Please welcome guest blogger Grace Elliot!
Outside My Comfort Zone
I’m a technophobe; just the mention of RAM or hard-drive and my eyes glaze over and mentally switch off, as ‘not something I will ever understand.’ Just the thought of Facebook left me perplexed; from setting up an account to friending people I didn’t know, had me bemused. For me technology and social media were one and the same thing, I wasn’t sufficiently savvy to differentiate them; that is until I became a published author.
As anyone writer will tell you, it is down to you to promote and market your books and spread the word. Key to this is the internet, which for me meant setting up accounts and challenging my comfort zone. I am passionate about my books and so there was no choice but to stretch myself and set up a blog, join facebook and start tweeting.
As I write this post, I feel such a sense of achievement because 18 months down the line I’ve just loaded a gorgeous new header onto my blog (designed by my son @Art_Tool ) and tweaked the site around, adjusting the design settings myself until I’m delighted with it. This is something I would never have thought myself capable of 18 months ago and every day my confidence in my ability to try different things on social media grows.
What I’ve learnt is not to be intimidated by the seemingly-impossible. So many things on the internet are intuitive now, it is expected that users will be weak on technology and guide the user through in baby steps. I now no longer shy away from new concepts and sites, I’m currently exploring Triberr, and whilst it seems inexplicably complicated, I’m getting the hang of it now and can see huge potential. Likewise Pinterest – a bit baffling as to what the point is, but it’s fun, so what the heck!
This is a steep learning curve for a whole stack of reasons, not least of which is that there are so many sites out there (Goodreads, Shelfari, Manic Readers, Author’s Den, et.c et.c ) that you cant possibly hope to make meaningful connections on them all, but becoming a published author has broken me out of my comfort zone. And a mark of how far I’ve come is when, the other day, I taught my teenage son how to use twitter! Mind you…I still don’t know how to work the DVD player…
About the Book
Eulogy’s Secret – a story of greed prejudice and a stolen identity.
In the four weeks since her guardians’ death, Eulogy Foster has lost everything. Penniless and alone she seeks the help of her estranged brother, Lord Lucien Devlin. But Devlin throws Eulogy onto the streets and the mercy of a passing stranger, Jack Huntley. As Eulogy seeks the truth behind her birth, she is drawn into the world of art and artists, where her morals are challenged and all is deception.
Jack Huntley: bitter, cynical and betrayed in love. He believes women are devious, scheming, untrustworthy creatures – and when he rescues a naïve Miss from being raped, his life is about to change forever. As his attraction to Eulogy grows, caught in a deadlock with both denying their true feelings, events take a sinister turn as someone seeks to silence Eulogy….forever.
Grace Elliot leads a double life as a veterinarian by day and author of historical romance by night. Grace works in a companion animal practice near London and is housekeeping staff to five moggies, two teenage sons and a guinea pig. Grace started writing as an antidote to modern life and believes intelligent people have the greatest need to read romance!