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Sunday 21st February 2016: First Edition of Under the Tree

If you’ve been following my blog for a while, you’ll know that before I published my first poetry book “Under the Tree” via CreateSpace and Kindle, I published a first edition using Blurb!

Here’s a comparison between the two versions. The current Kindle cover is on the right; the first edition, the left!

Image © Penny Gotch (http://www.pennygotch.co.uk).

Fancy getting your hands on one of those ultra-rare editions?

Well would you look at that! Here’s one of them on a book shelf!

Image © Penny Gotch (http://www.pennygotch.co.uk).

Along with a lot of other books!

Image © Penny Gotch (http://www.pennygotch.co.uk).

In an actual book store!

Image © Penny Gotch (http://www.pennygotch.co.uk).

Take yourself to the Waterstones on St Margaret’s Street in Canterbury and you can pick up an exclusive first edition copy of my book for just £4.99!

And message me a photo of yourself with the book and your receipt and I’ll write you a personalised poem for me!

There were just 3 copies left last time I checked. Get searching!

~ Penny

Related Post: Sunday Scribblings: “Under the Tree” Final Sale

Want to get in touch? E-mail me (pennygotch@gmail.com), message me on Facebook, send me a tweet (@pennygotch) or leave a comment!

Available Books

Solo: Under the Tree / Dark Heart

Collab: Personal is Political

Images © Penny Gotch (http://www.pennygotch.co.uk), Liam Whear, Susan Wright & Molly Penford.

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Tuesday 23rd June 2015: Vids and Blogging and Books, Oh My

Thank you so much for your great response to my Final Year Independent Study videos. I have tentative results for the project: it looks like I have a First, and I couldn’t have done that without you.

Haven’t seen the videos? Not a problem! You can check out the playlist right here.

And every single one has closed captions, so they should be accessible to you even if you’re D/deaf, Hard of Hearing, have auditory processing issues, etc.

I hope you’re also happy to hear that I’m working on five new poetry videos that, together with the ten I’ve made, will be going onto a DVD! I don’t have even a tentative release date for that yet, but I hope to have that available for you before the autumn.

The DVD will come with the ten poetry videos from YouTube, five new poetry videos never before seen, and hopefully a video or two explaining my writing process and giving some trivia about the poems and videos themselves.

But there is something I do have a release date for: my next poetry book!

If you didn’t already know, I self-published a poetry book called “Under the Tree” early last year and put it on Amazon in the late autumn. If you’re interested, you can check it out here.

And I think it’s high time that I followed up with a sequel!

I don’t want to give too much away because I’m not going to be publishing it for another three weeks. But I’m going to share the title with you today: “Dark Heart“.

Image © Penny Gotch (http://www.pennygotch.co.uk).

And here’s another treat for you! I also run a poetry blog called “Penny Gotch’s Poetry” where I give away my works for free.

Yes, you read that correctly: free poetry!

And in the build-up to the publication of “Dark Heart”, I will be posting a new poem there every single day until release day.

That’s 21 poems absolutely free so you can try my work before you buy it.

I hope you enjoy them and I can’t wait to share the new book with you.

~ Penny

Related Post: 01/06/15: “FYIS: Poetry as Performance” Playlist

Want to get in touch? E-mail me (pennygotch@gmail.com), message me on Facebook, send me a tweet (@pennygotch) or leave a comment!

Available Books

Under the Tree / Personal is Political

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Word Count Wednesday: 19th November 2014

Word Count Wednesday! And how much did I write?

4,680 words, or about 669 words per day!

Which is a little more than last week! Go me!

But that’s not what I want to talk to you about today. No, I’m being a little bit sneaky.

If you read my last Monday Musing, you’ll have seen that I’m publishing a new book.

I’m collaborating with Liam Whear and Susan Wright to bring you “Personal is Political”.

And you’ve probably noticed that I’ve had my poetry book “Under the Tree” on sale for a while.

Well, there are new developments with “Under the Tree”!

I am publishing it on Amazon!

You can get it in paperback now and on Kindle from 24th November (although you can pre-order right now if you like).

So what does that mean for that version down there?

It means that it’s limited edition.

Yes: there will never be another print run of “Under the Tree” with this cover. Consider it Edition 0.

I have only five copies left. After that? You will never be able to buy this version of the book ever again.

It’s your last chance to pick up the original version of “Under the Tree” for just £4 with free P&P anywhere in the UK.

After that? It’s gone!

So if you’d like one of the original copies of “Under the Tree” in its original cover, send me an e-mail at pennygotch@gmail.com and I’ll get one sent to you.

Hurry while they last!

~ Penny

Related Post: Wednesday Word Count: 12th November 2014

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Monday Musing: Press Release – “Personal is Political”

I’ve chosen to do Monday Musing on purpose this week.

Yep: I’m deliberately doing a Monday Musing this week instead of a Sunday Scribbling.

And why’s that?

Because it’s exactly two weeks from a new book release!

Yes, on top of the continuing sale on “Under the Tree”, I’m teaming up with two other writers for a new book!

Music reviewer Liam Whear, new talent Susan Wright and I are bringing you “Personal is Political”.

Inspired by a famous 1969 essay by Carol Hanisch, the anthology is a mixture of prose and poetry by the three of us.

Its purpose? Framing personal issues in a global, politicised context.

