Friday, 16 December 2011

Why e-books Part Two - Variety of choice with Just Us Two and others

I was chuffed this week to see the Lifelong Learning Personal Effectiveness Guides in the Apple iTunes book store. After all the formatting hoops I talked about last week there is still no guarantee that Apple will include the titles shipped (submitted). Today I saw that Chasing Rainbows:with Just Us Two has landed on the e-book shelves at Apple iTunes book store. I am feeling a real sense of satisfaction. It was a difficult call and one we deliberated over for a while.

Chasing Rainbows, Lifelong Learning:A View From the Coal Face and Release Your Potential have also landed on the Barnes and Noble Nook shelves in ePub format along with Just Us Two:Ned and Rosie's Gold Wing Discovery (a different publisher and not in Apple and Sony stores).
All three have docked in the  ebook store of Diesel after shipping in both ePub and Adobe  formats for Adobe Digital Editions. Not got Adobe D.E.? Download for free from  Some titles still

Kobo is another e-reader.It has recently teamed up with WHSmith in the UK. Chasing Rainbows and Release Your Potential should soon appear alongside my other titles. They were shipped on a later boat so to speak. (Shipping is an American term.)
Soon they will be on their way to Sony for the Sony e-reader so watch this space.But in the meantime you can download to your Sony reader from Smashwords or in any other reader or PC. The Adobe format is also available from e-retailers worldwide
Downloading direct from your e-reader store now widens the choice for you. Don't forget the Kindle format and Kindle Apps for Desktop,Androids iPad etc.from AmazonUS store Amazon UK store Amazon Germany Amazon France Amazon Italy Amazon Spain  as well as print paperback versions.
And of course print versions are also available worldwide. Still time to order for Christmas delivery if you are quick.
So why not pay these stores a visit, download to your reader and get stuck in over Christmas. They are so reasonably priced you could possibly download all of them.
Chasing Rainbows is the sequel to Just Us Two:Ned and Rosie's Gold Wing Discovery and the new LLL Personal Effectiveness Guides will help you to focus on improving your knowledge and skills, so important for success in everyday life. More information on

Happy reading!
Rosalie xx

Wednesday, 7 December 2011

Why offer a variety of e-book formats?

Well, we got the print versions out. And then the Kindle e-book. Some would say that that was enough, especially as you can download free applications (apps) for other readers and PC desktop.
So why go jumping through the hoops of formatting to some very specific guidelines for another e-book distributor for what is virtually the same audience?
Well, just as you want your print books to be available in as wide a selection of booksellers as possible - this includes brick & mortar and on-line - so you want your e-books available as widely as possible. 
I don't believe that electronic books will replace print. Not fora minute. They can remove barriers as you only see one page at a time in bite-sized chunks. The print can be enlarged, making for a better reading experience if you have sight difficulties or just don't like the tiny print you often find in some books. Reports suggest that those with e-readers actually read more;that over half are over 50yrs;that70 -80 yr olds are using them as many find turning a page difficult - much easier to press a button. The important thing is to read and to enjoy the reading experience.
Although Amazon have the lion's share of the print and e-book market, not everyone wants to shop there. Nor does everyone want to, or can, shop on-line. There are still parts of the UK for instance which do not have broadband provision. There are many who are not familiar with, or want to use, a computer. I read that there are approx 9 million people in the UK who cannot use the Internet! I know a couple of people who would rather ride their Gold Wing motorbikes than use a computer.
We all have our favourite retailer.Therefore books must be available at whatever store,in whatever format,via whatever shopping experience is the preferred option.
The Just Us Two travel books and the new Lifelong Learning Personal Effectiveness Guides are available worldwide in print to be purchased either on-line or from your local bookseller. If they are not in stock in your local store,(and let's face it no one store can stock all of the millions of books in print) they can be ordered without problems. Delivery is quick with the modern technology used. On-line purchases are by order only anyway.
So that takes care of print. However, e-readers are rapidly expanding, not only in type such as Apple iPad, iPhone, Barnes and Noble Nook, Sony, Kobo (Blackberry Playbook tablet reads Kobo), Diesel etc., but in ownership. I mentioned earlier that Amazon have free apps for most of these and PC desktop/Laptop. This is important as Amazon have far more e-books in their store than other e-retailers. However, customers often prefer to shop for downloads direct from their readers' retail store or  e.g. Apple.Kobo. (Just Us Two has been a  Nook book and Kobo book for some time.)

It is all about choice and availability.

