Guest post – Sally Cronin talks about blogging and her books

Sally Cronin is a wonderful blogger and a huge supporter of the blogging and writing community. Her blog Smorgasbord is styled along the lines of a magazine and she has published numerous books, both fiction and non-fiction.

Welcome, Sally, it is an honour to host you on Robbie’s Inspiration.

Over to Sally

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Thanks very much Robbie for your invitation to join you today and for the great questions.

You have a successful blog, Smorgasbord, with a large following.

What gave you the idea of a blogging magazine?

Smorgasbord Blog Magazine
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When I began blogging it was to promote a recently released men’s health book, but after a few weeks, I discovered I loved the immediacy of blogging and the response to the posts, and was hooked. It evolved from there as I began to share my other passions.

It was called Consequences for about a year, and then I looked around for a name to identify the varied range of topics I was writing about. I happen to be very fond of buffets that offer so many different food options, and having enjoyed ‘smorgasbords’ when travelling I changed the name to Smorgasbord Blog Magazine and hoped readers would be intrigued enough to pop in to check it out.

I personally think your idea of a blogging magazine is wonderful and very innovative. I enjoy the variety of articles you share on Smorgasbord.

Which of your posts do the best generally?

I checked my statistics which lists the posts and their views since I began the blog, and interestingly my ‘about page’ did the best which just shows how important it is to have an introduction to you as a person and writer in place. The other most popular posts are a mix of health, humour and book promotions. Currently The Breakfast Show with the 1960s music and book promotions, including the serialisations of my own books, top the list followed by health and humour.  Since this is primarily a book and author marketing site it is good news.

How interesting that your about page does so well, that is great to know. The posts and serials you have mentioned here are certainly among my favourite posts, and I enjoy reading episodes of your books again, even though I have read them all more than once.

What are your future plans for your blog?

I am setting up a mini studio at the moment to move some of the posts to audio. I am not sure what the WordPress blog format issues are going to be in 2021, and after nearly 10 years, I would like to offer a different platform for promotions, reviews, health and marketing. 

I have archives of material to share in audio format, either on YouTube or Sound cloud. I also want to record more of my own short stories and novels over time. I recorded one collection on CD in the past and those stories will go up first and give me a chance to record more to join them.

This sounds very exciting, Sally. Podcasts and YouTube videos are definitely growing in popularity and I look forward to seeing what you come up with in this space.

A lot of your short stories and novels, and even your mythical books, Tales from the Garden and Tales from the Irish Garden, focus on characterisations, relationships, and experiences.

Tells us a little about your fiction books and what they mean to you

These stories offer pure escapism. I am so grateful to have had an amazing life living around the globe, but even as a child I had an overactive imagination and would create different worlds and in particular imaginary friends.

I know you too moved quite frequently and a downside is the sadness of leaving friends behind and spending what seems ages, getting to know new ones. All the time understanding, in a couple of years you will be leaving them behind too.

Creating worlds of your own and imaginary companions allows you take them with you. Some of my stories began life sixty years ago and have developed from there. As I get towards my 70s it is also a way to insert the people I have met in the real world and to keep the memory of them fresh. I am hoping that at some point when I am getting a bit doddery, they will remind me of the good times.

I did also move around frequently as a child, Sally, and I turned to reading and books to help me through the anxiety of moving schools often and having to make new friends all the time. Our life experiences certainly do come through in our writing, but your particularly sensitive to people and their emotions and aspirations.

Do you draw your ideas mainly from your own life experiences or are you a people watcher?

I am both I would say. Life experiences good or bad are very useful to draw on when writing both fiction and non-fiction and I certainly have plenty up my sleeve for the future. I used to love travelling a great deal more than I have in recent years, with security protocols and now the pandemic, but sitting watching people coming and going in airports or a train station is fascinating. Some of these poor unsuspecting strangers have no idea the shenanigans and emotional turmoil I will put them through later in a story.

I think that is wonderful, Sally. You have an uncanny ability to create characters that are real and to whom readers can relate.

Do you have a favourite book or short story and why?

