Shortlisted for an Award

As a writer, you learn to expect the unexpected.

Me with bookI discovered, almost by accident, that I am on the shortlist for an award…

for my non-fiction book
Walking the English Coast: A Beginner’s Guide.

The International Rubery Book Award is designed specifically for small independent  presses and for self-published writers.

I notice that the winners for of the 2015 and 2016 non-fiction awards were both books about the coast. For that reason, and because the standard seems very high, I don’t expect to win. But it’s wonderful to be shortlisted.

Here is what they say about my book:

Walking the English Coast: A Beginner’s Guide 
Ruth Livingstone
A book written by a GP who decided to follow her own advice about fitness and embarked on the ambitious project of walking all 5,500 miles of the British Coast.  Written in a deceptively straightforward style, it offers practical advice that you feel you ought to know, but actually don’t, from what shoes to wear to how to deal with cows.  It’s the kind of book you glance at, intending to pick out a few sections, then can’t put down.

It’s been a dry period for my writing.

dry period for writingI’ve entered several short stories into competitions with no luck and continued my fruitless quest for agents for my two novels, again with no luck…

It’s been a long time since I submitted my book and, to be honest, I thought it had been rejected. What a great way to start the week! And it’s funny what some encouragement will do… it spurred me on to find a developmental editor for my sci-fi novel.

Time to move forward and get my next book published.

FIVE good reasons to make time for writing.

Photo of pink spotted notepad, notes on writing - Ruth LivingstoneA couple of months ago I had a short piece published on the Self Publishing Magazine‘s website. It describes:

  •  the kick that started me writing seriously,
  • my strategies for defeating procrastination,
  • why I used deadlines to my advantage,
  • how blogging helped me improve,
  • and how I learned to value feedback.

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Countryfile Magazine: Natural Adventures

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Getting back to nature…

My piece on my long-distance walking expedition is printed in a special edition of Countryfile Magazine, the mag that accompanies the BBC’s successful TV series.

This issue is dedicated to the theme ‘Back to Nature’ and the article is their headline feature in the Natural Adventures section. Accompanying the prose are some photos that feature the stunning scenery of Anglesey, and a very windswept author! Continue reading “Countryfile Magazine: Natural Adventures”

Five Year Project: August update

In a few days time I’ll be selling Walking the English Coast on Amazon, as a re-seller, and signed copies will be available!

do you have goals

I’m taking part in Misha and Beth’s Five Year Project and my five-year goal is to write a novel and get it published.

Forget the novel! Today I have some great news!

Walking the English Coast: a Beginner’s Guide, is published.

At long last, you might say. And it does seem I’ve been working on it for ages.

Front cover,600The book is now available as a glossy paperback, published with the help of I_AM publishing, who have been working patiently with me for many months.

  • It’s 246 pages long
  • Contains over 30 photos and illustrations
  • A chunky 7″ x 10″ size (18cm x 25cm approx.)
  • And costs a mere GBP 14.99 (USD 32.99)

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