That is why I have been jumping through formatting hoops these last few weeks. And it has paid off. All Christal Publishing books can be downloaded direct from the Smashwords site  for readers and PC.They are currently being shipped to the e-retailers mentioned above having passed all high quality formatting checks to qualify for the Premium Catalogue. 
Was that a pat on the back? Thanks!
They are also being shipped to other e-retailers such as Powell's in the US or Fishpond in Australia  where they can be downloaded in Adobe Digital Editions having passed all formatting quality specifications there. They take a few weeks to appear.

Latest news is that Kobo have teamed with WHSmith in the UK to offer Kobo books.

So, happy reading.There is a lot to choose from . It's nice to curl up with a good print book even though an e-reader is more convenient some times. So it is not a case of 'either or  ' but  'both' You can have your cake and eat it.

Rosalie xx

Monday, 28 November 2011

Fairytale Wonderland

What a wonderful day on Saturday for the Llay Park Youth Club Fairytale Wonderland. Christmas Fair.
The Resource Centre is fantastic and really does serve the community. The cafe, I believe, has become the hub of the village with its good food, cuppa and TV. The day was to raise money for the centre's activities. Sarah, the  Community Development Manager was a fantastic 'Good Witch' with her sparkly red shoes and jewel encrusted white dress, wand and tiara!
I dressed up as a pirate complete with moustache.   Mal Beer of Attitude Photography was busy clicking away for the official photographs. A few of us were in a room tucked away from the hurly nurly and had some good chats with aspiring authors, travellers, young people, Les, the Centre Manager also a pirate, and all.There was a stall from the League of Friends of the Robert Jones and Agnes Hunt Orthopaedic Hospital in Gobowen, Shropshire. This is famous worldwide for its orthopaedic work. At the moment they are raising money for e-readers and audio books for the patients in the spinal unit.

The turkey,stuffing and cranberry baguette was huge and fresh! The cafe there really does a good job as Len on Strictly would say!

Friday, 25 November 2011

Gearing up to Christmas

Christmas is coming and the goose is getting fat . .  so the nursery rhyme goes. well I have bought Christmas Cards and done most of the pressie shopping. Not sure what happened there, after all it is still only November.
After a busy week writing more on the Long Leg of Italy, I am still in Altomonte in Calabria. Re-lived the liquorice factory yesterday. It is amazing how those long strips we used to call 'boot laces' as a child, are made.  Well! Most unexpected.
A change of pace today as I had lots of preparation for my latest book event. This is tomorrow at the Llay Parc Resource Centre. A wonderful upgraded library/resource centre (computers and all sorts) and a cafe.
I have some special savings on offer  so do come along and solve some of those Christmas Present problems.
I have re-visited my Facebook Fan Page - at least I think that is what it is called. Anyway it is in addition to my normal page so if you click on the link at the side and go to it, could you 'Like' it for me? Thanks so much.

We will wind down tomorrow night by listening to our grandson James Thompson play his violin in the Wrexham Symphony Orchestra. It will be a contrast for him from playing his guitar with his band live on Calon FM in the morning!

Have a lovely weekend everyone. More chatter later.
Rosalie xx

Friday, 18 November 2011

Rosalie's Chatter: An electronically stretching time!

Rosalie's Chatter: An electronically stretching time!

An electronically stretching time!

Well, at last all electronic formats are up and running. Formatting for Kindle was one thing  they have their own specifications. Formatting for Smashwords was another. To be fair, I did follow their Style Guide when formatting for Kindle as it was so useful to know how to avoid pitfalls. Smashwords have a very clever piece of software which churns up the file into different formats so that virtually anyone can read on-line either on desktop or a reader. Very, clever. Follow the links to go to my page. All books are priced at $3.99 which is a bargain considering the work involved, not only in the formatting (the Lifelong Learning:Personal Effectiveness Guides have a quite specific layout which was challenging) but in the content as all books are full of valuable reference information. There are resource links to follow as well - all with a simple click of the mouse and free!

Hopefully, they will eventually find their way into the Premium Catalogue and be shipped to Apple iPad/iBooks, Nook, Sony Reader, Kobo,  for direct purchase but you can download now to these and and most e-reading apps including Stanza, Aldiko, Adobe Digital Editions, others, as well as to your Kindle or desktop from the Smashwords site.

It is important I feel to give readership as wide a choice as possible. I do not for a minute believe that e-books will replace print. Reports say that those with e-readers, actually read more. In my view, if someone gulps when they see a big fat book and turns away, or is not a confident reader, then seeing one page at a time like in bite-size chunks, can remove that barrier. Then if they start to want a physical book to keep or a signed copy, they can move on to that.

Being able to make font size larger is a huge plus. Who wants to go into a shop and ask for large print books? That's assuming that the one you want to read comes in large print. Important to retain dignity and independence.

