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The Serial Dater’s first reviews

My latest ‘baby’ is only hours old but already some fabulous reviews. I’ll probably bore you rigid with all my gushing, or rather other people’s mild gushing but it makes a change to talk about my writing…

And on Amazon.co.uk:

“A light-hearted and fun read as we follow Izzy through the month of May and her 31 dates. With the dates as the focal point, we as the reader accompany Izzy as she meets an assortment of men in a range of places. Through her column Izzy then reflects on her dates and her month of dating and develops a ‘shopping list’ of dos and don’ts for online dating – hence the title of the book. Within the context of writing her column we get to meet Izzy’s best work friend – Donna a lively character and her boss William as well as observing the general office dynamics. Written entirely in the first person I enjoyed this book a lot, while I struggled to hold in mind the 31 men as individuals this didn’t matter although there were many funny moments along the way. I particularly enjoyed the newspaper column entries where Izzy reflected on how the date had gone and what she had learnt from the experience. These articles bought to mind Carrie Bradshaw (who I love) and I could almost hear the voice of Sarah Jessica Parker as she ‘couldn’t help to wonder’. Make no mistake though, this isn’t Sex and the City – it’s a great story in it’s own right. Izzy as a character was likeable – as a professional journalist she was strong and confident, she took the task in her stride and although some of the men she met can only be described as fools, she was unaffected by knock backs and refused to let the words or behaviours of some of her dates affect her confidence. I found this stance admirable as she engaged in the task assigned to her in a pragmatic manner, committed to enjoy the experience as well as creating a terrific column for the newspaper. Overall a very enjoyable read – short chapters, generally broken down into sections detailing the date, the office and the article, maintained my engagement as a reader. Despite being a ‘light’ read, Izzy’s reflections carried words of wisdom as did her attitude as a strong female character. Recommended reading by me!”

“Laugh out loud is right. It’s a bit of a while since I was last dating, and this book brought it all screaming back to me. And reminded me not to be so petty with my hubs about him leaving pants on the floor and forgetting to put the bins out. After all, he is pretty perfect, and judging by my past dates, I am lucky to have him (and not be out in the dating pool again!). In the first few chapters, sometimes I felt that there was a bit too much detail in the way of information, that did detract from the story to begin with. As the book went on however, the writing flowed a lot better, and I realised that this was clever and quite intentional. The main character, Izzy is a bit set in her routine, and as single people get, used to living her life her way, and this came across in the pages. Once she got into the flow of dating, and the social aspects both good and bad, I felt that the character loosened up a lot more, and this showed in the writing. The idea of the book is refreshing, and smartly written, and the ending was just beautiful. All in all, a thoroughly enjoyable smart novel that should silence the ‘fluffy read’ critics with a well executed zinger of a line. I would definitely swipe right for this one. The book is out today from Bombshell Books, so if you fancy buying it, or reading more about the author, read on!”

“It took a few pages for the book to get going but once it did, I was hooked. Once you get to the dates themselves, it is very funny and probably has situations that you have found yourself in at some point or another! Worth a read and a good book to take on holiday!”

And on Amazon.com:

“I liked the writing style where each chapter was a different date! Throughout the whole book I was hoping for a certain ending, and it did not disappoint. As someone who has participated in online dating, I felt so much of this book was spot-on to real life, and even though it was just an experiment, you felt Good her frustration and happiness she experienced throughout! I will say that 31 dates seemed like a lot as I was reading – probably because I was anxious to see how it was going to end up for Izzy, Donna, Duncan, and William! A good read!” (I chopped off a bit of a spoiler at the start.)

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To free eBook or not to free eBook?

There’s a lot of contention over whether to give away our books. Many authors (and others) say no, given the amount of work that goes into them, but if you have a series of books, listing the first for free is a great way to introduce yourself to new readers so they can buy the others… assuming your book is so good that they want to read more. And that’s the crux of the matter, we all need to put up the best quality we can. This is why we need people like me (editors) to buff our work to within an inch of its life.

So, whether you agree with freebies or not, below is a site that offers 30+ every day. Take a look. I bet (one of my ebooks for free!) that there will be at least one book to tempt you.