I would say Sam; A Shaggy Dog Story is my favourite. We waited 18 years to get a puppy because of our travels and working full time. I had two collies previously and love the breed. Sam was born five miles from our new home in Ireland and at just at the right time, as I was able to work my own hours for the first time in my business. From the moment he entered our hearts at eight weeks old, he changed our approach to life completely, and it was the most amazing ten years that followed. I wanted to immortalise him in a book and share his character with others in the hopes they would fall in love with him too.  I was delighted readers responded to his story and in print over the years, it has been my bestseller.

I must admit that I loved this book too, but my personal favourite is Just an Odd Job Girl because the occupations you featured are so very different to my own job and I found them very interesting and your interactions with people highly entertaining. My son, Michael, loved Sam. He talked about it for months after we read this book together.

You can read my reviews of both books here:

Just an Odd Job Girl by [Sally Cronin]
Cover of Just an Odd Job Girl

Just an Odd Job Girl

Sam, A Shaggy Dog Story by [Sally Cronin]
Cover of Sam, A Shaggy Dog Story

Sam; A Shaggy Dog Story

Your covers are very striking and appropriate.

Do you design your own covers or does someone else help you?

Thank you Robbie, so happy you feel that about the covers. The title usually presents itself as a book or collection of short stories evolves. I used to train copywriters for an advertising publication I worked for, and apply the same principles to get the title and tag lines right. Once I have a title I am happy with, I look for an image to reinforce the selling message. David my husband who formats and designs my books mocks up several covers to consider, using titles and selected images, and we play around with them until we are both satisfied.

David is certainly very good at designing covers, Sally. I was fortunate enough to have a cover designed by him too. I love your covers and they are certainly very appropriate for each of your books.

What do you think is important about the cover of a book?

A book cover is a key element in book marketing. With 20,000 EBooks alone being uploaded to Amazon each week, it is tough enough to stand out as it is. The cover is the first thing any potential reader is going to see when they go into the author page or the book page. This is why it has to look good in thumbnail as well as full size.  The image should be relevant to the genre and the story, and the title and tag lines need to add to the overall congruity. 

Unless you are Wilbur Smith, Lee Childs or Stephen King etc., who could put their names on the front of a book in large print and readers would buy regardless of the image; generally the author’s name should be clearly visible but not the focus on the cover.  If you look at a bestselling author’s covers however, you will find even they make every effort to get the whole concept right. Their budgets are of course often in the thousands, but with thought and use of free images, there is no reason why you cannot create a ‘come buy me’ cover for very little cost.

When I visit an author’s page to check on reviews or new releases for a promotion I always check to see which of the covers jumps out from the line-up and nearly always those particular books have higher rankings and more importantly a high number of reviews.

Not everyone has an eye for creating their own covers, but these days there are some excellent cover designers who are genre specific, and charge reasonable rates. I do recommend spending time and money on getting this aspect right.

I agree with you completely, Sally, and have all of my covers designed by someone how I admire as a designer and creative [except for the Sir Chocolate Books where I create the illustrations myself]. I think your covers are all very eye catching.

You have written a number of non-fiction books.

Do you find the facts and information in these books need to be updated regularly as new ideas become available?

Thankfully most of the data on nutrients remains current although I do spend a considerable time on recommended research sites to make sure I don’t fall behind. I have serialised most of my non-fiction books and use that opportunity to make sure they are current, and when I moved them from print to digital a few years ago, I updated them all.

Nutritional guidelines issued by the government are a moveable feast, if you will pardon the pun. One minute they tell us don’t eat fat, only carbohydrates, and then when a generation have become obese because of this misguided determination; suddenly carbohydrates are out of favour.

I have always believed in a balanced diet without excluding any major food group (apart from refined sugar which has been adopted into the western diet on the mistaken understanding it is a food group!). Therefore my approach to a healthy diet has not changed since I began studying to become a nutritional therapist 25 years ago.

You are right, Sally, about the advice changing. It is better to form your own opinions as a consumer, based on good advice and input from people like you.

Do you enjoy writing non-fiction as much as fiction?

I do enjoy both equally. With non-fiction I love sharing my passions and experiences. I might not be practicing nutritional therapy anymore, but I still enjoy passing along the information in the hopes it will make a difference to someone with weight or health issues. With fiction the options are endless and letting your imagination go wild is exhilarating.

I could have guessed your answer to this question, Sally. Your enthusiasm for both is clearly evident in your writing.

Do you find it easy or difficult to switch between the factual style of writing required for non-fiction and the more dialogue and show don’t tell style writing of fiction?