So after all this tweaking and uploading, Chasing Rainbows:with Just Us Two, Lifelong Learning: A View from the Coal Face and Release Your Potential:Making Sense of Personal and Professional Development now give you more reading choice than ever.


PS. Finished off the week with my first visit to a WiRE event and had a leisurly ride home accompanied by sunshine and ClassicFM. Now back to more on the Long Leg of Italy. I am in the toe at present.


Wednesday, 9 November 2011

The Leader - News from Wrexham & Flintshire - Wrexham marina supporters urged to attend public meeting

The Leader - News from Wrexham & Flintshire - Wrexham marina supporters urged to attend public meeting

Wind down day and thoughts of a fairytale costume!

A wind-down day today after a busy few weeks of book events, formatting books  for different e-book formats. Spent some time this morning replenishing marketing materials etc ready for the next book events. 
This will be at the Llay Park Resource CentreLlay Park Resource Centre Llay,Wrexham. This resource centre is absolutely brilliant and if that is how our hard-earned tax money is spent - then carry on. We went down a few weeks ago to put up posters for the Waterstone's book event  in Wrexham and what a surprise we had. Not only a Library, there is a wonderful cafe with good wholesome food and a TV to watch while you eat your Big Breakfast or other meal. There are rooms for other activities as well and the cafe has, I believe, become the hub of the village. 
To cut a long story short, Sarah, the Community Development Manager, asked if I would like to have a stall at their Christmas Fair on Saturday November 26th from 11am - 4pm.. The theme this year is Fairytale Wonderland. Being a fairy is out. Well, I mean! Playing safe, I think I will be a pirate. I have a long sash from my pedal pushers; boots; a floaty baggy shirt. Just need to look for a pirate's hat etc.
Rosalie xx

Tuesday, 8 November 2011

Another good day in Petrolheads

A busy evening last Friday at Petrolheads Roadside cafe in Bagillt, North Wales. We met old friends and readers old and new. It was Biker's Night and the cafe was busy in spite of the rain. We were back there on Sunday for our monthly Gold Wing meeting.
Pictured - Mandy,Bill and Allen 'Ned' putting the world to rights in a corner!

Lovely to chat about e-books as well.
 My three latest titles Chasing Rainbows with Just Us Two and the new Self Development series are now available for even more formats. PDF Adobe from on-line retailers worldwide. EPUB for iPAD,Sony,Diesel,Kobo, Nook;Mobi for Kindle and others from Smashwords.

Like Amazon Kindle there are downloadable free samples. At $3.99 USD they are a steal, especially as there is so much valuable information inside. That converts to about £2.99 GBP incl.VAT. Yes - there is VAT on electronic books in the UK but still a bargain. 

Saturday, 29 October 2011

An eventful week - European Lunch Show and Waterstones

A busy day on Thursday as I negotiated (with the help of  the 'hidden controller' for once) through Crewe to the RedShiftRadio Studio for a guest slot on Chrisoula Sirigou's European Lunch Show  As I write I am listening to the show as it has been uploaded to listen again for a while. Follow the link and click on 11.10.27 ( 27th October 2011). I then clicked on one of the tabs at the bottom ( ignore the blurb at the beginning).
We were joined later by another guest who had lived his dream some years ago by moving to Andalusia. Chrisoula is just reading  the extract which formed my dream to visit Andalusia.

After hurtling around Wrexham later I was ready for another visit to Waterstone's in Wrexham for a book signing. This time on a Friday, a departure from my usual Saturday event day. Well, readers and browsers and I had some lovely chats and discussions about travel and life in general. With our banner I was able to trace some of our journeys. (As I listen to a playback of the show, I am reading the extract where were were riding across the hot, barren,  sierras when petrol was low with nothing in sight!!).
Actually in those days we didn't have need of the 'hidden controller' as I called it in 'Chasing Rainbows', we used proper maps!

Well, time to go, but do tune in and listen to the show.

Rosalie xx

Thursday, 20 October 2011

Chasing Rainbows and Release Your Potential @Amazon

Passing the time while watching a mediocre film, I took a look at Amazon.
Release Your Potential:Making Sense of Personal and Professional Development is
 #73 in Kindle Store > Books > Nonfiction > Education > Adult & Continuing Education  
in UK store 
Chasing Rainbows:with Just UsTwo ( the sequel to Just Us Two:Ned and Rosie's Gold Wing Discovery)
 #22 in Books > Travel > Europe >Andorra US store 
Being keen on digital technology all titles are available on Kindle &Kindle Apps as well as print. Other formats are in the pipelinefor the Christal Publishing titles (Chasing Rainbows and the new Lifelong Learning Guides.
Just Us Two:Nedand Rosie's GoldWing Discovery is available in formats for most readers already.
Go to AuthorHouseBookstore  If you can,I would love some feedback on and/or a review on Amazon.

