July Update 2018
(Image - Rachael's display at Wrose Library, 07/07/2018)
Happy almost August, loyal readers!
It's been a community focused, website designing, personal development (and melt in your writer's cave) kind of month, with lots happening and even more to come despite the super hot weather! Apologies that this update is a bit early; it's mostly due to the final days of July being packed with preparation for the Yorkshire Youth Market, which takes place on August 1st 2018. And I'm so excited!
If you're a regular visitor you may have noticed the gorgeous new design for erachaelhardcastle.com. This month I've switched to a clean white theme that's fast and easy to navigate (with plenty of photos!). I'd love to hear your thoughts and suggestions for this new layout - be sure to get in touch via my contact form.
On July 7th 2018, my team and I set up at Wrose Library, Shipley to celebrate the Wrose Carnival and support the wonderful work that the library's volunteers do every day. I met some awesome readers and aspiring writers, and I'd like to take this opportunity to say thank you for visiting us and supporting the library!
Photos from this event can be seen on my gallery if you'd like to check them out [HERE].
Successful Self-Publishing Diploma
(Image - Rachael holding her Successful Self-Publishing Certificate)
I'm always looking for ways to develop my knowledge and skills, and I love studying and learning new things. I'm a proud indie author, so when the Centre of Excellence advertised their Successful Self-Publishing Diploma course, I jumped at the opportunity to enroll. I was absolutely thrilled to pass their course with a distinction grade and three certificates to recognise my achievement. It was such a fun and interesting course to take and I can't wait to find and enroll in another.
As some of you may already know, I offer coaching and consultation sessions for aspiring writers and indie authors looking to learn more about their options and the process of self-publishing. To celebrate receiving my diploma, I'm offering 10% off when you book 5 sessions or more with me (was £20 p/hour, now £18 p/h) until the end of August 2018.
If you'd like to book a Skype or Google Hangouts call with me to discuss your publishing journey, please feel welcome to email me using the contact form on this website or visit me on [Facebook].
The Resurrection of Pandora
I'm on with the re-write of my Finding Pandora sequel, The Resurrection of Pandora, which includes the next four e-books (aka the next chunky paperback collection) of my YA high fantasy series. I've missed Arriette Monroe and the Recruit's adventures, and I'm loving being back into the re-writing and editing process. I'll be sure to keep you updated with the book's progress.
If you haven't yet read Finding Pandora and would like to check this out, you can find it [HERE].
I'm absolutely thrilled to announce I'll be representing Bradford, West Yorkshire at the Yorkshire Youth Market 2018 in Leeds Kirkgate Market on August 1st 2018 (10-4pm). We'll be celebrating Yorkshire Day by proudly wearing flat caps in an attempt to break a world record.
Young traders aged 16-30 from across Yorkshire will be displaying their products for a chance to be named Yorkshire's Young Trader of the Year, discussing their businesses and the benefits of markets with their community.
Follow this event on Twitter using #yoyoma2018 #marketsmatter @marketsmatter @leedsmarkets. You can also follow me [@erhardcastle] as I'll be re-tweeting and sharing my experiences throughout the event.
You can learn more about this event by tuning in to BCB Radio (Bradford, West Yorkshire, UK) at 1745 hours on Monday July 30th 2018, as I'll be chatting about the upcoming event and my bestselling fiction books. Click [this link] to listen live to BCB right now!
I'd love to meet you all - I'll be offering signed books, merchandise and giveaways all day. Please visit my booth and say hello if you're attending this fantastic event.
Thanks for reading my July update. I hope you have a fantastic weekend - enjoy the sun, stay safe, and be sure to let me know if you've read any good books lately!
E. Rachael Hardcastle