free.)

Let’s start with the easy stuff; TV. For me TV played a big part of my childhood (I was kind of a sickly child) that and SKY was brand new (yeah I know ‘oooo’ and ‘Ahhh’). I was and still am terrified of children’s telly; I used to think it was just scary. What happened to the Moomins, or Clangers?? TeleTubies and these weird alien egg things which I only ever watched once because I was ill with a fever and terrified myself thinking they were coming out of the Television… And you thought I was joking about being sickly… (I have been told I was born in the wrong era, this may be true.) Anyway back on topic; after as much as I could stomach of the bizarre crazy that was badly speaking brightly coloured things I moved onto watching other things; Comedy, Science Fiction, Crime Drama, Romance, etc at a rather young age. (I personally blame my biological father’s extensive Video collection and lack of attention). Wow I just said Video there’s a throwback for you!

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MOOMINS!!!

Out of that came a list of all time favourites back in the day;
#Buffy The Vampire Slayer (I was just that cool)
#Star Trek (Voyager and Next Generation; I am sorry but it is Piccard and Jayne-Way all the way my lovelies!)
#StarGate SG1 (Film and TV Series; I later discovered SGU StarGate Universe)
#CSI (Vegas, I didn’t discover NCIS until I was much older)
#Only Fools And Horses (This was a must more than anything else.)
The Romance was more in films to be fair.

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Buffy Cast (Including Seth Green)

Really I watched most things that were on so long as it wasn’t for children, I also love Horror have done for many, many, many years but that was more films again. Of course now there is little difference to this list just a few added extras;
#Family Guy (I love this remarkable granted exaggerated view on family life, it helps me to unwind)
#American Dad (A lot is to be said for Stan Smith…)
#Bones (It is debateable as I usually don’t like watching Crime Fiction where the tech couldn’t exist but can’t knock Brennan and Booth)
#NCIS (Clever, witty and relatable… And I do love Gibbs and Abby)
#StarGate Universe (I cannot say enough about this programme, the actors, story, sets and seriously I could go on and on and on… Make this perfect I was in shock when they cancelled it. I still watch it now on DVD as an inspirational pointer.)
#The Black List (James Spader is just awesome in this… If I could I would have him play ‘The Host’ in ‘Dying To Help’)
#FireFly (One of the best Science Fiction series made in my opinion, just under/miss marketed)
#Castle (Another Nathan Fillion instant classic! You cannot knock a man who can act like that, from Sci Fi to Crime Drama is at his best. This is of course an opinion but heyho.)

 

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Castle Cast…

 

Ahh, yes FILMS; I watched #The Exorcist when I was very young and found it more amusing than scary but I was enthralled by it and wanted to watch more, so again the extensive collection of Video’s that later became DVD’s came into play. I watched #Seven and films like that, slowly becoming less and less aware of the blood and guts and more and more aware of the storytelling. The ideas behind them and of course I watched films like #Serenity which was the film made of #FireFly at the time I was confused as it follows on from the series and hadn’t yet discovered it. But I still loved it. Of course there were the Disney Films; #Little Mermaid, #Lion King, #Sleeping Beauty, #Fox And The Hound, etc (I wasn’t completely hooked on the darker or stranger side of cinema.) Oddly enough I was hooked and still am on #Pretty Woman, #Notting Hill I love the plots in both of them.

Even now I love finding new and interesting films and they shaped how I wrote, I started writing in Horror; after watching #Sixth Sense it was Paranormal Horror, #The Others. Then I discovered Sci Fi Horror; #Village Of The Dammed, #War Of The Worlds, #Alien (The Series), #Predator (The Series), #Mars Attacks (Which by the way is just too funny), #Signs. I loved them all; #Signs utterly creeped me out! #Jeepers Creepers (last one for you…) I have loads more but I could go on forever and a day. But as you can see my film and TV selections have moulded what I was going to write.

Now BOOKS; this is an interesting on as I read more Romance and Medical Thrillers such as #Notting Hell by Rachel Johnson, #Lust Or Love by Hayley Barlow, #Pedigree Mum by Fiona Gibson and the entire #Rizzoli and Isles series by Tess Gerritsen but the first book I picked up and red cover to cover in only a couple of days was #Contest by Matthew Riley and that is what turned me onto Science Fiction. If I am just half the writer he is I will be happy! At the moment I am reading a book called #Good Omens by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gainman, a suggestion by a friend and Sci Fi buff and I am loving it. It is; witty, clever, cheeky, and so smooth to read.

And on to the hard parts; The PEOPLE! My mum actually named me after an author, I think she knew before anyone else what I was destined to be. And she has always encouraged me, made me feel like it was possible. She still does. Crazy as me I swear… And Sid, I dabbled at this before I met him but it wasn’t until after that I really found my stride; he gives me the love and understanding every author needs from their spouse I will always love him but for this I could never say thank you enough. Famous People are more difficult but I would say Matthew Riley, he started with nothing and is now a household name; can’t not find inspiration in that. And Seth McFarlane; he is the creator of Family Guy and American Dad; like his work or not you cannot knock the man for his achievements! He had a vision and made it happen; he didn’t even let a little thing like having his show cancelled stand in the way of that one. Let’s see ah yes of course David Blue most commonly known for ‘Eli Wallace’ in SGU he worked in bit parts for a long time and earned the role of Eli to act with actors like Robert Carlyle and Louis Ferreira and completely hold his own is outstanding.

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David Blue As Eli Wallace

Wow just seen word count… Sorry… As I said before if you want to share your inspirations please do I would love to hear them. As always if you are interested in buying a copy of my book; “Dying To Help; The Beginning Of The End” then you can email me at l.mullerworth@gmail.com or visit my website www.lmullerworth.wix.com/louisamullerworth I am also on Twitter which is @BabyMull and now on Instagram; scifiauthor and of course facebook I look forward to seeing you all there!