I often have two books, one fiction and one non-fiction, on the go at the same time, switching between them for a change of pace and to recharge my batteries. You can only write about nutrients and health issues for so long before you need to lighten the mood, and creating a fairy story or getting a character in and out of trouble, refreshes creativity and enthusiasm for both. 

I do enjoy a good conversation face to face in person, and I have missed the opportunity to do so more than anything this last 15 months of lockdown. I do talk to my sisters in the UK via Skype, which at least is face to face and much more emotionally satisfying than talking to someone on a telephone.  Creating dialogue between characters is a great antidote for lack of face to face contact, as is the opportunity to escape these four walls to inhabit the virtual worlds of my imagination.

You are amazing, Sally, with all you do. You are a prolific blogger and writer and everything you publish on both platforms is of an excellent quality. I take my hat off to you, Sally.

Thanks again Robbie for inviting me over and look forward to answering comments and questions from your readers.

Thank you, Sally, for being a wonderful guest and for these incredible answers to my questions.

About Sally Cronin

I have been a storyteller most of my life (my mother called them fibs!). Poetry, song lyrics and short stories were left behind when work and life intruded, but that all changed in 1996. My first book Size Matters was a health and weight loss book based on my own experiences of losing 70kilo. I have written another thirteen books since then on health and also fiction, including five collections of short stories. My latest book is a collection of verse and speculative short stories titled Life is Like a Bowl of Cherries: Sometimes Bitter, Sometimes Sweet

I am an indie author and proud to be one. My greatest pleasure comes from those readers who enjoy my take on health, characters and twisted endings… and of course come back for more.

As a writer I know how important it is to have help in marketing books.. as important as my own promotion is, I believe it is important to support others. I offer a number of FREE promotional opportunities on my blog and linked to my social media. If you are an author who would like to be promoted to a new audience of dedicated readers, please contact me via my blog. All it will cost you is a few minutes of your time. Look forward to hearing from you.

My blog is https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com
And for more information on my books listed here at Amazon please visit
https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/my-books/

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244 thoughts on “Guest post – Sally Cronin talks about blogging and her books

      1. Hello, Sally, Robbie and All.
        FAB post. Audio Posts, awesome!
        Sally has been a huge inspiration and resource of learning for me over these joyful years of following her.
        My tech guy and I have another title for the Happyiness engineers.
        I’ll just put their initials and let you figure it out.
        BS Engineers.
        LOL.
        Never more happier in my life to have found an escape.
        Thanks for a great sharing today.

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  1. Thank you for this wonderful interview, Robbie! A good way for also for me thanking Sally for all the great information she is collecting and providing 24/7. Also many thanks for mentioning Sam, the Irish Lassie! Best wishes, Michael

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  2. A very compelling interview and one I enjoyed immensely. Thank you, Robbie, for composing it, and thank you, Sally, for being the generous and interesting person you are. May you both be chatting with each other and the rest of us for many years to come.

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  3. It’s good to see Sally here as a guest, as she does so much for others. I can never decide which one of Sally’s books I like the most, and podcasts and audio sound like great additions to the many feathers on her cap. Thanks, Robbie!

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    1. Hi Olga, I also love all of Sally’s books. The one I mentioned fascinates me because it talks about such interesting and different jobs to my own. I don’t think anyone would call accountancy glamorous or fun.

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  4. Wonderful interview with Sally Robbie, Sally always feels like her energy is boundless, and I wish her well in her vision for going forward in 2021 …. Much love to you both… You are both amazing in all you do and share.. ❤

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  5. Such a joy to read, Robbie and Sally! Thank you for sharing. 🙂
    Sally, I love that you’re creating a mini-studio. That’s awesome. Your support in the blogging community and throughout is truly inspiring. Thanks so much for all that you do! xo

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  6. I love Sally’s book Sam. Sally is an amazingly talented lady who has put her own life experiences into books that we can all, in one way or another, relate to. And in addtion, she is a very kind lovely lady.

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  7. Well, if I was wearing a hat, I would have to take it off to Sally, and to yourself, Robbie, for this lovely post. Sally is a many-talented lady. Long life and health to her; I hope she keeps going for a very long time!