Time to turn in now.

Rosalie xx

Saturday, 15 October 2011

Benefits of Social Networking in Marketing.

I have written before about what I see as the benefits of social networking in a marketing situation.This last two weeks, time has been short as I catch upon a backlog of  'jobs to do'. Not least preparing for a series of book events in North Wales. North Wales, you may know, spreads over a large rural area of about 90 miles across. Not a lot for those of you who live in large countries but it is all relative. So with book events at both ends and living in a rural area,time is of the essence.

I am an avid user of Facebook which largely reaches a different audience to other social  networking sites. I find the 'event' page invaluable. On Twitter, I tweet away and have been pleasantly surprised that Waterstone's - our largest book store chain in the UK  - have encouraged stores to set up Twitter accounts. I make sure that I put the sign @ in front of my local store among others. I have been even more chuffed to find that the main one  re-tweets  postings about my events in their stores, to all their many thousands of followers. This friends is powerful! 
Many stores also have Facebook accounts - again another source of building an author platform. I also use Linked-In but again this has another focus.

In my tweeting and twittering this week I have, as usual, followed many links to useful articles and taken the messages on board. Sometimes I am on the right path - well in general I am - but often I see that I can improve. It is hard to keep pace with all the demands of marketing. Often it leaves little time to write!

Social Networking is a valuable tool if used sensibly. It also  keeps me in the frame on topics of the day and touching base with friends and like-minded people.

Staff at my local Waterstone's store in Wrexham are being very pro-active in promotion with a display of Just Us Two books pre-event of October 28th11-2. Much appreciated and thank-you. They should also have the new Lifelong Learning books in stock before then.

for more information on the titles. 

Sunday, 9 October 2011

Deganwy Authors Day and Book Fest.

I had a wonderful day yesterday at the Authors Day and Book Fair in Deganwy,North Wales. Held in the conference suite upsairs we had an unsurpassed view through the huge picture windows of the Conwy Suspension Bridge and the ancient but sturdy Conwy Castle on the shores of the estuary. The weather made the estuary a bit choppy but North Wales is beautiful at any time of the year and in all moods of the weather.

With a selection of publishers and authors from across the UK, there was something for everyone. Allen & I met some interesting people. Having a background in direct  & retail sales and business development, I haven't lost my love of exhibitions and fairs.Those who know me, know  I like to talk (this blog isn't called Rosalie's Chatter for nothing) and there were  plenty of topics and experiences to talk about.

Thank you to all  in Canada, USA, UK, Europe, Russia, India and beyond who read my 'chatter'. Hope you enjoy a peek into our lives here in Wales. Wales is that part of the UK, between the North West and South West, which juts out into the Irish Sea. It has its own language and culture and, increasingly,its own policies through the Welsh Assembly Government (or WAG). I though, am a Lancashire Lass who re-located here over 40 years ago. I can still see in my mind's eye a fairytale scene in the beauty of  a snow covered Llangollen by the river just after the roads had opened. This was on our first visit with our small baby girl before we settled for good.
If you have never visited, well the mountains and valleys of Snowdonia are a must for your  'to do' list.

Rosalie xx

Tuesday, 4 October 2011

Back to normality - life after Italy and Sicily.

We have been home for a week now and I am still in Puglia, Basillicata, Calabria and Sicily in my head. Altomonte, a wonderful mountain village perched high in the lush green hills of Calabria is an absolute jewel. A medieval village, it still retains the colour and characterof days gone by.
Our driver, Renzo, completed amazing breath-holding feats of skill and patience as he negotiated around the seemingly impossible bends and junctions - missing overhanging roofs - of the narrow streets of the village. Our host Signore Barbieri treated us to an unprecedented peek into village life on a walking tour. We met some 'very important persons'!

Leaving Altomonte for Sicily, I could not stop filming through the coach windows.You just wanted to put it all into a bottle to keep! Altomonte was a complete contrast to Ostuni, Alberobella and Martina Franca in Puglia but they were all magnificent. People still live in the Trulli  houses of Alberobella - amazing and enchanting.

The change of hotel in Sicily found us with  a balcony hanging over the sea. As the cable car up to Taormina was only a couple of minutes away, we  decided to explore Taormina morethan on our first visit in 2005 and just chill out on the balcony after buying a made-to-order Panini and other supplies in the Mini-Market. Bliss!

