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November Catch Up

18 November, 2021

A mega thank you to Editor Susi Bocks for nominating my poem, Sailing, for The Pushcart Prize! Wow! I am overwhelmed! You can read my poem and find out about Pushcart by clicking on the links.

A huge thank you to Swords & Sorcery Magazine for publishing my short story, Bladesong. If you’re into The Kaerling series, this tale will give you an insight into the dark world of the First Age of Nirunen and of the horrors the ancient heroes had to face.

And a big thank you to Cold Moon Journal for publishing my haiku about the ocean recently!

Thank you also to Spillwords for publishing my poem, Bite Me, recently. This is a vampire poem with a difference; can you tell which one is the victim and which is the predator?

And thank you too to Luna for publishing my poem, Mist, back in September. This poem portrays a scene from my latest book, Uneasy Allies.

Have you bought your copy of Uneasy Allies yet? It’s the latest volume in The Kaerling series. If you have already read it and enjoyed it, I would love it if you could leave a one line comment about why you liked it at the store you purchased it from!

Pure Haiku closed to submissions on 31st October on the theme of Ghostlight. I’m in the process of selecting the haiku to be published at Pure Haiku between 1st January and 31st March 2022.

My Patreon supporters have been reading my tales about Kirri and Ebkah, two heroes from the First Age of Nirunen, and they’ve also been receiving my unique poetry postcards every month, painted and written by me! If you’d like to get more of a glimpse into the mysterious world of Nirunen as well as helping me promote my books, please consider donating on my Patreon profile!

My Newsletter readers have received three character studies this year as well as poetry and a story. The third and final part of my serialised story, Resurrection, will be available in December.

I’ll be making some changes to my Newsletter and this blog in 2022 so watch this space and I’ll explain more in January next year!

That’s all for now, as I’ve been busy writing volumes 10 – 12 of The Kaerling recently – 89,000 words in October. Who needs Nanowrimo?!!!

I’ll be back next week with my final post of the year and a new book cover reveal. See you then!

Catch up December 2020

1 December, 2020

Well, we’re nearly at the end of 2020 and what a year it’s been!

I hope you have all survived OK. Despite the Lockdowns, or perhaps because of them, I have been prolific and creative. Without a business to run between March and July, and then again in November, all I had left was my writing!

Thank you to WhizzBuzz Books for featuring my novel The Day of Weird in August. Check out the link HERE! The Day of Weird contains the first three volumes of The Kaerling in one paperback book!

Thank you to Susi Bocks who published a haiku sequence of mine in October, “Once upon a time in Nirunen…” with an amazing photograph that complimented the poetry! If you’re reading The Kaerling series, you’ll enjoy the historical references in these verses.

Thank you also to Spillwords for publishing my poem “Wake up and smell the corpses” in October as part of their Halloween special! It’s a cheerful little ditty about the wild hunt and demons trying to walk the earth again…

Keep a look out for my poem “Finger of light” that’s going to be published at Fmme writes poems tomorrow as part of Sarah’s Poetry Advent Calendar! Thank you to Sarah Connor for supporting and promoting self-employed writers such as myself!

I’ve still managed to publish 3 books this year: The Day of Weird, The Butterfly Tree and Hidden Lands. If you’ve read any or all of them, please take a moment to leave a positive comment online! Thank you!

If you’re looking for a new book to read, I can thoroughly recommend Victoria Goddard’s Stargazy Pie: Greenwing & Dart Book One! It’s different, it’s quirky, it’s humorous and I couldn’t put it down! Check out my reviews about this book at Amazon and Bookbub.

I’ll be blogging all the way up to Christmas as I’ve got a couple more things to tell you about! So, keep reading, keep buying and keep sharing!

Much love Freya xxx

2019 ends …

15 December, 2019

Thank you for reading this post.

Thank you for reading my blog.

Thank you for leaving comments and likes and making my day when I’ve been struggling this year.

Thank you for downloading my free book, Silver Fire.

Thank you for buying my other books online.

Thank you for reviewing my work and enabling me to keep on selling my books.

Thank you for being my audience.

Thank you for everything.

Have a wonderful Christmas and here’s to a peaceful, inspiring and creative New Year!

See you all again in 2020!

Much love

Freya xxx

Positives Please!

13 November, 2019

This is a short post about Reviews.

When I read reviews about a book/film/product, I only ever read the 4 and 5 star reviews. I never read anything lower. Why?

I work in the hospitality industry and have discovered that people who leave 1 star reviews or who complain a lot in reviews, have issues. Sometimes they have unrealistic expectations. Sometimes they bought the wrong product (eg a small B&B room instead of a luxury spa hotel spa) and don’t like it.

Having survived cancer, I believe life is too short to waste my time on reading complaints that often are irrelevant to the product I’m buying.

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When I read a review about a book, I want to know why the reviewer enjoyed it. I’m really not interested in story and character arcs. I read a lot of books that don’t conform to accepted ways of telling stories (JRR Tolkien and Patrick O’Brien for instance) so I don’t need to know if someone else found these things important. I want to know if it’s a page-turner or has an unexpected plot twist!

And these are the kinds of reviews I’m looking for for my own novels. Can you help? Silver Fire is a FREE download. Why don’t you start with this and post your review on Amazon or Goodreads? You never know, I might find your novel and read and review it myself!

© Freya Pickard 2019

How to be a Writer’s Best Friend #1

2 September, 2019

DO

Buy her book as soon as it’s launched. Read it within a week. Review it straightaway. Then blog/tweet/pin/share your review everywhere.

DON’T

Ignore the fact that she’s written and published a book. You will be dropped from her Christmas list.

You can find the links to all my books here at UK Kindle.

The Day of Weird sketch by Kombmaker

The Day of Weird sketch by Kombmaker

© Freya Pickard 2019

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