“Personal is Political” covers a wide variety of topics. From environmentalism to feminism, mental health to body image, there’s something for everyone.

And through them, it shows just what the title says: how even your identity can be a political thing.

Plus it has gorgeous cover art by the talented Molly Penford.

This anthology is more than just words: it’s a work of art in itself.

The Kindle edition is due out on 1st December 2014, two weeks from today.

We haven’t settled on a price yet, but it shouldn’t be much.

And physical copies should be available shortly after, also for a low price.

Please consider supporting a promising trio of twenty-something writers and pick up a copy when it comes out.

Stay safe, stay aware, and keep an eye out for more information from us in the weeks to come!

~ Penny

P.S. “Under the Tree” is still on sale! Read the review or e-mail me for more information at pennygotch@gmail.com.

Related Post: Monday Musing: Downtime Is Good Time

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Monday Musing: Downtime Is Good Time

It’s back to the Monday Musing this week!

And today, I want to talk about downtime.

It doesn’t matter where you look. It could be your university course. It could be advice from a famous author. It could be an inspirational photo on Pinterest.

If you’re a writer, there is pressure to be constantly writing.

Write every day. Write 750 words. Keep writing. You need to keep writing or you won’t succeed.

Is it important to write regularly? Yes, of course it is.

Writing is a skill and you need to keep yourself in shape for it just like you would any other skill.

But there’s a difference between that and driving yourself into the ground.

Not everyone can write something every single day. And it’s unfair to expect them to.

After all, writers are people, as obvious as that sounds.

People have jobs. University courses. Homework. Social lives.

And sometimes, those things can leave us so exhausted that we don’t have the energy to write.

And then what? We feel guilty for it. We feel like we aren’t real writers because we’re not doing enough.

And it’s nonsense.

If you write, you’re a writer. End of story.

You don’t have to write a certain amount to join the official writer club. It doesn’t work like that.

Only you know what your limits are. Only you know how much you can do before you burn out.

Image © Jens Buurgaard Nielsen (http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Embers_01.JPG).

And if other people can’t respect the limits you have, they don’t deserve you.

~ Penny

P.S. “Under the Tree” is still on sale, and now it has a review by the lovely Melissa Holden! Check it out here if you haven’t already!

Related Post: Sunday Scribblings: Fanfiction Is Fabulous

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Sunday Scribblings: Fanfiction Is Fabulous

Hello and welcome back to the Sunday Scribblings!

Let’s talk fanfiction.

I’m an author. And I support fanfiction writers.

Why wouldn’t I? I’m one myself.

I’ve been writing fanfiction since I was twelve years old. That’s over a decade of writing stories about other people’s characters.

But surely that’s plagiarism, isn’t it?

Well yes and no.

You see, fanfiction inhabits a legal grey area.

Image © Emmanuel Huybrechts (http://www.flickr.com/photos/ensh/6204837462/).

Yes, the people who create it are using characters that belong to other people without permission.

But we’re not making money from the things we write. So we’re not technically breaking the law.

So why do we write fanfiction?

Because we love the original stories. It’s all about love.

So that’s why fanfiction isn’t bad. But I’d like to go a step further.

I think fanfiction is good for us.

When we write fanfiction, we can focus on putting together a plot. We can experiment with new formats of storytelling. And we can do things we would never dare do in an original piece.

In other words, it makes us better writers.

Painted by Leonid Pasternak; uploaded by Crisco 1492 (http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Leonid_Pasternak_001.jpg).

It’s practice. And not only that, but we get feedback from the community.

From kudos to comments, people tell us what we’re doing right and wrong and it helps us get better.

Fanfiction makes us better writers. And I don’t see how that could be a bad thing.

So support fanfiction writers. We are the novelists of the future.

Oh, and “Under the Tree” is still on sale! E-mail me at pennygotch@gmail.com to order!

~ Penny

Related Post: Monday Musing: Where Does the Time Go?

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Monday Musings: Where Does the Time Go?

Where does the time go? That’s my question this week.

You probably noticed that I didn’t post anything yesterday. Yep. I missed my Sunday Scribblings day.

What can I say? I was travelling Friday morning. I had a concert Friday evening. I was travelling all Saturday. I had wrestling Saturday evening.

And on Sunday? I just crashed.

So now here we are on Monday and I never posted anything on Sunday!

They say that time flies when you’re having fun. It’s remarkable how true that cliché is.

Poets of the Fall were amazing on Friday. And I had so much fun at Southside on Saturday.

I got a shout-out from Will Ospreay because my hair matched his trunks. How cool is that?

And I had my photo taken with Curry Man, Bad Influence, Kay Lee Ray AND Robbie X!

Living the dream, my friends…

But anyway. What was I going to talk about yesterday?

Well, my original post was going to be about my thoughts on fanfiction.

But I think it’s a little late in the post to start on such a big topic.

So instead, I’m extending my book sale!

You’ve got just two more weeks left to order a physical copy of “Under the Tree”!

And it’s still 20% off with free postage to anywhere in the UK!

There are just four (4) copies left and they’re looking for good homes.

It’s more than 20 poems for just £4 and no postage.

To order, e-mail me at pennygotch@gmail.com!

~ Penny

Related Post: Sunday Scribbling: “Under the Tree” Final Sale

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