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Welcome to the blog.

 

Here you will find all the updates on how my writing is going, how the quest for publishing is coming along, and details of any new additions to the website. You will also find any announcements, and the details of where you can find my work.

 

Chelle

Posted By Michelle Birbeck


It’s giveaway time!

A little while ago I mentioned that I wanted to host a giveaway once my first story Consequences was out. I also mentioned that I wanted to do one when I reached 2000 followers on twitter. Well, it just so happens that these two have coincided with each other nicely.

So here’s the deal. I have a signed copy of Consequences to give away to one lucky person. The competition is open to everyone, worldwide. And here’s what you have to do:

You have four options for entering:

1: Follow me on twitter and tweet: Tweet this for a chance to win a signed copy of Consequences by @michellebirbeck see http://apps.michellebirbeck.co.uk/Blog for details!

2: like me on facebook and tag me on your wall with: Repost this for a chance to win a signed copy of Consequences by @michellebirbeck see http://apps.michellebirbeck.co.uk/Blog for details! (Make sure you tag me in the post or I won't get the notification about it!)

3: add Consequences to your Goodreads to read list.

4: comment on this blog (please remember to check back when the winner is announced).

The giveaway will be open from today (28/10/11) through until the 14th November. After the 14th, everyone who entered will be put into a hat and one of you will be drawn out.

It doesn’t matter where you are in the world, anyone can enter, but you can only enter once for each one of the ways above. So, once on twitter, once on facebook, once on Goodreads, and once on the blog, for a grand total of four chances each.

Finally, the winner will be announced on the 15th of November. I’ll put up a blog post with details of what happens next.

Good luck!

Chelle

Consequences Giveaway


 
Posted By Michelle Birbeck


It’s been a long day today. However, it had been a fantastic day, also. I’ve spent the whole day running around, taking pictures, putting models in their places, and then taking more pictures.

If you’ve been following my twitter or facebook, then you’ll know that I have been building up to making my book trailer for The Last Keeper. I toyed with the idea of paying someone to make it for me, but money constraints made that impossible. However, I didn’t want to just take pictures from the internet and use those, so I got some of my wonderful friends together and we did things a little differently.

The advantages of taking the pictures myself are that I got exactly what I wanted from each shot. I got to adjust the models, change the lighting, and change the angles of the shots. It means less time altering the pictures so that they are right for me, and as opposed to using royalty free sights, the pictures are automatically copyrighted to me.

Of course, half the fun of the day has been getting dressed up, doing make up, and playing with props. The other half of the fun has been crawling around on the floor, actually taking the pictures.

There is a lot of work still to go. I need to do a little work on some of the shots, and I need to pick which ones I want to use, and then actually put them all together. It might take me a while to sort them all out, but once I get there, I am hoping to have a very pretty book trailer for the book.

In the meantime, there will be other videos posted to my youtube page, including an interview with me, and interviews with my wonderful volunteers.

Also, here's one of the silly pictures we did.
The Last Keeper Book Trailer Filming


 
Posted By Michelle Birbeck

As you all know, I have a facebook page, which means I have a personal account, too. That’s all perfectly well and good, but a few months back I had some issues. Someone decided it would be funny to report a lot of my pictures (specifically the ones to do with my writing), and I almost ended up losing the whole account. Since then my personal page has been locked down on private, so the only people on there are those who I know personally. That includes my close friends, family, and those people I know from overseas who I only get to talk to on Facebook.

Now, you might be wondering what all this means, and that is where it gets slightly complicated. Since my facebook page took off, I’ve been getting a lot of friend requests from fellow writers. Now, I am sure you are all wonderful people, in fact, I know you are, but here’s the thing; my personal facebook account is just that, it’s personal. It’s all me, all the time, and it’s where I talk to my friends and mess about with them. It’s also where all my personal pictures are, the ones of my family BBQs and my husband. It’s all set to private because that is just how I want it. It’s like my house in my street. I don’t mind going down the street and saying hi to people, but I don’t want them knocking on my door telling me what they had for dinner.

So feel free to talk to me on twitter and on my facebook page, in fact, I would love to hear from you, even if it is just to say hi. And please don’t be offended if you do send me a friend request on facebook and it gets ignored and deleted. It’s not that I don’t like you, it’s just that there’s a ‘work’ me who sits around killing people (characters, honest) for a living, and then there’s the ‘home’ me who wants to switch off and catch up with family and friends.

Chelle


 
Posted By Michelle Birbeck


For a few months now I’ve been wondering when the whole being a published author thing would feel real. Now I know.

I was at a friend’s birthday party last night and we were all sat in the kitchen, talking, as most parties generally end up. For some reason I thought, ‘I’ll just check my emails real quick.’ Being able to do so on my phone these days makes it easy. So, there I was, checking my emails, and it was sat there. Big and shiny and oh so tempting to open it. No temptation really, I opened it. No hesitation or thinking that I was sat at a friend’s party and really should have been paying attention. It was just after midnight, so the party was winding down.

It took me a couple of minutes to open the email, wait for the attachment to load, save it, and then open it, but it was absolutely worth using up all of my free internet allowance to do so! Sat on my phone, staring out at me with wide eyes, literally, was the cover art for Consequences.

Of course, the first thing I did was go around and show everyone at the party. They all know I’m a writer, so it wasn’t exactly news to them, and when I saw it, I just had to share. The second I got home, it went up on my Facebook page, personal facebook account, twitter, tumblr, photobucket, and of course, the website. Safe to say I am very excited about it, and completely in love with the cover.

Now I can’t wait to see it in the flesh, so to speak.

In the meantime, it finally feels real. Contracts are signed, story is edited and polished, and the cover art is all done and so pretty!

Only thing left now is to feel the book in my hands. Consequences, by Michelle Birbeck

 


 
Posted By Michelle Birbeck

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Many of you may have seen, if you follow me over on twitter, my weekly retweets about WCs. I’m not talking about a reminder for toilet time, no need for that, but the humble word challenge. A friend of mine introduced me to them a few years ago, and ever since I’ve been hooked.

It’s a simple concept really, but a very effective one. Take an hour, or half an hour, or even two hours, and challenge yourself to get some writing done. Doesn’t matter how much, just some. So if you want to write a thousand words in an hour, then challenge yourself to do just that. Then beat it. You don’t have to beat it, there are no consequences for not doing so, unless you set some.  You can even set rewards for getting past your goals. I used to bribe myself with chocolate or sweets for getting past my goals, but these days I stick with non-sugary things, like breaks and cross stitch time.

One of my favourite parts about the WCs is that you don’t have to do them on your own. Get a group of friends together, you can use skype chat, msn, gmail, yahoo, or any other chat function that you have to hand, set a timer and away you go. Turn off all your distractions, and knuckle down for your set time and write as much as you want/can. Then, at the end of your time, see how you did.

I do a weekly word challenge for a Twilight fan site I volunteer for. Tuesday night’s at 8pm UK time. We write for an hour, and then see how we did, and we even do ‘teasers’ at the end. People don’t have to join in if they don’t want, and any teasers we share go no further than the group, unless you want them to. The teasers are great, especially from a feedback point of view. It might only be two or three hundred words that we each share, but it’s a great way to look at other people’s writing, as well as hearing the group’s thoughts on each teaser.

So get a group of friends together and have a go, or keep an eye out for the weekly tweets and come join us. We’re all a little loopy, but don’t let that scare you off!

Chelle