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  8. What a great interview, Robbie. I love learning about what Sally’s up to as well as her thoughts about blogging and writing. I think that’s very cool that she’s setting up a little recording studio. It seems that sharing our work via audio is becoming more and more important, and it’s wise to get started in that direction. I also agree with you that she has lovely covers. I’m a cover-junkie. I just can’t help it. Congrats to you both on the wonderful interview! Have a great day.

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  9. How wonderful to get to know Sally a bit better, Robbie. Thanks so much for featuring her here today, and with such a great selection of questions, too. Terrific interview, you two! And I’m off to download SAM today! Then all I’ll need is to find time for reading, again! (I’m sure you both know how that goes.) 🙂 ❤

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      1. I will tell him to hell, and I’m sure he will instantly obey. Right? I mean he was perfectly trained, wasn’t he? I know both of my dachshunds were. (Oh, hahahaha. Sometimes I crack myself up!) 😀

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  10. What a fabulous interview! Sally, I love that you are looking at moving some of your blog posts to audio. That’s the coming thing. People spend more time listening than they do reading these days. You are such an inspiring entrepreneur! Thank you, Robbie, for asking the amazing questions!

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    1. Hi Jan, thank you for adding your thoughts. YouTube and podcasts do seem to be the way of the future. I have seen that the block editor has a podcast feature but I haven’t tried to use it yet.

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  11. Loved reading more about Sally here. Like Sal, I too like to have 2 books on the go, and I agree Sam’s story will melt any heart. Now looking forward to joining in some podcasts with you Sal! ❤ xx

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      1. I would be like, totally over the moon. I once had Sally as a featured author on my blog and it was one of my greatest achievements. To have her on my podcast, well, I don’t have words to describe what that would be like.

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      1. I know Robbie. I was looking into getting involved with Youtube last year, before everything went mad in my life. Now I will learn from those before me, like you and probably Sally, lol ❤

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  12. I have long admired Sally and have felt her warmth from afar. I always learn something from her (and YOU), this time discovering that blog posts can be transformed into audio. Who knew? Thanks, Robbie!

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    1. Hi Miriam, I have participated in podcasts, but I haven’t tried to create any yet. Sally’s answers have given me a prod to try it out. I had not thought about sharing my book reviews on YT, but that is a great idea and I’m going to try it out.

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      1. The way I do podcasts is that I have people meet with me in a Zoom room, I record the interview, then I have my audio editor smooth out any rough spots, insert my sponsor ads and then upload to my podcast feed.

        It really is a snap. I did two interviews yesterday.

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  13. What a great interview. I was surprised by the favorite posts. Not ‘about’–that I definitely can see. If someone likes the blog, they want to see that it’s someone reputable. As you are.

    Thanks for a great chat!

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  14. This is the most thorough interview, Sally and Robbie. I think it’s a brilliant idea to have a studio especially doing the audio books. To have fiction and nonfiction projects going on at the same time and switching back and forth surely makes you feel like taking a break. Than you for sharing the wonderful things about your creation of the blog and a glimpse of your future plans, Sally.

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    1. Thanks Miriam.. I was considering semi- retiring to be honest next year. We certainly would like to pick up threads of our lives as far as family and friends are concerned but realised that we probably won’t be going far. We are likely to move house at some point but will remain in Ireland this lead me to realise that I would miss my daily connection with everyone and I love what I do.. so rather than back off, I decided to expand. An exciting new venture and looking forward to sharing with everyone…hugs ♥

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      1. I always look for inspiration from people who are in the 70s, 80s, or even 90s who stay active. My mom lived to 90. My husband’s mom is turning 90 and still physically healthy. I want to stay active in case I live a long life, without taking on pressure physically and mentally. I retired 10 years ago and kept the after school tutoring business. I just closed it last week when I told you I needed to be away for a few hours.

        Your semi-retiring plan makes sense. You’d keep doing something at your own pace workout completely backing off. You’ll hear people say they need you to do this and that but only you live your life.

        When I closed the program last week, my assistant and the teacher said it was a good program and the parents liked it but I knew the timing was right. 💖☺️💖

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      2. Thanks Miriam.. ten years is a great length of time and I am sure the business made a lot of difference to children in that time.. I want to explore other interests too whilst I am fit enough, including getting another dog.. there’s a couple of hours a day gone on walks etc… a lot to look forward to..hugs

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  15. What a fantastic interview with Sally, Robbie! It was so good to see her featured here. You asked excellent questions. I was surprised to learn that she is branching out into audio! (Although I shouldn’t have been, as she was in radio.) Much to look forward to from Smorgasbord Blog Magazine in the coming months!