Too much to tell here -just a flavour but I now have all I need (I think) to shape up 'The Long Leg of Italy and 'Island Interludes'. Still lots to do with the camcorder film which I took. The whole tour was madespecial by the intimate knowledge of Italy and the language of Sally our Saga Tour Manager (plus her patience,flexibility and unflappability). If you are reading this - thank you Sally.

Rosalie xx

Monday, 19 September 2011

The southern end of 'The Long Leg of Italy'

Well, what an eventful and mindblowing few days. From the south east of Puglia in southern Italy.
Excuse any mistakes but the screen on the hotel PC has an annoying little sreen in the middle for volume and they can't get rid of it and it hides some of the typing.
Alberobella, Ostuni, Martina Franca in Puglia - all baked in the high 35 plus heat. As did the beautiful brides we saw in every village/town. Truuli houses are truly amazing. It is amazing to hear just how old is the civilisation here.
The journey into the mountains of the Appenines in Calabria was another experience. Especially in a thunderstorm - Allen said we would have been OK on the Gold Wing as there would be enough weight to keep us on the ground - or off it really. But, winding up to Altomonte in the safe hands of our excellent driver Renzo, we came to pur hotel. And what a gem!

Enough for now! Lots to write for southern end of The Long Leg of Italy. . . And lots to chat about to my Italian hairdresser maestro Nat when I return. . .

Rosalie xx

Saturday, 10 September 2011

The journey from oven to table

My new series of Lifelong Learning:Personal Effectiveness Guides finally made it out of the oven onto the table bang on target for September 1st. The print version was fun and games along its enjoyable journey from design, writing, formatting text for print, formatting tables and charts for print, converting files for print. 
The cover design is of a striking simple theme where I can change the background colours and titles for others in the pipeline. Early feedback is positive from different people!
There were of course some problems along the way. There has been a lot going on in my life recently with a few things being pushed onto the back burner for a while and the process from submission to approved copy was a roller-coaster ride. There has been a lot of catch-up going on.
I was determined that the e-book would be launched at the same time. More impact I thought and a good opportunity to hit both marketing slots together. That way, there is equal access for all. I don't for a minute believe that e-books will replace paper. Just that the print ( which is what we actually read) is available in different packages. One size doesn't fit all. After all some people have a Kindle and an iPad. Why not e-reader and a 'proper' book?
Formatting for e-book and Kindle require different approaches. I was still pondering on the best route for E-Pub which most readers use and that is still on the back burner. The Kindle version however, made it from the mixing bowl ( formatting) into the oven (conversion and build) and onto the table (Kindle store) bang on time by the skin of my teeth!

E-books are gathering pace here in the UK but many do not realise that they can download a Kindle App to their PC desktop,Laptop,iPad with its colour images, iPhone,Blackberry, Mac, Android etc. And they are free!
I have the App on my PC Desktop and Net book which synch. with each other. Great!

After a lot of marketing and a focus on a complete change from my Just Us Two travel adventure books, I am hoping that many, many people of all ages will find these Personal development Guides useful.

The first one - Lifelong Learning:A View from the Coal Face is the springboard to the series and, being based on previous research and viewpoints of mature learners, will appeal to those working in adult learning. 

Research Paper. Lifelong Learning.
Contents. .
Chapter One – Introduction.
Chapter Two – The Design of the Investigation. 
Chapter Three – Analysis of Issues.
Chapter Four – Conclusion.
Reflections. Post Research. 
Further Reading.
ISBN 978-1-908302-04-5 Print. ISBN 978-1-908302-05-2 Kindle. Christal Publishing.
Available on-line or your local bookseller worldwide.

Release Your Potential: Making Sense of Personal and Professional Development really is a blueprint  for how you can get on in life. It is for learners of all ages and abilities. Designed to be like a short workbook there is ample space for writing responses to the tasks set.
Many organisations are wanting evidence that you have continually sought to improve and up skill. On the other hand, you may not be clear in which direction you wish to go or do not know how to get to where you want to be. This book sheds light on this with practical application.
Winners and Losers
Compiling a Curriculum Vitae
How I Learn Best
Time Management
Stress Management
Personal Development Recording
An Effective Learning and Development Strategy
ISBN 9789-1-908302-08-3 Print ISBN 978-1-908302-09-0 Kindle. Christal Publishing
Available on-line or your local bookseller worldwide.

Follow the helpful links on my Discover-Rosalie website    or go to Amazon US      
Amazon UK   If in Germany/Austria/Switzerland
Available on-line or your local bookseller worldwide. 

Rosalie. xx