 

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Last chance to get my online courses for £1 / $1-$2!!

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Hello everyone. Yes, that’s right. Udemy are stopping the cut-price discount coding and in future, discounts will be a maximum of 50% off. They will also limit the cost of a course from a minimum of $15 to a maximum of $50. This will stop some tutors offering inflated $300 courses which I think has been crazy to charge!

I have six courses available to-date via Udemy.com and Fedora (the rest following in the next few weeks) and on Udemy are just £1 or $1-2 using the codes below…

  • writer’s block workbook – volume 1: five weeks’ worth of beginning prompts to help create over 100 new pieces with tips to help your writing ongoing. This course is currently just £1 / $1 (normally £8 / $9) by entering the code MB-BLOG-DOLLAR (or click here). The link to the same course on Fedora is here but it is currently full price. There are however other price options on Fedora to include one-to-one support from me, the tutor. Click here for the course description.
  • writer’s block workbook – volume 2: five weeks’ worth of keyword prompts to help create over 100 new pieces with tips to help your writing ongoing. This course is currently just £1 / $1 (normally £8 / $9) by entering the code MB-BLOG-DOLLAR (or click here). The link to the same course on Fedora is here but it is currently full price. There are however other price options on Fedora to include one-to-one support from me, the tutor. Click here for the course description.
  • writing tips – part 1: 30 tips and 90+ exercises to spark your creativity. This course is currently just £1 / $1 (normally £12 / $15) by entering the code MB-BLOG-DOLLAR (or click here). The link to the same course on Fedora is here but it is currently full price. There are however other price options on Fedora to include one-to-one support from me, the tutor. Click here for the course description.
  • writing tips – part 2: 30 tips and 90+ exercises to enhance your writing. This course is currently just £1 / $2 (normally £12 / $15) by entering the code MB-BLOG-POUND (click here). The link to the same course on Fedora is here but it is currently full price. There are however other price options on Fedora to include one-to-one support from me, the tutor. Click here for the course description.
  • entering writing competitions: writing competitions from an entrant’s and judge’s viewpoint. This course is currently just £1 / $1 (normally £12 / $15) by entering the code MB-BLOG-DOLLAR (or click here). The link to the same course on Fedora is here but it is currently full price. There are however other price options on Fedora to include one-to-one support from me, the tutor. See here for the course description.
  • make your book pitch-ready: take your novel, non-fiction book or story / poetry collection from draft to submission and beyond. This course is currently just £1 / $2 (normally £19 / $25) by entering the code MB-BLOG-POUND (or click here). The link to the same course on Fedora is here but it is currently full price. There are however other price options on Fedora to include one-to-one support from me, the tutor. Click here for the course description.

The prices listed above are for the course only (to include help with the course itself within the discussion areas on the courses themselves). For anyone looking for feedback on their writing on the Udemy courses, take a look at my Editing and Critique page which is based upon the word count of your manuscript. Alternatively there are other pricing options on the Fedora links that offer extra assistance.

 

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The Unfair Truth About How Creative People Really Succeed

Unfair truth articleA couple of days ago, my online automated eNewspaper, the Morgen Bailey Daily, picked up on the following article by Jeff Goins. It makes interesting reading so I thought I’d share it with you. Click on the picture to read the article or click here.

I liked the image of Ernest Hemingway’s Paris and thought how it compares to us now communicating with other writers online. I wonder what he would have made of this technology.

Jeff is lucky to have access to so many writers, although I’m off to Suffolk tomorrow to spend the next four days with some writer friends, and to meet a bunch of new ones so as Jeff suggests, I shall be finding my own Paris.

I hope you enjoy the read.

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Morgen Bailey Cover montage 2I now run online courses – details on Courses – and for anyone looking for an editor, do take a look at Editing and Critique.

If you would like to send me a book review of another author’s books or like your book reviewed (short stories, contemporary crime / women’s novels or writing guides), see book-reviews for the guidelines. Other options listed on opportunities-on-this-blog. And I post writing exercises every weekday on four online writing groups.

 
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Posted by on September 10, 2015 in articles, recommendations, writing, writing courses

 

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