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    1. Hi Liz, I also think that branching into YouTube and podcasts is necessary. These are very popular social media with the youth and with a lot of adults. I get asked frequently about whether my books are available as audio books. I haven’t ventured there yet – everything takes so much time doesn’t it? Sally is always the leader of the pack which is a wonderful thing.

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      1. I’m planning to do an audio book for the book of short stories I’m planning as my next project after the poetry book because I’ll be able to do the narration myself. I couldn’t do it for a novel, and the cost for a professional narrative is quite high. But, as you say, it’s the way of the future.

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      2. Hi Liz, I thought there was a royalty share program you could use to do audio books which kept one from paying up front?

        Either way, I look forward to any new audio books coming because I am a fiend for them.

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      1. Trust me I did get told off about that quite frequently in the beginning 9 years ago and in fact on one occasion there was an attempted intervention by two at the time senior members of the writing community. Apparently I was cluttering up the airwaves!! Anyway as you can see I have continued with just the proviso that anyone who follows the blog does not sign up for notifications so their inbox is not littered with them and just pop in when they feel like it…hugsxx

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  16. What a fabulous interview, and so wonderful to learn more about Sally and her amazing life. I’m also surprised but excited to hear she is thinking of expanding into audio and podcasts! It was so interesting to hear about her passion for both fiction and non-fiction. Toni x

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    1. Thanks Toni and I will take it one step at the time but I do believe that audio is going to become more effective as a blogging tool in coming years as are audio books. People have such busy lives and driving, running and other exercise or work that does not require absolute concentration are ideal for listening to books, stories and posts. I am particularly keen to get the health post into audio and see how they go down.. thank you so much for all the support you offer throughout the week, it is much appreciated..♥

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  17. I’m not surprised by the mountain of comments here. I’m happy to see that Sally picked out Sam and you picked out Just an Odd Job Girl, as those are my two favorite Sally books as well. I’m interested in learning more about the audio format.

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    1. Thanks Pete and it will take a while to become more established for bloggers, but if you look at how successful Jennie Fitzkee is with her stories on YouTube, for children particularly this is a wonderful medium. And as I mentioned to Toni… a great many people as they come out of lockdown are going to be on the go far more and they can take audio with them anywhere.. xxx

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  18. Well that was such a great interview, I really enjoyed it. Sally is as ever so full of surprises and great ideas. I look forward to the Adio blogswill there be Vlogs too on YouTube?

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    1. Hello again.

      After dealing with several persons this morning who have no clue how to do an interview on a blog, I’d like to say that I wish Sally would give lessons on how to do one. LOL.

      I’m ready to rip out my hair!

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      1. Well, it took some doing but finally I got the person to understand what I wanted.

        I just shook my head in amazement when he sent me the interview which was to promote his books without any book info. LOL.

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  19. I think Sally’s success as a blogger is a testament to perseverance and dogged tenacity. And never giving up – a quality I certainly don’t possess. At times for Sally it must have proved a difficult journey and I am so admiring.

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    1. Thank you Barbara.. it has certainly been challenging at times with a house sale, country move, house purchase with a year of renovations, loss and of course Covid. However, having the blog and committing to it everyday gave me purpose and it is something I love doing. The writing community has been an amazing source of strength and inspiration and Robbie is an excellent example of that generosity. It is something I can do until to the end if technology allows. It is exciting to have something to look forward to …hugs

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      1. Hi Barbara, Sally and All.

        There was a time, in my not so distant past, that I too lacked the self-discipline and ability to continue forward in the face of adversity and hard time.

        But, over time, I began to realize that I could indeed draw upon my inner resources and Spirit and those things along with observing others like Sally helped to reshape me.

        It is never too late to pick up such abilities and I urge all to make this effort at least in some small way in their lives. If you do, you too can achieve great things as Sally has.

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  20. Robbie, a wonderful interview with Sally and I felt as if I was in a room with you both, eavesdropping on the conversation. It flowed so well and fascinating throughout.

