Having had such an overwhelmingly favourable response to the first issue of the History Detective newsletter (click here), I will now publish an issue every month on the first day of the month. Subscribe now and you will be in the draw for a free copy of The Peculiar Case of the Electric Constable when it is published in September 2013.
At last, the first issue of my History Detective newsletter is published. I hope to publish an issue every month or two. It includes information about my next book, The Peculiar Case of the Electric Constable, a research hint (Calendar confusion), a writing hint (The power of a pronoun), a great read (The Surgeon of Crowthorne) and more. Access a website copy here.
Join my email mailing list and your name will go into the draw for a free copy of each of my books when they are being published. This includes The Peculiar Case of the Electric Constable (to be published in 2013), The Lucretia Borgia of Botany Bay (to be published in 2014) and all my "how to" books.
So why am I making this offer? Personally, I always like to know "what is the catch"? In this case, I am making this offer so I can build up my mailing list with the names of people interested in reading my books and learning from my knowledge. The only way I can let people know about the publication of my "non-fiction thrillers" and my "how to" books, as well as my seminars and webinars and other teaching vehicles, is to communicate with them via a newsletter. There is a cost in producing books, and in hiring halls for seminars (or having genealogical/historical societies host them), so the more people who know about them the better. As for webinars - which I would like to do regularly - it costs $1000-$5000 per year for the licence. Gulp! I need to be able to cover these costs and make a profit so I can keep doing them, otherwise I have to find other ways of making a living.
Once I have enough names on my mailing list, I will begin to offer these learning opportunities. My aim, for example, is to offer some webinars for free and others at the low cost of $10 per webinar.
What is the advantage to you of joining my mailing list? Not just the chance to be in the draw for a free book, of course, but the opportunity to be kept abreast of the entertainment and educational opportunities I can offer. Also, think how easy it is to learn from the comfort of your home at whatever time suits you (you can access an archived webinar at any time), and for a low fee. And, if you have attended a webinar on a particular subject, if I later produce a "how to" book on the same subject, you can purchase a copy at a discounted price.
So, send me an email via my Contacts page and ask to be added to my email list. You will receive a regular newsletter with information about my books and seminars and webinars. Help me to help you.
All is progressing well with my international book. It now has a title: The Peculiar Case of the Electric Constable: a True Tale of Passion, Poison and Pursuit. Click here for the catalogue announcement. It is being published on 5 September 2013 in Britain, on 8 October 2013 in USA and Canada, and I'm not sure yet what the date is for Australia and New Zealand. Join my email mailing list (go to Contacts page) and I can let you know when it is coming out and where you can purchase it.
Back a week from the Unlock the Past cruise and its been go go go all the time, with the edit of my international book. But wasn't it a great cruise? And we can all go on another cruise in the next two years, with the 40% discount being offered because we were stuck in Noumea and missed Fiji.
It was wonderful having an opportunity to meet speakers and attendees, some of whom I had met on previous cruises. It was also great being able to help those who sought my assistance. I love speaking and teaching. In fact, the cruise helped me confirm in my own mind that I am pursuing the right direction for my future. When I had my major life change four months ago (that is, when I left regular employment), I had to think about what I was going to do with my life, and, of course, how I was going to generate an income. I thought of undertaking paid research for people, but I wanted to pursue my vision.
My vision is to continue bringing history to life for you all through writing my "non-fiction thrillers" so as to help you learn about our fascinating history and so that the knowledge you gain could become a part of your lives (and I have great fun doing it as well, of course). We as a society (and our politicians) would not repeat the mistakes of the past if we learnt from our past!! And I want to help and inspire you all by communicating my own knowledge of history and genealogy and researching and writing. I know so much and most of it sits in my head, of little use to anybody. But if I start giving more seminars and workshops and writing more "how to" books, then I can help you all to become more knowledgeable and confident, which makes you happy and successful in your endeavours, which makes me happy (particularly if you tell me via email or website that my talk/assistance was helpful or, as often is the case, inspirational).
To that end, I am attending workshops and a conference on how to become a better speaker (let me tell you that the Unlock the Past cruise was incredibly cheap compared to the cost I have to pay for this conference - that is, $1350 for four days and it DOESN'T include accommodation, plane flights or food!). I will incorporate what I am learning into the talks I give.
So stay tuned.
Unlock the Past Genealogy cruise sails today: Sunday 10 February 2013. I will be speaking seven times:
- Tracing your ancestors in NSW
- Structuring a family history
- Writing an interesting family history
- Writing narrative non-fiction
- Fleshing out the bones of your military ancestors' lives
- Scandal and skulduggery in early Sydney
- Writing panel with Stephen Dando-Collins
Looking forward to sharing my knowledge while cruising the balmy South Pacific.
Well, it's only 12 days until the Unlock the Past genealogy cruise! The other presenters and I were asked to get our biographies and talk descriptions finalised and I was amused to see what the organisers had noted on my biography:
"And be sure, Carol packs more into a presentation than most others can in twice the time - and will keep you well and truly awake in doing so."
I had wondered why most of my talks were at 11am! After two hours of presentations, most attendees would be getting tired so obviously they thought I would spark them up before lunch. A great testimonial in itself.
With a view to joining a professional speaking bureau, I have recently had a video made of my talk, Australia's Greatest Bank Robbery, which is up on YouTube. Click here for the link. Hope you enjoy it.
Well, sometimes life takes an unexpected path! I have left the Biographical Database of Australia and will focus on my writing and speaking careers. I am so excited at the thought of writing full-time - particularly as I have been concerned that I wouldn't have enough time to do a good job with The Lucretia Borgia of Botany Bay. Working 25-30 hours per week while writing two books is a hard slog. I was having to work seven days a week, and knew I would need to do so for 18 months, and even then I didn't know if Lucretia Borgia would be up to my usual standard. Now I have the time to focus on it. What bliss!
Early in 2013 I will approach some of the speakers bureaus and build up my speaking career as well. That will be interesting! I might even think about doing some talks for school students. I think the subject of convicts tunnelling through a sewerage drain into the vault of a bank and stealing a huge amount of money might be a topic that particularly appealed to school kids.
On 21 September 2012, I will be speaking at the National Library, Canberra, as part of their family history seminar: It's All Relative: Sharing Stories from Family History. For a link to their website: click here.
... Having now done the talk, I thought I would add a postscript. It was a most interesting day. My own panel included Alice Pung who gave a fascinating talk. I am sure that everyone who attended had a great day. Thank you to the National Library for organising it.