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Help me get in print!

Published 27/08/2012 by Lily Crussell

You have all done a huge amount for me, but unfortunately I have to call on you all again! I’m hoping to raise the money to get my book in print. If you can’t donate, please share the link far and wide, it would be much appreciated!



love and hugs Lily x

Part 2

Published 27/04/2012 by Lily Crussell

I totally need a ‘FAQs Friday’ theme tune lol. Something I could play in my head when I’m typing! As it is, I’m listening to Josh Groban – Ala Luce Del Sol. Love it!

Ok let’s get down to the questions!

What’s the next book in the series called? I saw on your FB you mentioned it..

I’ve actually made a whole load of new bookmarks for the new book…and it’s not even finished yet. Well, it’s finished, but it doesn’t work anymore due to the changes I had to make to the first book. It is going to be called ‘Of Blood and Feathers’ and will introduce a new bad boy for all those who love Lucy. I have written half of the third book too, but the characters are in limbo at the moment as I got so caught up in editing the first book, I abandoned the third. Now I have to go back to the second, fix that, copyedit, format etc etc ad infinitum. ebooks are a great idea, but formatting them is my own mini hell as it never works! It looks perfect…until I upload it to Amazon! Urgh!

When is you book going to be free again?

I’m not sure on this one. I get five days where I can put it up for free. I will have to wait until July to get more (If I sign up with Amazon exclusively again which I doubt I will) so it probably won’t be for a long while as I’ve only just had it free. I do give out free copies in giveaways for blogs and reviews so if you have either and want to do a giveaway let me know.

Can I have some Swag?

Only if you finish all your vegetables and tidy your room… I do a LOT of giveaways so keep an eye on my twitter @LilyCrussell and my facebook (just my name) sometimes I just give away sets of bookmarks on a spur of the moment in my statuses and whoever messages me first gets them. Unfortunately, I have a crappy retail job and don’t make a lot of money. I don’t buy things I need, I buy stamps, paper and ink. So sometimes I just can’t afford to be sending them out unfortunately. If I had the money, I would send EVERYONE some. I really do enjoy making them and love sending them out. It’s just a financial thing unfortunately. Keep an eye on my page as usually have some kind of giveaway going. I have two running at the mo, both end at the beginning of May. I’m looking into what I can do next.

I heard badges….?

I’m thinking of buying a badge making machine and I think it would be a lot of fun, plus I could make promo badges to send out to you all. Unfortunately it’s not cheap so it may have to be put on the back-burner for the time being.


FAQ Friday

Published 27/04/2012 by Lily Crussell

apologies for the lack of updates. I have been trying to post but WordPress is not happy at the moment. Not sure why but it hasn’t been letting me post anything. Hopefully it will work with this or I might have to throw my laptop across the room.

Anyhoo, FAQ Friday is upon us! Get your questions in and I’ll answer them when I get back from work!

Love and hugs

Lily x


Also the next 7 people who message me via FB with their address from the UK (either Like my fanpage or follow me on twitter) will get a set of bookmarks x


Published 19/04/2012 by Lily Crussell

Just a quick reminder about the giveaways I am currently running, just pop over to my page and like to be invited, or friend me on Facebook;

Win a Mug, Bookmarks, postcards, stickers and more! https://www.facebook.com/?ref=logo#!/events/213606152073761/

And my new one by rafflecopter, so entries are via likes and referals etc. I personally like this more as it’s so much less hassle for the people taking part as they click a couple of buttons rather than have to keep posting notices about it ;


Also, I’m thinking of running a competition to make a trailer for my YA novel ‘Of Darkness and Light’, I tried to do it myself, but then realised I have no idea of what I’m doing, so I leave it to you wonderful people, who from what I have seen, have amasing experience and enthusiasm for the programmes needed 🙂 Let me know what you think…

Love and Hugs


Twitter to Woo

Published 18/04/2012 by Lily Crussell

Twitter to Woo


I attended this talk at The London Book Fair today, and whilst it was mostly aimed at publishers, I have popped my notes up on here as I think they may be useful to any new authors wanting to get some followers etc from Twitter/Facebook etc etc ad infinitum.

The talk was given by three panelists, one was a publicist at Penguin @joethepublicist, one was the person in charge of social networking for Wylie books (They do the ‘Dummies guide to’ books) and the Lonely Planet online editor.

They listed all the common social networking sites that publishers and authors need to be aware of; Twitter, Facebook, Google+, Tumblr, Pinterest, LinkedIn and how people should not necessarily join all of them, but at least gain an interest of what they are. They stated that Twitter was more a medium for professional networking, whereas Facebook and some of the others are more informal.