    Sally, best of luck with your latest venture into audio and I agree with Robbie that I think this is a market that will experience strong growth.

    Although I knew a lot of books are released on Kindle it was still shocking and disheartening to read that the figure is about 20,000! Yes, those covers are more important than ever.

    Wishing you a very successful and exciting year ahead, may you soon be able to head out safely again and see your sisters in real life! hugs xx

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    1. Thank you Annika and exciting times ahead.. and there will be an interim period for authors before audio marketing becomes the norm to get their books noticed in a different way so that they can stand out from thee 20,000.. at one time it was trailers but more and more people want to get to know the person behind the book.. lots of options.. hugsx

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    2. Hi Annika, 20,000 ebooks a week is rather overwhelming, I agree. It is great that Sally always has so many exciting ideas and innovations. I have certainly have a bit of a push to do more on YT just by engaging with the comments on this post.

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  21. Great to see Sally on the other end of a blog for a change. I know from personal experience just how supportive she is and how she will always find time to help despite probably being the busiest person I know. Many thanks, Robbie, for a lovely interview. x

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    1. HI Alex, you are spot on and there is a saying “if you want something done, ask a busy person. We are all lucky to have Sally as part of our wonderful community. She is wonderful with all she does and we all learn a lot from her.

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  22. Robbie, thanks for featuring Sally. She is an interesting lady with a wealth of experiences which makes her a fab person to get to know, and with whom most people can share common interests. An author in her own right is a fact often forgotten, I fear, when she is so supportive of others and is busy helping to give them a platform, so I am dead chuffed you have featured her here today. Good luck Sally, especially with the audio ideas. Something I am playing around with too. On another to-do list. You are right, we have no idea where WordPress is going and it is a pain keeping up with all the changes and we are still not really in control of the platforms we use. At their mercy. But, meantime, we carry on. Your blog and magazine are fabulous and such a wonderful resource for readers and writers alike. Good luck with your own projects. Thanks so much for all you do and thanks Robbie for sharing Sally’s story with others. xx

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    1. Thanks very much for the wonderful boost Jane and for your thoughts about the blog. For once it would be great to get ahead of the trends rather than play catch up. The airwaves are filled with bright young things and time we added our voices to the mix and demonstrated we are up for the challenge. WordPress knows that this is a possible threat which is why they are pushing Anchor… we shall see.. hugs ♥♥

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      1. Yes I saw anchor, not investigated yet. So much to take in and explore and no time for anything else if we allow ourselves toddle off to play with them all. I am really pleased to see you on Robbie’s lovely blog. She is another gem. x

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      1. I wonder if my hubby will relent in the future. We are intending to take early retirement in the next 6 months or so, so who knows. Can’t wait to give up work and have more time for all my creative endeavours! Lol.

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      2. Yes, I’ve been thinking that a lot recently Sally. Especially as I used to work full time long hours. I still work every day but only 5 hours a day. Just don’t have the energy or interest in my day job anymore!

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      3. I got like that when I hit my 40s Marje.. working way over the stated hours and days and getting little thanks for the effort.. I began working for myself at 45 and still worked long hours but my choice. I consider this my job now and whilst not paid and I work just as many hours, I get a great deal more satisfaction. xx

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      4. Hello Sally and all.

        Before I left my Volunteer Coordinator job in 2015 I was working 80 hours per week and getting paid 20. I burned completely out and decided right then and there that I’d find another way.

        It took two years and much work for me to start assisting with marketing but I wouldn’t trade it for anything on earth. Never again do I want to work for someone else.

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      5. I learned a lot about all this from asking and receiving great advice from you but also simply by observation. And I suppose that’s what I don’t understand. Can people not read what others are doing on blogs, social media Etc. and learn from that?

        LOL.

        Monkey See Monkey do. It is the best learning tool for you!

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      6. My husband would love to have a dog. I am the hand break because I know I’ll have to look after it and with Michael often sick and everything else I do, I’m not keen on another responsibility.

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  23. It’s always great to find out a little more about a fellow writer and blogger, but more so when it’s Sally.
    I want to pick up from her interview the number of people who have visited Sally’s ‘about me’ page. She said it was the most visited page on her blog, which is why every blogger should have one and ensure it’s regularly updated. I don’t think many bloggers know how many visits the ‘about me’ page of their blog gets visited.

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