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Last issue I mentioned my annual writer's retreat.  It was - as always - fabulous.

I was totally exhausted when it was over, but I knew I would be. My workshop went well, as did all the other workshops.

The one-on-one critique sessions went extremely well too, which they usually do. 

Our members were all ecstatic with the feedback, and many received particularly helpful information on how to improve their manuscripts.

Before I go any further, I should apologize for the lateness of this issue.  All three of my grandchildren went off to camp (today) for the first week of the Australian school holidays, and I've spent several days naming every piece of their clothing and other items.  I also had to ensure each one had everything they needed.  Massive job.

In between, I had a client project to finish, and edits of one of my novels to complete.

All in all, an extremely busy week.  But I now have until Friday afternoon - totally kid-free.  That hasn't happened for nearly five years, so I'll be making the most of it.  Alan (hubby) and I plan to go away for a couple of days at least, but not sure when or where as yet.

Since one of the children has Post Traumatic Stress disorder from all the children being physically attacked when they were younger (almost five years ago), we won't stray too far away in case we are needed. 

Hopefully things will be fine, and we'll get a good break.  And no, I'm not doing any client work over the holidays, so it really will be a mini holiday.

You may or may not have noticed, but I'm gradually updating the covers for my ebooks.  The reason for this is I wanted to create a universal 'feel' for my ebooks.  I wanted people to look at the design and immediately recognise it was a "Cheryl Wright" book. 

You've probably heard about 'branding'. If not, it's a marketing strategy that's used to gain recognition.  And that's exactly what I'm doing. In the majority of cases, the book is exactly the same as before except for the cover. 

Where that's not the case, you'll see a note on the information page telling you it's been updated, and the month it was changed.  So far, the only book in that category is Writing for Profit: Break into Magazines. 

I've updated it by adding some information that readers requested, such as how to write a query if you've never been published.  I've also expanded in areas, but the basic information is the same as before.  Just more so.

The latest cover to arrive was Think Outside the Square: Writing Publishable (Short) Stories.  It was added just a few days ago, and like all the new covers, I love it.

Look out for more new covers in the near future!

Okay, let's move forward.

Having trouble finding productive writing time while the kids are home from school?  Cheryl Malandrinos' article this issue addresses that problem.

Last issue I reviewed The Wealthy Writer.  I was very impressed with the book, so if you missed the review, you can read it here.

Okay, that's it from me - time to sit back and enjoy this issue.

Til next time…



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Summer’s Here, Now What? -
How to Work When the Kids
Are Home Too


 Cheryl C. Malandrinos
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This year I’ve especially looked forward to summer.  With everything the girls are involved in, it will be nice for all the activities to come to an end so we can slow down the pace a bit.  Of course, I also won’t have a few hours a day to myself anymore. 


Working from home while the kids are there too, doesn’t have to mean burning the midnight oil just to keep up with your to-do list.  Here are a few ways you can remain productive, keep the kids occupied and still leave room for family time. 


Adjust Your Schedule 


One of the things I’ve spoken about is finding a work schedule that is best for you.  With the kids home, however, that schedule might not be practical; especially if you’re used to working during the day. 


Consider getting up a bit earlier or working after the kids are in bed.  While this might not be easy all year long, it is a temporary solution that can help you accomplish your weekly goals.  Make sure you continue to take advantage of time spent in doctor’s waiting rooms to get additional work done. 


Take More Frequent Breaks 


While it might seem counter-productive to take more breaks during the day, you’ll get more done if you don’t have to listen to, “I’m bored!” every five minutes.   


Set a timer.  When it goes off, put your work down and spend time with the kids.  Read, have a picnic lunch in the backyard, or play a game together.   



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