Please be aware that I am not quoting directly and am paraphrasing as is needed to makes these points relevant to authors rather than publishers.

@joethepublicist brought up the following points;

-No one is bored anymore. Previously (in the olden days before the internet, ipads etc) people didn’t always have something to do. They would pick up a book as there wasn’t the same easy access to entertainment as there is today in the form of iphones, ipads etc.

-Everyone’s roles are changing in the publishing industry. Everyone is having to adapt and learn to cover more areas as technology is leaping forward so very quickly that everyone is having to learn afresh. This isn’t just limited to publishing obviously, but in all areas of business where marketing is important. This is especially important (in my view) for authors without the backing of a publishing house. We need to be able to be authors, marketing experts, social networking gurus as well as potentially self publishers.

-Think about how you receive information and what works with you. Use this to attract people to your Twitter/face book etc. How can you excite people? The best way to do this is to be generous. This is with your time and energy by replying to messages and emails, and by doing giveaways etc to get the audience involved.

-What should you say on Twitter? There are no hard and fast rules, but I think it’s important to live by the rule ‘Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.’ I.e don’t be mean. There’s just no need for it. If you hate something, keep it to yourself, or be constructively critical. On the other hand, if you love something, tell everyone. Even if it’s something the competition has done! If you’re a YA author and loved The Hunger Games, tell everyone! You will get people engaging with you about that, and they may then move on to what you are writing as you have common likes.

The Online Editor raised these points;

-Judgements are quick. You have about five seconds to impress or annoy someone. Ensure you think about this when posting and blogging.

-Curate, don’t just self promote. It’s boring to read; ‘Buy my book’, ‘Buy my book’, ‘Buy my book’. If you wouldn’t want to read that, don’t expect others to!

-Reply. Start a dialogue, engage your audience, don’t ignore their messages! On the flip side, if someone insults something you have done (politely) defend yourself and try to put your message across.

-Social Media is not just for new content. If you posted about something six months ago that is relevant now, repost it! But ensure that you mention that it has been previously used.

-A big audience isn’t the best metric. I.e 5,000 Twitter followers isn’t any use to you if they’re all spambots or people who don’t use their accounts as you won’t be reaching them.

-Don’t go dark. I.e don’t neglect it. Keep it up to date and fresh.

Other points raised;

-Ensure your profile on twitter etc states who you are and what you do, or people searching for you won’t find you.

-Cross posting isn’t always a great idea. I.e tweet deck. Facebook is for longer posts so shouldn’t be clogged up with your tweets as people will find it irritating.

Book Fair Day Two

Published 17/04/2012 by Lily Crussell

Well, today was slightly useless. My shoulders were in so much pain from yesterday that it hurt just to carry a light bag! I’ve posted some photos I took of the interesting stands today which was difficult in such a busy place! They’re on my facebook page.

As for talks, I only went to one which wasn’t all that useful. The one I really wanted to go to was packed, and as I got there late (I got lost!), there was no room so I couldn’t go in 😦

I also had a terrible headache and back ache and had to leave even before I got to see Caitlin Moran! I am so sad! I was proudly wearing a promotional t-shirt though, which made me think people were looking at me weirdly, but they were just trying to read the print on my tee! So unfortunately I didn’t achieve much, but I did come away with a tonne of pens and some cloth bags I can reuse! WIN! I am determined to get the cost of my tickets back in pens! Mwahahahahaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa! *evil laugh*

Don’t forget about the new giveaway; https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.198463270271038.44084.100003220993771&type=3#!/pages/Lily-Crussell/229502913788140?sk=app_204684816209053


And FAQ Friday! Keep the questions coming, they can be about ANYTHING! Writing, me, my work, being a Vegan, hell, just being a girl if you like! I’m open to just about anything!

Love and hugs x


Published 16/04/2012 by Lily Crussell

As I’m such an awful person for neglecting you all for the London Book Fair, I will be putting my e-book ‘Of Darkness and Light’ for free on amazon! Saturday and Sunday only, so if you know someone who might like it, let them know! It’s free! It’s not often you get given something for nothing! So spread the word, pop links on your pages and blogs and ensure you and your friends take advantage of this offer! Remember, it’s only for two days!

Rest of world; Search ‘Lily Crussell’ on Amazon.

US Link; http://www.amazon.com/Darkness-Light-Shadow-Nephilim-ebook/dp/B006MVFUII/ref=sr_1_2?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1334598720&sr=1-2

If you don’t have a kindle, you could always download the Kindle for PC programme from Amazon. It’s free too and will allow you to take advantage of this offer!

Love and hugs